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There were seventy-one well-written magical swoonworthy chapters.. but that just wasn’t enough for me because I wanted more more more. I wanted to linger for a little while longer with these wonderful characters who I’d grown to love in a day. I wanted to bask in the euphoric feel of a perfectly penned and perfectly delivered love story. Seventy-one riveting chapters and they all counted.. and they were all addictively entertaining. In this dual POV love story CD Reiss has managed to weave a story that encompasses an off-limits tender love of soul meeting soul, a destructive dangerous love and a very touching familial love - and, whatever the love is, there’s emotional pain, angst and drama. Emily and Carter are loving, kind, self-sacrificing and loyal.. and CD Reiss has written one hell of a wicked story for them.. and for us.
Emily is a talented Choreographer and her handsome Bodyguard Carter Kincaid is a sexy ex LAPD Cop and there’s seismic chemistry between these two characters.. but Emily’s being stalked by her volatile low-life ex. So Carter has to be diligent, professional and to stop imagining all the ways he can make Emily scream his name.. and, for just a wee while, Carter was successful. But things change when Emily’s violent ex comes back on the scene to threaten, to destroy and to take back what he thought was always his. And mystery man Carter has secrets.. secrets that could change, or even destroy, everything that has built between them.
Worth a credit? Yes definitely yes.. all the characters felt real, the layering was good and the storyline was nicely paced as it was a deliciously slow simmer of heated glances, lust-filled thoughts and longing looks which rollercoastered it’s way through passion and pleasures to reach the forever kind of love. Great narration too.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I adored Bombshell, I could identify with aspects of that story more than any other from CD Reiss, so I was really looking forward to this one. Bodyguard is set in that same world and I loved it. Don’t worry if you didn’t read/ listen to Bombshell they’re complete standalones, just set in the same world. Trust me, I don’t use the ‘standalone’ word lightly, I didn’t gain anything from listening to Bombshell first, just a big smile when a couple of characters got a mention in passing. The story itself is sweet, with an edge. I loved that although this was a romantic story about Carter and Emily, it was also the story of friendship between Darlene and Emily. It was sweet and beautiful. I know I can’t be the only person that finished this book and said to themselves, ‘I want Darlene’s story’ and if I was, then, I think I need to start a movement or something because I loved that girl!
CD Reiss always writes the best characters, as stated above, however, Emily and Carter are something special. I loved Emily, she had been through a lot, but she was still fighting. She didn’t shy away and close herself off. Her friendship with Darlene was lovely, so often the ‘friend’ is backstabby but that is not the case here, it was beautiful. As the book progressed you see Emily becoming more and more at ease and she changes, and that was beautiful to witness. Carter is so incredibly swoon-worthy, it’s not even funny. I loved him. He was strong and sweet. Commanding, and gentle. His understanding of what Emily had been through and what she needed gave him such an edge of perfection, sure he made a few mistakes, but he had the best intentions and they made him real.
I really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Carter and Emily. It was like a rollercoaster with so many ups and downs. But those ups and downs made sense, it wasn’t conflict for conflict's sake. It made sense to the story and to these characters because they had other things that they had to consider, not just how they felt. Carter had a lot on his plate with his commitment to his job, to his family and to Emily, it was a constant ache that he took seriously, he was stretched so thin, but he made it work. He was still able to be a nice person and give his all to everyone he cared about. The sexy times between Emily and Carter were melt your headphones hot, they were placed well in the story and made perfect sense to the storyline and the characters.
Phin, oh my word, this child stole my heart early on. I just wanted to love him and make him happy. Fist-pump the size of my heart. Sigh, one of the sweetest moments ever.
Another fantastic dual narration. I loved the combination of CJ Bloom and Joe Arden, their voices complemented each other really well. I thought CJ Bloom was wonderful as Emily and conveyed her frustrations with her situation incredibly well. She was smart and sassy and that was performed brilliantly. My only issue was that Phin sounded younger than he was. Joe Arden was the perfect choice for Carter, he performed the sweet but commanding man so beautifully, especially the scenes with Phin. The emotion was conveyed beautifully. My heart may have melted a little. I can’t even think about those sexy times, Joe was on fire. The production was done well, I really enjoyed the music at the beginning and end of the book, it set the theme and mood of the story. I only noticed one tiny issue in chapter 47, a word is missing. It should be ‘long time’ but the long trails off and leads into the next sentence. It’s nothing major and doesn’t take away from the story but it’s enough to make you pause and think you missed something.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Yet another great story from the fabulous CD Riess, wonderful narration too would highly recommend this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well well well... it been awhile since I was fully submerged, caught up in a romance that was as hot as hell. I mean I stopped to do list, ignored pets and pleas for dinners, laughed and moaned out load! Narrators were fantastic, writing brilliant. CD Reiss...I have stars in my eyes for you.