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Cynthia Fordham (Thea) had wanted Brennan Doyle since she was 18 years old. He’d been part of her father’s security since she was a kid. At first it had been a kind of hero worship thing, but as she grew up, so had her feelings for Doyle. But he seemed to only see her as a kid sister. Unrequited love at 18 was hard. So Thea had spent her college years trying to squash her feelings for him. But 4 years hadn’t changed her feelings at all. Now she was home and ready to make Doyle notice that she wasn’t a kid any more. With the help of her friends, she started ‘Operation Shake-Up’- making Doyle take notice of the woman she’d become.
Doyle noticed alright. Truth be told, he’d noticed for some time. His body seemed to be in a constant state of semi-arousal when Thea was around. He felt guilty looking at her and imagining all the things he’d like to do. There were so many reasons he should stay away. She was 12 years younger than him. An innocent. She was the boss’s daughter. They were worlds apart. She was rich while he had to work. He needed to be professional and keep his head. Especially now. Thea didn’t know it but she had a stalker. Her father didn’t want her to know about the letters they’d intercepted. Twisted, threatening letters. Doyle disagreed with keeping the threat hidden from Thea, but if he told her, he’d lose his job. And if he lost his job, he couldn’t keep her safe.
Staying focused and reining in his attraction was easier said than done. So far, he’d kept Thea firmly in the little box marked ‘off limits’ but as the threat escalates, Doyle could lose the best thing in his life before he even realizes it.
I was blown away by this story and riveted from beginning to end. Thea and Doyle were delicious. Thea was an innocent but she was ready to take risks for what she wanted. Though young and an heiress, she was wise for her years and level headed. Doyle was strong with a protective instinct. He tried to keep the bodyguard code and not get involved with the client, but he’d only been holding off the inevitable. And when the inevitable did happen- WOW! Talk about steam!
Not only was there lots of steam but lots of suspense too. Usually I can figure out ‘who done it’ pretty early in a story. But Ms. Rhone kept me guessing till the very end. She reveals her twisting plot slowly, with stakes high and the end in doubt. She really has a talent for ratcheting up the tension and keeping the reader turning the pages.
The secondary characters were wonderful too and added a lot of humor to the story. Thea and her friends Lillian and Amelia, dubbed the Royal Court, were hysterical. Each was so different but they were perfect friends for one another. Oh to have friends like that to plot with! Their side stories were very intriguing. I’m hoping to read more of them soon. Especially Amelia. I am dying to see her put her manipulative mother in her place.
This story had it all. Danger, sexual tension, witty dialogue, romance and LOTS of steam. If you want to indulge your bodyguard fantasies, this is just the book for you! I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.
Twenty-two year old heiress Cynthia "Thea" Fordham is determined to become independent of her family's wealth, and move forward in her life as an interior designer. But a threat made against her family has Thea being protected by Brennan Doyle, the sexy ex-Marine and family security head. Thea has an unrequited love for Doyle, and she is determined to show him that she isn't that little teenage girl anymore. Doyle has noticed the lovely girl that he was in charge of protecting, but he has always made sure to keep his feelings in check and consider Thea off-limits. Can Thea show Doyle that she is a desirable woman who wants him ... and can Doyle give into his desire for Thea ... even when danger lurks around the corner?
What a Lady Wants is an enjoyable romantic suspense story set in Boulder, Colorado, that follows the slow building romance of Thea and Doyle. Author Nika Rhone draws the reader into the story with a wonderful mixture of romance and suspense that easily keeps them turning the pages. I couldn't help but enjoy watching as Thea and Doyle's heiress/bodyguard relationship blossoms into a sweet romance mixed in with an undeniable electric connection, chemistry, and spicy desire for one another. Then when you add in the element of suspense that was interwoven into the story, the excitement and anticipation simply keeps the reader wanting to find out who is behind the threat, and can Doyle's protection be enough to keep him and Thea alive.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Thea's friendship with fellow wealthy young ladies, Amelia Westlake and Lillian Beaumont. This trio of friends form what Doyle calls "The Royal Court": Lillian is known as the Queen or Queen Bea, the one who leads them on outrageous stunts; Amelia is known as the Princess, the one born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a dragon for a mother; and Thea is known as the Lady, the one with the calming influence and the voice of reason. I really enjoyed the quirky interactions and witty banter of this trio of friends, they have each other's back, and provided another enjoyable layer to the story.
What the Lady Wants is the first book in the Boulder Bodyguards Series. I can't wait to read Amelia's story in the next installment in the series!
If you like a fast paced and action packed romantic suspense story, then look no further, What the Lady Wants is the book for you!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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