Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters #4) by Morticia Knight ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

guardeddesires_exlarge_PNG-210x336 Title: Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters #4)

Author: Morticia Knight

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry.

Special Agent Stephen Morris thought his home life had settled into a pleasantly dull routine. Hanging out in his yard and barbequing is a typical weekend for the brawny mid-thirties man—and his partner Rigo from the DEA office is usually there with his family to keep him company. Being assigned to a main border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, keeps him busy enough at work, so he doesn’t have time to worry about love. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not lonely.

Twenty-two year old PFC Guardsman, Joseph Pirelli, is on an active-duty-for-training mission to help support border patrol and the DEA. The Vasquez drug cartel has become even more vicious than ever—going so far as to target civilians on both sides of the border. Joseph and Stephen are thrown together in a direct conflict with the cartel and a part of Joseph’s dark past is revealed.

Joseph is incredibly attracted to Stephen, even though he doesn’t typically go for older men. He longs to find love, but is still recuperating from an abusive past. The idea of becoming close to a man who could physically harm him brings up fears that may ruin his chances at any kind of relationship with the big teddy bear agent.
Sometimes love shows up when you aren’t looking for it and gives you a chance you shouldn’t ignore. Both men will have the opportunity to wonder what it would be like to lose the other and to decide what they’re willing to risk to be together.

Readers Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and references to prior physical abuse.

Publisher Note: This book is best read as part of a series but it can be read as a standalone.

Brandilyn’s View:

After reviewing the first three books, I am running out of things to say about this series. So for this review, I am going to be short and to the point.

Also, this is a series in name only. You barely see or hear about the couples from previous installments. The characters in each installment barely showed up in the previous books, if at all. They are all set in the same Mesa, Arizona (or Mesa-adjacent) area. That is the only thing connecting them as a series. If you can read a series out of order without getting hives, you can easily pick and choose which titles in this series you want to read and which you want to skip. I have a hard time reading a series out of order, however, so I persevered.

This series fetishizes gay men. There is no plot. Okay, there IS one, but it is weak and transparent. I feel like it is there just so the author can try to call this book erotic romance instead of erotica.

At least the main characters in this book don’t have sex with half the town on page before they find each other (unlike the previous books in this series). Okay, that is a bit of a hyperbole, but you get my point.

One of the main characters is a victim of some pretty horrible domestic and sexual abuse. However, that is glossed over so he and the second main character can get together and have pornstar sex complete with cheesy dialogue.

“Yeah. Use me, baby.” Stephen waggled his eyebrows up and down, causing Joseph to laugh again.

With the background that Joseph has, I would expect some angst… at least a little. Not him hopping in bed with Stephen the first chance they get. When they are not together, they both walk around with erections thinking about the other… while fighting a drug cartel. It just got to be too much for me.

Yes, I chose to read this series. I was hoping for a bit more. I don’t know why I was hoping for more. If you are a fan of PWP and you read to get off, this might be a series for you.

For reviews of books five and six see our previous reviews.

Secret Fire
Dangerous Wish

Buy Links

Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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