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?
I didn't want this book to end. Damn, but Keira Andrews knocked this one out of the park!
Valor on the Move is intense, suspenseful, a little sad, and hella romantic.
Take one Secret Service agent: serious, dedicated, and loyal, but also scarred by past hurts.
Add a 21-year-old president's son, the forgotten one, yearning to be free of his father's ambitions, wanting to follow his heart's desires far away from the White House.
Throw in political intrigue & danger, double-crossing agents, a thousand shades of gray, best friends who are all about Harleys, watermelon-pistachio slushies, late-night cooking (and talking) in the Diet Kitchen, frotting in a cave, terrorists, untamed curls ... and an inconvenient (but unstoppable) love that simmers BRIGHT and STRONG.
And prepare to be BLOWN AWAY.
Valor on the Move is sexy and ambitious. It never gets bogged down with political details, but it feels current and real.
Age gap, hurt/comfort, family drama, and a perfect HEA ... it's all there.
I wasn't bored for a minute.
I loved Rafa and Shane, loved their LOVE.
Yes, Rafa is young, but he's mature and knows what he wants. And once Shane returns to the ocean, makes peace with his past ... he's the right man.
The "bad guy" here isn't really bad, just scared and desperate. Sometimes there are no villains and no heroes, just opportunities and tears.
"It would be for you ... I'd take a hundred bullets. Kill a hundred men. Keep you safe no matter what."