Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ARC Review: Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews

Book Title: Valor on the Move

Author Name: Keira Andrews

Genre: M/M contemporary

Release Date: September 9, 2015

Book Description:

He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.

It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.

Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.

But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?

Goodreads URLhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26123011-valor-on-the-move

Mari's Review:

***ARC provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

I'm a huge Keira Andrews' fan and I've loved every one of the stories I've had the chance to read. I knew I would love this story as soon as I read the blurb and I definitely wasn't disappointed. 

Rafa Castillo is the youngest son of the POTUS, he's shy and closeted, but he has a plan: as soon as his father finishes his term he will move to Australia to follow his dream of being a chef and he will come out, in the meantime he is determined not to rock the boat. He's never had a relationship before, but there'll be time for that later on. He never imagined the new agent assigned to him will be the embodiment of every wet dream he ever had, though.

Shane Kendrick has been assigned as Rafa's new Secret Service agent, and figures it will be an easy enough task considering Rafa is so timid and boring. Only there's more to Rafa than meets the eye, and once they start meeting up so Rafa can test his culinary skills on Shane, the agent is drawn to the younger man. 

There's a huge age difference between Rafa and Shane, and while that might be a deal breaker for some, it worked for me. Even if Rafa was much younger and had been closeted most of his life, he doesn't seem to be an immature kid. He knows what he wants, and while he's willing to wait to get it, he's nothing if not determined. Shane has never found someone he could care about as much as he does for Rafa, perhaps it was more like he was finally ready to let someone in, but I really enjoyed the progression from crush to something more on both their parts. 

There's suspense, intrigue, action, romance and angst, delicious angst (come on, if you've read a Keira Andrews' book before, you know angst is practically a must) all wrapped in amazing, vivid, flawless writing with compelling characters that will make you feel for them. 

Rating: 5+ MindBlowing Stars!!!

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