The Bodyguard is a hilarious romantic comedy that put such a smile on my face. From the moment, Hannah and Jack meet, there are Sparks. There is also a slight complication – Jack is a famous actor and Hannah is the bodyguard who has been hired to protect him. It is the first time Jack has been back in his hometown since his younger brothers death. He doesn’t particularly want to be there but he is there to support his mother during her cancer scare. Hannah is hired as his bodyguard to protect him from a stalker fan and help him keep a low profile. Jack doesn’t want to worry his family so he asks Hannah to pretend to be his girlfriend.
Hannah is immediately against the idea but is instructed to do so by her superior. She is given a new wardrobe and quickly has to fall into the role of faithful girlfriend. The faithful part is relatively easy but at first it is not easy to get along with Jack. Both characters are strong willed and do not easily give in. The more time they spend together, they develop a sense of admiration for each other. They have a sweet chemistry and I loved the bantering dynamic between them.
Jack’s family immediately embraces Hannah and easily believes her to be his girlfriend. With the death of Jack’s younger brother, the family is a little broken. His mother wants to bring them back together and having Hannah there is helping bridge the gap. Being around a family is bridging a gap for Hannah too. She recently buried her mother but, they did not have the best relationship. Growing closer with Jack’s family helps heal the wound of lacking family support. She tries to resist but they like Jack seem to have this pull to them where she finds it difficult. I really enjoyed the bonding scenes, in particularly the one with rifle.
Prior to the assignment of being Jack’s bodyguard, Hannah is unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, Robby. This now ex boyfriend is also a co-worker; and his a piece of work. He is constantly putting her down and questioning her abilities as Jack’s bodyguard. All of this opens Hannah’s eyes to what a douche canoe he really is. I loved watching her grow and prove him wrong. I really empathized with Hannah’s character and fell easily for Jack’s rough exterior but, sweet heart.
The Bodyguard really puts me in right from the beginning. The faux-dating is well done and so is the bodyguard premise. The characters are defined and have the right amount of quirkiness. This was my first experience with Katherine Center but I plan on adding them to my TBR list.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**