Monday, May 21, 2012

GUARDING JESS by Shannon Curtis

Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: May 14th, 2012
ISBN 9781426893759
Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

Jessica Pennington runs a business as an etiquette coach. She is always perfectly turned out and perfectly mannered in every situation. But for some months someone has been stalking her and the increasingly distressing emails, text messages and other attacks are making it hard for her to always obey her mantra to “ooze tranquility”.

Noah Samuels, from the McCormack Security Agency, is determined to get back into action even though his wounded arm still hurts him. Babysitting Miss Prissy isn’t quite the job he wanted but it’ll do until he gets something more demanding. As the stalker activity escalates, so does their relationship.

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Curtis pulls the reader into the action right from the very start. Both the characters are very real and as we get to know them better it’s like the layer after layer of unpeeling an onion as we learn more and more about their attitudes and why they came into being. In the early section of the book, Noah’s thoughts about Jessica are pure male and very funny and endearing.

Some of the minor characters are extremely well drawn and multifaceted, adding depth and power to the story. There are some truly brilliant, laugh-out-loud one liners too. They’ll stay with me I’m sure.

I did guess the villain, but not until well into the book, and it wasn’t the person I thought at first it may be, so congratulations to the author for pulling off that challenge very well.

The ending was just the tiniest bit rushed. I’d have liked a slightly longer, and more drawn out wrap up, but the book is extremely well written with plot and characters all blending well to make a memorable story.

Note: this book is sensual, not erotic romance.

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

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