Title: Valor on the Move
Author: Keira Andrews
Release Date: September 9th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 4326 locations (Kindle)
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 stars out of 5
He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.
It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.
Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.
But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?
Engaging, sexy, and exciting with just a soupçon of intrigue, this was an enjoyable romance with a sweet HFN.
I liked the slow burn and the way their sexy times were handled. I like how Andrews resolved Shane’s issue of falling for his charge. Finally, I liked how the intrigue/conflict was resolved in the end. And I loved the feelz. Oh, yes…it’s Keira Andrews, folks, you didn’t think you were getting out without some feelz, did you?
I felt just as shattered as Rafa when he discovers his family (with the exception of the clueless brother) all knew he was gay and hiding it, and his father had voted on the conservative marriage bill anyway.
However, as quickly as the story moves and is paced, at the end I felt like I missed getting to spend some time actually getting to know the characters. I wish I’d gotten to know Rafa, Shane and Rafa’s family more as I felt like I only got surface glimpses.
Regardless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. I had to force myself to put it down in order to sleep, then practically had grabby hands as soon as I woke up.