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 Deacon 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.
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Maverick is a former helicopter pilot. While on tour a missive accident took his leg and his career in the Air Force ends. He is depressed and fast becoming an alcoholic. He lives with his sister who asked for his help with a case.
She was supposed to babysit and protect a pop star named Deacon. He is being stalked and getting death threats, but of course Mav's sister was hurt in a car accident and she needed his help to watch the sexy pop star.
This was a treat. I enjoyed the book very much. It has lots of twists and turns, and was very satisfying.
Lots is happening, and the plot was binding and held my attention till the end. I loved Mav. He truly needed to save someone. Their escapades gave him a new direction and purpose to stop drinking and try harder to rehabilitate and learn how to enjoy his life with new determination.
Narrator: Michael did a good job. He took his time and never rambled on as he sometimes does. He has lots of talent bringing emotions to the story. I love his baritone voice. It's sexy. I will always listen to books he reads as they are never a disappointment.
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- Debbie Attenborough
loved this in both formats!
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Mav is. . . .broken, and thinks fixing things is downing a bottle of Jack. Crashing on his sister's sofa isn't doing him or her any favours. When Jamie calls him out to do something for her, Mav really has to dig deep to get out of his stupor. Meeting the new client, however, does wonders. Deacon needs some help. After a scandal last year left him penniless, he can't afford to pay for the protection he needs. someone is out to get him, and the bodies keep piling up. Mav needs to up his game, and when the threat comes to a 2 year old child, Deacon's niece, both Mav and Deacon know they would do anything to keep her safe, even if it means Mav breaks Deacon's heart.
I am, personally, not in a good place. Not a BAD place, just not doing so well and my reading is suffering. I said I would read this before the poop hit the fan, and I was concerned I would not be able to give this book my full attention, or worse, not be able to finish it at all.
I bloody LOVED this book!
Mav is, by his own admission, one drink short of becoming an alcoholic. His sister takes him in, and he's drowning his sorrows every night. Losing his career, and his leg, after a helicopter was bombed while he was the pilot has soured Mav to life and he just wants to be left alone. His sister, Jamie, ain't having none of it! She ropes him into talking to a possible new client, while she attends another job for her private investigations business. Deacon, lead singer of a boy band who was spectacularly disgraced last, is the client. A reporter twisted some truths, and Deacon's life came crashing down around his ears. He lost custody of his niece. Now, no one believes him, that someone is following him. When things escalate to a break in at his flat, and said reporter turns up dead, the police start to take notice. All the while, as Deacon continues to fall, Mav holds him up, keeps him close.
I loved that things crept up on Deacon and Mav, the feelings they begin to have for each other. It's not that thunderbolt and lightning thing: more a sweeping rain storm that starts off as drizzle then increases in it's intensity til neither Mav nor Deacon can deny it any longer. Loved that, after the initial shock of seeing Mav's face, Deacon is like: okay, scars make you, YOU. Mav is concerned about the other scars, the ones on his leg and residual and again, Deacon is not at all bothered. It makes Mav see that maybe, just maybe, they can make it work.
I must admit, I had an inkling who might be doing what they were doing to Deacon, very early on. Something they said set off bells and it was great being able to watch it all unfold. I have no idea WHAT this person said, I really don't, but something they said went ding ding ding and when Mav puts the pieces together, oh my! That man's alpha-protect-whats0mine instinct went into massive overdrive! Loved that, when it all went down, Mav and Deacon both knew, with just a look, that they might not come out of this alive.
LOVED that the baddie gets a voice!
Mav and Deacon's story carries some difficult topics: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, PTSD, murder (in some detail from the baddie!) All difficult topics, but very well written, and the research shows. I was particularly impressed with the research into Mav's accident, his injuries and what he went through after losing his leg. That doesn't always come across in a way a lay person such as myself can fully comprehend, but Ms Sue nailed it here!
This book may well have been the one to kick start my ability to write a coherent review, or at least I think it makes sense!
5 full and shiny stars!
Michael Pauley narrates.
Having READ this book previously, what I was particularly looking for was the baddie’s voice. When I read it, something they said made my brain go ding, ding, fire alarm in the head, ding and I KNEW that this person was the baddie. HERE, in audio, I wanted to see if I could pick up just WHAT they said to make all the alarms go.
And I got . . . nothing. The voice gave nothing away! Pauley NAILED that, he really did! So, while I was glad I didn’t get what they said to set me off, I’m also a little miffed 😊
As for Deacon and Mav, Pauley nailed those guys too! Mav’s voice is deep and dark, much like the man. I had a whole different voice in my head when I was reading, but once Mav speaks with the voice Pauley gave him, I knew mine was all kinds of wrong and Pauley’s was the RIGHT voice for Mav. My voice for Deacon was very much like Pauley’s for him, though.
Pauley’s reading voice works very well for my shitty hearing, rolling deep and clear and even. There was no dipping for the voices, even when they were very emotional. The emotions still came across very well, just sometimes, when characters get particularly emotional, the voices dip slightly, but not here.
Michael Pauley is a firm favourite of a narrator and coupled with Victoria Sue’s work?? It can only get. . .
