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Off Guard (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Dear Author,
I am a bodyguard, an ex-marine. I have not had the time or inclination for relationships, preferring the occasional casual meeting with other men like me. Until now… until him… my new assignment.

He is utterly shameless. He drives me crazy. How did this happen to me? I’m falling for a twink.

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ebook, 69 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by M/M Romance Group @ goodreads

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I remember the prompt pictures very well! And what a story to go along with them. Fans of bodyguard / romantic suspense tropes will enjoy this story the most. It was cute dialogue that did not take itself serious.

The dark bits (yes, there's a smidge of kidnap/torture) was not expected but I liked it. Overall a cute story between a grad student, bratty twink and an ex-marine bodyguard. Crime gets solved. HEA sex.

3.5 stars

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(These LHNB stories are great in between reads!)
As far as I got was a light reading version of a well used trope.

I don't get the characters though; the ex-marine bodyguard is allowing his charge too much power and seems to spend his time either blushing or rolling his eyes. (view spoiler) Then the client; law student with more interest in pole dancing than keeping alive, for me it's less attraction and more th
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This is another great story to some awesomely hot pictures.

Nick's life is in danger and his parents have hired a bodyguard.
Well, Nick acts like a spoiled pain in the rear kid ( i have an aversion to the word brat so I'm not using that one) and I had to make myself continue on, but I'm glad I did.
Nick's just putting on a front and as soon as he shows his real personality I liked him.
It was a busy story, a bad guy, some brutality, some longing, some asshat cops, some action.
I enjoyed it,
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
I think one of the more notable things about this story is how fun it is. Despite not being the best written or the most original premise, it's fast paced and draws you in from the beginning and finishes with you smiling. It's enjoyable and a quick fix. Readability would be 120%. There was a surprisingly dark scene a midst all these fuzzy feels which I felt added more impact, although plot remained quite standard and simple. It's not the most poignant read, but it is certainly one of the more up ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This is the kind of book I love and MagLagan did a fine job with it. There's lots of danger, near death, and injury. The love is too fast but the characters acknowledge that this could be because of the one week situation they were in. I liked both characters and didn't think either was TSTL (at least after Nick realized there was really a threat). There was only one sex scene and it was hot.

Happy ending? Well all the LHNB stories do. It's a requirement!

3.75 as the whole thing is formulaic but
Hey, Ali. Being from TX, living on ranches much of my life, I've actually had my arm in a cow cunt. So, I got a great visual on Agent Fat and Homophobic. Anyway, loved the story, loved not only Nick, but Joe as well. Short stories, by nature, can't be everything to everyone but as for myself, I loved this one. I hope you get back to writing on a more regular basis soon.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
Fast-paced thriller about the son of a judge being targeted by a madman as revenge, and the bodyguard who's hired to protect him and subsequently falls for him. Great dialogue, great action scenes and holy hot boysecks, batman.

Free from the M/M Romance group's Love Has No Boundaries challenge.
I'm glad that I first knew Ali MacLagan from two of her more recent works (Window and the controversial The Garçonnière) rather than this one. Because I wasn't anywhere close to being impressed with this one (which was her first contribution to Don't Read in the Closet Event).

First of all, Nick was a complete brat! I really couldn't understand what Joe saw in him. He was immature and was rude for rude's sake (although I kinda liked the way he snapped at the homophobic FBI agent). He endangered
Nov 02, 2013 Sarah_loves_books rated it really liked it
The reader advisory said mid-level violence. For me it was extreme violence. I never read or watch violence intentionally. The violent scene was well done. It made me feel the fear and panic of the victim.

Overall, this story by a first-time writer was very well written. It kept my attention, and there were no cliched roles in the relationship, although one of the characters was a twink and the other one a bodyguard. Feelings, and the insecurity when you don't know if the other person feels the s

Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Has No Boundaries Anthology: Volume 7. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!

