Review: C. Kennedy – Safe

417wkEtgRLL._SY346_Author: C. Kennedy
Reviewer: Stephen
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


They met at ten, they kissed at twelve, and were madly in love by eighteen.

Caleb Deering is the captain of the swim team and the hottest senior in school. He comes from a loving home with a kind father and a caring, but strict, mother who is battling breast cancer. Nico Caro is small and beautiful, and has a father who rules with an iron fist—literally.

One morning Caleb forgets himself, and he pecks Nico on the lips at school. A teacher sees them and tattles to the Headmaster. The accidental outing at school might be the least of their problems, because the ball set in motion by the school’s calls to their parents could get Nico killed. In the face of that very real danger, Caleb knows he has only one mission in life: to keep Nico safe.


Caleb is the athletic, popular captain of the high school swim team. Nicolo, his perennial side-kick is sort of popular by default. What folks don’t know is that Caleb and Nicolo are very much in love and have been since they were twelve.

This novella is very much a book about current times. When the boys are outed by a spontaneous kiss, the students are generally pretty accepting; but their older, more traditional parents, particularly Nico’s conservative and physically abusive father, is another story altogether.

I’m a sucker for coming-out stories and this one has two adorable leading guys which makes it all that much better. I love the depiction of Nico and Caleb’s fellow students. Partly because of how it’s written but mostly because of the change that’s reflected since I was worried about coming out.

At 89 pages this is a lightning quick read. It’s difficult to find much that’s new about this evergreen topic in M/M fiction, but this is a tale well told and enjoyable even as it sends out the dual messages to some potential readers that “you are NOT alone” and “It gets better.”

By all means check it out, and consider whether anyone you know might not need to hear these messages.


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