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The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
Narrator: Patti Murin
Published by MacMillan Audio, St. Martin's Press on July 19, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Life Fiction
Length: 9 hours, 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindgerten 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.
The Bodyguard is only the third book I have read by Katherine Center but I have been trying to get to more of her backlist. I had so much fun with Hannah and Jack. Hannah is a consumate and talented professional. Personally, she’s a mess. It’s not the same old story of a career woman not devoting enough time to her personal life but that does play into her situation.
Jack is a nice guy who has stepped back since his brother’s death a few years ago. He’s estranged from his other brother. Yet, he’s the sexiest man alive and the fans and filmmakers want him back. When he comes to Houston, the studios make sure he has protection because there have been a few threats.
Hannah is in charge of his protection team and when his parents want him to live at the ranch, then Hannah as his bodyguard needs to be there too. So begins my favorite trope of fake relationship. It gives them plenty of time to get to know each other and spend time together.
I was really emotionally attached to this story. I was there with all Hannah’s feels. I was mad; I laughed; I shed a few tears. While the movie star part was a bit over the top, Jack is a regular guy. So everything seems realistic. I loved it and recommend it highly.
I’ve listened to Patti Murin previously and enjoyed her performance. I felt she completely hit the emotional tones for Hannah perfectly. All the voices, male or female, were comfortable. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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