By Christine Bell
Sarabeth Lucking’s life is turned upside down when the 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 rubbed out, and a bad-ass, ex-Army Ranger shows up hell-bent on protecting her. She shows him the door, perfectly content with letting him go find someone else to brood over. Right up until her car explodes into a ball of flames…
Gavin McClintock grew up on the streets of Edinburgh, so protecting Dr. Stick-Up-Her-Rear isn’t on his bucket list. Still, a promise is a promise, and, after her brush with death, he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep Sarabeth safe. When she finally sheds her librarian-in-mourning look in favor of a sexy new disguise, the revealing clothes and new hairdo bring out the spitfire she’s been hiding beneath that shell of propriety. Maybe the doc isn’t the only one in need of protection…
First thing I have to say is that the cover is hot. Very simple yet very, very effective. Damn.
Sarabeth’s life is in danger after her perfect job turned out to be nothing more than a scam that was revealed by Owen and Lindy is the previous book, WIFE FOR HIRE. A scam for which the perpetrators have been killed and Sarabeth is the next target, so Owen and Lindy have hired their good friend and security expert, Gavin, to keep her safe.
Gavin and Sarabeth initially rub each other the wrong way; she thinks he’s a brute and he thinks she’s a spoiled princess. While Gavin comes from poverty and Sarabeth comes from money, they quickly realise how alike they really are and a bond forms. Sarabeth is given a new look and identity and has to stay at Gavin’s fortress/castle/house until her would-be killers are caught. Other than that, not a lot really happens. As with the previous book, there is a mystery to be solved and the story is laced with small doses of humour to keep things from getting too heavy.
Sarabeth: Given all the rigmarole involved in getting into the house, she’d be shocked if there wasn’t a retinal exam and an anal probe just to cross the threshold.
GUARDIAN FOR HIRE isn’t a novella, but it’s a fairly quick and lighthearted read. I did enjoy it, but not as much as the first book. I can’t say exactly why, but I already find myself forgetting it. You don’t really need to read the previous book before starting this one as you get given the basics of what happened. It could use some proof-reading as I found a few words that were spelled incorrectly.
Guardian For Hire (For Hire # 2)
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