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Publish Date: July 19th, 2022
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center is the definition of a clean read. Basically, no smut, all about the romance and the story line of fake dating trope. But caution: this deals with a lot of hard topics.
Katherine Center is also known for New York Times Bestseller How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire.
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This can be a hard read for some because it does deal with some heavy topics that even I wasn’t fully prepared to face myself. Even though it seems that it doesn’t go too deep into each subject, it still goes into it and anyone who is dealing with those issues should just proceed with caution. It deals with grieving a parent, physical abuse, grief and regret of a brother death, cancer from parent, lot of emotional manipulation and talk of suicide. This isn’t your average rom-com.
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At the beginning of the The Bodyguard, you have Hannah, who is a professional bodyguard to anyone who needs protecting. Because of her size and her wit, she is really good at what she does. But unfortunately she is also dealing with the death of her mother. Also dealing with her boyfriend dumping her the day after the funeral.
So in broken pieces, she is desperate for anything that will take her mind off of what she is dealing with. Then the opportunity pops up to be the bodyguard for none other than Jack Stappleton. He is a famous actor who has crazy stalkers. So that is why he needed protection. He was in town in Texas to help support his mother going through an important surgery that has to do with cancer.
Even though Hannah really didn’t want to, she had to pretend to be Jack’s fake girlfriend in order to be around him to protect him and his family. But Jack’s mother had even better ideas. Why don’t they come to the ranch and stay there for a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Because she is sick and all and that is what she would like them to do.
So Hannah had to take the fake dating to a whole new level while protecting Jack. Who by the way doesn’t like rules or read important handbooks that deal with his safety. While there, she started to get to know Jack and know who he really is underneath. She starts to let go and starts to open up to Jack about her mom and the physical abuse that her mom got from a past boyfriend.
Overtime, they started to fall for one another as they got to know one another. It isn’t an insta-romance but a sweet one that develops over time. There is a little thrill in this book with the media tracking Jack, past girlfriends and stalkers that you get to see the bodyguard Hannah in action.
There is a lot to unpack in this book that I can’t cover in one review. I have to admit, the ending threw me off a bit. I didn’t see it coming and it was a little out of nowhere to me. But also, in the end the book was wholesome and had a happy ending that left me satisfied.
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