Guarding My Heart
Title : Guarding My Heart
Author : S.C. Wynne
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 115 pages (e-book)
Published : April 8, 2014
Rating : ★★★
Liam Carlington is a spoiled rich kid. He’s been acting out since his childhood love, Paul, devastated him by marrying a woman. He drops out of school in favor of drinking and partying too much. When his current bodyguard is injured in a bar fight, a new bodyguard replaces him.
His new protector, Scott Jackson, is gorgeous, and tough. He’s attracted to his new charge, and Liam is aggressive about how much he would love to get Scott in bed. But Scott is worried Liam is just using him for a sexual fling.
As much as Scott would love to give in to Liam sexually, he knows there is someone out there who has threatened Liam’s life. It complicates matters that Scott is beginning to lose his professional distance from Liam. He’s not willing to lose another client, but can he really keep Liam safe by staying out of his bed?
I actually enjoyed reading this book despite my rating. I love the bodyguard falls for his client trope. Yes. I know I love a lot of them. Guarding My Heart was a quick read with some nice tension. Some very fun flirting and skirting around the fact they were both into each other in a very inappropriate way considering their working relationship.
This is set in a winery that has been in Liam’s family for generations. There’s been a threat against the family and the focus seems to be on Liam or so the dad thinks. He’s the only son of the current owners. Liam has come home to lick his wounds after the love of his life dumped him on his ass to marry a woman. Liam goes into a sort of downhill spiral. A drunken brawl one night leaves his former bodyguard incapable physically of protecting Liam. So of course the company sends a beautiful blond replacement to protect Liam.
Scott definitely takes his job more serious than the last bodyguard. There’s a line in the beginning of the book that he’s not a push over or something like that like Liam’s former bodyguard. Well, it certainly starts off that way and then the push and pull between these two gets pretty sexy and fun. The length of the book really doesn’t lend itself to developing that as fully as it could have. Being a novella things needed to be moved along and I’m okay with that. It just had some really good sexual and emotional tension potential that was probably rushed along for the sake of the word count. And Scott gives into his urges pretty quickly for being such a bad ass former marine body-guard. That’s part of the length of the book too I’d assume. Scott’s pretty smexy. They say that quite a bit in this book.
Liam doesn’t realize he actually needs a body-guard for a portion of the book. Even once Liam knows he’s in real danger, he’s flippant and petulant. Which does fit the spoiled rich kid thing. Liam does however come off as likable for the most part. He’s kind and funny. Great at flirting. I enjoyed the banter between Scott and Liam.
The mystery was totally obvious. I doubt anybody won’t know who the bad guy is right away. This was pretty disappointing because, again, you have this stud bodyguard who doesn’t follow through. Yes, Liam does some very dumb stuff and is probably a huge distraction for poor Scott but I felt like it was just too easy. Nobody else was even brought up or mentioned to make you wonder if there could be anybody else threatening Liam.
This was a pretty fun and sexy short read IF you don’t mind that. The ending was wrapped up quick which makes we wonder if we’ll ever see this couple again or the author just wants us to leave their future up to our imagination. There was certainly an implied HEA. I’m sure meshing their worlds would make an interesting read.
Rated 3 stars by Whit