Valor On The Move, by Keira Andrews
Meet the Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
Title: Valor On The Move
Author: Keira Andrews
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 231 Pages (Novel)
Publisher: Kiera Andrews
Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.
It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.
Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.
But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?
I really enjoyed Valor on the Move, by Kiera Andrews. This is a story about Rafa, a twenty-one year old, who is the President’s son, and Shane, the secret service agent assigned to protect him. Shane, btw, just turned 40 years old and has never dated anyone that involved his heart. So, he is quite surprised by the turn of events when he meets Rafa.
Rafa is hiding his sexuality from everyone except his “girlfriend” aka best friend who is a lesbian and is hiding also. He has plans of telling his family once they leave D.C. and the white house. Listening to his father support a bill against gay marriage and rights terrified him as well as destroyed him.
Even though he is 21, he’s never been with a man because he was afraid he would get caught. He always has the secret service around him or close by and it wasn’t worth the risk.
Being left to himself on the whole 3rd floor of the white house allows him time to experiment in the kitchen with his real passion, cooking.
He has dreams and plans for himself when his father’s presidency ends and it includes going to Australia to become a chef. He also plans to be an open gay man and live his own life.
Shane has been working his way up with the secret service hoping one day he can protect the president. He’s not thrilled at being the kid’s bodyguard, but it’s one step closer to his dream.
When his friend/co-worker has to take family leave, Shane is on his own standing guard. He’s surprised when Rafa invites him to try some of his kitchen experiments, but he goes anyway, even though they are not allowed to get friendly with the people they are protecting.
It doesn’t take long before Shane realizes Rafa has a crush on him, and even though Shane sees another side to Rafa that he doesn’t show anyone else, he would never cross the line of job and duties. At least, he thought he wouldn't until Rafa kisses him and he kisses Rafa back.
When Rafa finds out his secret is not so secret, he flees in a state of anger and humiliation. The secret service is on his tail with hopes of getting him to turn the car around and go back home.
When Rafa stops at a rest stop to go to the bathroom, he had no idea his world would come crashing down on top of him. Danger is all around him, but where is Shane? Was that gunshots he heard before everything went dark?
Valor on the Move is a very enjoyable story that had me laughing aloud many times. The author shows the characters humor a lot which lightens the mood of the story. It worked well because when the drama took over I was not expecting it, at all.
Normally, I not that fond of love matches with a twenty year age difference, however, I did enjoy the match between Rafa and Shane. The sex is low key because of the living arrangements but when they do find themselves alone it gets hot pretty quick.
Rafa has quite the imagination of what he wants sexually and he was never shy voicing those wants to Shane which was also hot and sexy.
The backdrop of the story is in the white house and I’m not sure if it was completely accurate but it sure felt like it was. It was really interesting to see how things work between the secret service and the members of the house and the author done an excellent making it feel like real life.
You learn where Valor comes from in the title and I had no idea they done that which was pretty cool.
Ms. Andrews throws in some twists and turns that kicked up the suspense and mystery leaving me completely surprised by the culprit. The writing is well done, but there were quite a few repetitive words that started sticking out like a sore thumb pulling me out of the story just a bit.
But, regardless, it was a very enjoyable story and I love how the author brought it all together in the end and gave the characters their HEA.
The execution was well done and the story was very gratifying and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.
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