I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fall Guy by Felice Stevens
Published by Independently Published on February 18, 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Forbidden Romance, LGBTQIA Romance, Opposites attract, Romance, Workplace
Format: eBook, Kindle Unlimited
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I hired him to protect my body, but who will protect my heart?
He’s a thief, a convicted felon.
A cocky guy with tattoos and a smirk for days.
He needs a bodyguard and I need a job, so here we are.
And the more time I spend with Ronan Michaels, the more I realize maybe he isn’t the bad guy after all.
But why do I feel like he’s hiding something or protecting someone?
My Angel Gabriel has a devil on his shoulder.
He’s not a sinner—but certainly no saint.
He’s been lied to and abandoned. Hurt by people who should love him no matter what.
Gabriel’s discovered my secrets, yet the more I push him away, the closer he stands by my side.
And when his past crumbles, leaving him searching for answers, I’m right there for him, holding his hand.
Holding him up.
Because love is catching someone when they fall.
And never letting go.
From Lambda Literary Award-winning author Felice Stevens, comes an irresistible bodyguard romance about two men busy fighting the demons of their past—and their attraction to each other.
A serious and emotional story but with some lighter moments to balance it out, I thoroughly enjoyed Fall Guy by Felice Stevens. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
Fall Guy by Felice Sevens is an emotional gay client/bodyguard romance. This author has a way of writing characters that grab your heart and make you want to be a champion for them and this book was no different, in fact it made me feel like taking a baseball bat to a few people. Two men who have been let down and abandoned by the people closest to them find friendship and build trust while falling in love.
What I hated most about this story was that Ronan felt stupid for not only doing time for crimes he didn’t commit but also for trusting his sister, Cassie and brother in law, Martin. He was a victim and it killed me to watch him blame himself. I’ll be flat out honest; he was way too nice and too good to forgive Cassie and to tolerate Martin. I admired the way he did his community service and figured out a way to do good for the children in the hospital. It was easy to see that the attacks he suffered by people mad he was out of prison affected him deeply and I was worried he was going to end depressed and do something stupid, but instead thankfully Gabriel steps in and gives him hope.
Having left a long term assignment as a personal protection agent, Gabriel is at loose ends and bunking with his good friend. Walking home he sees a man being attacked by protesters and steps in when a bottle is broken over his head. He soon recognizes the man who was just released from prison, but he can’t help but notice how scared and affected he is by the incident. He isn’t surprised Ronan is wary of him, but when he calls and asks for his help he isn’t about to say no.
On the outside looking in Ronan and Gabriel appear to be complete opposites. Ronan is rich, a convicted felon, tatted, and scared. Gabriel is an ex-police officer turned private security, job in limbo, clean cut, confidant man. There is instant chemistry something Gabriel won’t act on after what happened at his last assignment, but the more he gets to know Ronan and sees his vulnerability and hurt, it’s only a matter of time before they cross that line. I really worried about Gabriel in this situation given he was already “on a break” from his job, but it was so easy to see their connection. As they open up to one another about their lives, it becomes evident they have more in common than they ever realized, being dismissed by the people who should love them unconditionally which only drew them closer.
I love how easily Gabriel’s mom accepted Ronan and made him part of her world almost immediately. It was clear he was still affected by his parent’s deaths and Erica seemed to understand Ronan needed a comfort only a mother could give. Watching both Ronan and Gabriel work on their relationships with their families was at times heartbreaking, but some good did come out for both men.
A serious and emotional story but with some lighter moments to balance it out, I thoroughly enjoyed Fall Guy by Felice Stevens.