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Guarded Desires

(Heart of Fame #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  550 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Desire like this wasn't in the script.

Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he's ready for anything.

But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man
ebook, 242 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Samhain Publishing
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Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it

Chris is an actor, a sex symbol. Every woman wants to sleep with him and he sleeps with them. He is in Australia to promote his new movie. Chris is straight and has never been attracted to another man. Everything changes when he meets his new bodyguard Liev, who is bi. He’s attracted immediately to him, wondering how it will be with a man.

I liked the premise from the start, a movie star falling in love with his bodyguard. However, it just fell a little flat for me.

Chris was a little ea
Spoilers ahead,1.5*

This is Liev and Chris's story the friend and new brother in law of the H of the previous book. From what we know of Chris we know he's only been with women so when I saw him attracted to Liev I was a bit startled, but his doubts and his thoughts in the way he felt made it obvious that was a new development. Liev is bisexual so he's comfortable with his attraction to Chris. My problem is Bethany, who's Chris's new PA. From the way Liev and to a lesser extent Chris talked about
DNF @60% for being the dumbest thing I've read in a long time. I was trying to stick this out cuz I'm cheap w my audio credits but then Chris' PA starts sucking his dick so he and Liev will realize they are attracted to each other. Seriously...... She wanders around in skimpy clothes so they guys will think she's super hot but even despite that, they"ll want each other. Then she leaves a note for one mc so he'll come looking for her. Then she sucks the other MC's dick so they'll get all jealous ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic, m-m
Favorite Quote: “Your cock is truly a thing of beauty.”

I couldn’t resist this book when I learned the premise is a famous actor who falls for his bodyguard. Even better, the famous actor aka Chris Huntley has never been attracted to a man before. Ooh la la.

When Chris travels to Australia to promote his new project, he takes one look at his new Aussie bodyguard, Liev Reynolds, and can’t stop the uncontrollable lust that washes over him. Chris has never been attracted to a man before and this urge
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"A desire and need and hunger that changed everything. Everything."

I absolutely loved this book - it pressed all the right buttons and was just what I was in the mood for!

For some reason (probably wanting to believe in fairytales), I adore stories where a famous person falls for an ordinary guy. Ok, so Liev wasn't exactly your run-of-the-mill guy, at least not where I hang out "...a six foot three bi-sexual firefighting bodyguard..." but I'm sure you get the gist.

Chris is an actor with a high ra
Alex is The Romance Fox
I like this series and I was interested to see how Chris Hurley’s, the sexiest Hollywood superstar, story would turn out.

Well…..turns out that it would be a GFY tale!!! Chris, heterosexual meets Liev, his bodyguard, who just happens to be bi-sexual…..and WOW…..soon sparks and more erupt!!! What, Chris getting turned on by a male!! No, really!!! Yes, really!!!

This is such a funny and sweet read. Lots of yearning, stolen looks and kisses, cock rubbing, hot and wet kisses, blowjobs……..MINDBLOWING….
I wish I could rate the author's first M/M book higher, but it was all about how awesome Bethany was and how she got the two guys together, not really about Chris and Liev working out their own issues as two grown adult men.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I just finished reading Guarded Desires by one of my fave Aussie author, Lexxie Couper, and it was AWESOME!!! I love this series and the stories just keep getting better and better. What I can't believe is that this is Lexxie's first male/male story she's written. If she did any better, I just might self-combust or have heat stroke. LOL! All I know is that Lexxie NEEDS to write more stories in this genre. Damn, Liev and Chris were SO good together and burned up the pages with their smolderi ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was really hard to read because of Bethany. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell she is there and being hyped because she's the heroine of an upcoming book in the series, but the way she interacts with the main characters is beyond intrusive. She's perfect and she is everywhere, and it's almost jarring when she appears on the scene.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book! Such a sweet, romantic, sexy and hot lovestory. That the characters are a Hollywood action hero and a hot sizzling Australian bodyguard just made it even more perfect. I'm a sucker for the movie "The Bodyguard" so I just knew I'd love this story. And I *heart* stories of a first time for one of the guys. And let me tell you their first time was sizzling hot! Definitely a must-read and even though Bethany is a tiny little bit annoying and really shouldn't have sho ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, fv
Chris and Liev

