Every Move He Makes by Barbara Elsborg

Every Move He MakesEvery Move He Makes by Barbara Elsborg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…

It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.

Other than an inexplicable attraction Logan ruthlessly suppresses, he couldn’t have less in common with the irritating, arrogant rich kid. He’s even prepared to walk away—until very real bullets start flying.

After his mother’s death, Zak Kochenkov’s life unravels in an impenetrable haze of grief, drugs and alcohol—until one bodyguard candidate stands out. Except his hopes of having some fun with that guard’s body evaporate when he realizes Logan is buttoned up tighter than a clam.

The first thing Logan learns is that his charge won’t do as he’s told. And there’s some secret behind his haunted eyes that shakes Logan’s resolve to keep him at arm’s length. Because he knows if he lets passion close his eyes, that’s when danger will find them both…

So what did I think?

Absolutely brilliant and straight onto the favourites shelf!

From the very first chapter, this story had me hooked. The writing style was fabulous, the characters gorgeous and the plot intriguing. I love a story that is fast paced and full of humour but contains characters that really touch your heart.

Zak is the son of a Russian business man and was a pop star back home in Russia. Although a talented and clever man, he thinks very little of himself and is hiding a terrible guilt. He hides behind arrogance and a smart-mouth, using drugs and alcohol to escape his problems. He uses wisecracks and sex to deflect the situation and hide his true feelings.

Logan has immersed himself into his life as an agent, escaping his troubled upbringing. He is working undercover with the Russian Mafioso when his cover is blown with severe implications. His latest job is to act as Zak’s bodyguard so as to get close enough to bring down the Russians.

The story is fast-paced and full of action. There are attempts on Zak’s life and it is unclear exactly who the bad guys are and why they are after Zak.

“Why would someone want to kill you?” Logan asked.
He shrugged. “I piss most people off sooner or later. Usually sooner.”
“To the point they’d shoot you down in a London street?”
“I can be very annoying.”

The story follows the two men as they flee London, trying to stay under the radar and work out the good guys from the bad. Logan tries to deny and fight the attraction he feels towards Zak but the more time they spend together, the harder it it.

The time together gives Zak and Logan time to get to know each other. Zak starts to feel something deeper than a sexual attraction and Logan tries to keep his personal and professional life separate but slowly they start to break down the barriers and share their secrets.

A perfect blend of action, mystery and romance.

5 Stars

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Always Been You by Jess Buffett

Always Been YouAlways Been You by Jess Buffett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Seth returns home and Jared is determined to finally make Seth his. Unfortunately not everyone wants that to happen.

Seth Hall returns to his hometown for the first time in eleven years. Now a father of two, he vows not to let his past intervene when he sets up a happy, stable life for them. That is, until Jared, the boy who had broken his heart all those years ago, turns up wanting a chance with him.

Jared Stewart thought he had lost his only chance to be with Seth. When Seth finally comes home, Jared makes it his mission to catch Seth once and for all but unfortunately not everyone wants that to happen.

Will they be finally able to make a life for themselves together? Or will they be torn apart again, by people they thought they could trust?

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. I liked the characters and felt sympathetic to their plight. Back in High School, Seth and Jared were on the verge of acknowledging how they felt about each other, when events drove them apart for eleven years. The plot had some good elements. However, I do think this book didn’t fully live up to it’s potential.

There was opportunity to provide more depth to the characters, to share more of what happened in the time they were apart – a lot would have happened in those eleven years. Some aspects of the story were too rushed. For example, the events that lead to Seth and Jared separation were explained but only at a high level, not fully delving into the emotional fallout. In truth, some of the reasons for their separation,  just seemed a bit too convenient.

The immediate forgiveness and starting a relationship also seemed unrealistic, at least without a more detailed discussion of feelings. I also really struggled to fully understand why Jared decided on the big delay before making his move.
[Jared waited two whole years after deciding to try to win Seth, before approaching him. Not only did this not make much sense when surely Seth needed support during this time, but the two year gap didn’t seem necessary for the plot. (hide spoiler)]

Even though I think there are a number of areas where the story could have benefited from more depth, I still enjoyed reading the story of Seth and Jared. It was a nice hour spent reading of two nice guys with great families, who finally get their happy ending! But not before a bit of drama provided by the bitchy and deranged girl from high school.

3 Stars

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