Thursday, 22 October 2009

Review – Bodyguards in Love Bk 1: Brier’s Bargain © Carol Lynne

Title: Bodyguards in Love Series BK

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Total EBound

Main Characters: Brier Blackstone & Jackie Benoit

Love is always special, but when you're a thirty-six year old man experiencing it for the first time, it's everything.
After spending his entire life in a hospital, Brier Blackstone is finally free to become the person he's always wanted to be. With the men of Three Partners Protection Agency as role models, how can he go wrong? And falling in love with bodyguard Jackson Benoit, is a dream come true, but the dream becomes a nightmare when Jackie is gravely injured in the line of duty. Feeling helpless, Brier makes a promise to God in exchange for his lover's life. One he intends to keep no matter what.
Jackie Benoit cherishes the love he's found with Brier. When his new lover insists on testifying against a violent man from his past in order to fulfill a promise, Jackie has no choice but try to stop him. If that doesn't work, Jackie will protect Brier with everything at his disposal.

 

Bram looked up from his computer, those little tiny reading glasses perched on the end of his nose that Brier thought made his brother look so smart. “Yep. Just give me another ten minutes or so.”

“Okay. I’m gonna see if Mac’s going to the carnival.”

Bram nodded and went back to his computer. Brier travelled back down the hall to Mac’s office. He leaned against the doorjamb and waited for Mac to notice him.

“Hey,” Mac greeted. “How was your day?”

“Good. I got everything filed that Sheila asked me to, and I finished painting the break-room.”

“I know. The break-room looks terrific. I’m glad you suggested we go with the yellow. It really livens it up.”

Brier felt a blush creep up his cheeks. Mac always said nice things to him, but it was still hard for Brier to take a compliment without getting embarrassed. “Are you going to the carnival?”

Mac smiled and leaned back in his chair. “No, I think we’ll skip it this year. You?”

“Yeah. Bram and Declan are taking me.” Brier held up his paycheque. “Except I’m paying for myself.”

“That’s good.”

Brier tapped his foot on the leg of the desk. He wanted to ask a question, but didn’t want Mac to get mad at him.

“Something wrong, Brier?”

Brier shook his head. “I was just wondering if you’d talked to Jackie? He hasn’t called me for a while.”

Mac looked uneasy for a moment before his attention shifted to the door. Brier looked over his shoulder at Bram. “You ready?” Bram asked.

“Yeah. I was just asking Mac if he’d talked to Jackie.”

Bram took a deep breath. “I imagine Jackie’s too busy to call anyone these days. Don’t take it personally, brother.”

Brier stood and stuffed his cheque back into his coat pocket. He had a feeling something was going on. For several days he’d caught Bram whispering to Declan. A couple of times Brier thought he heard Jackie’s name, but when he questioned Bram, his brother always denied it. Maybe Jackie wasn’t coming home. What if he fell in love with someone else and didn’t want Brier anymore?

He felt that throbbing thing start in his head again. Brier lifted his hand to the thick scar on the side of his skull to rub away the pain, but it didn’t help. The scar his father had given to him as a baby was a constant reminder that he’d never be as smart as his twin brother. How a father could abuse an infant and then just sign over custody to the state when that abuse had permanent repercussions, Brier still didn’t understand. At least he was happy his father had been convicted after abuse led to the paralysis of his younger brother Thor. Brier didn’t feel a bit sorry that his father had been murdered in prison. He began to rub harder at the raised scar that ran in a large arc above his right ear.

“You okay?” Bram asked, stepping into the office.

“Head hurts.”

“Did you take your medicine?”

Brier hated it when Bram tried to baby him. He wasn’t a baby. “Yes. It just hurts sometimes when I get upset.” He pushed past Bram to the hall. “See you Monday, Mac. If you talk to Jackie, tell him I said hi.”

Brier’s Bargain © Carol Lynne

 

Review

Another new series from one of my must read authors, BRIER’S  BARGAIN is the first book in the Bodyguard In Love series and I am totally loving this book.

This book is a spin off of the Men In Love series and it starts off with Brier’s crack at love and happiness. If you have not read any of the series before  you will definitely be at a disadvantage – because Brier comes with baggage and issues and without going into two much detail lets just say Brier is emotionally challenged and as big and lovable as he is, he will never be the man that his brother Bram is.

This is where this books starts because Jackie is the man that Brier has set his heart on and luckily for him Jackie returns his feeling one hundred and fifty percent. Jackie is a bodyguard and knows that some risk are part and parcel of his trade. When he is hurt in the line of duty everyone in their zeal to protect Brier from the stress of the situation hides it from him.

When Brier finds out he does not take it well and make his own pack with the big man himself. Brier’s wish is granted and Jackie comes home to him and Brier is all set to take on the new and more optimistic Jackie and help him through this rough period.

Then when all seems to be going well – a period from Briers past rushes into his preset and once again all those around him band together and want only to protect him as usual – Brier knows that if he is going to be the man that Jackie needs he has to face up to his responsibility and do the right thing.

Ms . Lynne is just one of those author that you either love or hate – for me it’s all love, even when I am not happy with the offering. BRIER’S BARGAIN deals not only with the fact that Jackie a healthy and Hearty young man has had a tremendous blow and is dealing with it with in a sterling manner – I have not read a book with this sort of attitude to a physical disability in a long time… and I thought it was dealt with in a timely manner.

Brier is actually the main protag of this story, he is liked, he is loved and he is the first one to admit he is not all their and I loved him all the more for that. Brier’s heart is like a open book and his selflessness is something else to see, however the biggest plus for Brier is his sense of responsibility – it goes beyond anything his man, his brother or his friends realised.

Lynne's tackles some stereotypical mindset and gave not only Brier but Jackie even issues to push this book along and really made me look at both men differently. That said there are some convenient scenes that could have benefit from some issues, but these were few and far between and did not turn me off the story..

Fans of Lynne – I am sure you have either read it or chomping at the bit to start reading, new readers, yeah you can start with this one, but as said before you need to read at least the last book of the Men in Love series to get up to speed on Briers back history.

 

4 Speak To Me:

Smokinhotbooks on 23 October 2009 at 04:28 said...

I'm just dipping my toe into m/m romance *whisper* I've read 1 so far. This bk sounds hawt - love the scene pic :)

Mandi on 23 October 2009 at 12:29 said...

AHH - another series I have to try. You are killing me with these reviews! (in a good way :)

Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:33 said...

@Smokinhotbooks

This book is all that my dear and then some...
Welcome to the other side my dear - drop me a line if you need recommendations...

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Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:34 said...

@Mandi...

I aim to please my dear - I love when Carol Lynne starts a new series - so much to anticipate...

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