Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review Blitz: Test Of Valor (Valor #2) by Keira Andrews (Review + Giveaway)

Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs

Length: 70,000 words approx.

Valor Series


They’re free of the White House, but can their forbidden romance survive in the real world?

With his father no longer president, twenty-two-year-old Rafa Castillo can finally be with ex-Secret Service agent Shane Kendrick. Shane’s given up his career for Rafa, a move his fellow agents question the sanity and morality of. Eager to get away from the questions and judgement, Rafa and Shane are building a new life together in Australia. Though Shane struggles with nightmares and his over-protective instincts while Rafa fights his own insecurity, they love each other more than ever.

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 forty-year-old Shane, and they’re determined to make him see reason. They don’t see how their son could possibly be happy settling down with an older man, and they question Shane’s motives. 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.

This gay romance from Keira Andrews is the conclusion of the Valor duology. It features a May-December age difference, sex on the beach, and of course a happy ending.

4.5 Stars!

I've been waiting for this book from the moment Keira announced she was writing it. Valor on the Move was perfect and while it ends with a strong HFN, I was looking forward to seeing how Rafa and Shane were doing and at the same time, I was kind of dreading it, since sequels usually mean trouble in paradise for the MCs.

Test of Valor can't be read as a standalone, so just pick Valor on the Move and then read this one, it's well worth it.

Rafa and Shane have been living in Australia for 5 months and are preparing for a visit from Rafa's parents, who aren't all that fond of Shane. Shane's been having nightmares and is having trouble admitting that both the inquest and his memories of Rafa's kidnapping might be the cause.

While Rafa and Shane are as in love as ever, the fact that Shane refuses to communicate with Rafa and Rafa's parents' interference in their relationship might prove to be a hurdle too difficult for them to overcome.

This book showed us how Shane and Rafa had been faring after Rafa's ordeal and while in the surface they seemed alright, things weren't exactly perfect between them. I hated Shane's inability to share what he was going through with Rafa and how he kept thinking he knew better. Yes, Rafa is younger than him, but Shane kept telling him they were partners, equals, and then shutting him out because he already had enough stress with starting school and his parents and I just wanted to slap some sense into Shane. And then we have Rafa and his reaction to finding out that Shane had slept with his friend Darnell, while it was blown out of proportion a bit, it was understandable all things considered. Same as when he found out that Shane had told Darnell about the nightmares and not Rafa.

Ms. Andrews managed to recapture the chemistry between them and the sex scenes were very steamy and plentiful, but above all, I loved that they finally managed to get with the program and put things in perspective and that we got to see some growth in them both.

I wasn't too sure what to make of Rafa's parents, especially his mother since she was a b*tch. I get that it's difficult for a parent to see their son with someone so much older than them, but she actually took pleasure in throwing things in Rafa's face that she knew would hurt him, even if that wasn't exactly her intention. She did get better eventually, but really, the woman grated on my nerves.

Overall, this was a great addition to the series and it just proved what I knew all along, that Shane and Rafa are just perfect for each other and despite the age difference, with some work, love and communication, they'd find their HEA. Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

About Keira

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.”



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