Title ~ Guarding January
Author ~ Sean Michael
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 9th March 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Lord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.
Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn't all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it's Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.
But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.
Rye Summers, body guard extraordinaire who was big enough not to let anything phase him. So when he secures a job working as Lord January’s (LJ normal name, Jeff) body guard he appreciates the challenge the young man will apparently be. Going into the job Rye is told LJ is self-destructive with a drug habit, who has just finished 8 months in rehab. What he found was underneath his stage persona, Jeff was a really nice, tired guy.
This book is a lot about expectations - Jeff had to play Lord January because he was a success with a huge team of people depending on him. But not one of those people actually cared if he slept or ate properly. It was almost as though the lifestyle, and Jeff's alter ego were sucking the life out of the real man, and at times it was hard to read.
There are a number of secondary characters in this book – my heart bled for Roach, and I had trouble getting a handle on Donna until almost the end of the book. I liked the methods that Rye employed to keep Jeff on the straight and narrow, even during the tour. The growth Jeff had to go through was necessary, and time consuming, but Rye stayed as solid as a rock throughout.
I am a huge Sean Michael fan, and have read everything he has every written and so I think I am qualified to say that this book is just a little bit different, but totally awesome. It's sweeter, there is a slow burn to it, which is unlike many of the author's other works. Rye is so incredibly caring, and Jeff was so confused for so much of the book it bordered on infuriating. But that is simply the magic of the author, and once again I am highly recommending this book.