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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Island Books (March 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223771
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Bodyguard is the latest historical in Joan Johnston's Captive Hearts series. Set in Regency-era Scotland, Katherine MacKinnon's father names her the head of the MacKinnon clan on his deathbed and extracts a secret promise: Katherine must trick the duke of Blackthorne into marrying her in order to bear a child that would rightfully own the lands that were taken from the MacKinnons by the Blackthorne family.

Katherine's clansmen, however, will not accept a woman as their laird, and all are determined to marry her off to one of their own. Intent on fulfilling her promise to her father, Katherine desperately searches for a bodyguard and ultimately finds Alex. Afflicted with amnesia since being shipwrecked, Alex finds Katherine interesting and happily agrees to protect her.

What Alex doesn't know is that he is the duke of Blackthorne, and that the shipwreck was an attempt on his life. Katherine discovers this truth before Alex does, and she must decide whether to tell him or not, knowing that this truth kill their blossoming love.

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"Touching, humorous and wonderfully romantic."—Elaine Coffman

"Like Lavyrle Spencer, Ms. Johnston writes of intense emotions and tender passions that seem so real that readers will feel each one of them."—Rave Reviews

"Johnston warms your heart and tickles your fancy."—Daily News, New York

More About the Author

Joan Johnston, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bitter Creek novels A STRANGER'S GAME, THE NEXT MRS. BLACKTHORNE, THE RIVALS, THE PRICE, THE LONER, THE TEXAN, THE COWBOY, and the historicals NO LONGER A STRANGER and COLTER'S WIFE, has written more than forty award-winning historical and contemporary romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. Joan Johnston lives in Colorado and South Florida.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the next ones.
K. Prins
Perhaps Johnston revealed too much of the secret to us too soon, I don't know.
Regan
She says she needs time to decide, but she keeps secret her plan for the Duke.
Jane

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even before she became the new head of Clan MacKinnon, Katherine had heard all of her life about the dastardly deeds of their enemy, the Blackthornes. Katherine makes a death bed vow to her father that she will continue the fight against the sixth Duke of Blackthorne, Alastair Wharton. When Katherine claims a choice Scottish estate as being owned by her clan, Alastair sets sail to Scotland to put an end to this nonsense. However, after nearly dying in a shipwreck, Alastair scores a job as THE BODYGUARD to the fiery Katherine, who has many enemies.
Alastair stays close to Kitt to protect her and learn her plans on how she will gain control of the disputed lands. However, their proximity leads to a growing love. Still, he is the very enemy that she has sworn a sacred vow of vengeance towards and this doesn't make their chances for a lifetime of happiness seem very possible.
The third novel, starring the popular Blackthorne family, is a well written, very interesting Regency romance. Like its two predecessors (CAPTIVE and AFTER THE KISS), the story line is filled with action and vibrant characters that bring to life early nineteenth century Scotland and England. Fans of the series and historical romances in general will joyfully want to read Joan Johnston's latest fascinating romance.
Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Mother and Avid Reader on June 4, 2006
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It was okay...I felt the ending was really rushed. There was such an anti-climactic, abrupt end to such an elaborate story.

Blackthorne forgives and forgets Katherine's lies because his daughters want him to? Katherine forgives and forgets Blackthorne's abandonment of her during her pregnancy and childbirth because she doesn't want to part with her son? Very far-fetched and contrived.

How could Katherine have even contemplated (for one second) bartering her son for her clan? If I were Blackthorne, I would have dumped her for that reason alone!

This was an adequate read, but nothing spectacular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Bagwell on August 17, 2005
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I've read every single one of her books in the Captive Hearts series (and several of her others) and honestly...this one was really good. I can't believe some people gave it such poor ratings. The Duke of Blackthorne sounds like a dream and Katherine sounds like a beautiful strong willed woman. The book made me laugh a lot too (which is really hard to do). I mean, honestly, b/c of the amnesia, the Duke didn't know that he was actually robbing himself when he broke into his own home! I really wish that Katherine wouldn't have tricked Alex (the Duke) into sleeping with her when he was drunk, so that she could become pregnant. But that was the only part of the story that I disliked. I loved the fact that Katherine didn't just settle for what she knew she could have (the Earl of Carlisle...who appears in book four), but she fights for what is rightfully hers...the land. The ending is fine...obviously they get back together and Joan is going to continue the series. Happy reading!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
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I have read all the captive heart series. I look forward to seeing more about the Blackthornes.(the Texas ones) I'd like more about Reggie & the Earl of Carlisle. Also there must be a story about Becky and Mick and their children. It wasn't hard to follow the story line from AFTER THE KISS to BODYGUARD. Although I was looking for the title of the book to be "Blackthorne's Bride", I think that would have been a better title for the book, instead of BODYGUARD. I just read "Bridegroom" about the TWINS. Is there still a story line for MARCUS & ELIZA and their family ? Since it started in AFTER THE KISS...I'd like to see it go on.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Wallace on August 28, 2001
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When the tall, rugged stranger stepped out of the shadows and rescued her from a fate worse than death, Katherine MacKinnon knew she had found her bodyguard. With his steely arms and reckless courage, he would shield her from her clansmen, who refused to accept her as laird, and from the hated Duke of Blackthorne, who controlled her family's lands. As her desire grew for the mysterious man who was constantly by her side, she had no idea that she was falling in love with the enemy himself. Was not as good as the previous one in the series but a good read none the less. I can't wait to see what will happen to Blackthorne's daughters in the next one.
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STORY BRIEF:
Kitt's ancestors owned Castle MacKinnon. The English won the land 50 years earlier and the castle is now owned by the English Duke of Blackthorne. The current Scottish tenants are close to starvation due to the high rents charged by the Duke. Kitt is an only child. Her father makes Kitt promise to marry the Duke of Blackthorne or to get pregnant by him as a way to get the land back into Scottish hands. He then announces that Kitt is to be laird/lady of the clan upon his death. After he dies, the men of the clan want her to marry one of them. She says she needs time to decide, but she keeps secret her plan for the Duke. Meanwhile she is attacked and almost raped by one of the men which would force her to marry him. She decides she needs a bodyguard.

The Duke is traveling by boat to Scotland. Three men were hired to kill him. They beat him, take his clothes, tie his hands and feet, and throw him overboard. He survives and ends up on the beach but has amnesia. He doesn't know who he is or where he came from. He meets a young boy who suggests he speak with a Scottish accent, since the English are hated here. He ends up at Kitt's cottage where he saves her from a rape attack. She asks him to be her bodyguard. He agrees.

REVIEWER'S OPINION - CAUTION SPOILERS:
This was too much like so many other historical romances. I needed something to be special or different. The conflicts didn't work for me. She thinks he is Scottish and tells him she plans to get pregnant by the Duke. After she learns he's the Duke, she starts having sex with him but doesn't tell him who he really is. She's in love with him, but she lies to him. Later he learns who he is, but doesn't let her know he knows.
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