Every Move He Makes


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
Length: Novel
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…

The Review:

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.

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13 comments

  • The storyline sounds interesting. I love action and suspense with a good plot but when the sex trumps everything I lose interest and just want them to get on with the story. Does this novel go overboard in the sex department? If so, I’ll give it a pass.

    • That depends on your tastes, I’d say. Yes, there are many sex scenes in this book, and not all of them necessary for the story. Sex to story ration 30:70, I’d guess. I’ve read another book by this autho that was far worse in that regard, though.

      • Thanks Feliz. Probably not my cuppa tea then. 30 to my way of thinking is simply too much filler and not enough actual plot.

  • Feliz

    I started this book last night when I remembered that you were posting your review today. The review will make me accelerate my reading. Thank you so much for such a wonderful job. 🙂 From what I managed to read of her other book, somehow I don’t think Cowboys Down will live up to Every Move He Makes. Can’t wait for your review of that one. 😮

    • He, you got that in one about Cowboys- I managed to read it but was all but seething by the end. You’ll see…
      This one, enjoy. It’s great entertainment!

  • I really liked this one too. It was like James Bond in that parts of it were a little far fetched but I was enjoying myself too much to care :).

    • it was, wasn’t it? I couldn’t help hearing the “Mission impossible” theme in the back of my head while reading this 🙂

  • Hi, Feliz, this is an excellent review and I totally agree with you. I read Every Move He Makes a few days ago and I liked it very much. Readers often complain about a book not having enough of this or that, but this book has too much of nearly everything, specially action and sex scenes.
    The only subplot I didn’t like was when Logan took refuge with Zak at Hamish’s home. He could have found any other similar place, like you said, why trusting someone who has good reasons to betray you, while the wounds from the past were still open. I felt it was inconsiderate for Logan to ask Hamish for help and later putting him in danger too. That being said, I really enjoyed reading the rest of the book, and I’ve been recommending it.
    By the time I read the HEA I was so satisfied that rather than a book it felt as if I’ve watched a movie.

    • Yes, exactly, it felt like an action movie.
      I hadn’t thought of Hamish when I mentioned the trust issue
      But you’re right, now that you mention it I can see it too. Still, not bad enough to spoil the overall enjoyment as far as I’m concerned

    • Small warning, there’s no uniform in sight, rather spies and spooks. But if you like that as well, this book might be just for your tastes, Leslie!

  • I had wondered about this book, and after reading your review it looks as if my decision is made… 😀 I like all the elements in the story – suspense/romance/spy – and am glad to read they all come together so well. Thanks for the review!

    • If you can thoroughly suspend disbelief, I hope you’ll like this as much as I did. Enjoy!

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