Guarded Desires

Morticia Knight
Guarded Desires
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Totally Bound
Release Date
March 2014
Book 4 of Uniform Encounters
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone's going to be sorry.
Special Agent Stephen Morris thought his home life had settled into a pleasantly dull routine. Hanging out in his yard and barbequing is a typical weekend for the brawny mid-thirties man—and his partner Rigo from the DEA office is usually there with his family to keep him company. Being assigned to a main border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, keeps him busy enough at work, so he doesn't have time to worry about love. However, that doesn't mean he's not lonely.
Twenty-two year old PFC Guardsman, Joseph Pirelli, is on an active-duty-for-training mission to help support border patrol and the DEA. The Vasquez drug cartel has become even more vicious than ever—going so far as to target civilians on both sides of the border. Joseph and Stephen are thrown together in a direct conflict with the cartel and a part of Joseph's dark past is revealed.
Joseph is incredibly attracted to Stephen, even though he doesn't typically go for older men. He longs to find love, but is still recuperating from an abusive past. The idea of becoming close to a man who could physically harm him brings up fears that may ruin his chances at any kind of relationship with the big teddy bear agent.
Sometimes love shows up when you aren't looking for it and gives you a chance you shouldn't ignore. Both men will have the opportunity to wonder what it would be like to lose the other and to decide what they're willing to risk to be together.
Readers Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and references to prior physical abuse.
Publisher Note: This book is best read as part of a series but it can be read as a standalone.

Book Review by Laurie P (reviewer)
Mar 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
190 people found the following review helpful
GUARDED DESIRES is an enjoyable read, the best written of the series so far. The characters in this book (book 4) are some of the most completely well-rounded, having more depth and dimension. The characters, the setting and the broader town world of DEA and the battle with drug lords pull you into this story.

Seth was an interesting character, watching as he becomes what Joseph needed him to be. Suppressing his dominant side because of the trauma Joseph has already been through. He is a mature character who seems to understand that it's okay for him to not always be the dominant one. His patience with Joseph was wonderful to read.

I loved the character of Joseph, flawed as he was, with his push to never be a victim again. Watching him battle through his fears and trying to understand that not all big men are the same. It was great to see him learn to communicate his fears, wants and needs to Seth. Watching him grow is a big part of the joy in reading this book.

The secondary storyline of the battle with a drug cartel was also interesting. There is more I could say, but it would fall into the spoiler category and I can't do that. Suffice to say that it is a great part of the story. Also, the secondary characters really add a great deal to this book. Stephen's partner Rigo is a hoot and a couple of fellow guardsmen move the story along.

Set in and around the Mesa and Phoenix, AZ locations, Ms. Knight captures the beauty and the harshness of the desert. Her descriptions of the National Guard and DEA working towards capturing a known drug kingpin was very believable.
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