Title: Tempting the Bodyguard
Series: Gamble Brothers #3
Author: J. Lynn
Format: eBook, 262 pages
Published: May 12, 2014 by Entangled: Brazen
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
He can protect her from everyone except himself.
Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.
Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.
She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose...
Alana is a ball busting public relations agent who does whatever needs to be done in order to shape her client up. Chandler's brother experienced Alana's special brand of help when she, somewhat painfully, shaped up his life but as he now has a fiancée he loves dearly, Alana thinks it was all worth it. Unfortunately, since her tactics are a bit heavy handed, Alana has made a couple enemies. When she starts receiving threatening letters, she remembers Chandler owns a security business and goes to him for help. Chandler isn't too keen on helping her out but he's also not ready to kick her completely out of his life. These two just may argue their way to the bedroom.
Alana and Chandler were two very feisty characters who loved to hate each other. Alana is a tough cookie who gives everything to her job. Her mother's abandonment clearly led her to build up a wall surrounding her heart. She tries to keep Chandler at a distance but they have a sharp chemistry that can't be denied. Chandler was a great partner to Alana, their dialogue was lively and combustible as they kept poking and prodding each other. There were a couple times where Chandler had a few extremely alpha lines that had me wishing Alana would slap him but it also made him feel more real and authentic; he is who he is, warts and all. The story was at its best and sparking when the two were sniping at each other, you could almost feel the build up as they verbally fought and physically fought to not tear each other's clothes off.
The storyline of Alana being threatened wasn't incredibly strong but was credible enough to work as a reason to keep our leads together. For all the seriousness of the topic, it felt more on the periphery with the hotness threatening to explode between our couple more front and center. The sexual tension was fun to read but without a stronger storyline the story ended up feeling a little fluffy. The insistence of Alana in discounting ex-boyfriends (one in particular) as suspects was not done well, it left her with a TSTL taint. Writing in just a couple pages to include more of the villain and with Alana and Chandler dealing with investigating that track more would have added a strong strength to the storyline and made the book feel more rounded out.
This is third in a series where the previous books starred Chandler's brothers. They make appearances here with their new loves and continuing readers will enjoy seeing them continue on in their happily ever after. Chandler and Alana actually meet in the book before this one but their story really begins here, there is also a look back at how they first met, so new readers are not missing anything. If you're looking for a hate so good couple and a quick, snappy, and steamy read, this would definitely fit the bill and be an enjoyable read.