Book Reviews

Guarded (Hightower Heat 3) by Jason Collins

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-June-2019

Book Blurb

I’m under his protection, but I want to be under him.

I’ve inherited millions, but I’m not touching a dime. I was never close to my wealthy stepdad, so I won’t tap into that massive inheritance until I’ve earned it. But I’ve got an enemy, and he refuses to let me live a quiet life. I need a bodyguard, and Beckett is more than qualified. He moves like lightning and strikes just as hard. And that smoldering look he gives me? It’s downright electrifying. Laying low in Manhattan suddenly doesn’t sound so bad.

But my rival has it out for me, and he won’t stop. I’m in Beckett’s care now, and as the heat turns up, I’ll be turning to him for relief. My money won’t protect me, but Beckett will.

He’s mine to guard and mine to keep.

Being assigned to a celebrity’s millionaire stepson isn’t a dream job, but Dean isn’t what I expected. He’s smart, unpretentious, and thoroughly sexy. Now I’m his live-in bodyguard, and whoever wants to harm him will have to go through me. The only person I can’t protect him from is myself. When Dean wants to see the man under the uniform, the clothes start coming off. I’ll show him just how qualified I am to handle this body.

His enemies are cranking up the pressure, but Dean’s in my care now. Whoever has it out for him won’t even get close—not as long as I’m covering his back. I can protect him, but not if we're both falling.

Book Review

“I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell...” ~William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dean Masters, of ‘Guarded’ by Jason Collins, received a large inheritance when his stepfather died. He didn’t want it and has never spent any of it. As much as possible, Dean lives as simply and normally as possible, but when nefarious people are determined to do him harm, his mother, against his wishes, hires a bodyguard, Beckett Dodge, from Hightower Security to protect him. To his surprise and secret pleasure, it’s a man he’d met and admired earlier, during a sabotage attempt at the local theater where he was working. Suddenly Dean decides that being guarded by this man will be no burden at all. In fact, it may be quite pleasurable.

When Beckett arrives at Hightower Security, he’s not in a great mood. Even though the suspect was apprehended at his last assignment, he feels like he dropped the ball, not living up to his normally superior record. Apparently Alex Hightower, CEO of Hightower Security, doesn’t feel that way. He praises him for a job well done. Alex gives Beckett his newest assignment, explaining that it is related to his previous one at the theater; he reveals that his client is Dean Masters, the technician who alerted Beckett to the intruder. At first, Beckett’s interest is piqued, remembering his physical reaction to Dean, and he looks forward to getting to know Dean better, but Beckett’s enthusiasm doesn’t last long.  When he learns that Dean is the son of Victor Masters, big time producer, his spirits plunge. He figures he will be babysitting another privileged brat.

Beckett begins his ‘bodyguarding’ by meeting Dean at the airport to escort him to the New York apartment his stepfather left him. At first Beckett is very polite and formal, but Dean soon lets him know that it’s not necessary or even wanted, for that matter. They slip into casual conversation easily. Beckett soon learns that Dean is down to earth and easy to get along with. An easy camaraderie quickly develops and clandestine flirting starts almost immediately. Dean is impressed with the level to which Hightower Securities goes to make their clients comfortable. Beckett is amused by his reaction. This man is definitely not a “spoiled little rich kid”, but a man who is practical and, despite his stepfather’s money, wants to make his own way.

New York is nothing like Dean thought it would be. Although excessive, his apartment is fabulous and it doesn’t hurt that the man he is with is stunning as well. Dean decides that since he has money and someone with whom to spend it, even though Beckett is paid to be with him, that he is going to put it to good use. They go to the best restaurants and other places and enjoy themselves immensely, becoming closer all the time. Beckett is impressed with Dean’s. Inevitably, with so much electricity between them, their passion ends up with them burning up the expensive sheets Dean has on his bed. The sex is as hot as both of them had imagined, if not more so. Even more surprising is the closeness that comes along with it. Things are going well between them that Beckett almost forgets that Dean is his client and that he is supposed to protect not just his body, but his reputation as well. One morning, at breakfast, Dean checks his social media account and is greeted with an article entitled: MILLIONAIRE MASTERS PARTIES HARD WITH DEAD FATHER’S MONEY Beckett’s heart almost stops. He knows that this means big trouble. Dean’s mother is furious and he is lucky if he doesn’t get fired.

I have enjoyed the books in the Hightower series. This one is a great addition. It’s full of excitement and sizzling sex, immersed in the excitement of New York City life. Beckett and Dean are great characters with little in common except their physical and emotional attraction, which is enough. It was great to revisit some of the characters from the other stories, as well. Thanks, Jason, for another great ‘Hightower’ story.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-May-2019
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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