Guarding Garrett (Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid Series) Paperback – April 3, 2020
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- ISBN-13 : 979-8633670455
- Paperback : 196 pages
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Publisher : Independently published (April 3, 2020)
- ASIN : B086PNZFCN
- Product dimensions : 5 x 0.45 x 8 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,967,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a hockey nut, be warned: You have to get through the fact that the Burlington Dragons are a major league (NHL) team in a minor league city (Burlington, Vermont), and even though it's a wonderful place that could really be annoying to some fans.
The other point to make for real hockey fans is that the team's star Garrett, is openly gay, and a force in the league's budding LGBTQ outreach which includes several other gay pro hockey players.
Got that? Now, move along.
Garrett is not a sympathetic character for much of the first half of the book because he is antagonistic to having a bodyguard even though he is the strong, silent and gorgeous guy on the cover (Jason). In fact, we are pretty much in the dark about Jason's background, intentions, or feelings, until the middle of the book when he accidentally spills the beans about where he's from and how he looks at hockey and hockey players.
Wow, what a twist and how perfect it turns out to be.
Then the plot, romance and action heats up toward a solid climax (in all respects) and an ending that may actually prompt me to get the next book in the series.
Now I could leave it at that because it sums it up pretty perfectly but I'll say a little more😉. First, I'll reiterate what I said when I reviewed VL Locey's series entry, Loving Layne: I was expecting something completely different with a series titled Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid, but oh how these are better than what my brain imagined.
Bodyguards. Danger. Stalker. Sarcastic hockey player. Humor. Drama. Romance. Most importantly there's plenty of heart. I can't forget heat, after all it is RJ Scott and she does heat and heart best, not too much, not too little, perfect balance for my taste.
As for Garrett and Jason. Well, Garrett is typical in that he's reluctant to accept the bodyguard and his restrictions. Now I say "typical" not because it's cliche and been done to death but because I think it's a typical reaction that most of us would have as well. As for Jason, he too is probably the typical bodyguard faced with having to convince the one in need of protection that the danger is real. Together their chemistry is off the charts, push and pull that makes it yummy from the getgo.
For those who think Guarding Garrett sounds like a gay hockey version of the movie The Bodyguard, Jason himself says at one point "I'm not Kevin Costner". Truth is, as someone who absolutely loves that movie and knows it by heart, Guarding Garrett is so much better.
For those asking about series order, well I have only read books one and two(and I read two first), they are standalones. The charity auction is the connection and as the MC hockey players are friends they have minor cameos but no it's not a must to read in order. I will say that Garrett seemed to express a bit more passionately how important the auction was more than Layne, as it's book one in the series but I don't think that changes my opinion on reading order necessity, just thought I'd mention it though.
This was a short read. The all business situation to lovers was a little fast. There wasn't as much chemistry between the 2 MC's that would make falling in love fast believable. I guessed the bad guy from the get go. The stalking was bad but not scary or intense. It's written as an intense/scary book but I just didn't feel it. The book needed a better editing job. It has way too many run-on sentences. Otherwise it was an easy, fast read.
I loved this little story. I loved the characters. I loved the hockey setting. I really like this series. My only complaint was it was too short.