Book Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center


Title: The Bodyguard

By: Katherine Center

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 320

Release Date: July 19th, 2022

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads:

She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindgerten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.


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Its a nice change to have a clean romance that checks all the right boxes and leave you feeling satisfied at the end. This book does just that. A mix between Miss Congeniality and A Walk in the Clouds, there is nothing about this book that I hated.

The characters were enjoyable and believable. Hannah is a spunky and almost terrifying bodyguard that can take down a man with the flick of her wrists. Where as Jack is a movie star struggling with family loss and dealing with the ever onslaught of media coverage. In a strange turn of events, Hannah is forced to portray Jack's girlfriend in order to protect him. Many heart wrenching and back story driven things keep the characters moving forward.

As far as the story goes, it was a ride to remember. There was never a dull moment, but I also didn't feel overwhelmed with too much story. Even at the end, I wanted to slap Jack until I realized what was going on. That man is full of surprises.

This was a great read that kept me entertained. Another wonderful book from Katherine Center.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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