Jacie and the Alien Bodyguard by Jessica Coulter Smith

Jacie and the Alien Bodyguard by Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (92 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Stupid. Careless. Jacie has called herself ten times a fool for falling for Myro’s charms. Now she’s pregnant and alone, and she’s been sent to a world unlike her own.
When Barimere, a tall, sexy hunk of alien male, meets her at the shuttle station on his world, Jacie feels the stirrings of desire — even though that’s what got her into this mess in the first place. But there’s something about Barimere that’s different, and she doesn’t mean the scars on his face.

Barimere agrees to guard Jacie from unwanted attention and possible abduction. But one look at her and her demented fur ball pet, and he wonders if he’s insane to accept the mission. He knows a woman like her would never look twice at a scarred male like him, but that doesn’t stop his body from instantly reacting to her beauty and charm.

A pregnancy that is more than what it seems, and a woman determined to find love on an alien world is more adventure than the taciturn warrior has bargained for. Barimere is all for Jacie finding a mate and getting herself out from under his nose. Except for some odd reason he’d like to tear apart any male who looks her way, and beat the living hell out of anyone who tries to hurt her.

An alien warrior intent on fighting his attraction. A human female determined to bring him to his knees. What could possibly go wrong?

I enjoyed this story. It was short but sweet, and grabbed my attention from the first page until the last one.

Jacie Montgomery uprooted her life and followed a faithless alien lover to his home planet. Once there, the intrepid pregnant human learns that her situation is far from simple. She realizes that the relationship wasn’t special at all since her lover had already taken another mate and Jacie will be expected to choose another mate and remain on the planet with her hybrid child. Luckily, she didn’t have to wait too long since she falls for her bodyguard at first sight. The only problem is that Barimere had a lot of scars that weren’t entirely on the outside. Jacie had her work cut out for her to convince Barimere that they were perfect for each other. Then there was the fact that something was off about her alien pregnancy.

So, let me tell you about the incredibly engaging main couple. Jacie was sweet and forthright. She could’ve whined about her circumstances, however that never happened. She simply picked herself up and moved on, even when family tragedy struck. I liked her a lot.

Now, Barimere had some issues that had to be dealt with before they could be together. He was scarred and had some self esteem problems, but his greatest motivation was that he felt Jacie deserved someone better. He was a very stubborn alien. That seemed to be the most conflict of the story and in the end it was the very thing that gave the final push. I loved that Barimere was so concerned and kind about Jacie and her babies’ well being. At heart this was a story about two people who pretty much fall for each other instantly and were able to see past the imperfections of life.

I don’t read many fantasy stories, but with that being said, I am really enjoying this series. I like the way the author writes. I’ve only read two of her books so far, with both of those being in the Intergalactic Brides series, but I felt they read well as stand alone stories. The creative world building is intriguing and easily pulled me into this story. This book was fast paced, generously detailed and very interesting. It was written exactly the way I like to read ; where it’s mostly about the storytelling part with a few sexy love scenes to heat things up.

I’m sure to be reading more books from this author.

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