Review: THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center
Also by this author: Things You Save in a Fire, What You Wish For
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 19, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
I’m a huge fan of Katherine Center’s books and will read absolutely everything she writes. I love the emotional journeys she takes her characters on and even though she sometimes puts my emotions through the wringer, I’m always left with a smile on my face by the end of the book. The Bodyguard was a bit lighter of a read than I’ve come to expect from Center, with more of a romcom vibe at times, but let me tell you, I was here for it every step of the way and it’s my new favorite Katherine Center novel.
Hannah Brooks is a professional bodyguard and she’s at the top of her field. Lately though, she has been having a rough time. Her mother has recently passed away, and her boyfriend (who also happens to be her coworker) abruptly dumps her the day of her mom’s funeral. Hannah is dying for a change of scenery to get away from all the awkwardness and so her boss assigns her as the lead bodyguard for a huge new client who is coming to town, Hollywood mega star Jack Stapleton. Hannah is torn. She kind of wants to quit because she really wanted an assignment out of town, the farther away the better, but at the same time, she has had a crush on Jack Stapleton for ages so the opportunity to protect his rather stellar body definitely has its appeal.
Jack is back in Texas because his mother is sick. Coming home is painful for Jack because he is still reeling from a tragic accident that killed his younger brother. Because of this, he has been out of the spotlight for a while now and therefore doesn’t think he really needs a bodyguard. His agent feels otherwise though because he does have some stalkerish fans, and so Hannah shows up on his doorstep ready to protect him.
Once Jack and Hannah meet, I flew through the rest of this book. I loved that they were both such messy and complicated characters, each dealing with their own issues, but who also just really pushed each other’s buttons when they are first forced to start spending time together. Their banter is downright hilarious and had me laughing out loud more than once as I read. It was easy to see how good they could be together if they would both let their guard down a bit and let the other in and I was rooting for this to happen all the way.
As much as I adored the forced proximity trope in this story, I actually loved the use of the fake dating trope even more. Jack doesn’t want to worry his mom about stalkers and why he has a bodyguard following him everywhere, so he lies and tells his family that Hannah is his girlfriend. Jack’s parents are so adorable and I loved watching them bond with Hannah. They were so good to her that it had me all the more invested in Jack and Hannah hopefully becoming a real couple.
I don’t think what I’ve written has done justice to how wonderful The Bodyguard really is. It has a little something for everyone – romance, an emotional journey of personal growth for both Hannah and Jack, a found family, humor, and even a bit of action and suspense. The Bodyguard was everything I’ve come to expect from a Katherine Center novel and more.
This is the second or third rave review I’ve seen of this book. I love that the gender roles are twisted and it’s the woman who’s the body guard. Sounds like so much fun😁
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…JUST LIKE HOME by Sarah Gailey – Review
It really was a fun story and I loved that the bodyguard was a woman too. 🙂
I’ve been really mixed on her previous books, but I like that this one is a lighter, more rom-com read. Even though it sounds like there are some tough issues to deal with, it seems like a fun ride!
It was definitely a much lighter read than her previous books. I’d recommend it even if you didn’t have the best luck with those heavier reads.
I adored that book as well!!!
Sophie recently posted…I am back! From YALC, Harry Potter and France. The Sunday Post 07/24/2022
It was so good!
I’ve got my copy of this one on hold at my library and am anxiously waiting for it to come in because I can’t wait to read this book!
Lark recently posted…Haiku reviews…
I hope you love it!
I loved this one too. Great review. I think the more I love the book the harder it is to capture that into a review.
Anne – Books of My Heart recently posted…Thrifty Thursday: DOGs edition
Right? I never feel like I’m fully expressing how special a book it is, lol.
I have this one on my wish list. I have only one Katherine Center book but I had loved it and hope to read more.
Hena Tayeb recently posted…Six Days in Paris
I’ve had such good luck with her books. I hope you’ll enjoy this one as well.
I loved this one too. Hannah was great, complicated, but great. I was happy with where this story took her, and her found family was the best too. Different from the past few Center books, but still filled with lots of warmth and humor.
Sam@WLABB recently posted…#AmReading
I loved the found family aspect so much. I had tears in my eyes when she was bonding with Jack’s mom.
Yes, I did think this one was a bit lighter than her previous books, but I still loved it, too! The fake dating trope was so much fun here! Glad to see you loved it, too! 🙂
Rachel @Waves of Fiction recently posted…Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Grace Under Fire by Julie Garwood
I loved the fake dating trope here too. 🙂
This is next on my TBR so I’m happy to see you loved it so much!
I hope you love it!
I’ve never read anything by Center but it’s impossible to ignore all the rave about The Bodyguard. I appreciate it when an author takes the time to create realistic, layered characters and it sound like Center really did that well with Hannah and Jack. Glad this was such a hit for you!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Short Take Reviews: The Green Family Series by Piper Rayne | Books #4 – #7
Right? I haven’t seen a bad review for it yet. I’ve had such great luck with all of her books.
Thanks for this review – I will be placing a request through my library!