Thursday, August 26, 2010


Publisher: Signet
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0451231017
Romantic suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

This is a reissue by Jessica Bird aka J R Ward and was written before her Brotherhood of the Dagger series.

In this story, we meet Grace Hall. Grace is a countess whose count is not so interested in her anymore. The beauty is filing for divorce and finds herself a woman who as a woman in great danger. When a killer starts murdering other society’s famous women, Grace decides to hire a bodyguard. When she meets John Smith, she recognizes him from a party she had attended and especially the kiss.

Now we meet John Smith. A man who is very, very good at what he does. A man who doesn’t stand for any nonsense, he is professional and knows that he cannot take the chance to mix business with pleasure. He is also very lonely. But, while working with Grace he cannot deny the irresistible passion that is simmering between them and it is all he can do to back off.

John will have to face a life changing decision. It is either the woman he has come to love or the job.

Knowing that this book was written before her Brotherhood of the Dagger series, one can see how she made the transition. Ms. Bird explains all this before the story starts. I was thoroughly captivated from page one. As soon as Gail and John meet its sparks and electricity all the way through the story and I was relieved when they finally gave in. John is just over the top alpha and it’s a treat to see his reserves being broken down and to see how Grace gets under his skin. Grace is a heroine you can really like. They are great together. The suspense elements will have you holding your breath as a killer is on the loose and who knows when Grace will finally be targeted. I was trying to guess who it was and it took me until almost the end of the story to guess it right. Ms. Bird throws in a few red herrings to get you off track.

Yes, I really enjoyed this read and I will certainly be looking up other titles by Jessica Bird as soon as possible.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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