Psycho Romeo (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)

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Title: Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1)
Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Self-Published
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

Blurb:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

This review cross-posted at Goodreads.
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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.

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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.

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