Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Honor and Pride
SERIES: Guarding the Gods (book #2)
AUTHOR: Ann Lister
PUBLISHER: Rock Gods, Inc.
LENGTH: 442 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017
* * * Since the topic of college hazing could be a trigger for some, please consider this a warning as this may not be a book you’d be comfortable reading. * * * Fizzbo is used to taking care of people. He’s the one in charge of the personal and professional security needs for both world-famous rock bands, Ivory Tower and Black Ice. Having their backs is what he does best, and he takes pride in that, both on and off the job. When he’s called into action to save the man he loves, all of his skills are put to the test. Suddenly, he isn’t so sure his training will be enough, but saving Kensey is personal, and he’s willing do anything to keep him safe. Kensey Pride is the man who rocked Fizzbo’s world when they met during the European tour with Ivory Tower and Black Ice. Kensey’s passion for his job, making people look and feel beautiful in their own skin, is something he lacks in his own life until the magnetism of a certain security guard comes along and breaks down the walls he’s built around his heart to keep him safe. For the first time in his life, Kensey discovers he likes who he sees looking back at him in the mirror. Without the safety of those walls and his heart left unprotected, Kensey becomes an easy target for those who can’t let go of the past. Will Fizzbo’s strength and love be enough to bring Kensey home, or will old truths be too much for the guard to handle?
Since I am a die-hard fan of the Rock Gods I couldn’t wait for this book! This one touched me deeply.
Fizzbo is the head of security for guarding the Rock Gods…the Musicians of the Rock Bands Black Ice and Ivory Tower. He takes his job very seriously, usually at the expense of himself. After the horrific fire in Berlin they are stuck back in LA recuperating and in therapy to help through that nightmare. But Fizzbo is very concerned that one of the crew has never come to the mandatory sessions…Kensey. He thought that they had a connection started right before the fire but now Kinsey is MIA and he doesn’t know what to think. When Kinsey shows up for the final session, a show up or else” threat from management, Fizzbo is going to make sure that he doesn’t slip away this time. But Kensey seems more guarded and aloof. Something is up and Fizzbo, being the man he is, won’t stop until he figures it out. “Honor and Pride” is the story of how everything is brought to light so that Fizzbo and Kensey can try at the relationship they both deserve.
Even though we don’t see much of my beloved “Rock Gods” I am strangely okay with that. This story is so gripping and filled with so much that you hardly notice. I really didn’t “know” Fizzbo that much and he was intriguing to watch unfold. He really is one of the decent, caring and loyal guys. One that you want as a friend but whole heartedly desire as the love of your life. He is the keeper. The one that looks out for everyone and makes sure that they are okay. When things don’t go as planned he will not stop until it is fixed. But sometimes things are out of your control and you can’t fix them. When that happens he is truly “a man on a mission” to get and protect those he care about. When it is the man he is falling for you had better watch out!!!
I loved how Ms. Lister wove all the threads together in this one. How story lines crossed. I do feel she was way to lenient on Sean. That man was the epitome of evil. He was a self serving bastard that used and manipulated men for his own pleasure and fun. He didn’t give a damn about the after effects of his fun and jollies. He used them and then blackmailed them to do his evil. He truly felt he was above all that he did and deserved what he wanted. I know that there are time lines for the law but this man deserved so much more for all the lives he crossed and ruined. It is just that he deserved to rotten in hell for his evilness. And Kensey’s grandfather…what a disgusting and vile old man!
As you can tell, this book really got to me! It is so wonderfully written and you won’t be able to sit it down…even if your eyes are burning and dropping from reading so long! I think this is one of Ann Lister’s best and that is saying a lot! I know it has difficult subject matters and I really think that you need to read book one first to understand the Zac/Ben storyline but it will be worth it! By the way…loved the play in their names for the title!!! A fabulous and thoughtful book that is a real page turner!!!