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The Socialite and the Bodyguard Mass Market Paperback – January 12, 2010

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373694466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373694464
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,852,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dana Marton writes about smart, strong women and the alpha heroes they love, especially when those heroes are cops and military men. Luckily, her secret research source is always close by--her husband has served in the US Army, has been an EMT, and a fireman, a hunter, a trapper, and a number of other things he won't admit to in public.

Dana's small-town romantic suspense series set in Broslin Creek is based on her real life home in Pennsylvania, and has over one thousand positive reviews. Book one in the series, DEATHWATCH, is currently free.

She also writes an international romantic thriller series full of intrigue, danger and exotic locales, based on the investigators of the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit. FORCED DISAPPEARANCE and FLASH FIRE (A Navy SEAL Romance) are the first two books in this series.

Kirkus Reviews calls her writing "compelling and honest." RT Book Review Magazine said, "Marton knows what makes a hero...her characters are sure to become reader favorites." Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, "gripping," "intense and chilling," "full of action," "a thrilling adventure," and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers' Choice Award, and Best Intrigue, among other awards. Her book, TALL, DARK, AND LETHAL was nominated for the prestigious Rita Award. DEATHSCAPE reached the #1 spot on Amazon's Romantic Suspense Bestseller list.

Beyond being a bestselling author of romantic suspense thrillers, Dana also writes a popular fantasy romance series, Hardstorm Saga. Book 1, RELUCTANT CONCUBINE, spent 6 weeks at #1 on Amazon's fantasy romance list.

When not writing, Dana loves to browse antique shops and enjoys working in her flower garden, while fighting her addictions to reading, garage sales, coffee and chocolate. If you know a good twelve-step program to help her with any of that, she'd be interested in hearing about it!

Keeping in touch with readers is Dana's favorite part of being an author. Please connect with her via her web site ( or her Facebook page (

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Black VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nash Wilder has an assignment he'd rather do without: protecting the precious poodle of "Popcorn Princess", Kayla Landon. Little does he know that the assignment, "beneath" him, has more riding on it than the safety of a dog: the blonde heiress' life is in danger, as well.

The former soldier has a history of taking command of situations where he has no real power, and before he knows it, Nash is doing the same thing with Kayla and her staff. Even worse is the fact that he is making this assignment personal, and can't get his mind off of the sexy blonde. But he might not be the only one who feels the tension in their relationship, and Kayla might have some ideas for Nash of her own...

This is a cute book. I enjoyed the character development and the way that the author developed Kayla's character into the opposite of what her stereotypical "blonde heiress" persona would usually suggest. The plot is fairly good, though predictable -- the romance overtakes a lot of the potential for strong development, but it fits the bill for "fluffy romantic suspense".

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Agent Scully on January 19, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Four cursed days at the Vegas Dog Show, guarding celebrity heiress and media darling Kayla Landon's puff poodle Tsini. If the boss wanted to unman him, it would have been easier to castrate him and be done with it. ...What kind of dog received death threats anyway? He couldn't see something like that happening to a real dog like a rottweiler or a German shepherd."

I loved this little book! A near-perfect mix of romance, suspense, and humor, it's officially my all-time favorite Harlequin Intrigue. Coming off a somewhat disappointing mainstream romantic suspense book (with a bodyguard plot also), I found this gem to be twice as enjoyable in half as many pages, with twice as convincing a romance and a suspense plot with twice as many suspects.

Nash is just a great hero. An ex-Marine, his reaction when he's assigned to guard the poodle of an airhead heiress is very funny. Totally alpha and take charge, you see him forcing himself to pull back from issuing orders willy-nilly to the heroine and all her staff. His inner voice is so well done, you really feel that these are the thoughts of a man, not what a woman wishes a man to be. He's hot and sexy too. Just don't call him a pet detective.

Kayla is very well developed too. The story peels back her layers to show that she's not the blonde bimbo that her press moniker "Popcorn Princess" implies. She's generous, loyal and stubborn. She's also clever enough to keep up the bimbo pose in an attempt to make herself seem unthreatening to the killer who's after her family.

The villain was convincing. I guessed who it was before the end, but that's no fault of the author. I did think the villain should have been dealt with more harshly. Really. At the least I wanted Nash to beat him up. I make no apologies for this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Intrigued Reviewer on November 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The heroine is reminiscent of a certain celebutante currently in the news.

Pros: Initially the story perpetrated that she was a dumb "blond heiress." However, the heroine ended up having much more depth than I had expected. Which was a relief! Having a brother with Asberger Syndrome (like myself) was a definite twist to the storyline and the characters seemed to naturally care for one another.

Cons: I was very disappointed with the author's choice of the "Popcorn Princess" stalker. Too many people died in this book. The whole point of this book is that it should be a romance novel. Yet, there was a total lack of sex scenes. There was an encounter in the shower, but the reader was left wondering...did they or didn't they. The hero having a bummed leg didn't incite fantasies either. Ditching her bodyguard for a jog alone, only to end up with the good guys getting pepper sprayed. Also, if she was convinced that someone was after her (and not the dog) why still put up so much resistance about having a bodyguard to protect her.
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By H. Miller on September 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As always, Dana Marton delivers on the love and adrenaline. I really love how she does her research for these books and provides those little details which give the story such authenticity. And, what's not to love about her leading men? Nash Wilder is just as smart, rugged, and sensitive as the rest.
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