Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Martial arts expert Lewis is the kind of bodyguard who slips under most people’s radar. Quiet, reserved, but constantly on alert, he’ll do his job, keep his charges safe, then relax by reading Shakespeare in his spare time.
When he’s given a case involving a spoiled celebrity singer, Lewis isn’t all that impressed. The job is nothing but babysitting a pretty boy, and he’s used to diplomatic postings with depth and challenge. What could he possibly have in common with the man he’s being forced to look after?
Alex became the envy of many when he and his fellow bandmates won second place in a huge TV talent show. He has more money than he knows what to do with, no life goals, an ex-boyfriend selling a sex tape and now, someone who wants him dead, or at the very least maimed.
Can Lewis keep Alex safe, even when things usually in his control go to hell? Is running to a remote Scottish island the only way for them to stay alive?
I’ve missed several stories in R.J. Scott’s Bodyguards, Inc. series but if Kissing Alex is any indication of this series, I’m going to have to rectify that asap. I loved this story. Its everything I look for in a romance and more. It has two wonderful MCs with a combustible connection to each other, a location that called to me, and a storyline that had outstanding secondary characters that I wanted to know more about. It also had several other threads running through it to keep it interesting and moving along at a fast clip.
Although this is part of a series, you can read it as a standalone and come at the characters blind as I did. Scott gives us a complete portrait of each, filling in bits and pieces of each character’s history along the way until each man is fully alive, breathing before you on the page. I had no favorites here. Both Lewis and Alex each won my heart equally. But the real piece of perfection here was putting the two men down on the island of Stoirmeil, isolated away from most things we take for granted like wifi but on home ground for Lewis. R.J. Scott made me see that island, from the magic of the stone circle to the daily lives of its small group of its inhabitants. She also made me feel their fierce, heart deep love for their land and history. I got to watch Alex fall for the island as much as he did for Lewis, it was the perfect backdrop for their love to grow and for the story to take place.
Quite frankly, I forgot about the rest of the story, the bodyguard aspect so drawn in by the magic of the location and their romance. It was wrapped up nicely and I loved the ending. But was I ready for this to end? Never. I wanted more of their lives. I want them married, I want more of this island, and that family. R.J. Scott created something special here. And it was difficult to let it go even as happy as I was with the ending.
So, RJ, if you are listening, a side story please? Let’s return to Stoirmeil….on a bonny summer day, for a wedding on the beach, maybe two. In the meantime, I highly recommend this story. Its romantic, it has men in kilts, its sexy and it will make you want to book a plane ticket to Scotland and then a ferry ride to the next island out. Trust me on this.
Cover art by Meredith Russell. The model is the perfect representation of Alex. But a huge opportunity was missed by not showing us something of the beauty of the Scottish island of Stoirmeil. That makes this cover way too bland and not tied into a main theme of the storyline.
Published April 25th 2016 by Love Lane Books
SeriesBodyguards Inc. #6