Title: Keeping Him Safe
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 4/25/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 61
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Jon is the man of his dreams, but can he prevent those dreams becoming a nightmare?
Every night, Xander Craig has the same dream. He’s in the shower with a gorgeous stranger, who is shot by a mystery assassin and dies in Xander’s arms. Xander believes this dream is tied to his guilt over failing to prevent the death of his husband, Gary, but his latest assignment as a top-level bodyguard causes him to reassess that belief. He’s charged with looking after wealthy and successful entrepreneur, Jon Kovacs, who’s being stalked by an obsessive, dangerous ex-boyfriend. As soon as Xander sees Jon’s photo, he knows this is the man in his dream.
Xander escorts Jon to a remote safe house on the cliffs, as a police manhunt for Jon’s ex, Cody, takes place. He and Jon start to fall for each other. Xander knows he’s crossing a line, but he can’t help acting on that attraction. While he and Jon are sharing intimate moments, is Xander’s dream about to become violent reality?
This is a fairly short story about an ex police officer turned bodyguard called Xander who has been having vivid, sexual dreams (with a not so happy ending) about some unknown man. He is shocked when the next client he is charged with protecting is the very same man sees every night when he falls asleep.
Jon fears for his life after ending a brief relationship. His ex isn’t getting the message and his behaviour is becoming more and more threatening. He knows the police aren’t helping so he turns the agency for some personal protection.
Ok, so I’ll start with the positives… EC tells a good story. It’s easy to follow and is in a style I enjoy that keeps me interested. Everything is well described so you can imagine the backdrop to what you are reading. The characters are likeable and it has a good HEA.
However, the negative here is the story itself. I have no issues with suspending belief but seeing as this isn’t a fantasy novel, it was just too unrealistic for my liking. The dreams of Jon aren’t believable. I mean, Xander dreamt about him in great detail, right down to the man’s tattoos – which of course he managed to confirm were what and where he’d seen them on dream Jon. After they go into hiding, Xander, who is supposed to be amazing at his job, does nothing but continually lose focus on the task at hand and his utter carelessness puts Jon in danger. He was officially the worst bodyguard on record, making the story ridiculous. I’d have been calling the agency and asking for a refund!!!
Anyway, all that aside, it’s a fun read as long as you are prepared to not take it seriously.