Author: Keira Andrews
Book: Test of Valor
Series: Valor, Book #2
Page/Word Count: 255, 70K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary romance
Release Date: April 26, 2018
Cover Artist: Wicked Smart Designs
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.
4✨s – This was an exciting and quite worthy follow-up to Valor On the Move which ended with only an HFN and relates the events leading to Rafa and Shane’s HEA. It’s not an easy one, although as the story opens they’ve enjoyed an idyllic interlude on the beach in Australia as plans for their futures start coming together. Rafa’s parents come to visit them in Australia and they end up trying to throw not just a wrench but a whole freaking tool box, into those plans. You thought Camila was bad in book one? She’s a class-A expletive in this one! It speaks to Keira Andrew’s writing chops that she could escalate Camila’s traits that much while keeping her character consistent with book one.
Shane and Rafa contribute their own trouble to the mix, hiding problems from each other out of misguided protection and insecurities. It’s a device I tend to roll my eyes at, the dreaded lack of communication for dumb reasons, even though it’s really kind of realistic for these characters. Shane is no more experienced with relationships than Rafa is and he can’t quite shake his SS training and protective instincts. The only other issue I had with the story and I can’t believe I’m saying this, was too much sex! It seemed as if almost every exchange of dialogue between the two ended with them having sex. The scenes were hot but I could have done with missing a few. Maybe I’m getting too old and cranky. I very much enjoyed the descriptions and tourist activities at various locations in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Tensions run high through the entire story, from Camila’s antagonism and tests of the couple’s commitment, to the unexpected danger they all end up facing. It kept me totally engrossed right through the epilogue. I was waiting for some kind of crisis with Rafa’s brother Matthew based on how his behavior was described during the story. Nothing happened but Shane’s friend Darnell was part of the plot line so I’ve developed this hope that a story hooking those two up might happen. Are you reading this Keira?! I wouldn’t advise reading this as a stand-alone but if you’ve already read the first, I would advise getting this sequel for sure. Recommended!
About Keira Andrews:
After 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, fantasy, and paranormal 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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