Book Reviews

Safe House (Buchanan House Love Stories 3) by Charley Descoteaux

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Mature Lovers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-February-2020

Book Blurb

Kyle Shimoda is a jerk magnet, has been for as long as he can remember. At forty-seven, he doesn’t see much chance for improving his luck in love. His friends who run Buchanan House, a gay retreat on the central Oregon coast, know he wants to find “someone nice” to settle down with, and they set him up with Officer Brandon Smith. Kyle has a turbulent history with law enforcement, but he can’t deny his attraction to the buff cop.

Brandon has been a police officer in Lincoln City almost since the day he graduated from high school over thirty years ago. He’s cultivated the facade of a serious, disciplined law enforcement officer, but beneath his overdeveloped chest beats the soft heart of a drama queen. A cancer scare shifts Bran’s focus from finding a serious relationship to having as much sex as he can—putting his goals squarely at odds with Kyle’s. If he can’t find the courage to be honest about his feelings for Kyle, the happiness they’ve both been searching for could slip through their fingers.

First edition published as 'Safe House (Buchanan House 4)' by Dreamspinner Press, September 2016.

Book Review

‘Buchanan House’, a fictional B&B/guest house on the Oregon coast set up for the LGTBQ+ crowd, is a great place and I always look forward to every story set there. Best friends Eric, a former line cook, and his best friend Nathan, a very talented host, set it all up, and both men have found happiness in previous books. Eric is in love with Tim, a local handyman, and Nathan finally managed to get together with his lifelong best friend, Paulie. What I found especially fascinating about this fourth book is that two of the secondary characters from previous volumes now move into the limelight, not least because Paulie has decided to set them up, hoping they will finally see sense and get together already. Of course that is not as easy as it looks, and the trials and errors as they struggle through their various issues had me sighing in exasperation more than once.

Kyle has a very strict Japanese father, and even though he has more than one artistic talent, he ended up as an engineer – just to please his dad. He has already had one change of career and is currently a chef, which makes him much happier. But it is a stressful job, there are issues with his boss, and he has no time to find “that special someone” he has been looking for to settle down with. So far he has had no luck with any of the men he has dated, and even though he trusts his friends at Buchanan House, when he finds out they set him up with a cop, no matter how darned attractive Brandon is, Kyle is not happy. Kyle has issues with cops to start with, and Brandon’s initial behavior is less than ideal.

Brandon is a great guy, but he has more than one issue himself. He always wanted to be a teacher, but being a cop was easier, and he is good at his job. When he has to get tested for cancer, he fears the worst, but when the doctor declares him free of all issues he decides to celebrate life by getting as much “action” as he possibly can – just in case the next test will be different. So no matter how attracted he is to Kyle, Brandon will not let himself explore the possibilities and runs.

Since both Kyle and Brandon have friends at Buchanan House, they keep running into each other. Each encounter only confirms they should give it a go, but there is a lot of back and forth before they get their act together. Theirs is not an easy relationship at all. Even once they begin to see and admit the truth their situation is not as straightforward as it might be, but at least they stand a chance. And with Paulie and the rest of the crew at Buchanan House determined to help them as much as they can, I was soon hoping for the best.  

If you like stories about men who are at cross-purposes for much longer than they should be, if you want to see how facing the truth about what you want in life can set you free, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of complicated characters, denial followed by gradual personal growth, and touching moments, then you will probably like this novel. Its initial despair is more than made up for by the ultimate warmth of Kyle and Brandon’s romance, and all the charming details along the way made it a journey well worth taking for me.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 202 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-July-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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