Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Cover Artist: JP Adkins
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Storm Ellison is the sexiest man on two legs. The gorgeous young star of “Trapped on an Island”, the hottest reality show on television, is instantly recognizable the moment he leaves his palatial mansion. Paparazzi follow him everywhere, leaving him no peace or privacy, selling his pictures to the tabloids, and cementing his reputation in the press as a slutty gay playboy. As Storm prepares to sign his first major movie deal, his manager decides he needs protection. What he doesn’t expect, is to be attracted to the cold bastard who’s now running his life.
Balthazar Grant, freelance bodyguard, is a huge, handsome, rough and ready former Marine, trained by the best, and willing to step between Storm and anyone stupid enough to come at him. Always stoic and serious, Taz lends a deadly presence to Storm’s entourage whenever he ventures out in public. Storm doesn’t want a bodyguard, much less one who won’t let him live his fast and loose lifestyle with impunity and he’s certainly not one to be dictated to by an overconfident Marine who has opinions about everything including who he should hook-up with.
When a deadly threat hits Storm’s world, he’s suddenly living his own reality show, only this one has an outcome which doesn’t involve being voted off an island. Will Storm wake up before it’s too late and will Taz be able to fight his attraction to the handsome young superstar while trying to convince him he’s in very real danger? The pair will soon learn that reality is stranger than fiction.
Taz Grant, an ex-Marine turned freelance bodyguard, has a new assignment. He will be guarding hot television star Storm Ellison. These two opposites are now spending a lot of time in close proximity, and each is learning that the other is not really who they appear. However, as they closer, danger also draws nearer, threatening their chances to be more to one another than just a client and his bodyguard.
I enjoyed the idea of this plot, that an ex-Marine was in charge of keeping a high-profile celebrity safe and that feelings develop between them as they learn more about each other. There were some lovely conversations during the “getting to know you” phase of their relationship, and I adored the scene with Taz’s family. It was refreshing to see a slower build for the two main characters, and the inter-racial relationship and diversity found in the book was an added bonus.
There were some things that I felt could have used a bit of tweaking to make this a more enjoyable read. I truly liked the character of Taz. He came across as more developed and compelling compared to Storm, whose character seemed a bit flat. There were some extremely interesting aspects of Storm’s past that were barely touched upon and not developed, a tactic that would have made him feel much more fleshed out and fully drawn. The problem with the bodyguard/client romance trope is that the protected character can come across as weak and helpless. I felt that Storm crossed into this territory in the latter part of the book, negatively impacting my connection to his character. I truly liked Taz and Storm together, however, and they had good chemistry between the sheets. Their pillow talk could have used some adjustment, as they sometimes sounded a bit like cheesy porn or sappy soap opera stars. Though these were areas for improvement, they didn’t take away from the overall connection the characters had, and I liked the way their relationship developed.
There were a couple of larger problems for me, however, that I simply cannot overlook here. The author’s shameless self-promotion of one of her other titles within the narrative was a complete turn-off and immediately pulled me out of the story. Additionally, while I was happy to see such diversity in the characters, the amount of page space and attention dedicated to Taz’s “size,” coupled with the housekeeper’s heavily written accent were stereotypical and bordered on the offensive side. I actually felt sorry for these characters being written the way they were. Poor Taz became a running joke that just wasn’t funny in the first place.
That being said, The Superstar works well as an escape m/m romance. The cast of characters is lively, the main characters are hot together, and the bodyguard angle is compelling. Despite the strong issues I had with certain aspects of this title, it is only the first in the Bodyguard series by this author, and I would certainly be willing to give future installments a try.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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