Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review by Cam: Guarded by Cat Grant and L.A. Witt

Title: Guarded
Author: Cat Grant & L.A. Witt
Publisher: Cat Grant Books
Rating: 4/5 Smooches


On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating.

Jase Hewitt never imagined he’d have a shot at bedding the larger than life rock star - never mind dominating him - but now he’s worried he’s in over his head. Jordan’s kinks run deep, dark, and sometimes dangerous, putting Jase’s desires to both pleasure and protect him at odds.

They might have a fighting chance at finding the safe, happy medium between what Jordan needs and what Jase is willing to give, but there’s one problem: Daniel, Jordan’s childhood best friend, the band’s talented guitarist — and a volatile, hard-partying drug addict. Jordan is determined to save Daniel from himself, but Jase has been there, done that, and desperately wants to protect Jordan from the inevitable heartache of watching an addict self-destruct.

When Daniel goes off the rails again, Jordan calls off the tour to get him help. Tension within the band skyrockets and pressure from the record label sends Jordan into a dark spiral. Now his band — and his life — are balanced on a knife's edge, and Jase is the only one who can pull him back... but only if the echoes of his own tragic past don't push him over first.


Addiction is a hard subject for me. As a recovering addict myself, I have both anger and sympathy towards those headed down a bad road. Add in a man with a seriously kinky bent, and the man sworn to protect him and you have a mess waiting to happen. I truly felt sorry for Danny, but I can’t really get into it too much without giving away spoilers. I totally got Jase's need, after past experiences, to guard himself, and not want to get involved in Danny's downward spiral. Jordan, obviously, wants to save his friend which causes friction between Jordan and Jase. 

I think the authors handled every aspect of these complicated issues with respect. I love the BDSM aspect between Jase and Jordan. Jordan has to keep a lot of balls in the air while he juggles his band, Danny, and dealing with fame and being on tour, when he gives over that control to Jase, it's beautiful. 

The characters were full and thought out. The emotion this book brought about was intense. While the course of the book was a little predictable or at least obvious where they were going, it was still an incredibly enjoyable read.

I would also like to make note, that I loved the song lyrics, and the progression. So if you like rockers with depth, then this is definitely a book for you. 

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