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The Bodyguard

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What a wonderful romantical comedy!  Center has written a fun, page turning, rom com.  I highly recommend.  You will sit down, escape, and before you know it, you will be at the end!

Hannah works for a company as a bodyguard.  Sure, she loves her job and gives it her all.  However, when her mother passes away and her boyfriend leaves her, she has a hard time.  Hannah requests a job assignment in another country.

Her boss, Glenn, tells her that she is going to have to work hard to get that assignment in another country.  In the meantime, she is assigned to protect Jack Stapleton, a well known celebrity.  To make matters worse, she has to pretend to be his girlfriend while protecting him at his family's ranch in Texas. 

Hannah finds herself protecting Jack from stalkers while pretending to be his girlfriend.  Not only, does she fall in love with him but his family as well.  Hannah is in way over her head and has to find a way out.

This book is the perfect romantic comedy!  I highly recommend it!
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The Bodyguard is my first Katherine Center novel and definitely won't be my last. To start, The Bodyguard was NOT who I was expecting! The story was cute and light yet fast paced and exciting. And the story wrapped up neatly with an ending I found satisfying. It was exactly what I was looking for to escape over my summer break.
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When you first hear of a bodyguard-celebrity romance, your initial reaction may be "old news" ...but what if the celebrity were a male heartthrob actor and the bodyguard were a petite female agent who was recently dumper by her coworker? SIGN ME THE HECK UP. 

Hannah Brooks may not look like she could kill you, but she definitely could. Unfortunately, it would be against the law to kill her smarmy ex-boyfriend and unfortunate coworker. Enter the handsome and aggressively famous Jack Stapleton, who not only needs protecting from a stalker, but needs it done incognito while he's staying at his family's ranch. Hannah is forced into playing faux-girlfriend, a job which hits a little too close to home. But a man as celebrated as Jack could never be into her, right? ...right? 

I just adored the premise of this book, and it delivered what it sold. I already want to read it again. It has a lot of interesting, fun, and zany elements, and I'm here for all of them. Katherine Center writes extremely emotional novels, and this--while hard-hitting, for sure--is a bit more light-hearted than her traditional fare, which I personally appreciate.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 stars - 10/10
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This was such a cute feel good book. It had two of my faves. Famous person and regular person dating AND fake dating!!
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Katherine Center writes such believable characters. I think that I have laughed and cried with the main character in all her books. My most recent read was #thebodyguard and it did not disappoint. If you want a lighthearted, quick read, this is it!
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This was such a fun read, I like that the girl was the bodyguard. This was a fun read, I laughed out loud a ton. Also all the little gestures of love was just so sweet.
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Here's the thing you have to know going into this book. It's a little bit ridiculous. BUT it's also really great. I loved the main characters, and the side characters. I found the plot a little odd but not so odd I couldn't get over it. There were a lot of funny moments and the romance was great. I loved that this one didn't try to crush my heart like some of the authors other books but still had a few moments of tugging on the heart strings. I would say this one is definitely worth checking out!
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A feel good rom com that will actually make you LAUGH! I love a good rom com but sometimes they are more cutesy or swoony (not a word?) than funny. It just felt so refreshing to read a wholesome rom com with both depth and humor. I am sure many of you have read close proximity rom coms. But How many are about a Hollywood sweetheart falling for his female bodyguard? Only this one! I loved the unconventional premise of the story. And it was not just unique but charming. The characters are not perfect and each one is dealing with a personal struggle which just made them more likable.

Definitely one of my favorite rom coms so far this year.
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This was so wonderful that I ended and wanted to start re-reading it again. Looking for a sweet love story? Then you must pick this one up.
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The Bodyguard • Katherine Center ⭐️ - 5 stars 
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I saw the cover and requested it without reading the synopsis - I fell like this is true with every book I request on NetGalley and this one is no different. 🙃 
So I was very surprised when I started reading it and the female was the bodyguard - GO GIRL! 💪🏻
Overall I really liked the book Ithought it was really well written, I liked the narration and thought it had some funny moments and swoony moments! I also really liked all the characters especially the Stapleton family!

