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Review: Guardian for Hire by Christine Bell

Guardian For HireTitle: Guardian for Hire

Author: Christine Bell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: For Hire (Book #2)

Publication Date: January 13, 2014

Format: Ebook, 201 Pages

ISBN-10: 1622663306 (Entangled)

ISBN-13: 978-1622663309 (Entangled)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Psychologist Sarabeth Lucking’s life is turned upside down when the upscale couples’ retreat she works for winds up embroiled in the biggest scandal of the year. With her reputation in tatters, she can’t imagine things getting worse, until her former co-workers are murdered, one by one. A bad-ass, ex-Army Ranger might be able to keep her safe, but something tells her she’s getting more than she bargained for…

Gavin McClintock grew up on the streets of Edinburgh, and protecting prissy Dr. Stick-Up-Her-Rear isn’t high on his list of things to do. Still, a promise is a promise, and he’ll need a clear head if he’s going to keep her off the growing list of victims. He didn’t count on the fire in her, or how distracted he’d be by her. As the flames grow hotter, he starts to wonder if she’s the one who needs protecting.

Will Sarabeth and Gavin outrun a killer and give into the passion burning between them?

Quick & Dirty: Steamy contemporary romance that had great humor and a little mystery. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat and I thought that it could have been a lot better.

Opening Sentence: Sarabeth Lucking stared at her monitor without blinking, utter disbelief keeping the horror temporarily at bay.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sarabeth Lucking finally landed her dream job as a psychologist at a wealthy couple’s retreat where couples go to work on their relationships.  Unfortunately, it was all a sham. The owner of the retreat is luring the couples to cheat on their spouses and recording everything for blackmail. Once the scandal is unveiled the retreat is closed and Sarabeth’s reputation as a psychologist goes down the drain. It has been a few months since everything went down and Sarabeth is trying to put her life back together, but she is soon pulled into an even worse situation where all of her former co-workers are being murdered and it looks like she might be the next target.

Then enters Gavin McClintock, a rough ex-Army Ranger who has been asked to protect Sarabeth. Gavin grew up on the streets and had a pretty rough childhood. Lucky for him he decided to do something with his life and now runs a very successful security business. When one of his long time friends asks him for help with protecting the snooty Dr. Lucking, he can’t say no even though he wants to. Sarabeth is just as cold and stuck-up as Gavin thought she would be, but as she starts to thaw out he realizes that he is way more attracted to her then he ever thought possible. Keeping her safe becomes a priority in life and it’s not just because he promised to, it’s because he wants to. The two of them can’t deny their attraction, but they are from two different worlds and a real relationship would never work.

Overall, Sarabeth was a likeable character that was easy to relate to. She grew up with her extremely rich grandparents, but they always treated her like a burden that was dumped on them. Then there was the whole debacle with her last job, which has led her to be the next victim in a plot to kill of all the employees of the last company she worked for. Obviously she hasn’t had the easiest life so far, but she still has a pretty positive outlook on life, which I really respect. She has put up a lot of walls when it comes to other people, but it is easy to understand why once you read her story. In many ways she is a very lost person and I really enjoyed watching her find herself. There were a few moments when her insecurities were a little annoying, but overall she was a fun character.

Gavin is totally HOT! He is this huge guy that has a massive protective streak that was really endearing. From the moment I met him I was pretty taken with his demanding presence and rough personality. I have always been a sucker for a bad boy and he had a lot of bad boy qualities. He is tough and not someone you ever want to get on their bad side, but he is also really considerate and respectful, which I really liked. His relationship with Sarabeth was very steamy and they had some amazing chemistry, but overall it did feel a little rushed. Gavin was a great hero for the story and a fun love interest to get to know.

Guardian for Hire started out really interesting with great humor, mystery, and sexual tension, but as the story went on it lost some of its appeal.  Before I go into the things I didn’t like about this book, I want to say that it was a cute romance and overall it was a pretty entertaining read. I liked the whole premise of someone trying to kill the main character and they have to figure out who it is before they succeed. But I felt that the entire mystery was solved very conveniently and honestly it was really far-fetched, which I was not a fan of. I get this is a work of fiction, but it is set in real life so the plot should be believable and it just wasn’t to me. The next thing I struggled with was how instant the romance was. There was great sexual tension at the beginning of the book but once the characters had sex it got a little boring after that. I did enjoy the humor in the story and luckily that lasted through the entire book. Overall, I think this book could have been great, but instead it ended up just being an okay read. It only took me a few hours to read the whole book so it is one of those stories you can fly through and be entertained for a couple hours. If you are looking for a romance book full of sexy times and a little mystery, I think you would probably enjoy this one.

Notable Scene:

“Of course,” she said curtly. “After I warm up my car and gather the rest of my things. It was a real pleasure, Mr. McClintock.” As she held out her right hand toward him for a shake and aimed her car remote at the Volvo parked in the driveway with her left, his skin crawled in an all-too-familiar way.

Shit.

“Don’t press tha—”

He was a pretty smart guy and, rationally, he was well aware that light traveled faster than sound. But in that moment, it was all about the boom as the Volvo promptly exploded into a gigantic fireball. Working on pure instinct, he dove forward, tackling the doctor to the hardwood floor like a linebacker. Covering her body with his own, he braced himself for a second explosion or the biting rain of shrapnel. Ten seconds passed, and neither came.

As he waited for the monotone buzzing in his ears to fade, he pushed his torso away from Sarabeth’s to do a cursory inspection. Her eyes had gone glassy with shock, which was to be expected, but he saw no blood or obvious signs of injury.

He rolled off Sarabeth and onto his feet. She stared up at him, her mouth opening and closing wordlessly until he reached for her. “It’s okay. You’re going to be fine, but we’ve got to go. There’s no choice now, Doc.”

For Hire Series:

1. Wife for Hire

2. Guardian for Hire

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FTC Advisory:  Entangled: Indulgence provided me with a copy of Guardian for Hire.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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