U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske is all about guarding his heart and serving his country, but now that he’s busted his knee on a mission, he needs something to keep his mind busy. Playing bodyguard for a sexy little country starlet until he’s cleared for duty? Just what the doctor ordered.
Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she’s going to take care of her family, she can’t let herself get distracted—especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She’ll keep Dante around…if he agrees to teach her self-defense.
Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it’s up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie’s career—and his heart—before their explosive passion consumes them both…
A sweet and sexy modern-day version of The Bodyguard.
I love these Brazen novels – you can always rely on a well-written, fast-paced fun read, and this book was no exception.
Dante is a swoon-worthy leading man. He is a tough, alpha-protector type with muscles upon muscles and a soft, gooey center. My best kind of fictional book boyfriend.
Chrissie is a good girl who has just hit the big time in her country music career. The timing is a little skewed, happening at a time when her family are falling apart after the death of her older brother (while serving abroad.) He used to look out for the family and now that responsibility has fallen on her slim shoulders. Between work, touring, and familial burden, she has no time for herself. Until Dante appears on the scene and they start falling for one another.
I loved the development of their relationship and it was hot and steamy, and involved impromptu disguises and role-play.
Character development was decent and there was strong emotional depth to the plot. Sometimes, I find those qualities lacking in books of a similar length, but I was delighted to find that wasn’t the case here.
Life seems to be dragging Chrissie and Dante in opposite directions, thanks to their steadfast commitment to their careers, however, the underlying message is that you have to fight for love, and be prepared to make sacrifices, no matter what obstacles block the path.
I love books with a HEA and this one delivered in that regard.
Overall, this was a great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It’s also worth pointing out that I haven’t read the first two books in this series (though I would like to as the characters seem intriguing) but you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story – it is an effective standalone.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.