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The Bodyguard's Bride-to-Be (Man on a Mission) Mass Market Paperback – November 8, 2016
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About the Author
Award-winning author Amelia Autin is an inveterate reader who can’t bear to put a good book down…or part with it. Her bookshelves are crammed with books her husband periodically threatens to donate to a good cause, but he always relents…eventually.
Amelia currently resides with her Ph.D. engineer husband in quiet Vail, AZ, where they can see the stars at night and have a “million dollar view” of the Rincon Mountains from their back yard.
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Even though the topic of the tale is highly political, and the environment of the story is in the heart of the power of the country, the case is presented without political influence or sides, which made the story even more enjoyable.
The circumstances are dire when Marek and Tahra meet again after their previously broken engagement. The country is in an uproar and in mourning because of the repeated deadly attacks, and the only place safe to Tahra to be is close to Marek, who would protect her with his life.
The connection between them is fragile yet obvious. They have to work to find the trust again and they have to work to get to know each other again because of the amnesia. Tahra has to learn the countries customs and culture again, learn to understand it to be able to accept it and respect it. I enjoyed how this process was presented, Marek and Tahra had to make an effort to find their tune again. The passion, adoration and love are certain, but could they make it work with their cultural differences, would Tahra learn to trust Marek again, was the feelings they have for each other enough to make 'forever and a day' reality to them?
The suspense in the story builds up as the progress in the investigation to the attacks proceeds. The complexity of the hierarchy of the crown and the history and the culture of the country are well explained in details. The intense crescendo to the suspense is filled with high energy and deadly force.
When two worlds with cultural differences stumble into each other, to find a common ground, acceptance, and respect isn't always easy or smooth. Marek and Tahra both has to make compromises and allowances to make their relationship function and to make the danger they both find themselves in ease and disappear.
An engaging, thought-provoking, intriguing tale with many nuances from family values, to friends in high place, glamor, and prestige, to the basic instincts of love and protect with everything you have.
~ Four Spoons
A choice made by Tahra Edwards to eat lunch in the park near the U.S. embassy where she works was a lucky one, as it meant many children were saved from a bomb because of her quick-thinking decision to move the device before it exploded. Sadly, she was injured and is now lying unconscious in a Zakhar hospital, yet can hear a familiar voice speaking to her but does not recall his name. Later it is discovered Tahra is suffering from amnesia and cannot remember any facts about the incident nor the man who states he is her fiancé.
Captain Marek Zale is not actually engaged to her since she gave back the ring, but the lie grants him accessibility to the woman whom he wants to marry. As the bodyguard to the king’s son, he comprehends the extreme measures some groups will go to in order to carry out their goals. Since Tahra stopped their plan and may have even seen too much, Marek feels her life is now in jeopardy. When she is released from the hospital, she has some doubts about what her fiancé says, but he is determined to make certain no additional harm comes to her.
Though Zakhar is a small country, it still suffers from the same problems that much bigger countries face from time to time. It only takes just a few citizens to cause havoc plus grief, and Ms. Autin makes their fanatical ideas come across as very true-to-life. Since the viewpoint of one particular supporter is given, it made the story seem even more real. How the government of this fictional country is run is presented with convincing incidents and compelling discussions amongst those in charge. I was constantly privy to what went on behind closed doors, thus giving the impression of an actual country.
When Marek was met in previous books, I could tell rules would be followed as he had been taught. In his own story, being in love with a woman from America sometimes has him questioning his rather old-fashioned beliefs. I really liked how he was willing to see things from Tahra’s perspective and perhaps even change his mind. Ms. Autin may have given Marek plenty of alpha qualities, but his tender concern for her is very heartening and showed his genuine feelings. With Tahra having loss any memories of her time with her ex-fiancé, it let the couple have a fresh start and learn new truths about each other. Though the lie of them still being engaged weighs heavily on him, he truly feels like they never broke up. Between the looming threats of future risks and the numerous personal challenges Marek and Tahra must confront, I was captivated all the way through the latest Man on a Mission story. THE BODYGUARD’S BRIDE-TO-BE is emotionally rewarding with believable predicaments.
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