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?
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The author made a highly improbable series of events sound believable. Giving a description of the White House's interior helped a lot. The novel's real strength lay in the unfolding love between the lonely Secret Service agent and deeply repressed President's son. That is what will keep readers engaged.
Great read...sexy, great characters and plot. The age difference was a stretch and obviously the entire premise of the book unrealistic....but it was a fun and breezy kind of read which can be pretty perfect!
I don't often see a book set in the White House so this one caught my interest. This is about Rafael (Rafa) the President's youngest son and Shane, one of the secret service agents on his protection detail. Rafa is gay but planned to stay in the closet until his father's term ended in 8 months. The wait didn't seem hard to him because he'd always kept in the shadows trying to be invisible. Having his friend Ashleigh play his pretend girlfriend helped his deception too. It worked for her too since she's a lesbian. Shane was also gay and the pair where very attracted to each other. Rafa wanted to go for it but Shane had reservations. He was concerned about the 18 year age difference and he couldn't have a relationship with a protectee or he'd lose his job. I was happy to see that this was so well researched. Everything about the White House, the President and Secret Service felt accurate and believable. This story has a pretty suspenseful situation that made it exciting but also pulled the relationship together even more. There are lots of hot sex scenes but I didn't think they worked in the story because they were so explicit. I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Please note I won it in an author's giveaway hosted by Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews.