Title: Every Move He Makes
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Art: Lou Harper
Buy Link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: gay contemporary, Men in Uniform
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Rating Stars
A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: A pair of unusual, interesting heroes, fast-paced writing and a suspenseful story made this book an enjoyable read.
The Blurb: Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…
It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.Other than an inexplicable attraction Logan ruthlessly suppresses, he couldn’t have less in common with the irritating, arrogant rich kid. He’s even prepared to walk away—until very real bullets start flying.After his mother’s death, Zak Kochenkov’s life unravels in an impenetrable haze of grief, drugs and alcohol—until one bodyguard candidate stands out. Except his hopes of having some fun with that guard’s body evaporate when he realizes Logan is buttoned up tighter than a clam.The first thing Logan learns is that his charge won’t do as he’s told. And there’s some secret behind his haunted eyes that shakes Logan’s resolve to keep him at arm’s length. Because he knows if he lets passion close his eyes, that’s when danger will find them both…
It’s an interesting beginning for a story, having the main character attend his own funeral. It’s also a good opportunity to provide a mountain of backstory by having the main character’s friends, relatives and family reminisce about him–and with him–without making this read too much like info dump. This was done with Logan in here, and once the preliminaries were thus out of the way, the story took up speed and never slowed down again, plunging me, the reader, headfirst into a well-written, suspenseful game of cat and mouse in best “Mission Impossible” tradition.
As it says in the blurb, this story is set in the world of spys and spooks, and it has everything you’d expect from a good espionage thriller. A resourceful, cool, gorgeous undercover agent, a mysterious boss, some deceptively harmless-looking dangerous gadgets, treacherous friends, car chases, armed attacks by day and night, throat-cutting… nothing left to be desired. There was even a damsel in distress, albeit a male one this time, for whom Logan, the undercover agent, falls hard despite his resolve to keep his professional distance and despite the fact that Zac drives him crazy.<
(by the way: Zac may look like a total wimp in the beginning, but he proves well capable of looking after himself. I started out thoroughly despising him, but I really liked him in the end–just like Logan did. I think this is testament to what a good job the author did with this character)
This basic plot is spiced up by a whole lot of flavoring ingredients: both protagonist’s unhappy–to say the least–childhood memories; Zac being prone to substance abuse and depression; Logan being haunted by his past; both heroes’ complicated family circumstances; and of course, by the developing romance between them. Actually, spiced is to weak a word for the latter, since Logan and Zac are hot together, as in scorching the pages hot, even though I thought some of the sex scenes gratuitous.
For Logan is one of those silent, reserved types whose aloofness hides a deep vulnerability– and white-hot passion for the one who manages to crack them open. And Zac is just the one; with his spitfire character and a rampant temperament that borders on self-destructive he is Logan’s exact opposite. Which makes for an explosive mix; I didn’t only enjoy the sex scenes between them, their banter was hilarious at times. They made a great pair; this was really one of those storys where one protagonist sometimes isn’t whole anymore without the other. Although the end was a bit open, I could see the two of them make it work, so no complaints on the romance front.
On the action front neither, as I indicated above. Okay, the twists and turns in the plot sometimes required some suspension of disbelief, but then again, this is an espionage thriller–and if unlikely things can’t happen in the world of spys and spooks, I don’t know where else. In any case, there was a lot of action, fighting and blood.
What I have complaints about–if only minor ones–are a few plot points that I really couldn’t comprehend, not by any stretch of the imagination. Like Logan trusting people he had no reason to trust, particularly after all the secrecy before, and even getting away with it. Like Logan’s boss playing fairy godmother to get them out of something alive. And Zac’s about-face in the end, though the latter was necessary for romance’s sake, so I won’t complain too loudly about that. All of the above were minor things anyway.
All in all, I can wholeheartedly recommend Every Move He Makes as a suspenseful romance/ romantically enhanced spy thriller. If either sounds appealing to you, go for this book, you can’t go wrong.