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Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Recommended: eh
For ok characters who are sometimes inconsistent, and an ok plot that moves really quickly, and an overall ok read

Summary

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.

Thoughts

This is definitely not my favorite Katherin Center book. It was a lot of small things that built up and brought this one down for me. If it was only one or two things I probably could have gotten over them, but so many all together just bombed it. This one was solidly ok. I read it in two days, but that’s because it was very simple and easy to read rather than that I was so compelled by it. 🤷‍♀️

The first issue that hit me was how much I disliked the overall character voice and style of writing. It’s narrated as though it’s a story being told to the reader by the main character, complete with statements like “I’ll save you the trouble of reading it and summarize for you” when, well, I’m never going to read those documents because they don’t actually exist and I don’t know, it just irked me.

There was also a lot in the first few chapters that was just lengthy descriptions of scenes in movies that also don’t exist, which were used to establish how much the MC liked the actor MC I guess? But boy was it boring. Imagine you’ve never seen a movie and someone proceeds to spend ten minutes telling you in detail about their favorite scene which you have zero context for. It was weird and tiring.

Those built up on the fact that I didn’t really like the main character, either. The whole initial conflict is that her mom just died and she’s forced to take time off work (which she doesn’t want to do) but beyond being a convenient plot point it never really seems to matter. In fact, several elements that were being used to prop up why she had to suddenly pretend-date a megastar were pretty much ignored once all the players were where the sake of the plot needed them to be. Things that stop mattering once they’ve checked a box also irk me.

I guess there was romance. They had some cute moments, some nice bonding. And yet I didn’t care at all about them. It all felt very surface level and quick, as though I could outline it in three key scenes where they Bond which leads them to their Feelings. The usual fake-dating trope where one (or both) delude themselves into thinking that the other is just pretending was rampant here, but was much harder to forgive and enjoy because the male MC is literally saying things like “I’m not pretending” and she’s like “wow what a dedicated method actor.” 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

One of the first things the MC tells us about herself is that she can “read body language like other people read books” and that’s approximately a direct quote that I’m too lazy to look up. The issue I have there (besides that being an outrageous statement) is that she then proceeds to totally suck at reading anyone’s body language for the rest of the book. She seems to be more blind than the average person, and it once again… irked me.

► And a small spoiler that — you guessed it! — irked me:
    He confides in her that he has an intense phobia of drowning and yet he immediately jumps in behind her in the river (not sure I buy that?), AND she never once acknowledges that he saved her despite his intense phobia. What a shitty person! Does she even say thank you at all in that scene?? I don’t remember, but I do remember her basically just yelling at him on top of never acknowledging how hard that must have been for him to overcome, which is a major glaring idiotic moment of not thinking about anything but herself. Not a fan of this woman. >.>

So this book. Overall, not a huge fan. Probably fine for others, but this felt very much like a beach read or plane read where you don’t need to focus too much and it’ll pass the time, but it probably won’t blow you away or linger or matter much in the end.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

  1. Haha, I probably shouldn’t find some of the comments you made funny but I totally get how these things could be irritating especially when you already don’t like the characters. The FMC sounds a little annoying tbh… 😅 I’ve been looking forward to reading this one so I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you. Thanks for the heads-up on all of this so I’ll go in with lowered expectations, lol!

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    1. Lol well I’m glad you got some laughs here at least. All in all, I’m glad I didn’t get this one from BOTM and waited on a library copy. 😅 Not AWFUL, but def not my fav.

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