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Three Wrong Turns in the Desert (Have Body, Will Guard #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  434 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
From the moment he sees handsome Liam McCullough showering naked behind a Tunisian bar, ESL teacher Aidan Greene wants to screw the sexy bodyguard. At first, though, a dead courier and beefy hired thugs get in the way. But Liam soon convinces him -- with wiles and smiles and solid logic -- to join him on a race across the desert for a rendezvous with a Tuareg tribe at a re ...more
ebook, 334 pages
Published September 2009 by Loose Id (first published 2009)
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I just loved this book. It had, in my opinion the perfect balance between adventure, romance, and sex. A fun read and both of the main characters were great
This book was great...Loved the main characters, the adventure was fast paced and fun. It was sexy and sweet and left me wanting much much more of Liam and Aidan in this new chapter of their lives.

Reading the next one ASAP!

Great book for those who like adventure and hot hot men in the hot hot desert :O)
This is my first experience with Plakcy's story and what a delightful experience that is. If there is ONE complaint, which I would like to let out first, it will be AGAIN, a hint that my country (Indonesia) is only a terrorist country. Really, my country IS NOT simply about the terrorism. There are so many POSITIVE things we do have. That kind of generalization (of negative portrayal) sometimes make me annoyed as Indonesian. Also, I found a couple of bad editing, like wrong name used.

However, o
I enjoyed this book to the tune of two stars. But I'm adding on extra because it seems really well-researched. I mean, I know a lot more about camels now than I did before. That deserves appreciation, methinks.
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book!
Both main characters are awesome - I really couldn't decide who I like more and it's rarely for me )) The mystery part of the story was so engaging, I literally couldn't put my e-reader down, till I finished. And of course I loved the romantic part - both guys are really guys here: strong and not too prone to overly long relationship discussions and holding hands, but when they do hold hands - you believe them :) Great balance between comradery, partnership and growing feelings.
Lori K
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this suspense/romance. The author had just the right ratio of romance and suspense plot. He didn't knock you over with the smut tho what was there was well written (and hot!). I will definitely read on.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I always love a book with a dog. I loved that this dog was a real dog and that the dog fit into the story where it was supposed to and was not stuck where it shouldn't have been. I always put a dog in my stories and sometimes it's hard to make it fit without making it a dog story.

There's lots of action in this, and the pacing is nice. The characters are fairly believable, although Liam is kind of a jerk in the first part. I really felt he was using Aiden for a long time and it took him saying so
Not my favorite. I thought Aiden took way too much on faith and made illogical decisions. Liam could've been up to ANYTHING and Aiden just travels along and aids and abets. I didn't care for how the story wrapped up. It seemed callous. They put a lot of people at risk in hopes to catch some bad guys. Yes they had a plan and contingencies, but anything could've gone wrong and they would've been responsible. And yet despite all this I enjoyed the actual relationship between the two. And I don't ge ...more
Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Although I’m a fan of Neil Plakcy’s mystery series, this particular adventure/romance mix didn’t live up to the excitement and entertainment normally associated with his work. Mostly well written with a few obvious and notable mistakes, the characters, and more importantly the setting, come to life in the rich heat of the desert in a foreign land. The actual adventure and mystery is somewhat forgettable when the action threads are often ignored in favor of romantic tension and an over the top en ...more
3.0 Stars

This one was alright. The mystery was okay but very secret agent'ish, what with the passed notes and translated messages for certain "eyes only." Add to that the fact that almost every stranger Aidan and Liam came across was more than willing to help them. Totally selfless and wonderful but not very realistic.I liked that both MCs were smart, independent, strong characters. I liked traveling to Tunisia and getting a flavor of the people and the places visited.

What didn't I like? Stinky
Shirley Frances
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good story that had just the right amount of humor, action and romance to keep the reader interested throughout.

The author went to great lengths to describe the setting well enough that the reader could easily imagine being there with the characters.

I loved Aidan to bits, he was funny and adventurous and a great fit for Liam who was a bit more serious but very tender too. The whole plot had me wondering what the hell was going on and very interested in a conclusion.

I'm looking
3 star story.
1 star narration. I was not feeling this narrator at all. He sounded like an old man which made the parts that were supposed to be sexy... not sexy. Listening to him narrate the sex scenes was hella awkward. And there was a lot of sex. So... yea.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cops-pi-s-etc
I read a lot of non m/m books and one of my guilty pleasure genres are action/adventure stories normally involving mercenaries of some sort or another, so this book was off to a good start as it married the two together. Aiden is an English teacher who heads to Tunisa after leaving his partner of 10 years, one evening to avoid being mugged he ducks into a bar where he sees a man showering through an open window. Returning the next day he witnesses a drive by fatal shooting and the man from the s ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
The adventure and exotic location drew me in from the start. I loved the visuals and smells that Plakcy was able to bring to the reader to immerse us in North Africa. I also enjoyed the lead characters, there was a pivotal moment for me that determined whether Aidan would be worthy of my reader devotion very early in the story and his action at that time set the mood for me. I enjoyed learning about Aidan and Liam and seeing their relationship develop. More than that, I enjoyed seeing them chall ...more
This review was originally posted at my blog.

