Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center is a heartwarming book that has lots of humour and a great message. If you enjoy a fake dating trope, then this book is definitely one to add to your list. It is jam-packed with enjoyable characters and warm fuzzies.

Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine CenterTitle: The Bodyguard
Author: Katherine Center
Also by this author: What You Wish For
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

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Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Books that are upbeat fun to read have been the ones that I veer towards these days, and Katherine Center has knack for writing laugh out loud stories. Even thought this book has an emotional aspect to it, the plot has a positive style that really balances things out nicely.  The banter between Hannah and Jack is just perfect and provides most of the funny elements in the book.

❀ Unique Main Character

Hannah’s character is really unique, and I don’t think that I have read about a female  bodyguard before. She is a strong and resilient character who is getting over a recent breakup and coming to terms with the death of her estranged mother. Jack, on the other hand,  is an interesting and enjoyable character that  has a lot of issues that he is struggling with since the death of his younger brother. These two characters work really well together and I really enjoyed watching them fall for each other.

❀ Strong Family Theme

Another wonderful aspect of this book is the strong family theme that resonates throughout. Jack’s family is really close and they seem to easily adopt Hannah right into their world, which is sweet and lovely to read about. The way this family rallies around one another makes for a heart-warming story.

❀ Will Leave a Smile on Your Face

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center is a perfect read if you enjoy a fake dating story that will leave you with a smile on your face. The characters are enjoyable and the theme of family makes it a heartening read. I look forward to reading the author’s next book.

About Katherine Center

Katherine Center

Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her fun husband, two sweet kids, and fluffy-but-fierce dog.

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