Audiobook – at the time of this review the audio is available in Audible Plus.
The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Jillian Kincaid grew up with bodyguards shadowing her every move – and she hated it. Now a TV anchorwoman, she refuses to let another hired thug follow her around. Not even when she begins to receive terrifying death threats. Not even when the bodyguard is the darkly seductive Nolan Garrett.
Trained in Special Ops, bodyguard Nolan Garrett has been hired by Jillian’s father to keep her out of danger. But it’s clear from the start that Jillian isn’t going to make his job easy. Far from the spoiled princess he expected, Jillian is tough, independent, and totally sexy. And she’s fighting him every step of the way.
As Jillian’s stalker raises the stakes, Nolan must keep her close if he wants to keep her alive. But being so close can only turn up the heat that’s been simmering between them – a heat that could explode into passion at any moment.
Point of view:
DNF @ 75%. Audible Plus.
I kept waiting for something to click for me and to want these two characters to get together… but it never happened. Nolan & Jillian don’t like each other. At all. They find each other physically attractive, but there’s no spark or connection between them. Sex or not, I should at least have some kind of inkling that they’d be able to click beyond tab A/slot B. (and at 3/4 through – even that hasn’t happened.)
The mystery/suspense aspect was ok, but it was hindered by chapter-long introspection by the MC’s which often made me forget there was actually a threat. This felt like an angsty romance that someone added a few suspenseful moments to.
Maybe I’m used to more modern takes on security/bodyguard firms (book originally released in 2005) – but one guy protecting a woman receiving credible death threats seems incredibly lacking. Especially when she attends work at a busy news station, goes to packed press conferences, and emcees a huge fundraiser. Nolan takes her to a bar and lets the bartender “watch” her, lets her wander off at the gala, etc. Her father/family is supposedly one of the wealthiest in all of America and yet…Jillian gets one bodyguard living in the guest room who treats her like crap.
Alastair Haynesbirdge was a new narrator for me. I enjoyed his performance. I think he was hindered by the story. I’d be interested in listening to him in something else.