Thursday, April 26, 2018

Release Day Review: Test of Valor (Valor #2) by Keira Andrews

test of valorTitle ~ Test of Valor

Author ~ Keira Andrews 

Published ~ 26th April 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

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 judgement, 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.

 

Debra’s Review

I absolutely loved Valor on the Move (I re-read it before going into this book and it was just as good the second time around) and was very excited to be getting more of Shane and Rafa. This one picks up a few months after the end of the first book when Shane and Rafa were just about to start their lives together and I wouldn’t suggest reading this as a stand-alone. The men have settled into life in Australia. Shane is getting his business off the ground and Rafa is waiting to start classes at the Cordon Bleu. Things are going well and they are happier than ever, but there are some lingering issues from what happened in the first book.

Shane is suffering from nightmares about Rafa's kidnapping and the fire at his parents' house and the need to protect Rafa from everything all the time. He doesn't want to burden Rafa with his nightmares and hopes they'll go away. Rafa still has his own insecurities, wondering why Shane wants him when he could have someone who is older, more experienced and more fit which Shane also occasionally worries similarly about Rafa. As if the growing pains of any new relationship aren’t enough to deal with, Rafa's parents are coming to visit for a few weeks and they have made their feelings about him and Shane pretty clear. Rafa's mother is especially obnoxious, seemingly still worrying more about appearances than Rafa's actual happiness and not willing to just sit back and accept things. I really wanted to smack that woman more than a few times in this story.

The biggest internal issue facing Rafa and Shane's new relationship is that they're failing on communication. Considering these two talked about everything when Rafa was Shane's protectee, it's a new dynamic for the two and not a very good one. Aside from that, everything else is great. These two are hot together and things are even dirtier than they were before. It's not just sex though. Shane and Rafa support each other no matter what; but that's not to say everything is perfect. Their relationship is tested in a number of ways, but they come out stronger for it in the end.

This story sucked me in just as much as the first one and I’d recommend it to anyone who loved Valor on the Move (if you haven’t read that yet go one-click now). There wasn’t as much tension and angst as in the first, but there is still plenty that moves the story along. Going in blind, I was certain something was going to happen to shake the men up, but I didn’t expect what actually did occur. In this installment we get a good dose of family drama, some moments of peril and most importantly more of the love story between Rafa and Shane. They definitely get their happy ever after here and I loved it. Keira Andrews, if you're reading this, I know this is the end of Shane and Rafa’s story, but how about some more Darnell?

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He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.
It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.
Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.
But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?
This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the first part of the Valor duology. It features an age difference, Jane Austen levels of pining, forbidden love against the odds, and of course a happy ending.

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Meet Keira Andrews 

1366040After 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, paranormal and fantasy 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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