Series: The Bodyguards #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 1, 2007
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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...
The set up
Jillian Kincaid has been receiving death threats that are now seeming to intensify. The daughter of a wealthy business man, her high profile image is magnified through her job as a news co-anchor for the local TV station. Nolan Garrett, a former Army Ranger squad leader, is assigned by his family’s security company to be her bodyguard. He’s doing it under duress as he’s trying to also deal with demons stemming from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jillian doesn’t want a bodyguard and Nolan erroneously pegs her as a prima donna princess. After their initial clashes, Nolan finds it increasingly difficult to manage his growing attraction, as does Jillian.
Jillian and Nolan were extremely likable and appealing characters, their developing romance sizzling. She’s tough, smart and independent; he’s resourceful, sexy and good at what he does. The underlying threat to Jillian’s life created even more tension in their relationship and the story. I imagined bogeymen around every page and there were plenty of credible suspects to consider. I’m also intrigued by the other members of the Garrett family that make up E.D.E.N., the security company.
What was missing
I started with Gerard’s most recent series and decided to go back and begin her first as there is character crossover. My expectation was that this book would have the same level and balance of suspense but it just didn’t deliver. Most of the emphasis was on the romance with quite a bit of repetition.
The bottom line
While I enjoyed the story, I found the suspense element underwhelming. The romance, however, was pretty special. This is the first in a very promising series and I’m committed to continuing because I know it improves.
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