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Peek Inside Guarded Desires

Chris has never been attracted to a man before, but his new bodyguard, Liev, is not a regular guy. Liev can’t act on an attraction to a client, but being up close and personal makes things difficult. This happy ever after is going to be hard-won.

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Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he’s ready for anything. But he’s not ready for how his body reacts to Liev Reynolds. Chris has never been attracted to a man before, and Liev is definitely not any regular man.

Liev is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is anything but comfortable. He’s been hired to keep Chris safe, and his professional ethics as a bodyguard means he can’t act on the attraction. There’s also the long trail of broken-hearted women Chris has left in his wake…

Being up close and personal makes it difficult for the men to keep their hands off each other, and when desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge, all bets are off. But Hollywood endings aren’t real life, and this happy ever after is going to be hard-won.

Each book in the The Heart of Fame series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Love’s Rhythm
Book #2 Muscle for Hire
Book #3 Guarded Desires
Book #4 Steady Beat
Book #5 Lead Me On
Book #6 Blame it on the Bass
Book #7 Blackthorne
Book #8 Getting Played


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

"This is such a funny and sweet read." --Alex is the Romance Fox, Goodreads

"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!" --Phuong, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759770
Series: Heart of Fame, Book 3
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Page Count: 243
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits

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By Nic July 23, 2013

"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, ...more

By Alex is The Romance Fox March 29, 2014

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, Chr ...more

By Phuong July 18, 2013

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 ...more

By Silke October 19, 2014

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* storie ...more

By Drmgrl99 June 14, 2013

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 ...more

By Autumn Review October 29, 2013

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 th ...more

By JLOluvsbooks&dogs August 23, 2014

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 hav ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash July 16, 2013

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* ...more

By Jenn C December 28, 2014

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. ...more

By MaggieReadsRom July 20, 2013

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 ...more

By Brooklyn June 21, 2017

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. ...more

By Katherine February 20, 2018

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 ...more

By Janeth April 09, 2018

Lo único que me desconcertó fue la actitud de Bethany, y sus motivos para juntar a Liev y Chris, de lo demás, puedo decir que me gusto muchísimo la historia. ...more

By Da'ad October 26, 2017

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 ...more

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review


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 ...more

By LiveYourLife August 08, 2013

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. Ente ...more

By Monica April 08, 2014

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 ...more

By Christi March 14, 2014

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 la ...more

By Cece July 31, 2013

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 t ...more

By Tabatha August 12, 2016

I completely enjoyed this funny, sexy, and emotional story. Chris is your typical Hollywood heartthrob we meet in the previous book from this series Muscle For Hire. Chris doesn't know that Liev had protected him from a distance in Muscle for Hire, and nothing has prepared him for his intense reacti ...more

By Lea September 10, 2013

I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I’ve never read a M/M book before but I won this one in a giveaway so I thought I’d give it a try. It was awesome!! Liev and Chris are HOT together, and their love story is incredibly powerful. I also think that this is the funniest of the Hearts ...more

By Ana November 04, 2013

I bloody loved it. There's always some trepidation from my part in all romances, specially gay ones. The balance between partners, from loving to possessive and hurtful, can change in a single heartbeat and I'm pretty careful with what I read because of it. Authors tend to show one gay man as the wo ...more

I found this story to be hot, sexy, fun, and a really quick read. A great continuation of the characters that we have met in the previous book.

I actually found this to be a bit refreshing as it wasn't the usual hetero guy suddenly realizing he actually has a thing for men because the hot alpha male ...more

By Cecilia August 04, 2013

This is the first book I've read by the author, I mostly read M/M. I thought Chris and Liev were hot together and made a great couple. It lost a star because of how annoying I found Bethany and found her to be a bit creepy how she was always around when the guys were having sex. She also does someth ...more

By Pianisuparse August 19, 2014

Really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and maybe it's because I'm getting more invested in the characters etc but I loved this book! Thought it was going to be ya typical yummy actor meets hot young girl, fall in love etc etc but was surprised :)
So sweet and HOT!HOT!HOT! ...more

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Lexxie Couper

About the author

Lexxie Couper

Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once. When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever. Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It’s the best of both worlds – old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly. Lexxie lives by two simple rules – measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.

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