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Blog tour: Bodyguard to the Billionaire by Nana Malone

Book: Bodyguard to the Billionaire

Series: The Billionaire duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Release date: 23 July 2019

Main characters: Zia Barnes, Royal Guard and bodyguard to the rich and powerful. Theo Coleman, philanthropic businessman who’s been inveigled into playing stand-in to  a member of the Royal household.

Blurb:

Derrick Arlington is one of the world’s most eligible billionaires. Voted Sexiest Man Alive—two years running.

And I just so happen to look exactly like him.

It’s never come in handy until I get offered an actual job out of it.

It was supposed to be so simple.

Go to the Winston Isles, stand in as his body double for a few weeks, go back to my life.

But when our carefully constructed plan goes awry and the billionaire goes missing, I have no choice but to take his place and hire a bodyguard. The best in the business: a smart-mouthed, tight-assed, lady bodyguard.

Zia Barnes is the LAST thing I want, even if I need her. She’s determined, smart, and has no idea I’m a total imposter.

Good thing I have no intention on falling for her, or I’d be royally screwed.

Why you should read it: Wow! I knew I was going to adore this story having read the intro at the end of To Love a Prince and I wasn’t disappointed! Zia and Theo were adorable and the whole we-shouldn’t-but-we-really-want-to vibe struck just the right note in my opinion. I enjoyed the suspense and the pace at which the plot unfolded. The dialogue was punchy, funny and kept me fully engaged with the plot.

An example has to be Zia and her best friend Tamsin discussing Zia’s new client:

Tamsin shook her head at me. “Don’t go getting that soft look for him. He’s a grown man now. He doesn’t need you to take care of him.” “I know. I’m just experiencing empathy.” She shook her head. “I already told you that shit is bad for your health. Just as long as this empathy bullshit doesn’t catch you a case of feelings. I say sleep with him, but you need to kick it like Elsa and conceal, don’t feel.”

What you may not like: I truly enjoyed the humour, the conflict and the suspense of the book. But of course, now I have to wait for closure. Damn these duets! I know it will be worth the wait, however.

Rating: 5/5 for a slow burning, exciting and incredibly sexy read. Can’t wait for more!

 

Quickie review: The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

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Book: The Princess Trap

Author: Talia Hibbert

Release date: 8 February 2018

Main characters: Cherry Neita, HR professional, who’s good at getting what she wants. Prince Ruben of Helgmøre, the complex prince who’s heart is stolen the minute he meets Cherry.

Blurb:

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre knows exactly what he wants—and his current obsession is Cherry Neita.

Everything from her rollercoaster curves to her fearsome attitude commands his attention.

And best of all? She has no idea who Ruben is.

Until the paparazzi catch them in a dark alley, her scarlet lipstick smudged, and his hands somewhere naughty…

All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess.

Well, princess-to-be. One year as his fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear. Easy. Right?
Wrong.
The closer Cherry gets to Ruben, the brighter their passion burns. But the royal family hides dark secrets, and their palace is a diamond-studded trap.

Can true love bloom from false beginnings? Or will this fairytale end in a happy-never-after?

Why you should read it: I’m not usually one for fairytales and the whole royalty-themed trope has gone stratospheric recently, but this story is well worth reading. It manages to deal with the opulence and luxury of royalty in a down-to-earth way that makes the unbelievable believable. It doesn’t read like wealth porn – which is refreshing. We have a strong heroine who gets inveigled into a situation that is not her making and we see how she deals with it and how her behaviour contrasts with Ruben’s. There is plenty of spot-on dialogue that will have you laughing and turning the page. It’s full of sexual tension and it made my toes curl. Ruben is a great character – he’s permanently wrong footed by Cherry – she has him tied up in knots, and all he wants is to deserve her. Who wouldn’t love a sexy, put together woman? He’s very vulnerable despite, or even because of his status. I couldn’t help but love him.

What you may not like: As I said, if you’re not into the royalty trope then you may not be turned on to this book, but give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. I have read samples of other royalty-themed books and tapped out almost immediately. This isn’t one of those.

Rating: 5/5 for a highly entertaining, at times very touching read. Made me want to head straight for Scandinavia!