Guarding Mr. Fine, by HelenKay Dimon (Tough Love #3)

(alternative title: Mr. Fine INDEED, where do I find myself one of those to keep guarded in my room? *–*)

Good night, everyone! Welcome to a very special moment in the form of my review for the third book in the Tough Love series, by goddess HelenKay Dimon: Guarding Mr. Fine! ❤

You see, this book holds a special place in my heart because the first volume of the series was my first ever spies gay romance ❤ I looooove action/adventure books and sadly is still hard to find good ones in the diverse shelves, aka my favorites, so it was a huuuge moment for me to have virtually met HelenKay’s work *–* I’ve read and reviewed all books so far and since I had finished The Talented Mr. Rivers I knew I just had to have Guarding Mr. Fine ❤

Now that I’m done with all the raving, let’s go to the particulars: I have received this book from Loveswept, the publisher, in exchange for an honest review and this is the moment of truth! [haha]

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As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.

Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.

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Me after finishing this book:

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The Talented Mr. Rivers, from HelenKay Dimon (End of the Line #2)

(Alternative title: the OH-SO-INDEED-talented and absolutely HOT Mr. Rivers teaches a lesson to his OH-MORE-THAN-GORGEOUS bodyguard and leaves me drooling on the floor)

Hi, once again! No, you’re not hallucinating. I am here again that soon. And I’m writing a review!

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I know, shocking! I had received The Talented Mr. Rivers, second volume of the End of The Line series, from HelenKay Dimon, right before my life decided it would be cool to live 24/7 on a rollercoaster from the publisher ❤ Thanks so much and I can’t believe that I actually am delivering this review on time! *–*

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Again, thank you Loveswept for being awesome and sending me this in exchange for an honest review! You guys rock hard ❤ Oh, but before you start reading this review, why don’t you go take a look on the first book review? 😀

Mr. and Mr. Smith (End of The Line #1)

Now we can move on!

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the story

Will Rivers should be the poster guy for “flight of fight”. Born into a family of bloodthirsty and murderous people, all he ever wanted was to escape his family and his fate. After the CIA exploded his brother’s house on England, Will knows that his time is up and he must make a choice: to finally engage on The Pentasus, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations of the world, as one of the rightful heirs or to kill his own identify and never look back. It seems a pretty easy choice if you remove Hunter, his bodyguard, of the equation. Will can’t see his happily ever after without Hunter on it, but which side is he on? Will knows that he can trust Hunter with his life, but what about his heart…?

Hunter should be the poster guy for “the most fucked up person of the year”. After agreeing to help Fisher, Zach, Seth and other agents of the CIA to bring down the Pentasus, his life as an undercover bodyguard at the Rivers’ state turned upside down. He lost the good graces of the German intelligence – his actual employer – and is almost sure that his cover was blown with the Rivers. To make things worse, the only person that could help him to finish his mission and bury the Pentasus is missing: Will, the younger River’s sibling and his charge. Hunter won’t rest until Will is safe and sound again, no matter what CIA, BSD or anyone says. The question is: Hunter is doing this for the sake of the mission or for the sake of his heart?

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

WHERE DO I BEGIN?! This book was even better than the first! I loved Will and Hunter to the core, they were a great couple! I also love that Will has this nerdy face, but in reality he is a killing machine *–* Oh dear, I always fall for the bad guys… ANYWAY. This book had all the elements that make me love a story. I do have some complaints about it, but nothing that made it less than a 5 stars reading for me ❤

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The narrative is third person with switching points of view between Hunter and Will. This is my favorite style, as we can detach ourselves of the less dear protagonist if needed. Not the case on this book, as I loved Hunter from the first book, in which he has an important role, but wasn’t a main character, and Will grew on me instantly. On the end, I was totally team Will, haha! The writing style also is very good, as Dimon writes each character with such a strong will and mind that you can know whose side of the story you are reading way before names appear. Also, Hunter and Will’s story had a very different vibe from Fisher and Zach’s story and that is pretty amazing! ❤ Also, Dimon’s humor is very natural and easy to follow along, as both men say stupid things without realizing and then make fun of each other for that – just like you and me! I feel like anything from her that I put my hands on will work greatly ❤

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The plot was a bit obvious, but I have to admit that I didn’t start my read engrossed on the mystery, haha! I wanted a good action/adventure/romance book with great chances of a sort of happy ending. Also, both Hunter and Will overthink a lot. Like, seriously, it was tiresome in several parts. I get it, they both needed to build trust and blah blah blah, but I felt that Dimon overdramatized several parts without necessity. I would have been happier if they had argued more, talked more. ANYTHING BUT OVERTHINKING. You don’t need to keep repeating why you can’t be together, guys!

