Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Bigger They Come

Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerebooks.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-675-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Cade “Hercules” Thornton spent years in the Marines before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, forced him out. Then he led a paramilitary organization before a leg injury ended that career. Now he owns Hercules Security, providing the best bodyguards money can buy. That’s how he finds himself with a new client, Kate Morgan, a wealthy businesswoman who wants her grandson protected from a stalker. The catch—she demands Cade do the job himself. The problem—Cade doesn’t do fieldwork anymore.

The other problem—Dr. Jude Morgan doesn’t think he needs someone watching his every move and thinks his grandmother is over-reacting. The sparks that fly between Jude and his new babysitter are explosive, surprising both men with their intensity. It’s soon apparent the danger from the stalker is real and getting worse. Can Cade keep Jude safe or will he die trying?

The Bigger They Come is the first release in Ari McKay’s new series, Herc’s Mercs.  I’m a sucker for a bodyguard book and this blurb appealed to me immediately and finding out Jude wasn’t a geeky guy who jumps at his own shadow is a plus. The bantering dialogue between these two is pretty amusing and their sexual chemistry is hot. The sparks fly in one direction or the other from the first second they meet and sometimes not in a good way. Cade wants to deck Jude! The author’s done a nice job with the personality development of both men and I like them both, even if Jude is prickly and touchy. The story is well written, flows smoothly and had enough twists to keep my attention and the pages turning. I can’t wait for the next one. 

As much as I enjoyed it, there are a few things that could have made it better—in my opinion. I would have loved to know more about Herc’s business and the men who work for him. Maybe that’ll happen in the next book because I don’t have a feel for the company and who might be in the next book. Once Thomas appeared on scene as a threat, I understood how dangerous he was but the references to him just fell a bit flat without knowing more about him. Jude’s grandmother—I liked her and how she wanted to protect him but his annoyance with her, in turn annoyed me. Their relationship didn’t need to be so adversarial to be convincing.

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