After getting in trouble for not keeping his mouth shut with a difficult bodyguard client, Saint Wilde finds himself back in his hometown of Hobie, Texas. He is assigned a low profile job teaching self defense to a wealthy antiques dealer until the dust settles. Saint expects Augie to be a spoiled, rich kid like so many of his clients, but instead Augie is sweet, insecure, and clearly anxious. Saint finds himself drawn to Augie right away, but after just coming off trouble with his last assignment, he knows better than to get involved with a client.
After someone broke into Augie’s home, he is terrified, but trying hard not to show it. His family always instilled in him the need to be strong and not show weakness. So he is trying his best to pretend it is no big deal, but in reality he is so scared he spends his nights hiding in his attic bolthole and the whole situation has him anxious and stressed. Augie won’t take on a bodyguard, but has reluctantly agreed to some self defense lessons at his sister’s urging. He finds himself incredibly attracted to Saint (what is not to like about the hulking former SEAL), but he can’t imagine Saint would have an interest in a guy like him.
As they spend more time together, it becomes clear that there is an attraction on both parts, and the guys take tentative steps forward in their relationship. But neither man is confident that the other will want him for long. Complicating matters, somebody definitely has Augie in their sights. His car is broken into twice, and even worse, it looks like his family is somehow involved. Augie wants to handle it on his own, but he is also overwhelmed and Saint brings him so much comfort and support. Now the men have to figure out just who is behind the crimes and what they want from Augie before it is too late.
His Saint is the fifth book in Lucy Lennox’s Forever Wilde series. We have met both Saint and Augie in past books, though I think the story would stand alone pretty well. What you miss jumping in here is meeting the extended Wilde clan, many of whom make appearances in this story. So some of the family dynamics may move past you, but the basic storyline should work fine as a standalone.
I really enjoy an opposites attract vibe in my books, so I was drawn in right away by Saint and Augie. Saint is kind of hard not to like, as he is hunky and brave and just on the right side of protective to not be boorish. Augie is a little pricklier, but he is struggling with this need to be strong and self sufficient that his family has drilled into him, versus his very real fears and anxieties. I could feel for Augie as he so badly wants to let go, share his burdens, and open himself up to Saint, but he just can’t quite let himself. I enjoyed seeing him slowly come to believe that he can rely on Saint and that is ok to need someone. At times I felt like Augie’s insecurities could have been better grounded in the story. We know his cousin was a bully and that affected Augie’s self esteem, but we don’t get enough detail for me to really understand fully where Augie is coming from. He has no sense of self worth and is constantly sure Saint will leave him, even though Saint has done nothing to indicate he sees this as temporary. So I think more backstory might have helped here.
The story also has a mystery/suspense element as Augie and Saint try to figure out who is behind the break-ins. I would say this is more light suspense until the very end, as the relationship is more of a focus. We also know from pretty early on who is behind it all (as does Augie), but not the why exactly. Still, I did find it interesting and it kept me curious to see how it would all unfold. I did find it strange that despite knowing who is after Augie, knowing that it involves his family, and at some point knowing a lot of the reason why, that everyone seems content to just let it ride. Why not confront the bad guy more directly? And then when they find out that this person is up to illegal dealings, Saint is content to ignore it as long as Augie is left alone, which doesn’t fit very well with the person Saint seems to be. It just felt kind of contrived to allow for the conflict at the end that no one really bothered to address this problem much earlier on.
Overall, however, I found this another enjoyable installment in this series. I like the small town, big family feel of this series and found these guys both likable and a nice couple. The next book gives us Doc and Grandpa’s story (and appears to cross over with Lennox’s Made Marian series), so I am looking forward to the next installment.