Hey y’all! In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to look forward to an upcoming release that I’m excited about! Today’s is The Bodyguard by Katherine Center!
Expected Release: July 19, 2022
Why wait on this one?
- MORE FAKE DATING MORE FAKE DATING MORE FAKE DATING! I’m pretty sure 3 of the last 4 books I’ve added for Fast Forward Friday have had fake dating, and a bunch of recent reads had fake dating, and I have no idea why I’m on such a fake dating kick. But it’ll be continuing on the 19th for sure. 😁
- A twist! I adore that the man is NOT the bodyguard 😎 Take that, gender norms! I’m hoping the usual gender stereotypes are appropriately turned on their head in this — and it doesn’t become cringy with Hannah.
- And a celebrity / famous angle too! Someone recently mentioned how they were reading a lot of books with royalty and famous-person romances, and I realized I also have been really enjoying those when they pop up. This one has an element of that too, though lately Jack has shied away from the public eye for unknown reasons…
- Also, honorable mention reason: it’s by Katherine Center. And I’ve historically enjoyed her novels. Maybe not in a blew-me-away way, but they tend to have some unique element to them and feel overall very refreshing. I hope the trend continues!
She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.
He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.
They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.
What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.