His Guarded Heart
By Lia Davis
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: MM Military Romance
Length: novella (15K words)
This book was a gift from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Senator Beau Beckett refuses to lay low because of a few death threats on postcards. His new bodyguard isn’t going to convince him otherwise. At least not until the threat becomes real and his four year old daughter’s safety is jeopardized. He has no choice but to work with his cocky and sexy Agent Wolfe to stay alive.
Federal Security Protection agent, Judd Wolfe doesn’t play by the rules. His out-of-the-box way of getting things done lands him a babysitting job. But being Senator Beckett’s bodyguard while staying out of his bed becomes his biggest challenge as passion ignites between the men.
It always amazes me how totally immersed in a story I get. From the very beginning I was sucked into the suspense, missing files all leading back to Senator Beau Beckett. A man named Smith threatening assassination and a bomb in a warehouse. Even with all of this the Senator is not taking it seriously. At least not until Judd Wolfe a Federal Security Protection agent comes on the scene and the threats go up a notch to include the Senator’s daughter, Angel.
With Angel and Beau safe at home, the realization of the amount of knowledge the assassin has makes the normal path of protection less than ideal. Judd is determined to keep them safe and do his best to keep his hands off the Senator.
As arrangements are made from transport to secure locations, Beau gives Judd his personal journal with notes about the gifts from when his wife was alive and everything leading up to the current events.
When their hands connect over the thumb drive, Beau and Judd both feel a deeper connection, and Beau takes the initiative. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book.
Passion darkened the agent’s chocolate brown eyes, luring Beau closer. His gaze dropped to Judd’s lips and Beau wondered how the other man would taste. Was he gentle under the hard exterior?
Without a conscious thought, Beau leaned forward and pressed his lips to Judd’s. Every muscle trembled as Judd returned the kiss, thrusting his tongue through the seam of Beau’s lips.
Beau opened and swirled his tongue around the other man’s. His impossibly hard cock pressed painfully against the zipper of his slacks.
Judd’s hand glided over Beau’s thigh then up to cup him. Gripping his wrist, Beau broke the kiss and held the agent’s desire-drunk stare. “Wait.”
“I can’t. I’ve wanted you from the first moment I saw you in that courtroom all those years ago.”
Beau stood, linked his fingers with Judd’s and yanked him to a stand. “My room is behind you to the right off the kitchen. I’m going to check on Angel and lock up the house.”
One dark brow rose at the same time the corners of Judd’s sensual lips did. “I’ll lock up while you check on Angel.”
The temperature goes up from here. The passion and intensity combined with the urgency to draw out and eliminate the assassin, makes this a page turner not to be missed. You might want to have a fan and a couple of cold drinks handy as well.
I give this book 5 Contented PURRS!
Bravo Lia! What is next on your wicked little agenda? I just can’t wait.
“I don’t need a bodyguard.” Beau fisted his hands atop his desk.
“It’s not your choice. The orders came from—”
Beau slammed a palm against the wood, silencing his chief of staff, then took some deep, slow breaths. Notes on postcards weren’t reason enough to call in a Federal Protective Service agent to cover his personal security. “I know where the orders came from.”
FPS didn’t usually play babysitter unless the orders came from the President, which told Beau they had made a threat assessment and the results must be grave. Yet, no one would explain to him how serious. With a sigh, he sat back in his chair and tapped his fingers against the desktop. “It was two separate incidents, both of them accidents.”
Jaw tightening, Greta folded her arms and stared at him. No doubt his chief of staff wanted to choose her words carefully. If she’d known about the notes, she wouldn’t have waited this long to escalate the security issue. “I have to disagree, sir. Those so-called accidents were avoidable, and happened in public places.”
She pointed to the file she placed on his desk upon entering his office. “The file has everything you need to know about your new security detail.”
Exhaling a heavy, growl-like breath, Beau opened the file and scanned over the details.
Intelligence Security Lead
Federal Protective Services, Homeland Security
“Would you like me to cancel your dinner reservations?”
Beau raised a brow and returned his attention to Greta. “No. I’ll just take my babysitter with me.”
She pursed her lips. “Judd Wolfe is not a babysitter. He’s a highly trained operative.”
“I can read. Thank you, Greta. That is all.”
When she didn’t move, he raised his gaze to meet hers and lifted a brow. With a huff, she pivoted on her heels and left. Beau returned his attention to the file. Wolfe had served in the Air Force from the time he turned eighteen until three years ago. The records in front of Beau said it was an honorable discharge due to an injury in the field, but gave no details. Figures. Military documents listed only the most basic information.
A heavy knock on the door drew his attention. It swung inward, revealing a tall man with lean muscles that filled out his white button down and black slacks well. Even the briefcase in his hand didn’t take away from his attractiveness. Beau studied him from his shaved head to the strong, clean-shaven, yet familiar face before he locked onto the agent’s stern stare. The dark brown depths told him nothing of the man’s emotions. Cold and uninviting. The memory of a younger version of the man before him flashed across Beau’s mind. Then it dawned on him. Beau had represented Judd Wolfe a couple of times during his time as a JAG.
“I see the Air Force didn’t make you less of an ass.” Beau watched one dark brow rise.
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Heartfelt romance with a dash of suspense and plenty of heat
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
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