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
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.
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