Monday, January 14, 2019

Audiobook Review ~ Model Bodyguard by Lissa Kasey

Audiobook Review ~ Model Bodyguard by Lissa Kasey

By: Lissa Kasey
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
Series: Haven Investigations, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-04-18
Language: English


Sequel to Model Citizen.

Things are going well for androgynous model Ollie Petroskovic, ex-Marine Kade Alme, and their business, Haven Investigations, until rock star Jacob Elias shows up in need of their services...and trouble follows.

Jacob is a playboy with a serious penchant for kink, slaves, and sex toys. He's also Ollie's ex - and all that implies. With the media exploiting his personal life, a stalker sending blood-soaked "gifts", a bumbling security team, and a family he can't trust as far as he could throw them, Jacob is in desperate need of a bodyguard for his latest tour, and Kade can't refuse.
While Kade deals with new doubts about his partnership with Ollie and struggles with reminders of his war injuries, Jacob's stalker escalates from blackmail and threats to murder. As Kade and Ollie work to keep Jacob safe and find the culprit behind the attack, a web of family secrets, lies, and abuse slowly emerges, leading up to a final confrontation that they might not walk away from - and that will have lasting repercussions for Kade and his relationship with Ollie.

Overall Rating: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars

Model Bodyguard is the second book in Lissa Kasey's series, and is not a standalone. This series follows Oliver and Kade and must be read in the appropriate order. The first book is from Oliver's point of view and this one is told in Kade's. With this being Kade's POV, we got more of his history, which just made me like him more.

Kade and Oliver's relationship is going well, as is their business. Oliver is back modeling and Kade is expanding the business. Then Oliver's ex-boyfriend, Jacob, comes back into the picture with the excuse of needing Oliver's help. Only Kade refuses to let Oliver be dragged back into the mess of Jacob's life.

Oliver and Kade's relationship showed a lot of growth and stability. Oliver was trusting Kade and was taking care of himself. But with his ex back in the picture, there were some setbacks in their relationship that they were able to work through. I still really like these characters, and the additional ones in Kade and Oliver's lives. I loved the addition of Newt and really felt this let us see a different, softer side of Oliver.

The focus of this story is really about Jacob's case, and was very convoluted with a lot going on. There are A LOT of characters in the story and a lot of different storylines around him and his family and employees. This mystery was well done, though again I knew who the culprit was going to be. I did not foresee the resulting final scenes with the culprit and I did not foresee that ending.

The narrator is Brian Hutchison and I’m not sure how I felt about his narration. His voice is easy to listen to, he keeps a good pace and has clear diction. But, at times it seemed like the characters had the same voice so it made it hard to distinguish who was speaking which kept me from immersing in the story.

As with the first book, I would have felt completely different with this book if I had not already read the next book in the series. I really enjoyed this story, but absolutely hated the ending. Hated, as in, if I was rating just the ending, I would have given it a -100 stars, hated it. Which means you need to read this series (seriously, have book 3 ready to go immediately after finishing) to find out what could cause such a strong reaction! This is a very well done series!
*** Audio code provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my listening pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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