Safe and Sound by E.M Lindsey

"There never enough words to explain the intensity of the emotions portrayed by this author!" Our reviewer, Tatted_book_freak, on Safe and Sound.

From the blurb:

Twenty years after losing his hearing and being convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Regan Moulin is certain of exactly two things: One, that life will always be full of pain, and two, he will always be in love with his childhood best friend, Isaac McKinnon.

It doesn't matter that circumstance tore them apart, or that he hasn't spoken to Isaac since they were nineteen. He still loves him.

He's just learned how to survive without him.

But a few weeks into winter, a familiar face rolls into town—one that threatens to completely disrupt Regan’s life by offering him the cruelest thing he can possibly think of: Hope.

Isaac thrived exactly the way Regan expected him to, and he wasn’t supposed to show back up in their crappy little hometown with open arms, and a heart that still aches for Regan.

He wasn’t supposed to still want him.

He wasn’t supposed to be the only thing in the world that can still make Regan feel safe and sound.

But here he is, with all their childhood promises of forever cupped gently between both hands, and for the first time in Regan's life, within reach.

Safe and Sound is an emotional, stand-alone second chance romance featuring two best friends who always knew they belonged in each other’s orbit, a tired writer who exists solely on caffeine, bad diner food, whispered confessions, and the sweetest happily ever after

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

Another amazing, realistic storyline by E.M!!! I absolutely love their ability to write such amazing stories, bringing various forms of disability to light, while also displaying what this community is subjected to and forced to survive without a lot of help. How they also wove in the unfortunate circumstances that low socioeconomic class people are treated, then adding a disability into their treatment. It’s truly sad and could be avoided if people take time to try. 

“𝐘𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞.”

Issac and Regan were perfect for each other! They fought for their happiness once reconnecting, though Regan was hesitant at first, but their connection overpowered everything! Regan’s point of view was so intense, which was definitely needed for the readers to gain an understanding of the issues dealt with as a disabled community.  The readers become completely engrossed in a world of sound, and I absolutely loved every aspect of the story because of the time taken to research. 

‘𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮.’

I also appreciated that the author never portrayed Issac’s issues as lesser than Regan’s, less distressing or upsetting. The equality shown, whether it be Issac or Regan’s POV, proves that we all suffer the same as everyone else. This book really hit home with me, the encouragement for equality was displayed with absolute perfection! And, their chemistry was beautifully perfected, because sometimes intimacy is enough ❣️

Rating: 5 Stars

Autumn's Review:

I enjoyed it, but I do prefer my reads to be a bit darker, more angst filled. 

With saying that, Safe and Sound had a great plot line, and there was a HEA. The two main characters were perfect for one another, despite how different their lives were from.

It goes to show, that when your heart wants something, it'll keep ahold of that loving feeling for however long is needed.

Rating: 4 Stars

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Hurt/comfort. Childhood friends. Second Chance. Dual POV. 

Isaac loved his best friend Regan for years, and even though he was going off to college he knew he wanted to be with Regan forever. 

Being from the wrong side of the tracks Regan struggled with his love for Isaac, and he knew he had to let him go so that Isaac could be happy and successful. 

Life pulls them apart, but 20 years later they have a chance to reconnect and realize they have never stopped loving each other. 

A heart wrenching story of a forever type of love that doesn’t fade with time, or even with all the pain and hurt of life wearing you down. 

The true friendship between Isaac and Regan described when they are young and how they never forgot each other and their feelings once they meet again was a beautiful second chance story. 

Really enjoyed this book and the descriptions of Regan’s and Isaac’s feelings, the love, caring, frustration, grief, and hurt they experienced brought tears to my eyes throughout.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

This was a true best friends to lovers, second chance romance and it was an emotional and heart-wrenching story with a beautiful HEA!  It's a slow burn rebuilding of trust and acceptance with twenty years of separation and such different trajectories, but it brought them back together at their moment in time.

EM Lindsey is one of those writers who takes flawed characters and makes those flaws into strengths.  She builds emotional growth, personal growth and relationship growth into the stores so they bloom as you read them.  Safe and Sound was another amazing example of this.

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

Safe and Sound by E.M. Lindsey is  another excellent  story about two struggling men finding their version of happily ever after.  

Regan has had a really difficult life, his father has been abusive for as long as he can remember and a drunk, so the responsibility of his younger brother falls on his shoulders. He doesn't believe he's good enough for Isaac. Isaac who is good, sweet and pure. When their lives get ripped apart they go almost twenty years without seeing each other, only to be brought back by Isaac's publisher suggesting he should move back to his home town. From there... They are finally able to reunite with each other and try to find their happiness. 

I loved this story, let me start out with that. I've been a huge fan of EM Lindsey's writing, they just have such a unique way of creating characters that no one else really writes about. They are always so conscious of the topics they write about and they always make sure to let their readers know of the research and dedication to accurately represent the topics they write about. 

You could feel Regan and Isaac's pain from how well they were written. The backstory was so excellent, I could envision the typewriter Regan carved for Isaac. 

I wouldn't say this story is a happy story.. it's sad and heartbreaking. But it's also beautiful and brilliant and most importantly realistic.  Not everything gets resolved, you don't ever know what happened to Regan's dad, you don't find out why exactly Isaac's parents hid things from him for so long. I think that it fits in this story though, because that's how life is. Life isn't wrapped up with a bow, it's messy... And sad but it can also be great at times. 

I recommend this to anyone who wants what they read to make them feel emotions. All of the emotions you sometimes avoid, you'll feel them reading this. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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