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Sheer #Goven perfection in this opening Ward Security romance

Psycho Romeo (Ward Security, #1)Psycho Romeo by Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfection!

There may be spoilers for Shiver Shatter Torch Devour from the Unbreakable Bonds series if you haven’t read those yet.

Right, having had time to sit and digest this book, I have to say I don’t think it could have been more perfect at telling the story of Geoffrey and Sven, two characters who appeared on the sidelines in the Unbreakable Bonds series and almost >< stole the show in their respective roles.

I’ve been pushing for #Geoven since Sven, all 6ft 5in plus of Viking gorgeousness, boldly walked into Rialto in Shatter to help protect Ian Pierce, a perfect mate for Geoffrey and his hands
We were introduced to Geoffrey in Shiver, with his immense crush on Snow, and he turned out to be far more than his party boy exterior when he helped the guys take down another of Boris Jagger’s child auctions.

In Psycho Romeo, the first in the spin off Ward Security series, we catch up with both Geoffrey and Sven a few months after the events in Devour and I have to admit to going into the book with some trepidation.

Could Jocelynn and Rinda pull off #Geoven – a couple that had originally started out as an “online joke” (sort of) pairing but which had taken on a life of its own when these authors decided to continue the fully fleshed out world they’d created in Unbreakable Bonds?

Well, here’s where I stand up and applaud because my faith that they could pull it off was not only justified, it was taken beyond expectation to produce a story which is so perfect, not only to the two men themselves, but also to the roles they occupy within the ongoing narrative.

Geoffrey may seem like a one-dimensional party boy with his millions of social media followers and a bunch of hangers on who trail around him like bees with honey, but underneath he’s lonely. He’s crushing hard on Ward Security bodyguard Sven, a powerhouse of quiet muscles and a shy and reserved persona but he doesn’t know how to break through and his behaviour chasing Snow has left him embarrassed around this group of put together men.

But when he wakes up practically naked with no memory of how he got home and with a threatening message on his phone, he knows the bodyguard is the only one he wants to keep him safe.

As with their previous works together, the narrative is seamlessly weaved into one cohesive plot, I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint which bit Jocelynn wrote or which bit Rinda wrote outside of the obvious – Jocelynn likes blowing things up 🙂 and the tensions are amped up as the search for Geoffrey’s stalker intensifies.

Sven’s busy fighting his attraction to Geoffrey while trying to keep him safe but a close call with the stalker brings all his barriers crashing down and what follows is one of the most emotional and erotic sex scenes I’ve ever read – especially given it happens with a door between the two protagonists!

I could write about this book ad infinitum but I think it’s best experienced by someone picking it up and reading, so I’ll end this review on the note that it is every bit as sexy as you would expect from these two authors.

It has high level action, it has moments where your heart is in your mouth, it has emotional connection between two men who are perfect for each other, there’s the trademark humour which stops everything from becoming too dark and fraught and it has an ending which is perfect for the narrative told.

Now, who’s next? I’d like to see Royce & Quinn because I think there were definitely some teasing niggles between the two but I can’t think of a decent shipping name (and Rinda’s already let the cat out of the bag that Quinn’s getting another guy) 😉

ETA: Okay Rinda and Jocelynn spilled the beans at #GRL2017 and Quinn’s going to be with Jude’s ex with benefits Shane, who runs the PI agency Hollis has gone to work for – I CANNOT wait for this pairing!

#ARC received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Everything I’d hoped it would be and then some

Enemies of the State (The Executive Office #1)Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, when I tell you that The West Wing is my favourite TV series of all time and that when Marc Harmon’s Special Agent Simon Donovan was murdered during a store robbery gone wrong just after kissing White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg, I cried for about an hour, you can hazard a guess at how much I was pinning on this book.

Well, Tal Bauer gave me everything I wanted and then some. This book is explosive, it’s thrilling, it’s emotional, it’s heart breaking, it’s tense, it’s passionate, it’s sexy, it’s about two men in their 40s falling in love unexpectedly with the glare of the world upon them.

Jack and Ethan were beautifully crafted, for all he’s a Republican President (and that was a bit weird), Jack is just the kind of guy you’d want in the White House top job and Ethan, oh how much do I want my own Ethan?! Strong, reliable, dedicated, determined, unassailable, loyal.

I actually did guess fairly early on who the mole, the bad guy on the inside, was going to be but it didn’t stop me from hoping throughout that I’d be wrong and the President wouldn’t be betrayed.

The action and attention to detail is superb, the spy and thriller elements worthy of a book on their own without the added bonus of the experience of an openly gay secret service agent falling for a man who’d always considered himself straight. I loved that Jack was clear he was in love with the person and the fact Ethan was a man didn’t really register for him. They were friends first.

There’s also a whole host of brilliantly drawn side characters and I can’t be the only one wanting to know more about the relationship between the mysterious Marine and the Saudi intelligence head?

Never boring, this book kept me up until 3am reading it. It just is that good.

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