Valor: The Complete Duology

When I’m with you, I don’t have to hide.

Keira Andrews
Valor: THe Complete Duology

Format:
Audiobook

This is a box set combining Valor on the Move and Test of Valor.

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Valor on the Move: Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. But 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.

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?

Test of Valor: With his father no longer president, Rafa Castillo can finally be with ex-Secret Service agent Shane Kendrick. Eager to get away from the questions and judgement, Rafa and Shane are building a new life together in Australia.

Now they just have to get through a visit from the former president and first lady. Rafa’s parents certainly don’t approve of his romance with 40-year-old Shane, and they’re determined to make him see reason. Shane and Rafa just want a normal life together – but when they must suddenly battle for survival, they fight to prove their fierce love can withstand any threat.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating character POV by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I was super excited to see these in a box set not only as a fantastic deal but because I just adore all things Keira Andrews. I listened to Valor on the Move and Test of Valor last Summer and thoroughly enjoyed the emotionally gripping mix of romance, mystery/suspense, & thriller components. On their own these are fully developed stories – together they are 18 hours of awesomeness.

Valor on the Move:
Rafa, code name 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.

Test of Valor:
I loved this one even more than the first – maybe because the first was an HFN and this was Shane & Rafa’s HEA. There’s a lot of relationship building, a little bit of personal drama, a little bit of family drama, and smidge of suspense. Fairly low angst, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Definitely one I’ll listen to many times.

Narration:
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. This is full of so many emotions and Toma brings them to life in a way I never could reading them myself. He’s terrific.

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

When I’m with you, I don’t have to hide. – Valor Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

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 Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

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 Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

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 Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

We’ll do it our way, and my parents can deal.” “Well, that is our unofficial motto. – Valor Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

The air felt jagged, all sharp edges in the space separating them. – Valor Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

Ready for breakfast? I was thinking bacon. Because…well, bacon. – Valor Complete Duology @keiraandrews #Audiobook narrated by #IggyToma #MM #AgeGap #RomanticSuspense

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