Author: Carey Decevito
Release Date: July 31, 2014
Rating: 5 healing stars
Recommended for: Anyone who has even moderately enjoyed any other Broken Men Chronicles books and thought to themselves, “I feel so bad for Ben! Look at all the’s been through! He deserves to be happy, dammit!”
About To Forgive and Hold Safe:
Loss, pain, guilt…
Those are the emotions Ben Carpenter feels as the lone survivor of a terrible night, three years before, where fate was so unkind.
On a quest to forget, aware of only one thing—overwhelming misery—he submerses himself into running Fairfax, the pub he and his wife had once planned on opening together, and his side gig as a volunteer firefighter.
Resolved to a life of loneliness, Ben is sideswiped when envy takes hold after he’s asked to stand as Best Man at his best friend’s wedding.
Before he can deal with the idea of opening up to love again, tragedy strikes…just not for Ben this time.
As secrets to his wife’s betrayal come to light, Ben is faced with the reality that an opportunity to heal stares him straight in the face—albeit, in the form of Hannah.
Bonded by their similar losses, Ben begins to wonder.
Is there really such a thing as second chances?
Yes! Finally! The entire time I’ve been reading this series from Carey Decevito, my heart has gone out for Ben. Poor Ben!
He’s that lonely bartender lending an ear and keeping everyone else happy, without experiencing it himself. So unlike the jovial bartenders at Cheers.
And then you find out his story and you just need to see him happy. Honestly, it was hard to hold out as long as I did, reading guy after guy in this series get a HEA, without one for the man who deserved it most.
But I totally got it. He was still mourning. He wasn’t ready to move on. Even though he was jealous of the happiness and love his friends his friends were experiencing, he wasn’t emotionally ready to find it for himself. Driving down that road for the first time in three years was a sign.
This book is so much more emotional than the other three. I mean, you’re dealing with two people who are dealing with loss.
And then Ben finds out he’s actually dealing with loss and betrayal, and realizing he kind of lost something he never had. And that makes it all worse.
But at the same time, you learn that Hannah’s loss was a blessing in disguise. She lost something she needed to get rid of.
It was all…soo…gahhh!
So you think that Ben and Hannah’s connection is going to be based around mourning, overcoming loss, moving on with your life, and all that stuff. But it’s not. Because it doesn’t need to be.
Their connection was deeper than that, and just being together made overcoming, moving on, dealing, just happen so easily, like everything else between them.
The emotional connection? Deep. The banter? Witty. The sex? Explosive? The love? So, so real.
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About Carey Decevito:
Born and raised in small town Northern Ontario, Canada, Carey Decevito has always had a penchant for reading and writing for as long as she can remember.
More than a decade later, with weeks of sleepless nights, where exhaustion had settled in to her everyday existence, she finally gave and put pen to paper (more like fingers to keyboard). She submitted to the dreams that plagued her insomnia. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Carey Decevito enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, travelling, and playing tourist in Canada’s National Capital region. When life gets crazy, she seeks respite through her writing and reading. If all else fails, she knows there’s never a dull moment with her prolific story-teller of a four-year-old daughter, her goofy husband and their two cats who she swears are out to get her.