They’re free of the White House, but can their forbidden romance survive in the real world?
With his father no longer president, twenty-two-year-old Rafa Castillo can finally be with ex-Secret Service agent Shane Kendrick. Shane’s given up his career for Rafa, a move his fellow agents question the sanity and morality of. Eager to get away from the questions and judgment, Rafa and Shane are building a new life together in Australia. Though Shane struggles with nightmares and his over-protective instincts while Rafa fights his own insecurity, they love each other more than ever.
Now they just have to get through a visit from the former president and first lady.
Rafa’s parents certainly don’t approve of his romance with forty-year-old Shane, and they’re determined to make him see reason. They don’t see how their son could possibly be happy settling down with an older man, and they question Shane’s motives. Shane and Rafa just want a normal life together—but when they must suddenly battle for survival, they fight to prove their fierce love can withstand any threat.
This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the conclusion of the Valor duology. It features a May-December age difference, sex on the beach, and of course a happy ending.
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I didn’t read the first book in this series and I wish that I had, not because I had trouble engaging but because this was such a good story that I want much more. This is an action and passion-filled story with one of my favorite things, an age-gap relationship and coming to terms with roles, needs and feelings as well as parental acceptance of a non-traditional partnership. Rafa and Shane have much to learn about a partnership and they make great headway under the most extraordinary circumstances. These characters are realistic, flawed individuals and extremely lovable individually and as partners, lovers. They make sense together.
I do love the little ‘tongue in cheek’ references to real-life current events hidden within the dialogue. “If she doesn’t have her passport she is fucked, which means I am fucked. Pray for me. Also good luck with your mom and dad. I think we both need prayers today. (Not to mention the even more useful ‘thoughts,’ of course.”
The ending is perfect but things certainly do not run smoothly for the two main characters, Rafa, codename Valor, son of the former president and former Secret Service Agent, Shane, his older boyfriend. Rafa finally is enjoying his life and almost feels ‘good enough’ after hiding himself in plain sight at the White House during his father’s presidency. How could Shane possibly want him and stay with him? What does he have to offer? Shane, an agent in disgrace because having a relationship with your protectee, or a family member of your protectee is frowned as it certainly reflects poorly on the Service. From Shane’s perspective, he is the fortunate one and even though he doesn’t really believe in his heart that Rafa will be with him forever, he is determined to be with him and take care of him the best that he can. Rafa doesn’t want to be his boy. He want’s to be his man.
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
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