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The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center's The Bodyguard is unabashedly romantic, laugh-out-loud funny, and the perfect summer read. Shes got his back. Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindgerten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, shes an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker. Hes got her heart. Jack Stapletons a household namecaptured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid. Theyve got a secret. When Jacks mom gets sick, he comes home to the familys Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesnt want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannahagainst her will and her better judgmentfinds herself pretending to be Jacks girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it. What could possibly go wrong??? Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because its easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? Thats the hardest thing shes ever done.
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nitalibrarian
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I also have not posted my updated #2022ReadingBracket with July's favorite book. It was definitely The Bodyguard.

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marleed
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I always look forward to Katherine Center books because they are fun easy summer reads. I loved the plot line in creating a female bodyguard protecting a guy. Predictable in a story like this is not a bad thing, the fun is is reading it play out. …One of my favorite things is pet names authors give animals in their stories, but here that name is not to a dog but to the starlet supporting character - it‘s funny.

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m looking forward to reading this one, great review! 5d
marleed @CoverToCoverGirl It‘s a fun one. And I love the artwork for her covers! 5d
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Jemgirl2014
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“The Bodyguard “ is all heart and is well deserving of the hype it has generated. Ms. Center put a lot of thought into this book and you definitely come away with an important message or two. I came away with how it‘s okay not to be so hard on yourself. Jack and Hannah are so sweet together. I love how they help each other heal as they fall in love. Plus, the book is funny! A lot of scenes had me laughing out loud. 😅 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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CoffeeK8
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Todays #botm came! Super excited for all 3!

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Jemgirl2014
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First challenge done! I don‘t know if I can read 12 more books in time to fulfill the next challenge but we shall see. 😃

sprainedbrain I just got my reward too! I picked the magnets. 😂 2w
Jemgirl2014 @sprainedbrain Congrats! I got the magnets too! 😃 2w
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Sara_Planz
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This was so cute and the perfect end of summer read. Loved the back and forth between Hannah and Jack, and of course the fake dating trope is forever my favorite. Several laugh out loud moments will keep you engaged til the end.

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Read4life
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The Bodyguard was my top read for July. I love Center‘s writing and characters. The ending of this one really made me happy. I love that we were able to see where the characters were in life (and love) a bit down the road.

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I loved this book. It was light, full of humor, and just all around good feelings. Hannah‘s initial reaction to Jake is pretty much what I would do meeting Chris Hemsworth (x2 because the accent makes him a double threat). Anywho, if you‘re in need of a pure hearted romcom with a smidge of tension, I highly recommend this one.

August #doublespin complete! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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Read4life
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My #WickedWords from July.

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Laughterhp
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Here are the books I‘ve chosen for @Clwojick for the month of August for #trappedonanisland

I hope you find a book or 2 you love!

Clwojick Perfect! Have you read any of these? Did you pick randomly, or did they intriguing to you? Just curious how you made your choices. I found it hard to pick my five for @TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much! 💛 (edited) 2w
Laughterhp @Clwojick I‘ve read the tagged. Some are also on my TBR and the others just looked intriguing to me! And I thought they‘d all be good summer reads. 2w
Clwojick Agreed! It looks like a great summer mix! 2w
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Melancholy2243
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Now this book is a perfect, complete, unabashed romcom book. Its funny and romantic with hints of issues, the bad ex, the unrealistically handsome love interest, certain emotional issues, and the touching heartfelt ending. The thing I like about this is that the story never tries to be anything else. Anything bigger than it was supposed to be. It's a simple, absolutely light-hearted feel good book. I would pick it up for a light read.

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In need of a fun, feel-good read to make you smile and remember the love and kindness in the world? Look no further! The exciting and heartfelt ending was the perfect cherry on top of this sweet literary ice cream sundae. Can this please be made into a movie? 🎧

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KristiAhlers
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If y‘all want a super fun, super light read this should make your TBR stack. Everything about this one was fun. I loved Hannah and Jack and all of the secondary characters. Easily a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!

Cinfhen I really enjoyed this one too!! Audio was great 😊 3w
Jemgirl2014 I‘m reading it right now and I‘m already in love with it! 3w
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First time ever reading with my feet in the sand!!
🏖😍👣 #beachreading #summerreading

melissajayne I do envy you…🏖 3w
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Annie1215
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Hey strangers! Long time no review 😬

Sorry for going MIA and thank you so much to everyone who checked in. I have no good reason for logging off for so long but hope to catch up on all my missed reviews.

