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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saving the Bodyguard by Serena Yates

Saving the Bodyguard by Serena Yates
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Leo needs anger management to learn how to control his temper, but will that be enough when his favourite enemy strikes again?

Leo Taber is an ex-bodyguard who now runs a security company with a good friend. Business does not go as well as expected, and he soon faces anger management issues. He is very sceptical about the ten-day course his friend recommends, but feels he has no choice but to go. Once at the retreat, he meets Felix, who works as a waiter there, and all his issues seem forgotten when the sparks start flying. Giving in to his feelings has never been so easy.

But is this temporary peace going to last – even when the real world starts intruding into their temporary idyll?

What do you do when the love of your life has issues?

Okay, that's actually not a fair question. We all have issues. It's what we do about those issues that's the thing, and it's the thing Serena Yates writes about in Saving the Bodyguard. I give the author a lot of credit. A hero with anger issues could turn off a lot of people. He initially turned me off. I mean, the guy was downright mean. But, Ms. Yates has penned him with such fluidity and realism, page by page I fell for him. I couldn't put the book down and was sad to see it end.

I liked that the characters were both flawed, perhaps to varying degrees, but flawed nonetheless. Felix is just trying to survive. He's been through hell and getting past it. I liked the fragile strength he showed. I rooted for him immediately. There's oodles of back story here, but it's written in such a fashion that the reader doesn't feel pounded over the head with it.

Ms. Yates drew me in with the sweet and sexiness of her characters and her verbiage. I didn't think these two men were even suitable to be in the same room together and yet, Ms. Yates made it work and work well.

And don't let me forget to mention the love scenes! Be prepared and grab a cool drink, a stiff breeze and a fan for your reader or computer. You'll need it.

If you want a story with great character development, lots of heart and more heat than should be legal, you need to read Saving the Bodyguard.

1 comment:

Serena Yates said...

Thanks for reviewing my book, Nymphaea. I'm glad you enjoyed it and appreciate you liking Leo in the end - I know it wasn't easy. :-)