Black Flagged by Emma Jaye (Lights Out Series)

Emma Jaye has the opportunity to explore what is going on with the driver everyone loves to hate, Karl, in Black Flagged...

From the blurb:

Will a Black Flag end love before it leaves the starting line?

Dren is a mercenary, not a babysitter, yet protecting an F1 “bad boy” from his own recklessness is his next contract. The media darling everyone loves to hate is annoying as hell and a target both on and off the track.
Staying close is the only way to protect Karl from himself and others, but the forced proximity reveals the man behind the uncaring, flippant mask. In public and private, Karl craves attention, but it's not Dren’s job to provide it. But Dren can’t help falling for Karl’s provocative passion, and he shouldn’t because when the contract ends, he’ll return to the organization that holds his soul.

Karl avoids people he can’t trick, charm, or buy, and his new bodyguard falls into that irritating category. But before he knows it, Dren’s imposing presence becomes his seatbelt in the rocky, perilous world of F1 because there’s genuine concern and interest behind the gruff exterior.
When a fiery crash gets Karl suspended for dangerous driving, can the pair find his mysterious enemy before Karl loses his career and Dren?

This M/M romance from Emma Jaye features an arrogant F1 driver with a hidden past and a bodyguard who is in way too deep. Set in the high-octane world of Formula 1, it features fast cars, spectacular crashes, heated rivalries, and of course, a HEA.

Each book in the Lights Out collection is a standalone story, and the books can be read in any order.

Heather's Review:

I am loving how much time and care this group of authors has put into the world building and continuity between characters and books, especially since Karl has been the villainous character in so many books so far, particularly Team Orders and Full Throttle.  

Karl's story isn't straightforward and I'm glad of that - with layers of past, present and future, both his and Dren's, and the significant threat that Karl faces, the fact that they even have the chance to find happiness is striking.

Black Flagged is darker than the rest of the series and contains suspense, intrigue, arrogance, hurt/comfort and two men that just click despite everything going on around them and I was there for all of it!  Well paced and with some amazing curves, I was drawn into Black Flagged and didn't want to put it down until I was finished!

Rating: 5 Stars 

Black Flagged is available in paperback and e-book format and can be read as part of your kindle unlimited subscription.