Book Reviews

Safe Harbor by Laylah Hunter at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-January-2013

Book Blurb

Seven years ago, Blake ran away from the trauma of his father’s death and his romantic feelings for his best friend, Tom. To Blake’s surprise when he returns home on Christmas Eve, Tom is at the dock to greet him and tell him he’s forgiven for running as long as he has Christmas dinner with Tom and his grandmother, Alice. A cozy family afternoon and filling meal later, Tom and Blake share some brandy—and some confessions that make their holiday wishes come true.


Book Review

This is a variation on the "best friends turn lovers" theme with a small twist: Blake ran away as soon as he realized he might have feelings for Tom. Interestingly, he wasn't scared to admit he was gay, the thought of losing Tom as a friend was the stronger fear for him. He was 16 at the time, and hasn't been back home for 7 years. I thought that was quite a good setup for a Christmas story, giving us just enough background about the characters to understand where they were coming from and with great hopes for a (well deserved, after 7 years) happy end. And Laylah Hunter didn’t disappoint me.

If anything, this story is about hope, and the way that telling the truth and facing our own feelings can set us free. Tom may have been the one who traced Blake, and invited him home for Christmas, but both men need to face the truth of their emotions. And the good thing is that their friendship is still there, even if Tom's chess game has become good enough he can beat Blake now. It was a great symbol to show that they are now equals.

If you like short stories without much drama but lots of emotion, if you enjoy reading about reunions, and if you’re looking for a relaxing Christmas-time read, give this one a try.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 30 pages/6791 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2012
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