Title: Valor on the Move
Author: Keira Andrews
Release Date: September 9th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Dalia
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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?
Rafael Castillo, codenamed “Valor”, is a gay man growing up in the White House. He has always kept his head down, so no one would thought much about him and notice the real him. Since his father’s presidency is almost over, he can’t come out to his conservative parents just yet, but he has a plan. Rafa and his best friend Ashleigh, who’s a closeted lesbian, pretend to be dating and they plan their breakup for after the new president’s inauguration. After that Rafa will finally be free and will be able to pursue his dreams of being a chef.
In the meantime, Rafa doesn’t expect to get a new hot Secret Service agent, for whom he develops some kind of feelings.
“I’m glad you didn’t disappear.”
“But I did. I haven’t really been me. Not until this summer. Until I started cooking for you. When I’m with you, I don’t have to hide.”
Shane is a thirty-nine year old Secret Service agent, who worked really hard to get assigned to the White House. At the beginning protecting the president’s shy twenty-one year old son doesn’t seem really interesting, but his attitude about the whole thing changes after he gets to know Rafa better.
Also, Shane knows that Rafa has a crush on him and that he shouldn’t get too close to his protectee, but he can’t stop himself from thinking about him more and more each day.
“I’d take a hundered bullets. Kill a hundered men. Keep you safe no matter what.”
There’s a lot of family drama, some good action and hot sexy times. I really liked the moments where Rafa cooked for Shane and then they spend time together, when Rafa’s parents weren’t home.
- Even though Rafa’s family turned out to be nice and supportive in the end, I still didn’t warm up to them as much as I would want to, which is a bummer.
The situation of Alan, Shane’s friend, and his family made me sad and it also quite upset me, because of what Alan decided to do out of desperation. I’m glad that Shane at least helped Alan’s wife and son.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable and fun read with a sweet HEA.