Storm Ellison is the sexiest man on two legs. The gorgeous young star of Trapped on an Island, the hottest reality show on television, is instantly recognizable the moment he leaves his palatial mansion. Paparazzi follow him everywhere, leaving him no peace or privacy, selling his pictures to the tabloids, and cementing his reputation in the press as a slutty gay playboy. As Storm prepares to sign his first major movie deal, his manager decides he needs protection. What he doesn't expect, is to be attracted to the cold bastard who's now running his life.
Balthazar Grant, freelance bodyguard, is a huge, handsome, rough and ready former marine, trained by the best, and willing to step between Storm and anyone stupid enough to come at him. Always stoic and serious, Taz lends a deadly presence to Storm's entourage whenever he ventures out in public. Storm doesn't want a bodyguard, much less one who won't let him live his fast and loose lifestyle with impunity, and he's certainly not one to be dictated to by an overconfident marine who has opinions about everything, including who he should hook-up with.
When a deadly threat hits Storm's world, he's suddenly living his own reality show, only this one has an outcome which doesn't involve being voted off an island. Will Storm wake up before it's too late and will Taz be able to fight his attraction to the handsome young superstar while trying to convince him he's in very real danger? The pair will soon learn that reality is stranger than fiction.
©2014, 2015 Patricia Logan (P)2015 Patricia Logan
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4 star story. 5 star narration!!
A really good narrator can bring a story to life and make it a really enjoyable experience for the listener and of course that was the case with this book.
I hadn't come across this author before and so I was a bit wary about whether I would enjoy it or not but I shouldn't have worried. The story was actually quite good (four stars) and the narrator was excellent (five stars).
And the story was very entertaining - serious in places, amusing in others and totally engaging from beginning to end.
Storm is a young, gay TV star whose fame is rising. His agent employs a body guard, Taz, to protect Storm from his growing numbers of well meaning fans, stalkers and other threats.
Despite his popularity and fame Storm has insecurities and difficulties of his own that are not seen by his adoring fans and Storm is also deeply attracted to Taz.
Taz is a highly professional body guard and thinks that Storm is just another spoilt, promiscuous playboy but as he gets to know Storm he begins to see the beautiful loving man beneath the glittering facade and he begins to struggle with his own attraction to Storm.
This is an enjoyable bodyguard love story with a frisson of mystery within, with entertaining drama and some fabulous characters. The narrator did an excellent job and each character sounds very different and their different personalities are made real for the listener. The narration drew me into the story, made it interesting and also brought the story to life.
I didn't feel that the story was too long and I didn't get bored either. I generally find that some sex scenes can become tedious but with this narration they simply became part of the story.
I thought the mystery part of the story was a bit obvious but this didn't detract from my listening pleasure.
All in all this is a lovely story and a really lovely audiobook!
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"A sweet love story"
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was not given the opportunity to review a print version, so I have no basis for comparison.
This story has a good story line, a sweet love story, and a decent plot. The MCs are easy to like, and there are very few secondary characters. There is a bit of action toward the beginning of the book, but then the actual "story line/plot" doesn't pick back up until toward the end. Now, of course there is reference to what is going on throughout the book, but the bulk of the story is devoted to the MC's rapidly developing romance. The thing that stood out for me with this book was that it had me laughing out loud several times, and I don't find that as often as I might like.
I found the references to author/director G. A. Hauser great, and she even had a bit part in the story.
Jonathan Young does really well with the characters' voices. The secondary characters that have accents seemed a bit strained in places, but overall, the conversations were well done. The only comment I have is that throughout the story when it was not conversation, he seemed to make everything sound breathy/erotic. There were times when it sounded normal, and that was really nice. I know this was a steamy book, and the love scenes were well done, but I would have enjoyed the story more if much of the reading didn't sound like a love scene.
I probably would have read it in one sitting if I had had the time. It did not seem to be an extremely long book. But, it took a while to listen to. I did listen to it in a couple of days, so it kept my attention once I got into the story.
"Hot M/M Romantic Suspense"
Storm is a sexy attractive gay film star and Taz is his new Body Guard. Storm is a really nice guy and very naive and trusting. He's also an orphan who's lost his adopted parents so he is alone in the world. He does have one very close friend Jules as well as motherly housekeeper.
There is an attraction between Storm and Taz, which Taz fights as he tries to remain professional. Slowly the professional wall begins to crumble and Taz and Storm compliment each other as a couple. There are some very hot and loving sex scenes. There is also a bad guy who is using Storm.
I thought the story was pretty good with a good climax. It was also erotic, well narrated and performed.
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"Sexy but Predictable."
Unfortunately, I found this to be a mediocre story. There was really no mystery regarding who the ‘big bad’ was and the outcome was predictable. I had a difficult time warming up to Storm. His actions in the beginning were petty, especially when trying to make Taz jealous and he frequently put himself in bad situations. He turned himself around during the second half of the book and I did come to like him. I had no trouble liking Taz. He is all Alpha male, huge, strong and sexy as hell. This was an extremely slow burn but when the men finally got together they were burning up the sheets! The sex was very hot and it helped carry the second half of the story and I will credit Jonathan Young’s narration for that.
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"Cannot Recommend It"
In romance stories I love the whole “bodyguard and his charge fall in love” trope. So I was excited to come across this story – and in audio! Add into the mix it’s an interracial romance and, well, color me intrigued.
Balthazar “Taz” Grant is a huge, gorgeous former Marine with eyes of silver and skin the color of good chocolate. Storm Ellison is the sexy scripted reality show star he’s been hired to guard. And…honestly, it all unraveled pretty quickly for me. I wasn’t engaged, I didn’t care about the characters, the narration alternated between being too slow then abruptly becoming too fast. The one nice thing I can say about the narration is the character voices were well done for the most part.
There are quite a few contradictions in the story-telling. Two examples: when we first meet Taz he is the color of milk chocolate, but when Storm describes him he’s the color of dark chocolate. Storm is a “superstar” who just won an Emmy for the scripted reality show he’s been on three seasons, and hosted the Emmy’s, but he’s then described as a “star on the rise”.
I was super frustrated by the slow burn and Taz and Storm fighting their attraction to one another for so freaking long. Also, be forewarned – there is on page sex with other people and sex while thinking about other people. Both of which are major turn-offs for me, especially in a romance!
The plot was frustrating and kind of all over the place, random characters showed up and were hard to follow, the best friend was way too involved and spotlighted (though it was nice for a female character not to be vilified in a M/M Romance for once), and the timelines were weird and hard to follow. All of which kept drawing me out of the story to shake my head, roll my eyes, or have to backtrack to figure out what the hell was going on.
Bottom line: If you’re into interracial slow burn romances where details don’t really matter and you aren’t bothered by cheesy dialogue – you might like this story.
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