Book Reviews

Hair Out of Place by Helen Juliet

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Bodyguards / Royalty/Nobility / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-January-2021

Book Blurb

Prince Raphael d’Oro’s whole life has been trapped within the four walls of his London Penthouse. Nobody knows that he’s royalty, not even his sexy yet grumpy new bodyguard. But when assassins attack, Raphie is forced out into the real world, and his crush on Griff is growing too hard to ignore. An experienced man like Griff would never want a fumbling young thing like Raphie, right?

Griff Thompson is a professional, even when he finds out that happy-go-lucky Raphie with his mesmerising long hair is a hidden prince. No, he has a race against time to return Raphie to his European home country to save the throne and Raphie’s life. But there are only so many times they can share a bed before the pull between them is too strong to ignore.

No matter the draw, Griff knows his attraction to Raphie is pure fantasy. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep the young prince safe, and that might have to include not breaking his heart. Can he truly walk away, or will true love conquer all?


Book Review

“Never underestimate the power within you, because you may be the only person in the entire universe to solve a specific problem.” ~ Gift Gugu Mona

Raphael d’Oro (Raphie) has spent almost his entire life isolated in a tower on the 20th floor of a high-rise building because his father, king of a small kingdom named Campanula, wants him dead. He has had many bodyguards to keep him safe, but never one like Griff Thompson.

Griff isn’t thrilled by the latest assignment he has agreed to because the money is too much to turn down. The job is to protect a privileged young man who he assumes is bound to be obnoxious. Griff is pleasantly surprised to find that Raphie is kind, down to earth, and smart. He begins to think maybe this won’t be so bad after all. As he always does when first taking a job, Griff surveys the apartment, looking for possible dangers, escape routes, etc. Fortunately he does that because before he can even be briefed, they come under attack. Raphie has prepared for this inevitability for years but now that it is here, he is extremely happy that Griff is there. Raphie’s refusal to leave without his beloved cat, Sparrow, results in leaving them trapped. Not to be defeated, Griff devises and carries out a spectacular escape that surprises even himself.

Once they are out of immediate danger, Raphie begins to feel guilty that Griff wasn’t briefed before the attack. As soon as he can, Raphie explains his situation, that he is heir to a kingdom and the illegitimate son of the now deceased king. He explains that his father hated him and has tried to get rid of him his entire life. Griff is completely overwhelmed by this information. Although he is naturally protective of his clients, this is so much more than he signed up for. He decides that he will get Raphie to the border, as he is asked to do by his mother and her man, but that will be where his job will end.

Giff feels bad because he knows that, even though Raphie has trained for this all of his life, he is still an inexperienced young man who is on his own for the first time. Raphie is trying his best to live up to who he is, but it is clear that he is overwhelmed. Worse yet, he is obviously attached to Griff and trusts him. Against his better judgement, Griff promises Raphie that he will go with him to Campanula where Raphie will attempt to claim his birthright and, hopefully, get his country back on the right track. The tricky part is to get him there without both of them being killed in the process.

Most people are familiar with the fable ‘Rapunzel’. There are a few points of reference that amused me. The main character’s name is Raphael instead of Rapunzel. Raphael is a prince instead of being rescued by one. Raphael’s kingdom is called Campanula which also happens to be the ‘offending plant’ in ‘Rapunzel’. Another twist was that Griff was ‘blinded’ by mace instead of thorns. Last but not least, Raphael like Rapunzel had great hair. Of course, my favorite character of all is Sparrow, Raphie’s brave, loyal, and protective cat. ‘Hair Out of Place’ is a clever, delightful take on ‘Rapunzel’. Thanks, Helen, I truly enjoyed it.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 356 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-October-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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