My mom has gotten some good results from her scans and *fingers crossed* we‘re out of the woods.

…but I really enjoyed this one and flew through it on my trip to the beach yesterday (pre-sunburn). It wasn‘t nearly as cheesy as I expected.

Allylu I thought so, too. 3w
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Read4life
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My final update for #JubilantJuly. Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂😍 3w
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angel1
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I think I will enjoy my 7 hour ride to FL for vacay!!😁

LiteraryinLawrence Such a colorful and inviting stack! 3w
RenePenn Nice stack! I‘m looking forward to reading The Bodyguard. 3w
marleed I love your stack! 3w
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TorieStorieS
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Oh, what a genuinely fun read!! I love Center‘s books & this latest is one of her best yet! I can certainly see why it was a #BOTM option for July! Hannah is a bodyguard who‘s has a string of terrible tragedies- death, break-up & betrayal- she can‘t wait to escape into her work. But her latest assignment- guarding a hunky but reclusive actor, forces her out of her conform zone. It may include a few predictable tropes- but also contains real humor!

LiteraryinLawrence That vase is the best! 4w
TorieStorieS @LiteraryinLawrence Thank you!! I think the description online was “sassy vase” and I can‘t think of a more apt adjective!! 🤣 4w
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Laughterhp
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I flew through this one! It was such a fun, quick read. It‘s definitely a rom-com, but also has some heartbreak and sad things. I laughed a few times.

This book was so fun and a perfect summer read! Though it‘s way too hot to enjoy my new deck furniture. Currently experiencing a heat wave.

I‘ve lost count of books read for #JubilantJuly

Andrew65 Doing brilliantly 👏👏👏 4w
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Julsmarshall
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This novel is a pure delight! I loved every minute of it and didn‘t want to put it down! Center had me grinning ear to ear-this is the epitome of a feel good read! The premise is perfect, he is the movie star and she is the bodyguard and they take turns being the hero. If you need a break, a smile, a reminder of the good that love can do in the world, read this book! #BOTM #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Maria514626 Great review! “Delight” is the perfect word. 😄 (edited) 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This one was my BOTM but I haven't read it yet. It just sounds so fun!! 4w
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Read4life
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Update for the #JubilantJuly Readathon. I‘ll be getting back to my normal reading routine tomorrow, so there‘s still a chance I‘ll finish these.

Andrew65 Coming along well. 👏👏👏 4w
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nitalibrarian
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I liked this one a lot. A perfect mixture of humor and serious drama. Hannah is going through a lot of emotions from personal problems as she guards movie star, Jack Stapleton. She's tough and unique. I love how much Jack obviously adores everything about her. Fun tropes - fake dating and only one bed. Would definitely read this author again. #botm

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everlocalwest
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Super cute and genuinely funny. Fake dating is one of my fave tropes.

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Librarybelle
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My first book read by Center, and it will not be my last! Lots of humor, but also phrases that just hit me as so profound and “what I needed to hear.” Hannah is a “bodyguard,” and her current assignment is to guard hot movie star Jack Stapleton. Underneath the embarrassing moments and the laugh out loud humor are moments that resonated with me. Themes of finding love, forgiveness, and self worth are throughout this novel ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle …I probably had as many tears as I had laughs. The audio was excellent - wonderful narration from the voice actress. She had Hannah‘s snarkiness perfect. Such a good listen; such a good book! Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for this #ALC . 1mo
Julsmarshall Just started this tonight! 1mo
MallenNC This one is on my list! I‘ve never read her before but it sounds really good. 1mo
Librarybelle @Julsmarshall Hope you enjoy! 1mo
Librarybelle @MallenNC I‘ve heard so many good things about her books. So glad I finally read one! 1mo
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ReadingisMyPassion
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When you start to read a book by Katherine Center, you can expect three things: a lot of humor, light romance, and a feel-good story. Always perfect for a beach or weekend read. Not surprising that she is known as “the reigning queen of comfort reads.” I thoroughly enjoyed “The Bodyguard.”

