Guarding Mr. Fine (Tough Love #3)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links:  Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  In this steamy novel of seduction and international intrigue, two brave men are stripped of their defenses—and exposed to dangers and desires that simmer below the surface.

As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.

Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.

 

Review:  Seth Lang goes to a bar his first night in Germany. He’s not sure what he’s looking for, but he does find a very sexy man and they hit it off quite nicely. Yes, it’s awkward the sexy man happens to be the guy he’s there to protect. It’s awkward for both of them. Neither guy expected to like their encounter so much. It’s more awkward for Rick Fine. Rick knows way more about Seth than Seth himself knows. Rick knows how bad his own judgment can be and has been in the past. Rick and Seth wind up in a relationship in spite of the fact Seth is supposed to be guarding Rick and Rick is supposed to be figuring out who killed his predecessor. For a while it seems the only thing working right for Rick and Seth is their personal chemistry. Then things go wrong on every front.

I liked this book quite a bit. There was one part at the end I really hate, but I liked the book as a whole. I’m happy I stuck with this series. I really liked the characters of Rick and Seth. There is a tragedy to Rick I liked. He knows things are doomed. And frankly, it’s kind of appropriate things are doomed. Seth has some very valid reasons to resent and hate Rick. Rick’s reluctance was a good contrast with Seth’s bravado.

So, the thing I hate, that would be Helen. This was never quite a relationship between just Rick and Seth, Helen was involved every step of the way. Quite frankly that’s a touch creepy and beyond inappropriate for a friend and workplace supervisor. Rick and Helen knew all along the Big Thing being hidden from Seth. And it is indeed big. Seth had a life altering experience. The bad kind of life altering. So, when Seth is justifiably upset and he just wants away from Rick, the guy who not only changed his life but he withheld the information he did so, Helen gets involved to fix it. Like some kind of Helen ex machina. Yeah, no. That’s so not cool to have your boss meddling in your love life on behalf of her friend. Seriously, Seth needs to take that up with HR. On top of that, I felt there was an aspect of a woman needing to come fix things for these two guys who couldn’t figure out how to relationship on their own. Because obviously men can’t make their own decisions on what they want.

Now that I’ve enumerated all the stuff I deeply hated, I’ll say again this book was a pretty fun read. Even though I spent a lot of space complaining, the Helen stuff was comparatively short in the book. I’ve had issues with the series but am glad I’ve read the books. They’re entertaining. At the end of the day I want to be entertained.

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