Why I Love Bodyguards (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)


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Title: Why I Love Bodyguards (Why I Love… #3)
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 181 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Hilton Burke might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he can’t seem to get what he wants the most. Every time he sees Cathal McKinley, his head of security, Hilton can’t help wishing they could be more than just employer and employee. He even admits to himself that he just might be in love with Cathal, even though they’ve never even slept together.

Cathal McKinley accepts how much he wants his boss, Hilton Burke, but he’s pretty sure there’s no way Hilton will want to date him. They come from two different worlds. And now, having to return to Sunburst, Montana, to deal with family problems, Cathal knows there’s no chance for the two of them to get together.

Hilton and Cathal have spent years dancing around each other, but when Cathal needs help, Hilton comes to Montana to back him up. Soon, they’re dealing with children and an old friend who can’t take “no” for an answer. And finally admitting their love turns out to be the least of their worries…


On The Fence

I have very strong feelings about this book, in both directions. Some of the things I hate, I’m on the fence about hating and ditto for some of the things I loved. In a couple of instances, there were things I loved and hated at the same time, because, you know, there’s a thin line and all that. Plus, I never, EVER seem to be able to do things the easy way.

So I’ll try to be coherently concise. Okay, no. That never happens, so I’ll settle for an attempt at linear, if you will. I hated the title of this book. Yes, I realize it’s a part of the Why I Love… series, but still. It sucks. Hilton doesn’t love bodyguards, plural, he loves his bodyguard. So I think the series title is ill-conceived because it makes the individual book titles awkward. Also, what is up with the cover? One non-verbal response coming right up: Ugh.

On the other hand, I love the characters’ names in this one. I don’t think I have ever read a book where the character was named ‘Cathal’ before, and Hilton’s name fit somehow without coming across as pretentious. That’s an amazing feat because let’s face it, ‘Hilton’ could be construed as being pretty stinking pretentious, but not once did I think of Paris Hilton or any other Hilton for that matter, thank the gods! I also enjoyed that Cathal and Hilton were extremely invested in each other despite keeping their distance. These guys have known each other and worked closely together for 5 years. They were mutually attracted all that time and equally unwilling to act on that attraction. They both contributed to the emotional walls and boundaries constructed between them.

While it wasn’t fully realized because there was some judgment there, yes, and some misconceptions, sure, I think these guys came pretty close to being unconditionally in love with each other before they ever touched intimately. I really liked the fact that instead of using their preconceptions and misjudgments to propel some unnecessary drama, the author let it go. There are already too many idiotic, stubborn miscommunication tropes out there. Did I say idiotic and stubborn? Good. It bears repeating. Thankfully, Cathal and Hilton were neither. It was for those reasons I didn’t mind the relatively fast pacing of their dual epiphanies and the turnaround in their relationship dynamic. They’d known each other long enough that it made sense given the circumstances.

The niggles: Cockblocking. I hate it in real life. I hate it when it invades my fantasies. I hate it when it invades my potential spank material. I just hate it. Period. This is why I generally don’t like books that feature children as heavily as this one did. I get it, I really do. This book was, after all, a card-carrying member of the caring-for-others’-kids-after-tragedy and the useless-deadbeat-sibling theme clubs. But my gods! Did there absolutely have to be so many of them? Did they have to be so front and center in the story? Could we not have somehow evaded the rampant cockblocking? Ack! Thbbft!

The effects the children had on Cathal’s and Hilton’s lives individually and as a couple were very realistic. I’m a parent, so I know what those dusty-cooch-‘cuz-of-the-kids days were like. That does not, however, mean I like for kids to invade romance novels/erotica reads. As a reader, and purely as a reader, I wish the author would have found some way to give them some dedicated alone time as a couple, even if it was just for 24 hours or a couple of days, before the progeny took over their lives. Talk about a mood-killer.

It was my worst nightmare. I mean, the plot basically emasculated a hot bodyguard and an equally hot billionaire good guy! Cathal and Hilton had five years of pent up, unfulfilled sexual tension that they should have been able to act on in an explosive, balls-emptying, hot and smexy fun ~whimpers~ kind of way. The fact that Cathal and Hilton couldn’t have about a week’s worth of crazy-hot monkey-sex everywhere when they finally got their heads on straight about each other literally made me wanna cry.

So this one gets plot points for realism and believability, but loses some major heat cred in the steam arena due to rampant (if rationally understandable) cockblocking. That’s why I’m on the fence. That is, after all, what the story was about from the beginning, but books are my escape. I don’t need children chasing me into my head too unless it’s in small doses. This was like a BIG GULP. I get it, but I don’t have to like it. Or condone it. Or want it to continue. Like, ever.

That said, it was sweet, there was decent development as it pertained to the emotional aspects of the MCs relationship, and while they weren’t earth shattering, the sex scenes were adequate. I won’t beat a dead horse and reiterate how they could have been better! I enjoyed it, but there won’t be any backtracking for me and probably no further installments of this series either. I’ve read better.

This review is cross-posted at Goodreads. Other reviews by NeRdyWYRM can be read here.

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Galley copy of Why I Love Bodyguards (Why I Love… #3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents' full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates. Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don't have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it's any device with a Kindle app. I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I've surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital. I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there's not much out there I won't read. I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that 'smut' as she called it. I'd already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn't be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom. ~~wink-wink~~ My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It's served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there's nothing at all I'm unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.