- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,685,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Socialite and the Bodyguard Mass Market Paperback – January 12, 2010
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Bodyguard to a dog? Former commando Nash Wilder can't believe he took this assignment, watching over the prized poodle of some spoiled heiress. But with his history, the burly ex-soldier can't turn down a job--and the task of protecting pretty Kayla Landon and her pedigreed pooch was a direct command. But when the threats escalate, and the danger shifts from puppy to owner, Nash's years of combat training kick in. Before long, the rugged bodyguard comes to recognize that the undeniably attractive Kayla has her own kind of strength--and that, to save her, he must risk everything.
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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.
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".
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.
I can't finish this review without saying a word about Tsini. Yes the poodle is a character and a preening dog show star. But her past is far from idyllic and serves to show Kayla in another good light. In fact, Kayla verges on being a little too perfect until she pulls the obligatory near-TSTL move.
And that leads me to a couple of criticisms that kept this book from being 100% perfect. Like the above mentioned disappointing mainstream book, the heroine ditches her bodyguards and goes out alone. In Kayla's defense she was frightened and paranoid after a nightmare, suspicious of Nash who'd been recommended by her uncle. And at least she went out to investigate, not to jog. Still it was kinda dumb. And what's with the heroines using pepper spray on the good guys anyway?
But my real gripe is the sex scenes, or almost total lack of them. The sexual tension is hot and so well done. The shower scene is steamy in more ways than one. But the climax (so to speak) is barely 1 page. There needs to be more. When the tension is built up so well, there needs to be an explosion, a volcanic eruption of feelings and carnality, a searing cataclysm. You get the idea. Please author/editors, let's not forget that the Intrigue line is still primarily romance.
I still enjoyed this story immensely. Cute little epilogue too!
Nash Wilder,An Ex-Marine With A Bad Leg Screwed Up One To Many Times On An Assignment To Protect A Wealthy Woman From Her Ex And Now He Found Himself Hired To Guard A Mutt In A Las Vegas Dog Show! Man, Talk About Embarrassing He Just Hoped That Non Of His Buddies Would Ever Know. Once He Met The "Popcorn Queen" And Her Mutt He Knew That Some Thing More Was Wrong With His Assigment.
Dana Marton Tells A Thrilling Story Full Of Suspense To Keep Readers On The Edge Of Their Seats As Nash And Kayla Fight Their Attraction To Each Other, Save Her Dog And Find The Killer That Nash Feels Is Some One Within Their Midst. A Surprising Twist And "Tinsi", The Adorable Dog Steals The Show And Kidnaps Your Heart!