Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Published: June 2008
From the back cover:
Ex-Marine and security agent Ben Cabrera isn't going to complain about his latest assignment: protecting the daughter of a gubernatorial candidate. After all, spending 24/7 with Christy Delacroix isn't exactly a chore. But it turns out that Christy's seduction tatics are top-notch - and it soon becomes impossible to keep things strictly professional...
Christy is an uptown girl who's spent her whole life being perfect. Now she just wants to have fun. And who better to have fun with than the gorgeous guy hired to protect her around the clock? They're utterly wild for each other - in and out of the bedroom - but will Christy be able to convince Ben to give her the kind of pleasure that lasts a lifetime?
Without a doubt, this is a sensual romance novel just by glancing at its cover and the title. I was mulling what to read the other day when this book caught my attention while I simply browsing through my TBR pile. It was a pity that I was not able to get a glimpse of the cover model, but that is not the main point. The fact is, I have not been reading romance for some time so I thought this book would fit for my next reading after a sci-fi novel I had read.
Frankly speaking, although I do not think the premise is original (the bodyguard falling in love with his client or vice versa), but I think the main characters in this story made it an interesting read. The couple have known each other when Christy's father hired Ben as his bodyguard. Both of them have their own ugly past they could not forget - Ben lost his ex-fiancée during the Iraq War while Christy is recovering from a horrific relationship with a man whom her mother thinks her marriage to him will benefit both families. Getting sick of everything and her life, Christy wants to do something for her own - starting with flirting and having some fun with her sexy bodyguard whom her father has assigned to protect her after the election is over.
Ben takes his job seriously and never mix business with pleasure, but Christy is not making things easy for him. She asked him to pose as her boyfriend to ward off the attention from Craig, her persistent suitor and also to protect her from her ex-fiancé Jason who received a restraining order to keep away from her. It was at this time that both of them succumb to passion as they could not fight the attraction they have for each other. Then, the story moves on to another level when Jason became a threat and someone else sent a package filled with snakes to Christy.
Though I find the story to be fast-paced, there is not much suspense as compared to the sensual and the romance element and one may easily guess who is behind those threats. All in all, it is an entertaining and a wonderful romantic story.