- Today we welcome new co-writers, Annika Martin and Joanna Chambers, to Binge on Books! They’re here to talk book recs in conjunction with their newest release so please welcome them!
Hi, Annika and Joanna here!
We’re here to celebrate the release of our exciting new forbidden-bodyguard-spy-romp ENEMIES LIKE YOU so we thought we’d talk to you about about five of our favourite reads in the spy and/or bodyguardish genre.
We debated awhile over which of the (peerless) Josh Lanyon’s books to put in here because there’s a bunch that fit but in the end we plumped for the I Spy series (I Spy Something Wicked, I Spy Something Bloody and I Spy Something Christmas). The series tells the story of Marc, a British spy and Stephen, his older American doctor lover. The first book is a reunion – Marc is in trouble and injured and goes to Stephen for help after a long estrangement – and the second and third books develop the relationship further towards a more secure HEA. We adore the contrast between the two MCs, with their different personalities and experiences of life. Stephen is older in years and wiser in many ways while Marc has seen and done things Stephen will never have to see or do and that give him a more world-weary, jaded outlook on life despite being much younger.
This book is set in a future dystopian post-war world (the ICOS universe) and it’s just a phenomenal read. The MC from whose POV the story is told is such a fantastic character. Gordon is drug-dealer and general low-life who is smart-mouthed, funny and totally unapologetic about his love of taking drugs and having lots of anonymous sex. Underneath the brash exterior, though, is a loyal, kind – though still smart-mouthed – man who desperately needs some love in his life. And then he meets Adam, a lethal spook who has to hole-up in Gordon’s apartment when a job goes awry. Delicious!
Again, there’s a lot of Mary Calmes’ books that fit this list but we picked the Marshals series (All Kinds of Tied Down, Fit to be Tied and Tied Up in Knots) because it’s a brilliant example of all the things Mary Calmes’ fans love: the universally adored (particularly by women) MC who doesn’t see his own appeal, the taciturn frowny MC, brilliant banter, great actions sequences, designer clothes being trashed in fights aplenty, and a creepy psychopath character running through all three books for good measure. (True story: after devouring book three in this series, Joanna started writing Will in Enemies Like You with an inexplicably Bostony accent and Annika had to edit quite out a few ‘hafta’s and ‘shoulda’s…).
Dan Stagg, the protagonist of this first book in an intended series (the second is also out), is an ex-marine, down on his luck, who accepts a job guarding a young and beautiful man. It’s a hard-boiled read, gorgeously written, full of gritty sex scenes and yet surprisingly romantic at the end. (It’s a shame the ebook is so eyewateringly expensive).
Prophet and Tom. That is all.
So… what are your recs? Tell us in the comments!
Enemies Like You by Annika Martin & Joanna Chambers
They’re dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.
Will has never met anyone like Kit. He’s arrogant. Gorgeous. Lethal.
The most expensive bodyguard money can buy. And Will can’t seem to resist him.
A simple command in Kit’s cut-glass accent makes Will want things he’s never wanted, do things he’s never done. Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts.
Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting.
And Kit has secrets, too—his own reasons for sacrificing his soul, piece by painful piece, to keep one of the worst men on earth alive.
This is a stand-alone contemporary M/M romance.
About the authors:
Annika Martin is a NYT bestselling author who enjoys writing dirty stories about dangerous criminals and hot spies. She loves helping animals and kicking snow clumps off the bottom of cars around the streets of Minneapolis, and in her spare time she writes as the RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna’s muse likes red wine, coffee and won’t let Joanna clean the house or watch television.