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To the Edge (The Bodyguards, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312948565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312948566
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Passion. Danger. Excitement...Cindy Gerard delivers top notch sizzle."
-Cherry Adair, USA Today bestselling author of On Thin Ice

"A tense, sexy story filled with danger...romantic suspense at its best."
-Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author

"Heart-thumping thrills, sleek sensuality, and unforgettable characters. I have one word for Nolan Garrett. Yum!"
-Vickie Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestseller of The Nerd Who Loved Me
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Bestselling author Cindy Gerard introduces a sizzling, new romance series featuring irresistible bodyguards. Whether they're strong, sexy, handsome men or self-assured, daring, beautiful women, these unforgettable bodyguards will captivate readers' hearts...

THE FIRST RULE OF BODYGUARDS:
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...

NEVER FALL IN LOVE...
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.

WITH THE WOMAN YOU'RE PROTECTING.
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...

"A tense, sexy story filled with danger...romantic suspense at its best."
--Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author

"Heart-thumping thrills, sleek sensuality, and unforgettable characters. I have one word for Nolan Garrett. Yum!"
--Vickie Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestseller of The Nerd Who Loved Me
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Cindy Gerard has forty plus titles in print. In addition to 7 RITA nominations and 2 Rita wins, Cindy has numerous RT nominations and various awards to her credit. Each book of her single title romantic suspense series, Black Ops Inc, has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller top 20 list. Cindy writes sexy, heart-pounding romantic suspense and has had her work twice featured in COSMOPOLITAN Magazine as Red Hot Reads.

Customer Reviews

Ms. Gerard is an incredible writer.
Roxanne Rustand
The sexual tension between the characters crackles on the pages and the plot, full of danger and complete with a creepy villain, keeps you guessing til the very end.
Marilyn Puett
The suspense was good, the romance was full of passion.
Kathy Gilliam

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on November 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Growing up, Jillian Kincaid had an ever present shadow--a body guard. Her father, a high profile publishing mogul, feared someone would try to harm his baby girl. For years Jillian felt like a captive, and now that she's grown, she fights to maintain her freedom. When she starts receiving threatening phone calls at the television station where she's an anchorwoman and at home, her father hires bodyguard Nolan Garret to protect his baby. Jillian doesn't want the incredibly sexy Nolan invading her space or filling her mind with lust filled dreams, but she's scared.

Former Army Ranger Nolan Garret had only been home from the armed forces for three months when his brother came to him asking a favor. Some "princess" needed protecting, and her father only wanted the best; grudgingly, Nolan agreed to help. Demons from his days as a Ranger haunt his dreams and soon the dreams include Jillian. Nolan has already lost too many who were close to him, thus creates a mental image of Jillian being a weak, spoiled-rotten, self-centered, daddy's girl. Self-assured, compassionate, hardworking Jillian soon shatters that image and Nolan finds himself falling for her.

Just when I was afraid TO THE EDGE would hit a sagging middle, Cindy Gerard threw in a twist I hadn't expected and revved up the speed. Toward the end when I was in the swing of things, thinking the novel would wind down, Ms. Gerard threw in another twist that hyped me up again. Watching Jillian and Nolan fight their attraction for each other while they searched for the identity of the stalker was sexual tension at the highest. And when they finally got together, well... read the book.

Reviewed by Deatri King-Bey

of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on May 16, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Gerard has started her "Bodyguards" series with a fine story that will keep the reader firmly engaged. This is truly a fine read but readers should be aware that although this is billed as a "romantic suspense" the romance is slowly built, but whoooee is the chemistry between Nolan and Jillian hot. As a result romance readers may feel a bit cheated. This is truly a complex story and one that should be picked up.

Jillian Kincaid is a rich girl who has made it on her own merits as a newscaster. She is also being stalked by someone that wants her dead. Her father a well known publisher decides to take matters into his own hands and hires a bodyguard to keep Jillian safe. Enter ex-Ranger Nolan Garrett.

Nolan Garrett is strong, tough, and haunted. He feels that he has let down too many people over the course of his military career and is dumbfounded when his brother comes to him requesting his help with a case. since family is important Nolan takes the case. What he expects Jillian to be is totally not what she is. She's strong, gusty, and scared to death. She also speaks to the wounded man that he is. Will he be able to keep her safe from not only himself but the stalker?

Again, this was a fast paced read that will enthrall readers from the get go. Ms. Gerard has created a rather nasty evil person that drives the story with little effort. This is one series that I'm looking forward to reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Girl on a hill on September 15, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book (the 1st in the Bodyguards series) AFTER the 2nd book in the series. I have to say, I really love them both... and actually like this one better. This was a great suspense story involving a high-society news reporter name Jillian, a mysterious stalker, and (what else?) a BODYGUARD named Nolan. Nolan is a great character... with a gorgeous body, a bit of baggage from being in the Army Rangers, and a wonderful heart. I loved watching the animosity between Nolan and Jillian turn into sensual tension and then, of course, love. And, of course, this lug-head Nolan fights it as he feels he is not good enough for her. THIS BOOK IS A REAL PAGE TURNER!!

I also appreciate how Cindy Gerard creates a set of intriguing siblings who we can then follow into the other books in this series. The sibs, whose names start with the letters E, D, E, N (Ethan, Dallas, Eve, and Nolan) are part of a very loving family, but each is very different from the others. I can't wait to read more in this series!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By a Reader on May 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
CG came highly recommended. I'm having a hard time figuring out why.

The hero Nolan starts out not coping with life, has one impressive fight but is otherwise incompetent at his job, erratically mean to the heroine, and TSTL. Because it's all about him, he goes back to his same lack of coping by getting drunk for days when he could be out being useful to his friends, family or object of affection. But no. Here's a hint: It's ok to start out a hero as a morose drunk only if he grows up, grows a pair, and gets over it by the end. I was left feeling sure that he would revert at the next minor crisis, which is not what I want for my heroine.

The heroine Jillian is pretty likeable actually: friendly, hardworking, focuses on the positives, and uses her rising tide to lift all boats rather than crush them in her wake. That said, while she has fewer TSTL moments than the hero she still has too many and a distressing tendency to believe what her intuition tells her rather than what Nolan's semi-abusive actions tell her. I wasn't convinced there was anything going on but her talking herself into loving the only semi-available guy in close proximity. That, and how can an award winning investigative journalist not be able to find someone at their _last_known_address_ after a week of searching?

The antagonist was a total let down. Not only didn't that character make sense to me, but I didn't care if it was that character. It didn't lead to anything useful but a brief moment where the heroine recovered some pride in her distant mother. This moment was insufficient justification for the bizzare and boring choice.

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