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As a 22-year-old female professional bodyguard, Lia McIntyre is a rarity in a male-dominated field. She may be a petite, cute blond, but she's a master of martial arts and Krav Maga, and she can render a man twice her size unconscious in just seconds. Lia hides a painful past behind a snarky, take-no-prisoners attitude. She was horribly betrayed by her first love, and she's determined never to let anyone use her or hurt her again. To make sure that never happens again, she's got rules. One, never sleep with a client. And two, never sleep with the same guy twice. The walls she's built up to protect herself are rock solid. Until she meets her new client, Jonah Locke, a swoon-worthy rock star with a heart of gold.
Jonah Locke is the front man for the most popular rock band in the United States. His band dominates the charts, and he's constantly hounded by crowds of fan-girls and paparazzi. The guy can't sneeze without everyone on social media knowing. A bad break-up with the Queen of Pop sends him from LA to Chicago, where he just wants to lie low and write new songs. Unfortunately, trouble follows him to Chicago. When he meets his new bodyguard, he falls hard for her. But lust transforms into something more when he gets to know the woman beneath the kick-ass shell.
©2016 April E Barnswell (P)2017 April E Barnswell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Shelley Haase on 04-23-17

Broken is an fantastic story!

Broken is unlike any other book I have read. I love the fact that the main character, Lia McIntyre is a short, feisty confident woman. She is only 22 years old, but she is an expert at what she does. She’s a master of martial arts and Krav Maga and can take down man twice her size in an instant. When she is hired to be personal security for Jonah Locke, the front man for one of the most popular bands in the nation, her life of living in the shadows is put to the test.

I am new to April Wilson as an author, but it will certainly not be the last I read from her. Broken is a fantastic stand alone that is the third book of her McIntyre Security Bodyguard series. The world she has created within this series is definitely one I want more of. From start to finish I was drawn into this book and I completely devoured it, to find out what would happen next. I was emotionally connected to these memorable characters and really didn't want their story to end. I laughed out loud, and felt each emotion they experienced.

I can't wait to read more from April Wilson!

PS - The audio version of this story only enhanced April Wilson's fantastic work as an author. Alice Parker is a talented narrator and I would highly recommend listening to her. I can't wait to hear more from her as well.

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4 out of 5 stars
By cullen_cutie2 on 05-11-17

Surprisingly Surprised

I am completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Initially I felt that the pacing was a bit and was afraid that the story may be boring. Far from it.

I really liked the character of Jonah. And overall I think Alice Parker did a great job with the narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindling Micky on 06-21-17

A gem of a book

This is my first listen/read by April Wilson and I have to say this book was something of a gem. Although it is third in the series, it stands alone perfectly well. What immediately drew me into the story was the idea of a rather small but super-trained and strong, female bodyguard. Lia had prickles that screamed 'do not touch' but she was some woman and the true definition of a strong heroine.

Lia is body-guarding for a music sensation. This is not my favourite kind of hero but surprisingly, Jonah blew my preconceptions out of the water, with humility and a desire to be out of the spotlight and away from social media manipulations. In some ways Jonah was a beta kind of hero but he was likeable nonetheless.

The backstories to these two were interesting and Lia's in particular was compelling and somewhat tragic. I loved the story, the pace and writing. The chemistry was well written and tangible too.

The narration was single POV, single narration and Alice Parker was perfect for this. She narrated the male dialogue really well that I just slipped into the story seamlessly.

A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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4 out of 5 stars
By PATRICIA on 06-14-17

Love this New Adult Book!

Listening to new authors is always fun for me, you never know if you are going to get. The latest of my new author reads is April Wilson, who delivers a wonderful new adult story about Lia McIntyre. This is the third book in the McIntyre Security Bodyguard series, but can be definitely read as a standalone. Lia is the youngest of 7 children and had an unfortunate situation happen to her when she was 16. Six years later, she is still reeling from the memories and is unable to put her trust in a new relationship. She works for the family security agency and has been assigned to guard Jonah Locke, rockstar. I have to say, I loved these two characters, the chemistry between them from the start was thick and their banter entertaining. Their attraction is unable to be ignored, and it is always fun when Jonah, who is supposed to be the one being protected becomes the protector. Lia's brothers are more than charming and you can feel the family ties envelope Lia whenever she needs them. This story definitely has some angst and emotions that keep you listening to the very end. Definitely worth the time, hoping the balance of the series comes out in audio too!

Alice Parker is a new narrator to me and provided the perfect narration for a new adult book. Her voice is young, but not childlike so it was more than believable and she has a very good range of character voices. I will definitely seek her out in the future.

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