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Aubgurl
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Y‘all!! This book is just the best! It‘s fun, easy, lighthearted, and just an overall good read. I‘ve read all her other books and this is hands down my favorite!

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nitalibrarian
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#currentlyreading
This is my first Katherine Center. #botm

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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This is the first book I‘ve read by Katherine Center but it won‘t be my last. Very enjoyable romance.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

Cinfhen So predictable but SO MUCH FUN!! I loved it!! 1mo
ErikasMindfulShelf @Cinfhen Have you read any of her other books? 1mo
Cinfhen Only one and I was a little disappointed - it was a bit too cliché for me 1mo
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Cinfhen But the writing was good 😊 1mo
ErikasMindfulShelf @Cinfhen Good to know. I‘ll definitely read more by her but not anytime soon. Need something different in between. 1mo
Cinfhen Wise move 🧡 1mo
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mdm139
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This is a fun little work place rom com with a deeper message of being the light in dark times. The writing felt a little choppy (probably edited down). But I laughed out loud more times than I do a Stephanie Plum novel. Fast and easy. Good book to read if you are going to a ranch

peaknit I thought this one was fun too! Imagined Zac Efphron as the movie star:) 1mo
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Read4life
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My books for the #JubilantJuly Readathon. I‘d love to finish them all.

Andrew65 Some great choices, good luck. 😊👍 1mo
kspenmoll Goodbye Vitamin was wonderful! 1mo
Read4life @kspenmoll I‘m enjoying it. 1mo
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kimmypete1
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Loved it! I was sucked into the story right from the beginning and counts out it down.

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And, in the end, do you ever truly know for sure if you‘re lovable?
What a question.
You don‘t. You can‘t. Of course not.
Life never hands out the answers like that.
But maybe that‘s not even the right question.
Maybe love isn‘t a judgment you render—but a chance you take. Maybe it‘s something you choose to do—over and over.
Doy yourself. And everyone else.

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Oh man, that‘s a brutal burn right there. Best to be rid of him!

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Read4life
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I enjoyed all of last week‘s reads & I‘m looking forward to my upcoming reads.
I‘ll be traveling the end of this week through the end of the month. Hopefully, I‘ll still have some good reading time throughout. 🤞🏻

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Romance-genre-resistant? I am! If more romances were like this one, I might convert. Publication is expected July 19. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-bodyguard

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #TheBodyguard

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peaknit
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Serving up something good for lunch.

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nitalibrarian
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My July #botm were delivered today. Added the two books to my TBR cart.😁📚

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Lauren.Archer
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Center likes to keep things very light in her style of writing. Lot‘s of one line zingers, and fast dialogue keep this book moving. At times, this book did seem a little predictable, however this is Katherine Center, and she tends to make any story sparkle.

peaknit She is a gem! I can‘t wait to check this out. 2mo
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My #botm picks!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just can‘t decide! I‘ve skipped the past two months 🥴 2mo
JenReadsAlot @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've always enjoyed Katherine Center. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot I was thinking about that one… 2mo
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I don‘t remember picking my books this fast! In under a minute! Christmas in July is real! 💚♥️💚♥️

AmyG It‘s that time already? 🤣 2mo
Jemgirl2014 @AmyG Sure is! Surprised the heck out of me. 😂 2mo
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Maria514626
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This was a delight. Hannah - the bodyguard - and Jack - the actor who wasn't thrilled to have a bodyguard - didn't follow the “I hate you“ “I love you“ trope. Because of this, their relationship evolution was more interesting. Both had backstories. Hers included more than boyfriend troubles and insecurities. He was more than “broody with a secret.“

Sometimes you could see what was coming. But who cares if the ride is fun?
#arc

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“You look like a Victorian child.” One of the MCs commenting on the other MC‘s pajamas. 🤣

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Maria514626
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Just started this and it‘s pretty interesting so far. The female MC isn‘t an event planner, designer, librarian, or marketer. 😆 (Why are these the default “lady” jobs?)

