Title: Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1)
Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 232 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats.
But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker.
He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts…
Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him.
Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.
Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.
Prepare yourself. This was me in the Pre-Release days.
Fuck. YES! It’s. Sven.
I fucking knew it! And I called it. My review of the last book (so far) of the OG series Unbreakable Stories: Ian (Unbreakable Bonds, #4.5) here.
But I digress. This is about thankyouthankyouthankthebookgods Sven.
I can’t freakin’ wait!
And what a great title! I’m so excited I’m bouncing around the room like … I don’t know what. But whatever it is, it’s bouncy as hell.
Okay … Post-Read Update Time
Do ya think I was a little excited about Sven’s story? Yeeeeeaaaah. Just a bit. So the question now is did it live up to what came before given the fact that this is a spinoff of the Unbreakable Bonds series by the same authors? And the answer is: almost. And just as I’m about to get rolling on the actual review, my daughter needs the damned computer. Of course. So hold that thought, I’ll try not to lose mine, and then … maybe, just maybe, I can finally get on with it! Ugh.
Okay, so now that all that jazz is out of the way, how did I feel about Psycho Romeo? I really liked it. Did I luuuurve, luuuurve, luuuurve it? No. But only because Geoffrey was never a favorite character of mine and he remains, unfortunately, one of my least favorite. I don’t go in for Saran Wrap™ characters. They irk me. I’m irked.
Is Geoffrey smart? Yes. Attractive? Yes. Big-hearted? Yes. Sweet, funny, and all that hokey stuff? Yes. Yes. And yes. But it all comes down to this: Is he clingy? OMG YESSSSSS. And it’s pretty over-the-top. Ugh.
Now, if I take my dislike of that particular personality trait out of the equation, I can completely see Geoffrey and Sven together but only because of Sven’s personality. I won’t lie. I was hoping for something a little more … badass for the big, quiet man. I was hoping that Geoffrey was a ship passing in the night and not a definite foreshadowing of things to come, but I guess the authors gave Sven what he needed and not what I wanted. C’est la vie.
As for everything else, the plot was typical of what we saw in the Unbreakable Bonds series. There were, predictably, cameo appearances from some of our favorite characters, though not as many as I expected or would have liked to see. I get that in the world of books and reading that our favorite characters can’t stick around indefinitely or constantly be present in new series, but [shoulder-slumped sigh] it doesn’t stop me wishing.
This one was fast-paced and there was definitely a villain wreaking havoc with our MCs. The reason Geoffrey’s antagonist was fudging around with his life was actually pretty believable all things considered. I’m not rich or famous, hell, I don’t even get to be infamous anywhere except with my family so I can’t really relate, but I imagine that real-life people in that situation have legitimate concerns similar to what Geoffrey went through here. So the part of the plot relating to Geoffrey’s trials and tribulations and the reasons behind them is successful in my humble opinion.
The authors managed to avoid the whole insta-love leg trap thank goodness, by factoring in a long, if distant acquaintance and equally long-term mutual infatuation. Sven and Geoffrey ending up together, and quickly given the circumstances, therefore wasn’t too much of a leap and didn’t have me rolling my eyes like Mad-Eye Moody. The whole thing could have been bad. Really, really baaaad. That would have been a terrible thing first thing out of the gate after Unbreakable Bonds, but luckily something readers don’t have to worry about.
The sexual dynamic between these two was pretty hot. It didn’t tick all my boxes, but we all know that Drake and Elliott can definitely steam things up and there was no exception here. I’m anticipating Royce’s story like you would not believe. I might even be more excited about that one that I was about Sven, if you can fathom that.
No. Really. Unfortunately that feeling is also tempered with a little bit of caution on my part. Besides Ian being a gentler if still badass soul, all of the previous partners-in-crime-and-love to Drake and Elliott’s MCs were pretty extraordinary all by themselves. I think Geoffrey broke that mold here and it puts a little bit of a damper on my excitement about who’s coming next in the Ward Security series.
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