Top positive review
4.25 stars :)
on 13 March 2016
The second book in the Bodyguards Inc. series deals with same sex relationship abuse although there is no on page violence.
Daniel Lincoln is taking part in a show similar to the much more popular X-Factor and is down to the last three in the final. But on the very day he needs to pull off one his best performances ever he suffers at the hands of his boyfriend who is angry that Daniel looks to be only third place. But for Daniel third place would be a chance for him, a chance to live his dreams and a final chance to get away from his abusive boyfriend. It is whilst he is trying to recover in a dark corner of the studio that Ben Collins, one of the show’s bodyguards finds him. From this meeting is a turning point in Daniel’s life.
Ben Collins had been with Bodyguards Inc. for over four years now and nothing he has seen has made any impact in his presumptions of the celebrity circuit. That is until he comes across the mesmerising rocker on the show, Daniel. He was instantly attracted to the talented young guy with his dark good looks and guy liner but he knew he was off limits as he was in a relationship. But when he finds him in a corner obviously trying to hide his injuries, he knows something is off.
After Ben helps Daniel back to his dressing room, he brushes off Ben’s attempts to help further. After the show it is months later that Daniel reaches out for Ben’s help again.
I am really loving this series and the author’s writing style. I love that these stories are not insta-love and are developed over time. I like how the secondary characters of family and friends are an intricate part of the story and at times take centre stage with the main characters. I like family elements being woven into a storyline. It was also good to read the sub context of domestic violence was tackled in a non dark way, and was kept as a focus but didn’t delve into violent episodes (although I do like this in much grittier books though) as it would not have flowed within this light read.
Both main characters were instantly likable and both shone with their own strengths. I must admit though Ben was a hunky alpha man to fall for with his gentle ways towards Daniel. I would have preferred it just that little bit more though if their relationship was pulled in earlier in the book rather than later as it did. However, still an extremely enjoyable m/m romance read and I am glad I have found this author to read more of.