Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Pent Up
Author: Damon Suede
Heroes: Ruben Oso/Andy Bauer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 290 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.
Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.
Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?
What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.
Review: Ruben is a recovering alcoholic, recently divorced who moved to NYC from Miami to restart his life. He works for his brother’s security company as a bodyguard. He takes a job as security for rich guy, Andy, in what appears to be a made up job. He’s essentially hired to be Andy’s muscle, yet there doesn’t actually seem to be a real threat, until there is. But there is so much fishy going on here that you can almost smell it. Regardless, Ruben goes along with the job continuing to search for clues to the truth.
Unfortunately, I struggled to get into this story. I had trouble warming up to Ruben for most of this story. He’s a recovering alcoholic with not a whole lot of positives in his life at the moment. He also continuously plays up the big mean looking Cuban aspect which got a little tiresome. Then there is Andy. I never really got a feel for him either, though in a different way. He almost seemed like he had multiple personalities. He was ruthless when it comes to work, rich sophisticated guy when it comes to being in public, but acts like a teenager in private. He is shady as all get out. Add to that the wishy washy business about what was going on, and I was pretty frustrated.
Then there is the straight but curious aspect which I actually enjoyed. It took a while for them to finally make moves, but once they did, their explorations were really good. There was some great dirty talk, although it sometimes seemed to be a little too much.
There was some mystery/suspense involving what was really going on with Andy which finally did play out at the end. In the end, I was turning pages just to finally get some answers. I felt like I knew how Ruben felt with not being able to figure things out and being confused about what was going on, who were the actual bad guys, etc. While I didn’t love all aspects of this story, it did pick up the pace and lure me in giving me the extra push I needed to make it across the finish line.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*