I liked Chris and Liev together. I had some issues with Bethany though and the fact that she never seemed to go away. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn this Aussie knows how to turn up the heat! Another amazing story in the Heart of Fame series by Lexxie Couper! This is the first male/male love story written by this author and you would NEVER know it. The sexual tension she builds between them is just the kindling to the fire that she sets for them.

Be warned!... You will require a cold shower or two after or even while reading this to cool the flames!

Chris Huntly is "the" Hollywood actor that has a new young beautiful woman on his arm all
Autumn Review
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, erotica
This is the kind of Erotic novel I've been looking for. I've been needing something really dirty and I found that with Guarded Desires. I don't read a whole lot of M/M, but I gotta say, there is something so hot about a good sword fight. This book was so hot that I'm still having hot flashes just thinking about it! I can't form coherent thoughts. Know husband reaped the rewards of me reading this book. Multiple times. This is also the kind of book I'll set aside for when I need inspira ...more
I didn't notice any other books for this author as M/M but wow did she nail it with this. I am not a fan of angst or the "will he" questioning type of scenarios so this book was great. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down in fact! Highly recommend this book, as it flowed nicely, didn't have any editing issues, good steam factor and of course my HEA. It is part of a series but most definitely a stand alone, without the long chapters explaining prior books,which was greatly appreciated a ...more
Katinka (Unquietly Me)
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, mm, 2015
Audiobook: Bisexual firefighter/bodyguard and sexy as sin Hollywood gfy actor. Narrator was um enthusiastic especially with the sex scenes. Bethany was beyond annoying as a secondary character, manipulative and kept invading the couple's privacy. Rather tasteless, and not at all sexy to me. Insta-love/lust not quite believable. But Chris the actor had a winning personality.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say!!! This book was torture for the first half of it and OMGS I almost abandoned ship but then it was such a nice thing that happened at the zoo (or wildlife preserve or whatevs). Then it just had to abuse my feels again till almost the end of the book. *rants* ....

Very nice of him to stand his ground! I have little sympathy for Hollywood. Hmph.
Sheryl C. Nash
Hands down, this is your BEST series, Lexxie Couper!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Chris and Liev... (and that says A LOT, considering I LOVED Nick and Aslin beyond words, too) MY GAWD, the chemistry between them was so freakin' HAWT!!!! And they were just so sweet together *LE SIGH*
Jenn C
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DAMN - Sweet, funny and SEXY as all hell!!!!! No read the first two just to get a little background before reading this one. This FAR surpasses them.
4,5 stars

Even though I knew I was going to buy and read this book from the moment it was announced (right after I finished MUSCLE FOR HIRE, book 2 in this series) I started it with a healthy amount of trepidation. Why, you ask?
Because it was my first ever m/m romance without any ménage elements and without any female involvement in the romance and sex. If you know me or have taken a look at my shelves you will see that this is a first for me and it is not without a healthy dose of hesitation th
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-mm, audiobook
Absolutely loved this book. And the narration was wonderful. This was my first time with this author and this narrator and I devoured it. I loved the Australian accent and his American accent wasn't bad either.
Insta-lust turned insta-love. This is a fun and sexy ride, with two alphas who kiss the hell out of each other and more.

