Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Being alone was what Blake had always needed before his new team of bodyguards arrived. Now things might be very different.
At seven years old, Blake’s life was destroyed when he and his parents were abducted and he watched them being murdered. Now, twenty years later, he refuses to leave the house and he lives in a constant state of fear. He has a bodyguard around the clock, a housekeeper who has never seen his face and an uncle who checks on him often but isn’t all that close to him. Blake likes his isolation where only his cat really knows him.
His bodyguard of eight years is ready to retire, leaving his life in turmoil again. Blake isn’t good with people in general, and new people are the worst. But he needs someone in his house all the time to make him feel safe. His uncle hires a team of bodyguards to replace his old one—Malcolm, CJ and Rex. They come highly recommended, and they’re good at what they do.
They’re also together and it’s a relationship that Blake is instantly fascinated by. He’s never been interested in another person before, and he hasn’t had a real friend since his parents died, because he has refused to leave the house. But with the three of them trying to be there for him, he begins to want a life he has been convinced up to now would be completely impossible.
I was really interested in reading a ménage, so the fact that this book combined that element along with a character suffering from bone deep anxiety made it very appealing to me. It was hard to imagine not only the long ago incident that traumatized a little boy let alone the response to it – hiding away for twenty years with virtually no human contact.
Understandably, things were bound to move slowly with respect to any relationships, but some aspects of it were either questionable or unsatisfying to me. For example, one of the bodyguards (Rex) had an approach that made me cringe when it came to dealing with Blake and I really expected that it should have set progress back instead of forward. Mostly though, I really missed the intimacy. There was precious little of it – with or without Blake.
Blake’s uncle Phin was another problem for me. I’m not sure I buy that the uncle had Blake’s best interests at heart above all else. It seemed he kept pertinent information from him, he kept pertinent information from the bodyguards and didn’t prepare them to deal with someone in Blake’s condition, but worst of all, was how he reacted at the first sign that Blake might actually have taken a baby step out of his hell hole.
All in, this was an interesting story and intriguing concept, but I was hoping for a little more meat to the different flavors of relationships possible among four guys.