Title: Guarding January
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Sean Michael
Lord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.
Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn’t all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it’s Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.
But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.
Guarding January is a contemporary romance set within the rock music world. The author does a good job creating this story and it is easy to see the gritty world in which it takes place. The main characters are very interesting and pull you into their story from the beginning.
Jeff is the lead singer in a hard rock group and he takes the old saying, “Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll”, seriously. So seriously in fact he ends up in rehab and is afraid to leave the center when his time is up and return to his Lord January role. Rye is the body guard hired to make sure Jeff does not slide back to his old ways. While it is a role he takes seriously, Rye has a hard time understanding the world he seems to find himself in.
Even with the differences between the two men it is easy to see the chemistry that exists between them. I loved watching the journey that they take as they go from acquaintances to friends and then lovers. The two of them have more than the usual obstacles to overcome as their relationship progresses. While I had no worries about where the men were going, it was the many outside forces that left me worried and more than a couple of times I wondered if Jeff would slide back to his old ways.
There are some twists will surprise the readers and at times I found myself close to tears, something not unusual when it comes to stories by Mr. Michael. Guarding January is a great story to start with if you have not yet read anything by this author. It is also a great book for those who love rockers as the author does a wonderful job with this one.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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