Title: Kaleidoscope (CyNapse Security, Inc. #1)
Author: Jo Tannah
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: March 18, 2018
Genre(s): Suspense, Contemporary
Page Count: 217
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Julian Davis has no time for love—everything must be under control. He steers clear of messy emotions or out-of-control passions. This attitude is the key to his success as the VP of CyNapse, one of the world’s leading technology companies. When Tarek Kettner is assigned as his lead bodyguard, Julian’s life is turned upside down. The baby-faced bodyguard had always been Julian’s secret weakness. After one intimate encounter with Tarek, Julian begins to question his life decisions.
Tarek is one of the deadliest bodyguards working for CyNapse Security, Inc. He also wants to show Julian what it would be like to have a meaningful, loving, and trusting relationship instead of one based on physical passion and lust.
Can Julian let go of his apprehensions and embrace Tarek’s offer of love when his life is in danger?
Tarek is Julian’s bodyguard. The two have a friendly relationship which suffers a twist when Tarek finds out that Julian has started sleeping with men. While Tarek is trying to come to grips with the newfound knowledge and his attraction to Julian, an old enemy makes reappearance throwing their lives in turmoil.
It was a promising beginning, but I didn’t like the rest of the book so much. I also disliked Arjan from the start, which even though he was only a supporting character, didn’t endear story to me. At this point I was still interested in Tarek’s and Julian’s relationship, but sadly that didn’t work either. I get that they are attracted to each other, but shifting scenes from talking about gruesome murder to sex scene left me bewildered.
The story continued to jump from scene to scene without any warning, disrupting the flow and villain’s appearances are sporadic, with plot going nowhere. It would have been helpful to get a resolution from scenes where villain makes his move, even just “We have no leads” instead of leaving it hanging in the air. The relationship didn’t fare better as tension between men felt somewhat manufactured. As a contrast, the first scene, just a split second between Tarek and Julian was rife with potential. The rest of it just failed to convince me.