Deadly Dorian (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Deadly Dorian (Ward Security #3)
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 251
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Someone is trying to kill Marc Foster.

Attempted poisoning was bad enough, but when the would-be killer messes with the brakes on Marc’s precious Porsche, the art dealer admits he needs help. He just wasn’t expecting help to be quite so dark and sexy.

Royce Karras loves his job at Ward Security. He’s making up for a lifetime of bad decisions and a bloody past he’d rather forget. But Marc isn’t the spoiled rich boy he thought he’d be protecting. Sticking close to Marc as his “boyfriend” gives Royce insight into his toxic family, but it also reveals a brilliant, compassionate man who completely disarms Royce. Against his better judgment, Royce finds himself falling.

But can they find a way to make it work when Royce’s past threatens to tear their lives apart? Their futures hinges on a lost Renaissance painting, six Bichon Frises, and a pornographic Robin Hood.

No worries, right?

For the first 40% I wanted to give this 4 stars. Then I got a little bored and thought 3.5 stars. But then the last 10% happened and it I ended up with 3 stars.

Royce is a man who doesn’t talk a lot. He is silent, broody, dresses in black. A regular bad boy. But when Royce meets his next assignment he immediately reacts to the beautiful man who needs his protection.

Marc is a 28 year old millionaire. He couldn’t believe it at first, but it looks like one of his siblings is trying to kill him. And that’s how he ends up at Ward Security, getting himself a bodyguard. But no one can know he has a bodyguard, so Royce will pose as his boyfriend.

The two immediately start their fake relationship, but they have so much chemistry together that there’s not much fake about it. But while Marc is willing to see where their attraction will take them, Royce is more hesitant.

Royce lost someone in his past and now he is hesitant to give his heart to someone again. Especially someone who has a heart condition, just like his fiancé who died.

While the two are trying to figure out who is trying to kill Marc, someone from Royce’s past comes back and tries to blackmail Royce, and Marc has no other choice than to involve Marc…

I wasn’t too sure about Marc at first. He seemed a bit too aloof for me to like him. But when I got to know him better he was actually quite sweet. And so ready for Royce to take charge.

I didn’t really like Royce in the previous books, but he was a pretty likable character in this book. Right up until we got to my least favorite part in the entire book.

Oh, how I HATE it when characters break up because one of them is convinced they are no good for the other character, or that they are in fact a danger to them.. And this was exactly what happened. Royce was being a complete asshole. And I was happy that Marc wasn’t about to forgive him, but of course this happened at 95%, so I knew Marc had to forgive him. And he did, in 10 seconds. There was some apologizing from Royce’s part, but not enough groveling for me.

I hate it when there’s drama in the last 10%. Why do authors do this? We’ve had a whole book to get the couple together, I do not need for them to break up and only get together again on the final page.

So this is not a bad book, I just got so incredibly annoyed with Royce that I wanted to throw this book out the window.

I still like the series, even though the previous book and this one were not what I’d hoped they’d be. There is still a lot of potential. So I’ll gladly read the next books.

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