This did not work for me. First and foremost, because I could not understand what the hell Joe could possibly see in Nick. He's rude, immature, obnoxious, and selfish, and despite him being nicer to Joe, that doesn't really change throughout the story. I had a hard time believing this kid was even in law school, seemed more like junior high. His parents
Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 2.5 stars
Jul 12, 2013 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: dritc
LHNB story released 11.7.13
heading towards 4.5 stars
I have a soft spot for action/crime/PI type stories and this one really enjoyable. Despite their described differences, the two MCs had a good chemistry from the outset and the set up of the story was very well done as was the build up to the final scenes and the conclusion.
I enjoyed this story, I liked the premise and the characters, especially Nick. I kinda felt like I didn't fully get that connection between the characters, but I still really enjoyed the action and reading this story. Thank you for a great story!
Hm, nothing special! I didn't connect with this shorty mostly because of Nick and his bitchy attitude. I dislike such weak characters and he was an idiot. But Joe, he was interesting.
Jul 13, 2013 Crispy rated it liked it
Patchy but a pleasant enough read with some tense and sexy moments to make it worthwhile. Two and a half stars rounded up to three.
Aug 19, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Body-guard/twink combo... what's not to like?

I enjoyed this short/novella. Nick was crazy and outrageous, but not an idiot, which was VERY appreciated. He was never really obnoxious at all, just very much his own person.

Joe was great as the tough, former-military body-guard. He, also, was happily more complex than that. He might not have expected to fall for Nick, but knows what he likes and needs and is secure enough not to really do anything stupid in response. He was nicely out, but not scr
This story was very nice. It's just that I did not really connect with either MC until after the garage-scene, but after that it was fine. The storyline had some nice moments, both of sweetness and of dread, which kept up the flow nicely. And I really appreciated the ending - both parts of it. :) (view spoiler) ...more
love this short ....bodyguards ,twinks,ex marines ,lawyers. I was drooling over the picture of those abs.
Dec 29, 2014 Leo rated it liked it
Shelves: slash, shorts
pain in the behind needs to be guarded - tough job
Sep 28, 2013 Sunne rated it really liked it
This is one of these stories that you think you have read in variations fore, it has kind of stereotyped MCs - former military bodyguard and rich boy twink - and I don't even think that the writing style was special.

But still, it is one of these stories that you just have to like, fast paced, funny, entertaining. As a bonus, it actually gets a bit depth in the end and it has enough little original parts to be the touch better than the average story.

I really enjoyed it.
It's a long time ago I read about a TSTL character that's why I could go through with this one. This is a story full of cliches and well known situations (apart from the not immediate happy end maybe). Easy, fast read that might keep you entertained but also made me roll my eyes at both Nick and Joe.
Nov 13, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, freebie
3.5 stars – Nick’s in danger and Joe is hired to protect him. At first Joe can’t believe he’s attracted to the flamboyant twink but he is. When the FBI steps in and then botches Nick’s protection, Joe has to rescue Nick. Kind of fast and resolves sort of abruptly but entertaining.
Mar 22, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
3.5 read for me.

Sassy Twink, rough Ex-Marine/ Body guard. Yum!
Nick was bit of a brat, Joe was closed off.

There's action and a darkness that you wouldn't expect.
My favorite parts were the after effects they both had to work through.
Sep 01, 2013 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-yummies
Bodyguard - yup! definitely yummy!! Twink - yup, more to him than appears - and what a delightful story this turned out to be!! OMG - people with conscience! (and a little bit of fear for the unknown).

A great contribution to LHNB!! Thank you!!
Jul 14, 2013 kasjo_peja rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up. Just because I was in a mood :-).
I think the story was very well written, with good mix of suspense, romance and comedy. The growing attraction between MC was a joy to read.
Aug 03, 2013 Penny rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I liked the overall story line. Wish there was more development in their relationship. Went from A to Z with little incite. Would like to see this turned into a full novel.
Very exciting client/bodyguard story. I enjoyed it.

[NOTE: I rate most writing event stories (free reads) 4 or 5 stars because of my appreciation of the author's participation.]
Apr 18, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story and the characters. Nice interpretation of the photo and the story letter. Thank you Ali MacLagan for donating your story, your time and your talent.
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