Sunday, November 22, 2009

Romance Book Review: Brier's Bargain

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Bodyguards in Love and Men in Love
ISBN: 978-1-907280-28-3
Genre: Contemporary romance/ M/M


Brier's Bargain tells the story of Bram's (Men in Love books Tortured Souls and Reunion) twin brother Brier. When Carol Lynne first introduces Brier readers learn that when Brier and Bram were babies they were abused by their father. Brier was hurt so bad that he received brain damage and then was made a ward of the state. Bram never knew he had a twin brother until in Tortured Souls, Brier kidnaps Bram's lover. In Reunion Brier meets Jackie and falls in love, but Jackie has to go away for work purposes and leaves Brier behind.

Now time has again passed and in Brier's Bargain, Brier is working with his brother, Bram, for the security company. He is still keeping in touch with Jackie, who is still working overseas. When Jackie is injured in a bombing he comes home and all Brier wants to do is take care of his man and establish his independence. He hopes that he can convince his brother that he is ready to be his own man.

While worried about Jackie's condition, Brier makes a bargain with God to be a good man who does the right thing. When the FBI finally finds one of the men who abused Brier in the mental hospital they hope that he will testify against the dangerous man. In order to keep his vow Brier decides that he will do whatever it takes.

Once again Carol Lynne puts together a great story with difficult characters. Brier is not only emotionally, but mentally scared from his childhood. He will always be slow in his mental development. Carol delves into the difficulties for a men with these disabilities to find love and keep a relationship going.

Love is always special, but when you're a thirty-six year old man experiencing it for the first time, it's everything.

After spending his entire life in a hospital, Brier Blackstone is finally free to become the person he's always wanted to be. With the men of Three Partners Protection Agency as role models, how can he go wrong? And falling in love with bodyguard Jackson Benoit, is a dream come true, but the dream becomes a nightmare when Jackie is gravely injured in the line of duty. Feeling helpless, Brier makes a promise to God in exchange for his lover's life. One he intends to keep no matter what.

Jackie Benoit cherishes the love he's found with Brier. When his new lover insists on testifying against a violent man from his past in order to fulfill a promise, Jackie has no choice but try to stop him. If that doesn't work, Jackie will protect Brier with everything at his disposal.

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