Friday, March 14, 2014

Guarded Desires by Lexxie Couper

Title: Guarded Desires
Author: Lexxie Couper
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: Heart of Fame #3
Main Characters: Chris and Liev
Release Date: July 2013
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Desire like this wasn't in the script.

Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he's ready for anything.

But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man is a first for Chris. Now he realizes why his relationships with women have never felt quite...complete.

Liev Reynolds is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is an inconvenience he must ignore. For starters, there's his professional ethics. Then there's the long trail of female broken hearts in Chris's wake.

Hard as they both try to keep their minds on their jobs, desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge. But Hollywood endings aren't real life. And when the truth leaks out, their careers aren't the only collateral damage.

Warning: A hunky Hollywood sex symbol. A smoldering, stubborn Australian. A desire so powerful it cannot be denied. A kiss. And a photograph. This "isn't" your normal boy-meets-boy story.

My Review:
Aw, I forget how much I love delving into Lexxie Couper's Australian books. This was another great one...and bonus...this one happens to be an m/m, which you all know that I love. 

This book is about American a-list actor and heartthrob, Chris. He's in Australia for a week to promote his latest action thriller release and Liev has been hired to serve as his bodyguard. Immediately upon seeing Liev, Chris feels something he never has before...desire for another man. Up until this point, Chris has always thought he was straight. Liev, on the other hand, has always been extremely confident about his bisexual status. 

The bulk of the book covers 7 days, but wow...they were a fabulous 7 days as Chris is struggling with what he's feeling and Liev is struggling to maintain his professional attitude. Nothing can happen between these would ruin Chris's acting career as a blockbuster heartthrob. But sometimes chemistry, and an extremely observant PA, can throw life for a loop. 

I really loved this story. And yes, I even shed tears at the end. These are two guys who are both very alpha and very sexy and the two of them together....whoa! Some great, hot scenes in this one. But it goes beyond sex. Even before they get involved that way, they make a connection as friends. Chris talks about the fact that he just needs eye-contact with Liev to help settle him. I loved that. Such a simple thing, but it spoke so much on how deeply the two connect even early on. The set-up for the story was great and worked on me on every level.

I loved the two guys and their relationship, but my favorite part had to be Bethany, Chris's PA. She sees what's brewing between the two. She is so smart and so straight-laced 99% of the time. I loved the twist in her character though that helped her bring these two together. Such a heartwarming way for the story to go. I need to do some research and see if Lexxie has plans or already released a story for Bethany because I definitely loved her character and her sass, hidden behind her stoic facade.

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