Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages
At a Glance: The Better Than series just gets better and better!
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.
Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.
Review: Better Than Safe is the fourth book in the Better Than Series, and Lane Hayes has really hit her stride in writing about these men. Each of these books is a standalone story, but the men are all friends and so the books overlap as these men come in and out of the featured main characters’ lives.
Book four in the series is about Paul and Seth. Paul – a Brit who seems so in control and so is not, and Seth – a budding artist and international cover model. These men need each other to complete each other and heal emotional wounds that only someone with their particular experiences can heal. Paul needs Seth to heal the wounds left by his artist father and chaotic upbringing, and Seth needs Paul to ground him and be his steady rock in the storm of his life. As Paul says, “I love you. All of you. You know me. You know how to make me think, make me laugh, make me feel. You are totally unexpected.”
Lane Hayes has a sophisticated writing style which flows through her books – she writes sophisticated stories about sophisticated men. It is this writing style which keeps you riveted to the plot and makes the journey toward the HEA one you definitely want to go on. It’s never easy, the first dates that Seth and Paul go on are total disasters, and they are adamant about not seeing each other ever again for the whole first half of the book. But these men need each other, and like two planets colliding, just can’t help being drawn together.
I love this series, in my opinion it is one of the best series of m/m books out there, and I would highly recommend you buy not just Better Than Safe but all the books in the Better Than Series.
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