Friday, September 22, 2017

Why I Love Bodyguards by T.A. Chase

Hilton Burke might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he can’t get what he wants the most. Every time he sees Cathal McKinley, his head of security, Hilton wishes they could be more than just employer and employee. In fact, he might be in love with Cathal, even though they’ve never slept together.

Cathal McKinley accepts how much he wants his boss, but he’s pretty sure Hilton will never date him. They come from two different worlds. Now that he has to return to Sunburst, Montana, to deal with family problems, Cathal knows there is no chance for them to get together.

Hilton and Cathal spent years dancing around each other, but when Cathal needs help the most, Hilton comes to Montana to support him. Soon they’re struggling with children and an old friend who won’t take no for an answer. Finally admitting their love out loud might be the least of their worries.

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First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2014.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a toothache sweet romance. The relationship between Hilton, a billionaire CEO, and Cathal, his head of security, is pure fantasy fiction – until Cathal has to return home to Montana to deal with family drama. From that point on we get a little bit of angst and a whole lot of domestic bliss.

The connection between Cathal and Hilton has been five years in the making but somehow, this still feels like insta-love as the two men move from flirtation to co-parenting in the space of a few days. As with all billionaire romances, this story pushes the boundaries of plausibility as Hilton manages to drop everything in New York to be with Cathal in Montana. To a British reader, Hilton’s British background isn’t terribly convincing and I found the inconsistencies irritating. Cathal’s family situation is heartbreaking but everything is more domestic than sexy.

For me, the domestic part of the story was a complete turnoff. As soon as Cathal and Hilton start to figure things out together, they are surrounded by four children. Sure, the kids are cute and the men’s domestic experiences are realistic, but I don’t read billionaire romances for realism. Cathal and Hilton sneak around like teenagers – or parents – having muffled sex before immediately pulling sweats on so small children can get into bed with them. Not sexy. Not at all sexy.

T.A. Chase was one of the first authors to get me hooked on m/m romance but this is the first of her books that I’ve read in some time. As a fan, I was surprised by the choppy ‘tell not show’ writing style and frustrated with some grammatical errors that I hope will be fixed before the final release date.

I really enjoyed this book. Cathal and Hilton have liked each other from afar for years and when Cathal has to leave town to tend to his sick dad, Hilton bends over backwards to make sure he has everything he might need. I loved the kids in the book and I loved how Hilton just did everything he could for Cathal without being too over the top since he has a ton of money. When Hilton and Cathal are in the Walmart I was laughing so hard. I can imagine the looks he was getting never having been in a Walmart before. These two guys are perfect together and they worked so well and just meshed together like peanut butter and jelly. I enjoyed the story and read it all in one day.

This is part of a series with linked titles, but reads well as a standalone too.

This romance involves two very independent, intelligent, and straight forward men. At least they are that in all except their deep and long-standing attraction for each other. They have been avoiding all closeness and familiarity for five years. Suddenly, due to Cathal having to return to his hometown to help his sick father, they can't get wait to admit their feelings to each other. Maybe this is because for the first time ever, Cathal actually needs something that Hilton can provide, or whether Cathal's demeanour indicates it would be accepted, isn't really clear. Whatever the reason, they then fall headlong into domesticity, with a side serving of passion, when there is a moment.

I found I was trying to justify how they could undergo such a dramatic change of pace so quickly and decided that maybe as older guys, they realised that this was the time to settle down, but it was a bit stilted for me. Even with the unexpected level of understanding from Cathal's father, and the discovery of who caused Hilton's parents' air crash, it was precipitous. And whilst Hilton's money could solve anything, I am not sure that a bodyguard can really work from such a distance effectively, but it gave us the chance to watch the family traumas be resolved.

A more gritty than fairytale romance, with a lot of side issues which muddy the water, but result in a happily ever after for the whole McKinley-Burke clan.

T.A. CHASE lives in the Midwest with her neurotic but still wonderful senior cat. She believes there is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates T.A., and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, she’s watching movies and reading. She’s also a part of a line-dancing group that takes over a bar on Tuesday nights and entertains at assisted living homes. It’s all about living life to the fullest.

She loves hearing from fans. But don’t be too upset if she doesn’t get back to you right away. Life has a way of making her lose track of days and hours. Don’t worry, though. You will hear back at some point.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Why I Love Bodyguards (Why I Love... #3) by T.A. Chase to read and review.

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