The author refers to the male MC going off the grid “in the mountains of North Dakota.” Huh? Was there an editor or fact checker? 😄

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Could not be more excited to start this ARC!!! I have loved Katherine Center‘s previous books and expect to fly through it ✈️

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robinb
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I always enjoy Center‘s books, and this one can also be added to that list. Hannah Brooks is an Executive Protection Agent (bodyguard) who is assigned primary lead as protection when the gorgeous movie star Jack Stapleton visits Houston to be near his mom for cancer treatments. Hannah wants to shine for a future promotion and ends up acting as Jack‘s pretend gf against her better judgment. And of course, to avoid distractions, agents cannot 🔻

robinb become personally involved in clients‘ lives. But Jack is more vulnerable and human than she expected, and as she grew up in a dysfunctional family she ends up falling for the Stapletons. Hannah started off a bit annoying until I realized where she was coming from and her motivation to always have an escape hatch for every aspect of her life. She has recently lost her mom, been dumped by her bf and is estranged from her best friend. 🔻 2mo
robinb As she evolves, she finds reasons not to always have an exit plan in place as she discovers that she can be loved after first learning to love herself. I ended up loving her. And Jack also struggled with a heartbreaking loss and the guilt and sadness he felt from it. These two are wonderful together. I love that Center‘s characters are usually written with very real identity problems to overcome. 🔻 (edited) 2mo
robinb She‘s very good at getting to the core of their issues with passages that are beautiful, gut-wrenching and enlightening. And to all of this, add lots of laugh-out-loud humor. No surprise, this was a winner for me. 4.5/5⭐️ (edited) 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Lovely review! 2mo
robinb @LiteraryinLawrence thank you! 😊 2mo
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@Eggs
#wondrouswednesday

🌸 👤💪💂‍♀️

🪷 Lots! But a recent read was Sunshine by Robin McKinley. It needs a sequel yesterday. 😂😂

🪺 5⭐️ for Namesake by Adrienne Young

@eanderson @mabell @Librarybelle @Crazeedi @Dragon @AmyG @Louise @hes7 @Bklover @BookNAround

Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
Bklover Thank for the tag!!😊❤️ 2mo
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mabell Thanks for the tag, Robin! 👋 2mo
Dragon Thanks for the tag 💚🐉 2mo
Dragon So agree! I would love a Sunshine sequel! 👍💚🐉 2mo
Eggs 👍🏼📚😍 2mo
robinb @Dragon Yes!!! I definitely think it needs one. 2mo
Crazeedi Thanks for the tag ❤ 2mo
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Allylu
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This is an #ARC from Net Galley. I was very excited to read it. I quickly connected with Hannah, the bodyguard, and thoroughly enjoyed being in her head. She was witty, funny, relatable and underestimated. It moved along quite well and made me feel good. It was a sweet, closed door love story + a little danger. The forced proximity trope and “family forever“ brought to mind the movie “The Proposal“ with Ryan Reynolds. There you go! Happy Reading!

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#NetGalley This was the summer rom-com audiobook I didn‘t know I needed! While the story is overly predictable, I was gripped and invested from the first word. Hannah‘s work usually requires her to be mostly invisible but as she‘s assigned the job of protecting megawatt star Jack Stapleton her quiet life is thrown into the spotlight. Of course chaos & romance ensues🖤

Cinfhen I loved it @Alfoster @Allylu 💖🎧 3mo
Allylu I‘m loving being in her head! 3mo
Dragon Sounds good, stacking 💚🐉 3mo
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Cinfhen I hope you enjoy it @Dragon it was surprisingly refreshing 😁 3mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @Cinfhen 💚🐉 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Doesn‘t this sound good @BennettBookworm ? 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s the perfect summer book @LiteraryinLawrence @BennettBookworm and the audio was FANTASTIC- I believe book/audio is available July 19 😊 3mo
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Ok; so this book is totally one hundred percent predictable but…
I‘m actually LOVING it❣️❣️❣️My summer brain is SO HAPPY right now 😁I already see this playing on the big screen🤩Hello, Hemsworth Brothers!

Simona Yay for summer brain! I‘m slowly starting to switch too! 3mo
KathyWheeler You know, I don‘t always mind predictable. Sometimes predictability is what you need. And if it‘s a good story, who cares! 3mo
Cinfhen I can‘t stop listening @Simona @KathyWheeler and after so much heaviness and sadness this is truly the PERFECT listen 🎧 I 💯 recommend the audio 😋 3mo
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