Bought from kobo
Whew! Sexy as hell and romantic in all the perfect ways. The angst was fun as hell and the characters were just perfect together. Gimme mooore. I'm so reading this again
hello there
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Another book w another controlling busybody female. Good intentions don't absolve.
Gustaf Mtz Amador
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
To much heterosexuality in the beginning for my taste.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't pay attention and notice this was a story about 2 men.
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I love a good book high and that’s exactly what I had when I finished Lexxie Couper’s Guarded atruegemawardDesires. First off man love stories are high on my list of favorite genres, I can’t help it…to me there is nothing sexier than two men exploring each other physically and emotionally and when they are hunkalicious well the visuals in my brain work over time. That being said, I’m always curi
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: samhain, a-good-read, barb
4 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Oh wow! That was HAWT!! Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner have nothing on these guys! Chris is a TV star and Hollywood heart-throb, twice voted Sexiest man alive. He is in Australia as part of a promo tour for his action movie and needs a bodyguard. Enter local boy, Liev Reynolds. The sexual chemistry between these two guys is off the charts from word go! Smoking hot!!

Liev is bisexual. Chris is totally heterosexual. Totally…… at least he was. But dam
5 Stars All the Way!!!!

I am a huge Lexxie Couper fan-girl. I fell in love with this story immediately. I read the book in one setting. (sorry family). Lexxie can write one HOT steam up the pages book!

Chris and Liev what a story. Chris is straight and Liev is Bi-sexual. Chris is instantly attracted to Liev. Live is Chris’s bodyguard while in Austrailia. The heat is on. I love Chris. He is somewhat angsty in the beginning but once he makes a decision about being with Liev its done. He will stand
Christi Snow
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Aw, I forget how much I love delving into Lexxie Couper's Australian books. This was another great one...and bonus...this one happens to be an m/m, which you all know that I love.

This book is about American a-list actor and heartthrob, Chris. He's in Australia for a week to promote his latest action thriller release and Liev has been hired to serve as his bodyguard. Immediately upon seeing Liev, Chris feels something he never has before...desire for another man. Up until this point, C
Third book in the series and it was about Chris (Rowan's brother) and Liev, his new bodyguard. We meet both of them in the previous book and I never saw this coming..ok we'll, outside the preview and book excerpts!! It was a coming out story that was so freaking hot, my kindle shut itself off from too much heat!! But that's Lexxie Couper, she takes intimacy the next erotic level of off the charts. The fact that it was 2 men made absolutely no difference - there was passion, anticipation, and fla ...more
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“And here I was thinking I’d get to run amuck in Australia this time. Party hard. Maybe even get laid.”
Liev choked on his espresso.
Chris laughed. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to do that to you. And I’m not planning on getting laid. Haven’t got time for that, do I, Bethany?”
Bethany reappeared at Liev’s side, placing a platter piled high with fresh fruit, cheese and water crackers on the coffee table. “It’s not in your schedule, Mr. Huntley.”
“See?” Chris slumped back in the sofa, his face a mask of dramatic dismay. “No time for fun. Guess it’s just the three of us for the next seven days. Can you deal with that, Liev?”
A hot lump filled Liev’s throat. He shifted in the armchair, the crotch of his jeans uncomfortably tight. His stupid brain was presenting all sorts of options for the three of them for the next seven days. None of them remotely professional. “I can deal with that.”
“Is Mr. Huntley safe?” Bethany’s composed voice sounded through the connection.
“He is. Are you?”
“I’m fine. Jeff and I went for a drive around the block. I had to tell him to stay to the left twice.”
Liev laughed in spite of himself.
“Did you keep him close?”
Bethany’s question sent tight ropes of tension through Liev’s chest. “I did.”
“Why didn’t you answer the phone when I first rang?”
Because I was tongue-fucking our boss against a door.
The confession played through Liev’s mind like a wicked taunt. “I was dealing with the situation.”
“I want details later.”
He snorted at Bethany’s calm demand. “Tough. You’re not going to get them.”
Bethany chuckled. “Yes, I will,” she said, and then hung up.
Suppressing a growl, Liev shoved his phone back into his pocket. Chris’s P.A. was an enigma. A frustrating, feisty enigma who seemed to have an agenda regarding their boss that Liev couldn’t decipher but somehow seemed to be a part of.
Which made her his new favourite woman in the world.
Or his least.”
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