Valor on the Move (Lili’s Review)

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Title: Valor on the Move
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 9th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 4326 locations (Kindle)
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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?

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Valor on the Move is the story, Rafa and Shane. Rafa is the twenty-one-year-old son of the president who has big plans for his life once his father’s presidency is over. Shane is a thirty-nine-year-old secret service man assigned to protect Rafa. Due to their circumstances and their 18 year age difference it would seem that their friendship wouldn’t go further than Rafa’s one-sided crush.

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What I loved:

*Rafa. He was so sweet and selfless, but there was also this underlining strength to his character.
*Shane. He came off as so strong and sure, but underneath he carried a lot hurt. There was this gentleness to him.
*The relationship development between Rafa and Shane. Keira Andrews took care for it to grow from a friendship to something more. It didn’t feel rushed at all.
*Story had great pace- never felt slow-moving.
*Character growth
*Steam- delicious slow burn. Didn’t have as much steam as other stories of hers I’ve read, but the ones it did have were haaawt.
*The suspense. Normally I’m not a fan, but surprisingly I didn’t mind it here. I was happy it didn’t take over the story.

My only complaint- and it’s more of a personal pet-peeve than anything:

*While they were being intimate-

Spoiler
Rafa asks Shane if his penis will fit.
It made me giggle and kind of took me out of the scene.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story about healing, inner strength, and family. It left me with a smile. 4.5 Stars ♥

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ARC was kindly provided by Keira Andrews for an honest review.

Author

I’m a thirty-something Colombian who loves to get lost in a good ol’ Romance.

My favorite tropes are:

-Best friends to lovers
-May/December
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:

-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen
-Megan Erickson

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Cyberlove Series by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson

**Also: HEA a must!

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