I think I read it at the perfect time and definitely recommend!

Thank you to @NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for a honest review
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Thank you so much to the publishers and NG for my arc of The Bodyguard!  It was a fun and sweet little romance!  There was some deep issues but Katherine Center always does an AMAZING job!  I even had my book club do this book!
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I have never met a Katherine Center book that I didn't love and The Bodyguard did not disappoint! This was a fake dating trope, and I feel like it was one that seemed unique. 

Hannah is an "Executive Protection Agent" (aka a bodyguard) and after going through some tough personal things is looking forward to her next assignment which will hopefully take her away and give her a much needed distraction and escape.

Only to her dismay her assignment keeps her in town and the person she is set to protect is a super famous actor who has been keeping out of the public eye for a few years after going through his own personal things.

In order for his family to not be suspicious, Hannah needs to act as his girlfriend and not his bodyguard.
There were some great twists and turns in this book. I loved a lot of the characters and HATED a few - lookin at you Bobby - you're horrible. This was a super cute read, and while it seemed a bit predictable, going along for the ride was the best part. Thank you Netgally and the publisher for an advanced copy. Katherine Center is and will continue to be an auto read for me.
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Hannah Brooks is the job. Detail-oriented, driven and structured, Hannah is an EPA-Executive Protection Agent or a bodyguard if you will. After suffering severe personal trauma-the death of her mother and a nasty break-up with her boyfriend/coworker (the day after her mother’s funeral), Hannah wants nothing more than to get back to work. The farther away her assignment the better. Her boss has another idea. Her next assignment is local and quite different than any she has ever had-a movie star visiting his hometown in Texas. Jack Stapleton is an a-lister who needs to be at his mother’s side as she is ill but he is under the threat of a stalker. A Corgi owning, middle-aged woman who is quite persistent and daring. Jack needs Hannah to pretend to be his girlfriend to stay close and not alarm or stress his mother. Adventures ensue!
This story has suspense, family drama and a little romance. It is a fun, light and enjoyable read. The banter between Jack and Hannah is witty and entertaining. This my first Katherine Center novel and it won’t be my last!
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I absolutely adored this. I didn't find the writing perfect by any means, but I love a romance with some complexity, and I appreciate that this one had characters really worth rooting for. I definitely wept a few times!
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5/5⭐️.  Going into this book hearing it was a retelling of the movie I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, especially since the movie is one of my all time favorite. I can say from the first page until the last page, the bodyguard kept my attention. It had everything that I liked in romance books, a forbidden romance that shouldn’t happen to the happy ending and all of the difficult paths along the way. One of My new favorites!!
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Well written fun times com book!the characters were so well developed and made you feel like you were right there .
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It's a cute twist on the rom com books we are used to. We have a superstar and heartthrob in witness protection program and a fan who is pretending to be his girlfriend. They end up falling in love of course and you root for the   couple every step of the way through.
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I loved this book so much! Katherine Center never disappoints, but this might be my new favorite of hers!
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Another great book by Katherine Center. I loved the dynamic between Jack & Hannah. It is such a sweet book about Hannah, the female executive protection agent, assigned to the famous actor, Jack Stapleton. Jack has a stalker and comes out of hiding to help care for his mom who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer at their family ranch in Texas. You know I am sucker for banter and chemistry and these two have it from the moment he mistakes her as his cleaning person to the time she is dressed like a Victorian doll in her nightgown.
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Jack and Hannah were an excellent rom-com duo! From their first interaction, the banter between the two of them was natural and hilarious and I found myself cheering on their relationship immediately. I loved the depth that was added to Jack's character, and how his career as a famous actor was almost secondary to the internal struggles he was facing and the dynamic within his family. I would have liked Hannah's character to have carried the same substance - she seemed to always be flailing or enduing mishap after mishap, even though she seemed to constantly assert how she was the best at what she does. Overall it was a really cute read and enjoyable!
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