Genre & Keywords:
M/M, contemporary, suspense, action, mystery, ex-SEAL, bodyguard, Tunisia, violence, terrorism.

Why I read it:
The author asked me to read and review this novel. I’d never read any of his books before but had heard good things about the Mahu Mysteries series.

Aidan came to Tunisia to reinvent himself after his boyfriend dumped him. He meets bodyguard and ex-SEAL Liam and ends up in one big adventure with him, due to an
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars ~ Three Wrong Turns in the Desert was an amazing, adventurous and sensual story. I really hadn't known what to expect; the only other Neil Plakcy story that I had read was in the Best Gay Romance anthology edited by Tom Graham ~ Mi Amor, Mi Corazon, Mi Cielo.
It was a wonderful and yet humourous romance and it really set me up to like anything by Mr. Plakcy. So when the opportunity arose to read his story Three Wrong Turns in the Desert, I jumped at it. I was glued to the pages as Aida
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, series, are-drive
Aidan finds himself in Tunis after his ex dumps him after ten years together. He sees a beautiful, naked man showering in a courtyard and decides to return to the scene the next day. Imagine his surprise when the hot man, Liam, actually connects with him. Liam is a former SEAL who has been honorably discharged because of DADT. The story that follows is an adventure and we follow Aidan and Liam across the desert in search of clues and eventually potential terrorists. While this requires some sign ...more
Audiobook version. (I wish I had read the book instead of the audio version, I may do a re-read of the ebook, because the narrator really didn't do it for me. I think it lost some of the humor, excitement and heat because I had to repeat everything in my head they way I thought it should be said. The worst part was that the voice he used for Aiden sounded like a 12 year old boy, instead of a 40ish man. And Liam often sounded like a jovial grandpa. I sometimes felt like I was listening to a Ranki ...more
How do I feel... meh.

First off for an ex-SEAL Liam is a bit of a bumbling fool. He spends more time going over what he SHOULD of done or how he failed over coming up with good ideas. It was annoying after awhile how much he fumbled. In fact at the end he admits that Aidan had all the good ideas. WHAT?!?! And Liam mistakes Aidan for someone else on day one... HOW IN THE HELL did you make it into the SEALs and last? *insert eye roll*

The other thing was they fell in love sorta quick for me. With a
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: hawt, read-2013
I liked this story of Liam, a former navy seal turned bodyguard and Aiden, an ESL teacher who finds himself out of a job halfway around the world. The adventure they embark upon was fun and I liked the author's writing style, i.e. his "voice".

I didn't like the amount of time Aiden spent second-guessing his decisions, his lifestyle, his past, his relationship with Liam, his future, etc. I think the story could have been told with less pages. There were times when I just used speed reading through
Cleon Lee
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
An enjoyable story about an English teacher and a bodyguard in the desert of Tunisia. The sex (and Liam) is hot. This is a perfect mix between romance and adventure. There are some things that bothers me that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. (view spoiler)
~~~Heather S.~~~
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
A fantastic action, adventure, and steamy romance! Reminded me of Romancing the Stone or Indiana Jones.

I look forward to more adventures in Aidan and Liam's partnership (in business and in the bedroom)!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, great read, adventure, romance and fun. Would recommend this book and will now have to see what else Neil Plakcy has written.

Cole Riann
Second Read (January 7-8, 2013)

Still love this one!

First Read (June 24-25, 2011)

4.25 stars
Lots of action/adventure in this one. Also hot sexy men having lots of hot and heavy sex while being chased by baddies. The ending is a bit over the top but overall this was an entertaining story.
Robert Helms
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.7⭐. A totally different storyline is the key aspect of this book. The character development is some of the best I come across. A few discontinuous story sequences are the reason for the -.3⭐. I highly recommend you read this book. ...more
A few too many timely coincidences to really be believable in the end, but the action was fun. There’s not a lot of character development with all the adventure time, but I liked our intrepid heroes. By the end I was satisfied where things were, but I had to put in a fair bit of my own suspension of disbelief.

Aidan Greene has run away to Tunisia to work as an ESL teacher in order to escape his long time boyfriend breaking up with him. With nothing more than the flimsiest job offer, a passport an
Elisa Rolle
I don’t know if that was intentional but I found this novel by Neil Plakcy quite funny and light. Apparently an adventurous story, Aidan Greene, English teacher who finds himself in the middle of an anti-terroristic action in the Desert, is not exactly the hero you would expect.

Aidan is running away from a broken heart and a monogamous relationship lasted 11 years. In Tunisia waiting for a teaching job to start, he meets Liam, a former Navy SEAL who survives with odd jobs as bodyguard. As Aidan
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