Deadly Dorian (Belen’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 13th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 251 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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?

Deadly Dorian can pretty much be summed up as Will Royce allow his past destroy his future?

Told in a dual POV the third book in the Ward Security series features Royce, the bodyguard who is close to computer genius Quinn, but not many others, who has a grin that he rarely bestows, and has secrets and a temper from hell and doesn’t talk about his past filled with heartache and loss.

Marc Foster hasn’t had it easy either and he’s finally coming to grips with the fact the “accidents” he’s been experiencing are more likely attempted murder, so even though Marc has history with Rowe, Lucas and Snow he swallows his pride and approaches Ward Security for help meeting secretly with Lucas and his husband, Andrei Hadeon, the COO of Ward Security. Andrei comes up with a plan for security, including cameras in his house and Royce, who will be with Marc 24/7 posing as his boyfriend.

Royce, and Marc’s attraction to him, is a reminder of a past Marc wanted to believe he’d left behind. While Marc, and Royce’s attraction to him, is something Royce doesn’t want to want. But the two can’t deny the chemistry between them, no matter how hard they try.

Royce wasn’t sure which of them was going to break first, but he had little doubt that they weren’t going to last much longer before they either punched one another or fucked. At this point, he really didn’t care which happened.

But when Royce’s past comes knocking, he needs not only Marc’s help, but the help of his Ward Security brothers to save those closest to him. Including Marc, even if it means walking away.

90% of this story was great. But I’m not a fan of the whole –

I have to leave you and make us both miserable in the meantime until I get my head out of my ass after a tough talk with a friend –
miscommunication plot so it hit a bit of a rough patch for me with the shenanigans, but got back on track eventually and gave me the HFN I was craving.

What can I say? I really like Drake and Elliot and the world they’ve built. They are consistently good, they write the tragic backstory hero oh-so-well, they give an engaging plot, some really hot sexy times, and chances to catch up with the characters from the Unbreakable Bonds series. What’s not to like? Plus we got a whole scene featuring Clue! references and that just made me deliriously happy.

I enjoyed reading Deadly Dorian. Royce and Marc are great characters, I loved the suspense, I had fun reading it and I’m looking forward to more in the series. Fingers crossed for Dominic’s story!

As a side note – I wish I knew what was going on with the titles to this series, because I cannot figure out how the play into the plot. Does anyone know what these titles mean?

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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