Title: Test of Valor (Valor #2)
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: April 26th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 225 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
They’re free of the White House, but can their forbidden romance survive in the real world?
With his father no longer president, twenty-two-year-old Rafa Castillo can finally be with ex-Secret Service agent Shane Kendrick. Shane’s given up his career for Rafa, a move his fellow agents question the sanity and morality of. Eager to get away from the questions and judgement, Rafa and Shane are building a new life together in Australia. Though Shane struggles with nightmares and his over-protective instincts while Rafa fights his own insecurity, they love each other more than ever.
Now they just have to get through a visit from the former president and first lady.
Rafa’s parents certainly don’t approve of his romance with forty-year-old Shane, and they’re determined to make him see reason. They don’t see how their son could possibly be happy settling down with an older man, and they question Shane’s motives. Shane and Rafa just want a normal life together—but when they must suddenly battle for survival, they fight to prove their fierce love can withstand any threat.
This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the conclusion of the Valor duology. It features a May-December age difference, sex on the beach, and of course a happy ending.
I’m usually wary of an author writing an unexpected sequel to a romance that I enjoyed because I worry they’ll mess with the status quo and ruin the happy ending. At the end of Valor on the Move (spoilers ahead!) Rafa had tracked down Shane on a layover in L.A. as he was heading to Australia and declared his feelings. He’d confessed the relationship to his parents (to their no-so-subtle disapproval), and gotten a lovely HEA ending.
Test of Valor picks up six months later and Shane and Rafa are living happily in Australia. Shane’s about to start at Sydney’s Cordon Bleu campus, Shane is starting a security consulting firm, and they’re gearing up for a visit from the former President and First Lady. Who are still not happy their twenty-two year old son is shacking up with a forty year old.
Told in a third-person, dual POV the reader gets to experience the growing pains of Rafa and Shane’s relationship and their thoughts and reasoning behind some of the hurdles they face.
Yes, there is some excitement towards the end of the book, but for the most part it’s the relationship between Rafa and Shane that drives the story and though Keira Andrews puts her characters through the ringer, with some miscommunication and the obligatory Family Drama, Rafa and Shane weather it all together.
The miscommunication grated a bit (but it always does for me, that’s a personal pet peeve), and there were times when both Rafa and Shane were being really immature that had me rolling my eyes. But they work through it eventually, and the reader gets an even happier ending than in Valor on the Move.
Medium angst, some miscommunication, lots of sexy times, some third quarter excitement, and a very happy ending.
NOTE: I would recommend reading Valor on the Move first rather than trying Test of Valor as a standalone.