Title : Guarded Desire
Series : Heart of Fame, Book #3
Author : Lexxie Couper
Publisher : Samhain (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 197 pages (e-book)
Published : July 16, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Desire like this wasn’t in the script…
Heart of Fame, Book 3
Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he’s ready for anything.
But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man is a first for Chris. Now he realizes why his relationships with women have never felt quite…complete.
Liev Reynolds is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is an inconvenience he must ignore. For starters, there’s his professional ethics. Then there’s the long trail of female broken hearts in Chris’s wake.
Hard as they both try to keep their minds on their jobs, desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge. But Hollywood endings aren’t real life. And when the truth leaks out, their careers aren’t the only collateral damage.
Product Warnings : A hunky Hollywood sex symbol. A smoldering, stubborn Australian. A desire so powerful it cannot be denied. A kiss. And a photograph. This isn’t your normal boy-meets-boy story.
Oh wow! That was HAWT!! Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner have nothing on these guys! Chris is a TV star and Hollywood heart-throb, twice voted Sexiest man alive. He is in Australia as part of a promo tour for his action movie and needs a bodyguard. Enter local boy, Liev Reynolds. The sexual chemistry between these two guys is off the charts from word go! Smoking hot!!
Liev is bisexual. Chris is totally heterosexual. Totally…… at least he was. But damn! Liev is effecting him in ways that no man has ever before. When they eventually hook up, and it is no big spoiler by saying they do, it is dynamite! Throughout the book Liev is just the perfect bodyguard, so protective in every way – he is desperate to not ruin Chris’s career even if it means sacrificing his own happiness. Chris on the other hand is so open to change – he quickly accepts that Liev completes him, the missing piece he never even knew was missing. And the breath of fresh air in this book was there is no misunderstanding – just one persistent actor and one immovable bodyguard – something’s gotta give!
This is the third book of a series, and it is the only one I have read – the previous ones are het, nuff said. 😛 While I followed the story fine I did feel some things would have been better understood if I had read the previous book. No big deal though, just little things like wanting more details about Chris’s parents and his sister – but definitely not enough missing info that I felt lost.
One thing that had me slightly confused/miffed was the role of Chris’s PA – Bethany. She was the epitome of professionalism and took no nonsense from Mr.Huntley (she won’t use Chris’s first name), but both guys kept thinking how hot she was – and I kept thinking “oh crap! Here we go..” You see, I need to know if there will be m/F/m in my m/m books and I kept double checking the tags. Relax (those that have a similar stance on m/m) it is purely m/m and Bethany, for some reason, wants to play matchmaker. It is her method that had me scratching my head. It was gratuitous and just seemed so out of character. Just a tiny niggle though, in a book that I really enjoyed.
The story is fun! It’s a little bit cheesy, quite angsty and hot as hell! If you like that in a story (and really, who doesn’t?) then this story is perfect for you! Go. Buy the book!
Rated 4 stars by Barb