- In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue (audio review)
In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue (audio review)
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JB Janice Birnie Updated
June 27, 2019
ebook and audio
7 hours and 31 minutes
Narrator Michael Pauley
Heroes and Babies
Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.
Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.
Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.
Fast paced romantic thriller
In Safe Hands is a contemporary stand-alone romance/thriller that can be listened to and enjoyed over a relaxing weekend. Michael Pauley does his usual stellar job of voice acting and he makes you disappear into the world created by Victoria Sue.
Maverick Delgado is a former helicopter pilot hiding behind a bottle to avoid facing life after severe injuries ended his Air Force career. Staying with his sister means he can avoid other people, and he even ignores his old military buddies in favour of a monk-like existence. Not following through with PT does help his mobility or self esteem and if something doesn’t change soon he’ll likely become a used up alcoholic with nothing to live for. Maverick’s sister, Jamie, runs an investigation office and had hopes of expanding into protection with her brothers help. Unfortunately that’s looking more and more unlikely. When her friend asks her to meet with a young man in trouble she believes it’s a hoax that can be sorted out with one quick meeting. Unfortunately a conflict in appointments means she needs to ask Maverick to step up. Getting him cleaned up for one appointment might just get him moving in the right direction, and it’s not as if he’ll actually need to provide protection.
Deacon Daniels is a former lead singer and pop idol who lost everything when a reporter wrote an expose about his purported link to drug abuse and his brothers death by overdose. A very ill thought out response by his then manager led to Deacon’s entire world crashing into chaos. His money is gone, he is struggling to find a job and he’s lost custody of his beloved baby niece due to the scandal. With his credibility blown away, when a stalker begins threatening him, the police dismiss his fears and he is forced to seek help privately. Meeting a somewhat sceptical Maverick is Deacon’s last chance to survive as threats lead to murder and it’s not only his life that is in danger.
In Safe Hands tells the story of two damaged men who meet under the worst of circumstances. There is instant chemistry between these two broken men and each can see something special in the other that begins to give them hope for a better future. As Maverick sees the honesty and openness in Deacon that others have ignored he begins to see himself in a different light. If this young man can see value in him, perhaps it’s time he valued himself, left the bottle behind, and worked towards a more meaningful existence. Falling in love whilst fighting for their lives is not ideal but if they can save each other life might be worth living, and living well. Getting the police to believe Deacon is in danger and protecting him from harm until the threat can be discovered and dealt with is all Maverick is prepared to hope for, for now.
I was instantly drawn into the lives of these special young men and on the edge of my seat as the clues lined up and the race to save, not only Deacon but those closest to him, began. I was also fully invested in their and burgeoning love story. Victoria Sue writes a gripping story and Michael Pauley does a superb job of bringing her characters to life.
A highly entertaining listen.
Overall. 4.5 stars.
Performance. 5 stars.
Story. 4 stars.
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