Author: R.C. Martin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: 8th September, 2017
Cover Design: Pink Ink
She’s distractingly Gorgeous. in my line of work, I can’t afford to be Unfocused, but she is just as Alluring as she is forbidden. I should stay away, and yet I don’t.// he is Ridiculously sexy. never have I ever been Drawn to a man so ardently. his touch is Everything, consuming me completely. what exists between us Deserves a chance, but he won’t let me in.
raw. passionate. desperate. real. I take her there—every time.// he feels it, too—I know he does. we could have it all, if only he wasn’t so guarded.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ +
Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
Guarded, the first in a spinoff series featuring the story of the highly intriguing Jill and Leo. Readers of this author will recognise the names as Leo is the dark and broody bodyguard of Ashley Hicks. His story was told in previous releases Background Noise and Backwoods Belle. It’s taken me over two days to organise my thoughts. Two days to work out what I could and couldn’t say about Guarded without giving away spoilers or worse yet, to not provide the kind of review this book so truly deserves.
For those who read Backwoods Belle they will recognise a page or two of Guarded (as they were also printed in Backwoods Belle). This may tie the books together in a very minimal way, but I will emphasise that these two books are nothing alike. They’re as different as night and day. Guarded is edgier, rawer, more turbulent and more uncertain. Leo isn’t a man who sees himself as worthy so of course, this leads to some of the most brutally emotional scenes I have read this year.
‘I’m not a tender man, and she appears to be a gentle woman. Oil and water don’t mix.’
‘I intend to make the same mistake until she finally figures out that I’m not worth it and she doesn’t want me anywhere near her again.’
Leo is a strong man; he has to be for his profession. Only his strength is skin deep, Jill is the emotional powerhouse in this book. She’s the one who keeps on fighting even when the sun has gone down and nothing can be seen through the darkness of night.
‘I know that he is a man filled with passion. It sounds like a romantic idea, but I think it’s true.’
‘I think there’s something about him–something mysterious and perhaps profound–and it all lies beneath his seemingly impenetrable surface. It makes me curious. He makes me curious.’
Leo is a classic case of a man who has the weight of the world on his shoulders and everything is his fault. He spends so much time and energy trying to run from Jill he never gives her feelings a moment’s thought. Emotional roller coaster reads are books I devour in practically one sitting, and Guarded was no exception. I was up until the wee hours speeding through the penultimate chapters. I couldn’t breathe until I discovered how this epic marathon would end.
This book made my heart beat faster and my spine tingle. This book made my heart tear in two and my soul cry out in pain. I lost count how many times I kept asking the same question. When would enough be enough? Jill kept on fighting and she kept on climbing. A small town girl with more grit and determination then many men I know. She doesn’t know what the word quit means, let alone ever allow it into her vocabulary.
‘Whenever we’re together, we go to this place–this place where we are bold enough and vulnerable enough to be who we are. There is freedom and honesty in our intimacy, and that’s exactly what it is.’
This book turned my world upside down and inside out. Do I really have another of these reads in me? You bet I do. Tethered will be hitting my Kindle in 2018 and this wait WILL be painful and full of angst.
I’m a born and bred Coloradan. While I now reside in Virginia, the land of the Rocky Mountains is where I’ve left a piece of my heart and where my characters come to life. I started writing love stories when I was seventeen, and I haven’t been able to stop! With me, you’ll find that I dabble in a few different romance genres, but my voice is one that’s all about the heart. Writing is my dream; and as a dreamer, you can rest assured that there are many more novels in my head that I can hardly wait to share.
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