Book Review: Guarded by L.A. Witt & Cat Grant

Reviewed by JustJen

GuardedTitle: Guarded
Author: L.A. Witt & Cat Grant
Heroes: Jordan Kane/Jase Hewitt
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 344 Pages
Publisher: Cat Grant Books
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating.

Jase Hewitt never imagined he’d have a shot at bedding the larger than life rock star – never mind dominating him – but now he’s worried he’s in over his head. Jordan’s kinks run deep, dark, and sometimes dangerous, putting Jase’s desires to both pleasure and protect him at odds.

They might have a fighting chance at finding the safe, happy medium between what Jordan needs and what Jase is willing to give, but there’s one problem: Daniel, Jordan’s childhood best friend, the band’s talented guitarist — and a volatile, hard-partying drug addict. Jordan is determined to save Daniel from himself, but Jase has been there, done that, and desperately wants to protect Jordan from the inevitable heartache of watching an addict self-destruct.

When Daniel goes off the rails again, Jordan calls off the tour to get him help. Tension within the band skyrockets and pressure from the record label sends Jordan into a dark spiral. Now his band — and his life — are balanced on a knife’s edge, and Jase is the only one who can pull him back… but only if the echoes of his own tragic past don’t push him over first.

blogger_bee_transReview:

Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster this story is and not what I expected at all. There are a few things going on here, or being dealt with, that made this quite an interesting read and different from anything I’ve read before.

Jordan is the band’s front man, living the life of a rock star. He isn’t all that much of a partier and often gets migraines that put him down for the count. Jordan has all kind of issues, the first being finding a sex partner he can trust won’t sell their story, want to extort money, etc. and one he can trust to let go the way he needs. He seems to have found that trust in his bodyguard, Jase. While reluctant at first to give in to Jordan’s darker requests (breath play and/or choking), it doesn’t take him long to care enough to find ways to help meet Jordan’s needs. While he does give Jordan the breath play he craves now and then, he finds other, safer, activities to help Jordan achieve the same peace.

The other main issue here is Jordan’s best friend and lead guitarist, Daniel. Daniel has been suffering from a drug/alcohol addiction for quite some time, but he has covered it up well. Unfortunately, this last tour has pushed him over the edge, as does his jealousy with anyone sleeping with or making Jordan happy. He knows he can’t be what Jordan needs, but that doesn’t help him once he really hits that downward spiral. On the flip side, we have Jordan, who is always trying to help Daniel, wanting him to get better and be happy. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Jase has a lot of experience with having a relationship with an addict. All three of these guys are struggling throughout this story with how to help each other.

While I went into this expecting something kinky and sexy and fun, I was not disappointed to find it pulling on my emotions the way it did. I felt as though I went through the wringer myself when it was all said and done, which I absolutely love a story to do for me every now and then. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of hot sex and lots of sweetness here as well. The writing is spot on, as usual, and I highly recommend this if you’re looking for something a little edgier.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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