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- Sue C
I want more of this series.
Did the story keep me engaged: absolutely
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes
Story comments: Victoria Sue weaves a story of flawed heroes and romantic suspense I found difficult to put down.
Narrator comments: Michael Pauley doing what he does best, characters are always clearly distinguishable, intonations and emotions are on the mark.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
- Aethena Drake
Good story. Good narration.
A strangely sweet story with just enough suspense to make it hard to put the book away at bedtime.
Great story, great narration!
I read this book when it first came out back in March 2019. At that time I was totally gripped by the story and totally surprised when the bad guy was revealed. Having just finished listening to the audiobook all I can say is another WOW! Michael Pauley does a fantastic job of bringing Victoria Sue's characters to life. Even though I already knew who the bad guy was I was still gripped by the story, almost as if I'd never experienced it before. Below is a copy of my original review.
Fantastic Story; Very Suspenseful!
I have never been disappointed by a story written by Victoria Sue so I was sure that I would love In Safe Hands and boy did I! She has proven to me that she can write all kinds of romantic stories – paranormal mPreg shifters and non-shifter mPreg, Regency era historicals, sci-fi thrillers, contemporary romance and now romantic suspense.
Mav has nearly lost himself in the bottle; he's having difficulties coming to terms with the career ending injuries he suffered during a helicopter crash. He's spending his days and nights lounging around on his sister's couch drinking himself to death. It was hard not to feel sorry for Mav, he gave up a lot in service to his country.
Deacon's very promising pop music career ended in disgrace. He's lost custody of his brother's daughter who he couldn't love more if she were biologically his. A stalker is now after him so he's agreed to have a bodyguard.
Mav's sister asks him to provide protection for Deacon and he reluctantly agrees. With the injuries he has he doesn't really think he can do a could job as a bodyguard. It doesn't take long for him to fall for Deacon but he tries to fight the pull that draws them together.
In Safe Hands is one of the most suspenseful stories I've ever read. Victoria Sue did a great job of keeping me guessing who the bad guy really was. Even when I began to suspect who it was I just didn't want to believe it so I think I ignored any clues that she might have left along the way.
If you love a book that keeps you in it's grasp from page one and doesn't let you go even after you've finished it, then you need to grab a copy of In Safe Hands.
I received a complementary copy of this audiobook but this did not influence my opinion or this review.
Sweet second chance story
If I give you the name Maverick and tell you that he’s a (former) pilot, are you getting the same flashbacks as me? ;)
Well, when we first meet Mav he’s far from the dreamy guy you just imagined. His last mission left him scarred in every way imaginable. His looks cause people to stare or turn away, his missing leg is another thing that just adds misery to an already miserable existence. Add a hefty dose of self-pitying alcohol and survivor’s guilt and you might get closer to the Mav we have in this book. He’s not unlikable in any way, he’s just down in the way where you’ll either want to give him a big hug or a swift kick in the behind.
His change comes gradually in the form of his sister asking him to take a meeting in her stead. As she said, all he has to do is sit behind a desk and look half-way competent for the duration. Seeing as he owed said sister a lot he agrees to meet this disgraced former teenage throb of a musician. It doesn’t take long for them to realise that the stalker and story they thought was made up was something far worse, because now there isn’t only threatening notes left on his car. There are dead bodies.
Both Deacon and Mav does a tremendous amount of growing in this short time. Maverick finally accepts the past and his current state. Yes he might be disfigured, he might have only one leg, and yes people might stare, stammer and be just a little bit afraid. But if he just gave them half of a chance he might just realise that the staring and stammering was because of admiration and awe – just like the “kid” selling him a car. As for Deacon, he realised that just because he lost one fight (the custody of his niece) that didn’t mean he needed to stop fighting altogether. There was still hope. As they said they were both down, but neither was out. And not even a serial killer was going to stop them from going after what they wanted.
Michael Pauley… I’m seriously running out of words to describe this guy. If you have any, please give me a shout because I might want to borrow them ;) Anyway he is talented for sure. With a wonderful voice and great pacing he brings Mav and Deacon to life – but also the horrors that follow the latter.
Going back to the kid with selling Mav the car – or rather the remodelling of his current one to fit with his prosthesis. For me that was a moment or meeting that really touched me. Because Pauley and Sue so clearly showed us that something as innocent as a look or lack thereof can be interpreted in so many ways depending on what baggage you are carrying on your back. For Mav it was a rejection due to his scars and lost leg. For the kid (Gah, I can’t remember his name, and I wish I had the print version to look it up, that’s the one negative with audios) Mav was a reminder of the dad he lost in war. A reminder that they sometimes do come home. He was in awe of him. From this rambling you might think this was something huge in the book, but it really wasn’t. It took a few minutes at the most, but it made an impact, on me, but also on Mav. So kudos to Pauley and Sue for truly bringing that to life.
In Safe Hands was a nice story about two lost men finding each other, realising they still had something to fight for. Finding the will and ability to live but more importantly to love.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.
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Not for me
I wish somewhere on the cover they would warn me that this is a gay book. I only got through the first two minutes, so it may be a good book but I think I heard enough to know that it's not for me.
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