Today we welcome RJ Scott with the latest from the Bodyguards Inc. series,
Max And The Prince
Bodyguard Max Connery is used to being mistaken for being younger than he is.
Being carded every time he buys a beer is usual. Even though he's just turned twenty eight and has two tours in Afghanistan as a pilot under his belt.
When a threat is made on the life of a prince attending University in the UK, Max is the perfect choice to blend in with students and to keep Prince Lucien safe. Even if it means joining the swim team to be by his side.
But, when death visits the University, abruptly this job is a long way past keeping the prince happy and safe. Instead Max has to keep Lucien alive.
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“I have a swim meet soon, but I’d like to get a training swim in tonight,” Lucien said. He sounded nervous, but his chin was up and his stance screamed try and stop me.
“Okay. I’ll need to borrow trunks.” He turned just in time to see a smirk on Lucien’s face. “What’s funny?”
“I only have Speedos,” he said.
Max groaned inwardly. “And you think I wouldn’t want to use those because…?”
Lucien wrinkled his nose. “Swimming is possibly the most homoerotic team sport there is, well, that and diving. Think you can handle that?” He was smiling, like this was a joke to him. The idea of his big, or maybe small, bad bodyguard in Speedos with other guys was clearly funny.
“I can handle guys in tight Speedos,” Max reassured him. There was only one person he’d be looking at and that was Lucien. “There’s something you should probably know at this point. I’m gay.”
Lucien’s eyebrows climbed so high they nearly disappeared under the hair falling on his forehead. “Wow, my gaydar is completely nonfunctioning.”
Max shrugged and checked his watch. “We need to eat. What time do we need to be at the pool?”
“It’s open until ten. I get there at about half eight when a lot of people have left.”
“So how long after we eat do we swim?”
Lucien frowned. “I eat, then I walk, then I swim.” He even added in the motions of eating, walking, and swimming.
“I meant, how long do you need to wait after eating before swimming?” Max recalled the old adage “Never swim on a full stomach,” but from the way Lucien was looking at him, maybe that was an old wives’ tale.
Lucien brightened. “Oh right. We’ll be fine by the time we get there.”
Max decided to change the conversation, bright happy Lucien was way too distracting. He coughed to clear his throat.
“Did you include the staff at the pool on the list of suspects?” Max was being serious and it was his job to ask, he just wished he could do something about the sudden look of disappointment on Lucien’s face.
“Should I have done? They all seem like nice people.”
Max nodded. “Everyone. Write it down and I’ll send it to Ross.”
“Okay, I’ll do something to eat. Pasta okay?”
“You cook?” Max couldn’t help the question, the fact that a prince cooked surprised him, although why he didn’t know.
Lucien stopped on the third step from the top and rounded on Max. He looked pissed. “Is that a comment about my title or the fact I’m a student?”
Max considered his answer carefully. Lucien obviously put store in the fact he did things maybe a normal stereotypical prince didn’t do. Smoothly, he said, “Everyone knows students don’t cook.”
About RJ Scott:
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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