Title: Valor on the Move
Author: Keira Andrews
Release Date: September 9th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Renee
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?
This was so hard to review. At any given part of the book, I could give anywhere from 3 to 5 stars. So that’s why I’ve settled on 4.
Writing alone – 5 stars. Andrews is amazing, and I love her story telling every time.
I won’t rehash the blurb. I’m later to the party than most of my friends, so I’ll be short and sweet. I constantly felt like it was rushed, but I can’t put my finger on why. There was excellent character development. There was a great deal of UST. And the attraction was believable. But the love part? I just didn’t buy it. Not all the way at least. On either side. It went from crush/attraction to love without me understanding why. It was a leap for me.
The other thing that made me a little ragey – it was always Rafa being brave and putting himself out there for Shane. Even at the end. I don’t care what Shane’s intentions might’ve been – when it comes down to actual actions, it was Rafa once again, making the move. Shane, grow some balls and SHOW him you want him.
But the overall story of these two? I liked it. And I always enjoy Andrews’ writing. So it’s 4 for me.