The Chanteuse and the Bodyguard by VL Locey (Campo Royale #5)

VL Locey takes us back to the Campo Royale for more drag drama and suspense and a match made in K-Pop and anime... with The Chanteuse and the Bodyguard.

From the blurb:

It’s going to take all his skills to keep an innocent songbird safe.

Duri Yoo is struggling with life. Maybe the funk that’s hanging on his shoulders like a soggy sweater has to do with his thirtieth birthday, which is just around the corner. Maybe that blah feeling is due to everyone at the Campo having found their true heart’s desire except for him. Over the past few months, Duri has started questioning everything right down to if he needs to change his stage name from Jo-Jo Jewels to…well, he hasn’t a clue. All he knows is that he’s feeling down in the dumps. Heck, even his fellow queen has picked up a new secret admirer/super fan. He’d stamp a high heel in vexation, but the way things are going the darn heel would snap right off. When he’s sure life couldn’t get any worse, he’s proven wrong. And yet horribly right…

Keaton Black Bird’s job is straightforward. He’s hired to protect people. Generally, ridiculously rich business tycoons or heads of state. Being hired to keep a drag queen out of harm’s way is a new one for the former Secret Service agent. However, he’s being paid incredibly well to ensure that one of the Campo Royale’s performers isn’t harassed off-stage while the tiny queen’s hockey playing boyfriend is on the road. It’s while he’s protecting one drag queen he meets another, and the connection to Jo-Jo Jewels is undeniable. Keaton’s never been in such a unique situation before. All the men in his past were more or less like him: austere, professional, athletic. Jo-Jo is none of those things, but the owner of Black Bird Executive Protection is falling hard and fast for the delightful and quirky songbird. Unfortunately, emotions tend to cloud the mind, and Keaton and Duri soon find themselves in a situation that’s far more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

The Chanteuse and the Bodyguard is a bodyguard romance with an anime-loving songstress, a rugged guardian, lots of BL adoration, a huge loving family, rainbow-toned wigs, unexpected danger, and a techno-colored happily-ever-after. (This book contains scenes of stalking/violence that some may find upsetting.)

Heather's Review:

I love Duri and Keaton as soulmates - they have things in common and just absolutely fit... the romance part of this story was amazing!  I love that Keaton speaks Korean and loves a lot of the same things that Duri does and that he sees Duri as a whole person.

I have to say that the suspense side of things was a little obvious for me, and it took away from the story a bit, especially when Keaton spends a lot of time preaching about not overlooking things...

Overall, I truly enjoyed getting to know both men AND Duri's amazing family.  It was also great to see the Queens again!  This book could be read standalone, however it benefits from knowing the past stories from the series.

Rating: 4 Stars

The Chanteuse and the Bodyguard is available in wide release e-book and should be available in paperback soon.