Army veteran Bailey Lennox usually enjoys her job as a bodyguard for Halvard Protection Services. When she’s assigned to work with the famous movie star Everett Parker however, she’s reluctant to play the part of Everett’s girlfriend at his sister’s wedding. In such close quarters, she must decide where to draw the line between their mutual attraction and her professional ethics.
Bailey had survived her time in the Army, but the mental and emotional scars – as well as a few physical ones – remain with her. Working as a security officer Bailey knocks down Everett Parker on the red carpet when she sees someone about to harm him. Bowled over – literally and emotionally – Everett can’t forget her and is determined to make the feeling mutual. When Everett decides he needs Bailey to accompany him back to his hometown – pose as his girlfriend – things get complicated, and they’re only just beginning.
I found this to be a very sweetly written romance story. Despite Everett being a big-time movie star and Bailey being a decorated hero and bodyguard, I really enjoyed how most of the story revolved around Everett’s small hometown and his family. To me this lent the whole story an air of intimacy – of a small town story where everyone knew everyone, not the more modern, busy city life which needs action packing every moment. I really enjoyed seeing Everett in a quiet environment, it helped me see him just as a man and a character and gave me a good feel for who he really was away from all the glitz and glamour.
The plot was thick with a huge bunch of characters, Everett’s family and later also Bailey’s family. And there were plenty of shenanigans that I really enjoyed. I was pretty disappointed, though, at how Bailey constantly thought the worst of Everett. While initially it was completely understandable – he is a movie star and a stranger, so she only had tabloid fodder to make character judgments on him – later, after almost a week of being in close contact with him and sharing plenty of time in his company it was really frustrating. I got annoyed with her for continuously assuming the very worst of him and pushing him away past all reason and sense. That really lowered Bailey’s character to my eyes and I was frustrated and annoyed by it.
I have to admit though when they finally started to make it work nearer the end of the story it was a gorgeous thing to behold. While there was definitely a “Happy For Now” ending it’s clear there’s another book on the way – hopefully one where Everett and Bailey can spend a lot more time intimately together!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I found it well paced and very well written with a whole slew of interesting characters and plenty of conflict and steamy kisses. A good, solid read.