7/2021 – This has since been combined with book 2. Test of Valor into a box set, Valor: The Complete Duology.
He’d give his life to protect the president’s son. But he never expected to risk his heart.
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.
It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.
Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.
But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating character POV by chapter.
I totally admit to being a Keira Andrews fan. Likely because one of my favorite tropes is May/December and she writes it so well and often. This also has some suspense/mystery involved (though the mystery really wasn’t that much as it was pretty obvious who the “bad guy” was).
Rafa, code ame Valor, is the President’s youngest son and deeply in the closet (mostly due to his parent’s political affiliations). Shane is one of his Secret Service agents. I liked that Andrews took the time, and oooh-boy was this a slow burn, for Shane and Rafa to spend a lot of time getting to know each other.
There are a few sex scenes, but nothing that drowns out the relationship or harrowing circumstances the MCs are thrust into.
While part of a duet – this does NOT end in a cliffhanger. However, as the 2nd book is sort of an “after”, this feels like an HFN if read/listened to all on its own.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next book, Test Of Valor.
Iggy Toma does a fantastic job of narrating. He definitely gives Shane a mature sound and Rafa a younger one – while Rafa doesn’t sound like a child. Toma does a great job of giving everyone a distinct voice/sound – which says a lot given how many characters there are and how many of them are men.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
There’s attempted murder & kidnapping.
About the author:
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
You can connect with Keira Andrews here:
My Favorite Quotes
Remember that with some waves…you can’t catch them. Better to dive through and wait for another one. There’s always another one. – Valor on the Move @keiraandrews Iggy Toma narrates #audiobook #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspenseTweet
You can tell us more about Australia. We were there what, five years ago, Ramon? We held a koala. I think it was as stoned as a hippie. – Valor on the Move @keiraandrews Iggy Toma narrates #audiobook #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspenseTweet
Baby brother, it is high time you got drunk at the White House. We’ll show you how it’s done. We’ve got your back. – Valor on the Move @keiraandrews Iggy Toma narrates #audiobook #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspenseTweet