Morgan Drake is the only witness to a murder in an alleyway. Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation offering witness protection to anyone whose safety is compromised. Morgan discovers a bodyguard's arms can offer more than protection.
Morgan is the only person who can give evidence for prosecuting the cop responsible for the crime. When the FBI safe house where he's being held is compromised, he follows the instructions of the agent in charge and runs.
Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation that offers witness protection when FBI security is questionable.
When Morgan's handler sends him to Nik for safety, neither Morgan nor Nik could imagine that two weeks alone in a cabin in the woods would have their hearts racing with something much more than merely trying to keep Morgan alive.
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"Suspenseful and intriguing."
Yes I would. It was well written and equally well told.
The Crisden effect!
I don't understand this question, what's wrong with the title?
After Morgan Drake witness' a woman being shot in an alley, his life is forever changed. In witness protection his location is compromised, as well as his safety, so his handler contacts a friend he served in the military with to take over guarding Morgan. Shot, confused, scared and suffering from nightmares due to what he saw, Morgan doesn't transition to the new arrangement smoothly.
Nik Valentinov thinks there is more to the story than what Morgan is telling him at the start. It doesn't take long for Nik to realize Morgan is being completely honest, and the young man is terrified that the shooter or the person that issued the kill order will find him and do the same to Morgan. It is the root cause of the nightmares. Being confined to the safe house in close quarters, it doesn't take long for a mutual attraction to form. Nik valiantly attempts to ignore his attraction to Morgan, that is until Morgan takes the lead and makes the first move.
This was a fast paced, action packed read. The flow of the story moved evenly and the characters fit well from the start. Morgan was timid, shy and scared until Nik refused his advances. Then Morgan became the aggressor. Nik is convinced that he can't protect Morgan and sleep with him at the same time, very Kevin Costner in the Bodyguard. But he can't deny the attraction and the pull, the two of them seem to gravitate to each other regardless.
Narrated by Sean Crisden and I absolutely loved the voices he gave the characters. Morgan goes from scared and uncertain to someone that is confident and determined by the end. Nik is the strength, the one always in control, until Morgan gets under his skin. Crisden really conveyed all these emotions with tone and inflection, even capturing the vulnerability in Nik there at the end.
Definitely a must listen, anything by Sean Crisden is going to be good. But then you have his voice bringing the words RJ Scott painstakingly put on paper and the result is simply flawless. If you like bodyguard type stories, books with mystery, suspense and intrigue, then you'll love this one.
"Nice first book in the series"
This is the first book of a series involving alpha men who are members of Sanctuary, a privately funded "marshal" type organization. It seems that there are an unusually large number of gay men in this organization. I've read a number of these books and have enjoyed them all. They have a large protector vibe from tough alpha men, and who doesn't love that. They are fairly predictable, but the writing is good enough that it is not stale. This is the story of a young man, Morgan, who witnessed a murder. He was in FBI protection, but there was an FBI leak and he ended up with Nick, a Sanctuary agent. So we have a beautiful young man, a hunky ex law man, two weeks in a cabin in the woods. Instalove happens and off we go. The story is well written, told from both MCs POV and continues in the next book with another couple. Overall, a nice listen, but not a much depth.
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