REVIEW: 📚 BETTER THAN SAFE (A BETTER THAN STORY)#4, BY LANE HAYES
Title: Better Than Safe
Series: A Better Than Story
Author: Lane Hayes
Length: 244 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: Explicit
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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.
Product Link: DREAMSPINNER PRESS
Review: I doubt that I can adequately express how much I loved this book. It’s one of those books that you get sucked into and everything around you diminishes. My dogs were lying right beside me and were chewing up sticks all over the couch and I didn’t even realize they were doing it. That’s how engrossed I was with Better Than Safe, by Lane Hayes.
Paul is British and a little stuck up. He’s 35 and has lived in the states for 5 years. He is an advertising executive for fashion and has traveled all over the world. He’s dated a lot of men but never found anyone he wants to give his heart too. But, he’s ready to settle down, find the perfect man, and have a life, at home, like his friends have.
Paul sees Seth at a modeling gig and is immediately attracted. He can tell he is quite a bit younger than himself, but he is transfixed by him. Aaron, his best friend, works with the models so he gives Paul’s number to Seth. They meet for coffee and it is a disaster. Paul is uptight, likes to be on time, and Seth could not be more opposite. He’s late meeting Paul so they get started on the wrong foot from the get go.
Seth is an enigma that Paul has a hard time figuring out. He comes across a little clueless, he’s snarky, rather rude at times, but also has some childlike qualities like laughing at everything. He doesn’t take life to seriously and definitely prefers to live in the moment. All of things that Paul does not like.
Yet, there is something that pulls him towards Seth and against his better judgment he wants to see more of him. Paul is cautious where Seth is reckless. Seth is an artist and musician and art is his passion.
Paul grew up with parents who were artists so he understands the mindset but he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t want to be a muse for anyone, including Seth. He was in a bad relationship with a different artist when he lived in London and it turned out horribly. What will happen when Paul learns that Seth has also dated the same snake?
I can’t recommend enough for you to read this book. It has so many amazing qualities and I guarantee you will be sucked in just as I was. There are so many funny and laugh out loud moments that you will be smiling from ear to ear through the biggest part of the book.
Seth and Paul could not be more different but at the same time they complement each other, perfectly. Paul is uptight and proper and Seth isn’t afraid to call him out on it. They clash more often than not but they are so in tune and turned on by each other that when they do land in the bedroom it is explosive and magnetic.
Honestly, I couldn’t get enough of these two and I have actually read it twice now. Lane Hayes has done something that doesn’t happen enough when reading. She had my complete attention and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I wanted to hold up a sign that said “Back off, I’m reading. Don’t bother me.” Lol
I have read two other books in the Better Than series, but for some reason I missed book 2. I will be correcting that immediately. This series has great dialogue, it’s spontaneous and addicting. I feel like I want to re-read each book which means I may not be seen for days.
I am so in love with Seth, his quirky personality, his witty comebacks, his brilliance that he likes to hide and then throw out some off the wall revelation that you wouldn’t expect him to know, but does, and his love for the simple, laid back lifestyle. He’s real and genuine and I love everything about him. Even though he didn’t want to admit it, Paul loves everything about him, as well.
A great book that is not to be missed. Go get it, please and prepare to be completely enamored with Lane Hayes’ writing ability, her ingenuity, her humor, and two amazing characters that you will want to revisit time after time.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
About this author
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It's no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest.