*Warning: Possible Spoilers*
Title: A Safe Place
Series: Romeo and Julian #4
Author: Sage Marlowe
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella (73 Pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing Co. (March 14th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Some good boys are best when they’re bad–and FBI-Agent Julian Harris knows that no one is better at being bad than his lover Romeo Paris Montague. They are assigned a new case, the high-profile Houdini-Heist. It leads them to France, Romeo’s country of origin, where he is supposed to play his role as an art thief to meet a contact person. When events take a dramatic turn, more secrets from Romeo’s mysterious past are revealed, and some of them have the potential to get them killed. At the same time, the wish for a quieter life and a blast from the past leads Romeo into a temptation that is hard to resist. But is running away from the only safe place he’s ever known and escaping to the dark side really the solution for Romeo? Or can Julian convince him that there is another way out? Note: This book is written in one point of view. **
Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/a-safe-place
Review: What the heck?? A Safe Place, the fourth book in the Romeo and Julian series, by Sage Marlowe, reveals many answers to our long-awaited questions. However, there are still some shocking twists that will surprise you, but some that will have you smiling from ear to ear. As we have come to expect from this author, this story picks up where the last one left off with a smooth transition.
Romeo has been away on assignment for a couple of months and he finally returns home. Julian is overwhelmed with emotions to see his lover return home. Needless to say, they head straight to the bedroom, where they indulge in heated, passionate sex. With Romeo being gone for two months, Julian can’t seem to get enough of him. Before he can think rationally, Julian throws a surprise question to Romeo as they lay in each other’s arms. Romeo’s reply…not necessarily what he was wanting to hear.
As we should have expected, Romeo is back but not to visit. He needs Julian to help him on a case, in France, by recovering a valuable necklace. Once there and the plan comes into action, Romeo and Julian find more than they bargained for. As someone tries to run them over causing Romeo to get hurt, more surprises from his past come forward. Since he won’t go to the hospital for his injuries, he has Julian take him to a place he refers to as his safe place. More and more clues reveal themselves and we finally begin to understand more about Romeo and his past.
If you will remember, Romeo’s parents were killed in a car crash several years earlier. As it turns out, some old acquaintance from his parent’s affiliates are out to get Romeo, and any leads he may have to a treasure that involved his parents. As Romeo recuperates from his gunshot wound, he starts to set the record straight with Julian. Finally, after all this time, he starts to tell him everything. I was quite surprised to learn how far back in time Romeo started stalking Julian. His initial plan was to use him and his connections with the FBI. Of course, now, we know that is not what happened entirely. What we find out is, his plan and how it played out, is very intricate. How will Julian feel now that he has several answers to his questions? Will he want to stay with Romeo or does he feel like a pawn in his game? One thing is for sure, you will read the last several pages with your mouth hanging open in shock, maybe even taken in by complete surprise. But more than that, you definitely will have huge admiration for Sage Marlowe and his clever and genius mind.
The revelations that have come out in this installment, have completely taken me by shock. I thought for a while, I knew what was going to happen. I was very mistaken. Sage Marlowe has given us a story with so many twists and turns, I feel a little carsick. Some of the things Julian figures out on his own. What he doesn’t figure out, Romeo fills in the blanks. I love reading a story where the prose is tight and clean as this, and be completely blindsided by the turn of events. I have always admired and respected Sage Marlowe as a person and an author. What he has done with this series shows what an incredible and masterful storyteller he really is. We close out this story with a few things left up in the air. Now that Julian knows everything, and I have my suspicions that there will be more surprises, where will he go from here? And more importantly, where will Romeo go? Will they go together is the big question.
I know the next book is due to release this fall, and I will definitely be waiting to grab it to find out what happens next. Ladies and gentleman – you want a page-turner with mystery and suspense, sexy and thrilling love scenes, a plot that will keep you invested from start to finish? You get that and more, this is a must read series. Get yours now so you will be ready for #5.