Hiding In Plain Sight (Safe Harbor #2)
*Submitted for review by author*
Genre: M/M Romance
Vladimir Gusev exists in a living hell. A year ago in the Olympics he was forced to use a homophobic slur during a game, and guilt is eating him from the inside out. Not only is Vladimir not a homophobe, but in the aftermath of the Olympics, he was finally able to admit his true nature to himself. Yet he's been taught homosexuality is a sin, so he tries to push away his feelings, but to no avail.
Joe Bufford is an out gay man and an ex-Delta Force member who was medically discharged after an injury to his hand leaves him no longer able to perform his duties. His job as a mechanic at the airport is hardly a long-term career choice, but Joe has no idea where he can utilize the skills he learned in the Army.
Vladimir and Joe meet, and Joe instantly recognizes Vladimir as a terrified closet case. Before he knows it, Joe is offering to help Vladimir figure out what he is and what he wants. As time goes on, Joe begins to hope more and more that the answers to those questions lie with him.
I will start off by saying that I didn’t like this as much as some of Cassandra Carr's other works but this was definitely still a great read and one for those who enjoy reading M/M romance. Though I hadn’t read the first in the Safe Harbor series, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this second instalment at all so it could definitely be read as a stand alone and it has left me very intrigued to read the first in the series.
I think out of the main characters, Vladimir and Joey, Joey was probably my favourite character. He was such a sweetheart and treated Vladimir with so much love and respect, he supported him through his journey to acceptance of being gay even when it meant having to hide their relationship for a period of time.
Cassandra Carr is the name of an author that every avid reader who enjoys romance and erotic reads should know and overall, even though this book doesn’t make it as one of my favourite reads by this author, I still quite enjoyed it. I’d give this book four stars.