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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Bodyguard and the Rock Star by Christy Tillery French

The Bodyguard and the Rock Star by Christy Tillery French
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Snapdragon

Protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain thinks guarding popular English rock star Giki during a tour of the Southern states will be easy and fun. She couldn’t be more wrong.

In no time at all she finds herself bogged down in Giki’s crazy world of sex, drugs, shoplifting, and an uncontrollable sweet tooth. If that’s not bad enough, Giki is being hunted by a ruthless cyberstalker, intent on putting an end to her career.

When Natasha gets shot after the first concert, her fiancĂ©, Jonce Striker, steps in. Determined to keep Natasha safe, he sends his best men, Pit and Bigun, to watch over her. Striker wants Natasha to marry him and give up her dangerous line of work, but he’s having trouble convincing her of that fact.

Natasha’s torn between her love for Striker, and her desire to do her job. Will she give in to Striker’s demands and forget about her profession? Or will she stay with Giki and do whatever it takes to protect her?

The choice is obvious to Natasha, but will she live to regret it?

The Bodyguard and the Rockstar, by Christy Tillery French is full of fast action and fun, witty Dialoque. The storyline is unpredictable, often hilarious, and includes intrigue, love, adventure, and a fair dose of frustration.

That action starts abruptly with an assault. Bodyguard Natasha, a serious professional and very logical person, must cope not only with standard security issues, but a more pressing threat, as well. Events are plausible, but very unexpected. Giki, the 'star' starts out seeming to be the cliche'd everything one expects in a rockstar - but the white powder she is into is her clandestine powdered donuts! Woe to the evil paparazzi that catch her indulging! Likable Natasha must contend not only with Giki's issues - and concerns - but the interference ( of the well-meaning and very very delicious Jonce Striker, as well.

Striker is a strong, take-charge type man, and predictably, Natasha both admires and loves him. He is, after all, exactly the sort to set any pulse racing. Natasha is her own woman though, and when it comes to her profession, no one else gets to 'take charge.' The pressing danger, crazy rockstar, the battle of wills in the moment-by-moment changes in the romance will keep readers guessing right through. The background of the tour, Natasha's strange array of assistance - and even the oversized photographer (Lumpy) all add quality and character. This is an absolute page-turner, but be warned; if you attempt to read it in your cubicle at work, people will wonder why you are laughing so hard.

The only negative thing I can find to say is that this does have a rather unfortunate title; not because it is inaccurate, but because of that hint of Kevin Costner's epic - and - far from my dark-hearted suspicions, this is a totally original story, with far different characters and story line. This is the third in French's 'Bodyguard Series.' (No need to read the earlier to understand this.)

The Bodyguard and the Rockstar is a delightful blend of humor, action, and affection. I give this one as many books as we've got, and just want to know if I can nominate it for some kind of award.