Release Blitz ~ Hold Safe by Sue Brown (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)


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Mo is content with the quiet life. Once upon a time he had his happy ever after, but that ended. Now he’s being asked to guard an ego-driven businessman who has no idea how much danger he’s in. He should say no.

A successful CEO, Joseph is used to most people saying yes. He’s not convinced ‘yes’ is in this bodyguard’s vocabulary. Every decision he makes, Mo vetoes. Joseph is furious. He’s the one in charge. Isn’t he?

They are dealing with escalating danger and increasing tension between them. Joseph is convinced he’s a Daddy. Mo knows Joseph is a boy. Will Mo keep Joseph safe and show him his true place?



The room went silent.

“Remember you’re a Holden. Never let another man tell you what to do.”

His father’s words rang in Joseph’s ears as they had done since he had sat an eight-year-old Joseph down in his study and told him that one day he would be the head of a great empire.

Yet he’d sat like a kid, his cheeks flaming, because some yeti off the mountains had ordered him to. He knew he’d made a huge mistake. He’d lost face in front of a room full of alpha men. He could see that in the smug expressions in the room. Now he’d have to work twice as hard to regain the power.

He was the client, the top dog in the room. Correction. He should have been the top dog. He was the billionaire; they were merely muscle. So why did he feel like a kid playing dress up in his father’s shoes?


4.5 Stars!
I was pleasantly surprised by how well Joseph and Mo manage to work together once they get away from the city. Joseph needs protection from whoever is after him, but he also desperately needs someone to care and provide guidance. Mo gave him the attention he needed and the information to let Joseph consider that he may have misunderstood about Daddy and boy relationships. I really liked seeing Joseph take the information Mo gives him, and not only process it, but work out things to try to see if being a boy worked for him. I really liked when he asked to try new things even when it made him a little uncomfortable.
I liked how patient Mo was while still being firm and letting Joseph work things out on his own, in his own time. Mo definitely had a better read on Joseph than anyone and did a great job of anticipating what might help Joseph the most. There were times I thought it might have been too easy, but then Joseph was also away from everything he knew and could explore without worrying about prying eyes and judgment.
This book is my current favorite of the series. If I could have, I would have read it one sitting. While I expected some aspects of both characters’ pasts to cause more problems, I was pleasantly surprised when things went smoother than I thought. There was some weirdness in the timing of statements towards the end (that I thought made the suspense portion of the book wrap up way too quickly), but strangely I didn’t have much trouble letting go of those issues as I would have normally.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

I like Sue Brown; her Cowboys and Angels series is one of my favourites. I have to admit I’d not read the first two of this series. That’s partly because you have to suspend a little bit of belief for the idea that bodyguards would also be a Daddy to their clients…but hey, if you think about it, the majority of books have an element of fantasy. We read to escape. So I thought I’d give it a go.

Firstly, the fact that I hadn’t read the other two really did not matter. It certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of it. Here we have Mo, a retired Daddy bodyguard who is doing his best to hide from the world after his last client didn’t listen and got himself killed. His friends, though, are determined to drag him back and have a new client; Joseph. Joseph is doing his best to be a ‘man’ in a tough business world and consequently is getting the reputation of being, well, basically an arsehole. There have been several attempts on his life but he’s not listening and his current security has had enough. Mo, though, can see that there is more to the bravado, and because of the vulnerability he senses, agrees to step up. When another attempt is made on Joseph’s life, he whisks him off to his cabin to keep him safe while his friends investigate.

It’s here that Mo gradually breaks down Joseph’s resistance, and slowly Joseph’s starts to accept his need to let go and let someone care for him. This is a Daddy/Boy book but it is not as full on as some and there is only limited age play; Joseph’s use of play allows him to relax and get away from the stresses of life. I enjoyed these two characters’ interactions, the banter between them, and the sensitive way that Mo supports Joseph and gets him to drop his barriers. Their chemistry is hot. The support Mo gives Joseph makes him really attractive as a person to me; the strong, firm, caring type is a definite favourite character type of mine. The transition for Joseph, by the author, is well done; it’s not an instant “I’m reformed”. The dual point of view, and the flashes of each character’s thoughts, allows you to see beyond actions and get into the heart of what drives them. The plot moves along at a steady pace and drives the story well enough to keep you interested. I did work out the likely ‘baddie’ fairly early on, but that wasn’t too much of a problem as I was more interested in their relationship, to be honest.

An enjoyable, low angst story about a fun, likeable couple that’s well worth the read, especially if this is your kink.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***


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