Review: Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews

Blurb:

He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.

26253540Growing 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?

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My Review:

Holy shit! What a freaking fantastic book!
I had heard of it before but somehow never added it to my to-read shelf on goodreads so I kind of forgot about it. But then I saw Jay Northcote’s review on goodreads and even though I hadn’t finished my current book, I couldn’t stop thinking about Valor on the Move so I caved and bought it the same evening. And I’m so happy I did because this book is so, so good!
I was too tired to read more than one chapter, but as soon as I woke up the next day I started reading again. And I didn’t stop until I had finished it. It’s THAT good!
I knew that I should go grovcery shopping, do laundry and other stuff responsible adults do, but I just couldn’t put the book down.

The story is absolutely fantastic. I was worried when I started it that it would be too political because Rafa is the son of the POTUS, but it’s definitely not. It’s more about the relationship between Rafa and Shane and only a small part is about politics.

I loved Rafa. He’s cute and quirky, but staying in the closet is taking a toll on him. I can’t imagine what its like being in the focus of the media, or being constantly watched by security personnel. I know they are there to keep him safe and they stay in the background most of the time. But still. He’s never really alone to be himself. Hell he can’t even watch porn because everything is monitored!
It’s not easy. Add to that, that Rafa is judged for minor things like how he’s wearing his hair and you really understand why he never came out. Why he’s waiting until his father is not the president anymore to be himself.

I loved the chemistry between Shane and Rafa. Ms. Andrews captured the struggle of knowing you’re not allowed to act on your feelings, because it could cost Shane his job, and the yearning to be together perfectly.

It was beautiful to see these two fall slowly in love. From the midnight dinners they had to the picnic and then back to being forced to pretend like nothing happened.
It killed me when Rafa obviously needed Shane but he couldn’t be there for him. And I was cheering for Rafa when he finally snapped and was like “Fuck it!” and came out.
It seemed real that he finally had enough of being the nice one. The one who was easy to protect and never caused any trouble.
It broke my heart to see him so hurt but at the same time I was like “Yes! Great for you to finally be yourself!” I don’t want to give away what happens afterwards, just let me tell you that Ms. Andrews wrote it excellently and so convincing that I felt like I was there with Rafa and Shane. It was terrifying, captivating (and HOT). Absolutely intense and suspenseful and I didn’t see THAT coming.

I loved the end and wished there was more. When we leave Rafa and Shane they’re just at the beginning of their relationship and I’d love to see more of them. See how they both are, how they coped with the aftermath of what happened. I just want to see them again.

If you’re looking for an emotional, sexy and gripping book. This one is perfect for you.
This book had everything I didn’t know I was looking for and I’m so happy I gave it a try.

I should add that it’s better not to start this one if you need to do something else, because it will capture you and not let you go until you’ve read the last page. 😉 Highly recommended!


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Genre: Contemporary Review self published

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