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The characters are the most brilliant point of this book. Not only Hunter and Will, but everyone that makes an appearance is so well constructed, so real ❤ Seriously, Dimon is one of those authors who manages to build a character in your head without you realizing it. When you look, there they are, waving at you as if they had been there the whole time! But my favorite is Will. EVERYONE underestimates him.

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And then Will goes and kicks everybody’s ass, Hunter included. He is very reasonable, but don’t step on this toes. Will may not be bloodthirsty, but he wouldn’t even blink before breaking a few bones ;D

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As it goes for Hunter, his name should be incarved on the dictionary, to define “trust issues”. No matter how many times Will proved himself, Hunter always had a suspicion. Needless to say, it got old, hahaha!

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Now let’s talk about stuff I didn’t really like, haha!

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We didn’t have enough time to understand Peter, Will’s older brother. The guy was sick on a whole new level, haha! I kind of wished we had known more of him before the end 😦 I think it would have been a good “woow” material, haha! I also wished that we had seen more jealous scenes between Fisher and Will, haha! Zach, Fisher’s boyfriend, slept hard with Hunter in the past and this had so much potential to generate fun scenes… Almost totally overlooked 😦 And the last thing: a freaking open end. I don’t really know what will become of Will and Hunter, how they will manage their future! I HATE OPEN ENDS OMG!

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The good thing is that I have many reasons to hope for another book in this series, thanks to all this openness, haha! Now we will take a moment to appreciate this beautiful cover that The Talented Mr. Rivers possesses, haha! ❤

I guess that now it’s all said and done, guys. You may be wondering only why I only used The Emperor’s New Grove gifs. The answer is because I needed a true diva to express all my feelings for this book.

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Kuzco is the best Disney princess ever, HAHAHAHAHA! Just don’t tell Yzma, she’ll be upset that she’s second place both on the kingdom and on being a diva ;D

Allright, just to wrap this: do you like Action? Adventure? Hot guys? Hot guys with a very active sexual life? Geeks that can kill? TONS OF BEAUTIFUL MEN? THEN STOP READING THIS AND GO READ THE END OF THE LINE SERIES!

5star

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Once again, thanks to Loveswept for sending me my review copy and to you, for being so patient and reading this whole review! You are the true hero here ❤

Love you all and see you around,

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Mr. and Mr. Smith, from HelenKay Dimon

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Hi, there! Welcome to my review for Mr. and Mr. Smith, from HelenKay Dimon 😀 And let me tell you, what an action packed book, omg! I’ve received my copy from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review – thanks again! Let’s do this!

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summary

Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.

Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This book was great. I loved the characters, the development of the story, the complications, the twists… Omg, so many actions of all kinds! *–* (And with this I mean actual action + sheets action, haha!) Also, this title is just brilliant ❤ I only think that the beginning was too sudden and a bit confusing, but after we meet Zach, everything changes, haha! Five stars 🙂

The narrative was third person styled with switching points of view between Fisher and Zach. I personally liked Zach a lot more than Fisher, as I’m not a huge fan of controlling men, but Fisher wasn’t that bad, just a lot more stubborn, haha! As there wasn’t a great mystery – not from my perspective, at least – on the book, so I think the narrative style was perfect. Dimon’s writing also was alright and very fluid. I liked how she thought about all the small things without being a bore, haha!

The plot seems complicated, but it is actually quite simple: Zach needs to fight for Fisher’s trust after the betrayal and they need to work out their relationship. The thing is that half of the CIA is between them, oops! But I didn’t miss a big mystery, it was good to cheer for them to be together 🙂

The characters were very well developed, despite their tendencies for repetition. I mean, things would end up twirling in Fisher’s head more often than not, for example, and Zach would keep digging their past to build up their future together and sometimes both things got a little under my nerves and I would roll my eyes at both men, haha!

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I think the strongest point of this book is the action package; we usually don’t see many gay romances that are also thrillers / action books and that as a very nice change of scenario for me 🙂 I personally loved the twist at the end and I Dimon grabbed and squeezed my heart pretty good after the big explosion, haha! Sorry, can’t say more due spoilers, so just go read the book 😉

Overall, if you like hot men, action, nerve-wracking situations and police books, you should read Mr. and Mr. Smith 🙂

4star

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Thanks for reading my review! Bellow you can find info on where to find Mr. and Mr. Smith and learn a bit about the author 🙂

purchase links

You can find Mr. and Mr. Smith in ebook format only 🙂

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the author

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and Mira Costa College.

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