Most of the time when people see a book about three guys finding their fourth it becomes about the hot sex between them and that’s originally where I was going with this book too.
But the more I got into the story, and into Blake’s character, the more I realized this story was never going to be like that because, twenty years after his abduction, just talking to another person was hard for him. He keeps doors between himself and everyone else and that’s the only way he feels safe. This story is about how Blake realizes he wants something more than his current situation. He’s safe there, but he’s not happy and he’s hiding. His safety is a cage he built around himself but it’s still a cage. It’s a prison of his own making and he’s lived in it so long that he’s no longer seeing it as anything other than safety. He’s stopped seeing the bars.
That is until three new bodyguards come in and crash his perfectly precise existence. Up until then everyone had left him alone. No one pushed him to be better or to interact with any of them. He was allowed to remain by himself with doors and walls between anyone in his house and him. These three want to be his friends. They try to engage him. They ask him questions and they want to get to know him. He’s not used to that and it scares him at first. He’s naive and he’s sheltered from the most basic of human interaction. At seven he experienced trauma and after that everyone let him lead in his own recovery but he was never expected to get better and eventually the people who were desperate to help him before simply let him be. They accepted that this was how he was going to be and they allowed him to maintain the life he built for himself. Only, it’s not healthy and he’s not happy. But he doesn’t realize that until three men show him a better way to be.
In grief and trauma less extreme cases than this happen all the time. At first people will push someone to go outside, to make new friends, to get off the couch for a little bit. But after hitting that wall of resistance time after time people tend to give up. They may figure there’s no use or that a person needs to want to help themselves before anything can be done for them. So that grieving, hurting, traumatised person is simply left to be as they are. Eventually life may get in the way and force them to do something, or maybe not. In this story I wanted to explore how trauma and grief can break a person in two and how the pieces that come back together aren’t always the right ones that need to be there. Sometimes people need to be left alone to heal on their own, and sometimes they need to be pushed out of their comfort zones to be able to find their own way to heal from what was done to them.
Safe Haven is a hurt comfort novel and it’s about trauma and mental health and it’s about four people coming together in a unique way that really works for them. It’s four men deciding that they’re stronger together and one of them realizing that his safe haven isn’t a place at all, it’s three men who would do anything to make sure that he never feels afraid again.
Thank you for spending some time with me today and please check out my new novel, Safe Haven, out now from Pride Publishing.
About Safe Haven
Being alone was what Blake had always needed before his new team of bodyguards arrived. Now things might be very different.
At seven years old, Blake’s life was destroyed when he and his parents were abducted and he watched them being murdered. Now, twenty years later, he refuses to leave the house and he lives in a constant state of fear. He has a bodyguard around the clock, a housekeeper who has never seen his face and an uncle who checks on him often but isn’t all that close to him. Blake likes his isolation where only his cat really knows him.
His bodyguard of eight years is ready to retire, leaving his life in turmoil again. Blake isn’t good with people in general, and new people are the worst. But he needs someone in his house all the time to make him feel safe. His uncle hires a team of bodyguards to replace his old one—Malcolm, CJ and Rex. They come highly recommended, and they’re good at what they do.
They’re also together and it’s a relationship that Blake is instantly fascinated by. He’s never been interested in another person before, and he hasn’t had a real friend since his parents died, because he has refused to leave the house. But with the three of them trying to be there for him, he begins to want a life he has been convinced up to now would be completely impossible.
General Release Date: 8th November 2016
Meet Caitlin Ricci
Caitlin Ricci was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart.
She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiancé, their dog and Blue Tongue Skink. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.