Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Audio Review: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center


The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022 by St.Martin's Press & Macmillan Audio
Pages: 320
Audio Book Length: 9 hrs 44 min
Narrator: Patti Murin
Source: Publisher 
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo Audible | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Hannah was going through a lot with mixed feelings over the death of her mother and then her boyfriend dumps her. Just when she needs the distraction of work to cope, her boss basically grounds her. That is until the famous movie start, Jack Stapleton needs protection. Hannah’s not thrilled with the assignment because it doesn’t seem like much of an escape being stuck in Texas and this assignment is much more up close and personal than she’d have liked it.

I loved Hannah so much! She wasn’t a knockout, just an average woman (like most of us) in an unexpected position of being a bodyguard. Yes, she’s only 5’5” but that’s not the key to being a bodyguard as I found out, and she was pretty badass even being pint sized! I’ve always dreamed of being a badass myself even though I’m only 5’2”. I looked up to female characters like Buffy and Wonder Woman, so I loved the idea of a woman bodyguard. Still, this story was way more about the personal aspects of Hannah’s life than a suspenseful protection situation. I loved Jack and his family! He was, for a big star, pretty normal, and his family was loving despite some of the hard knocks they’d been given. Absolutely loved Jack’s family!

All the stars for The Bodyguard! Katherine Center’s stories never fail to capture my heart! She writes imperfectly perfect, multi-layered characters like Hannah and Jack. Each had emotional turmoil to work through while trying to get by, battling an inconvenient attraction. This was definitely a romance of the slow burn variety, and I hung on every interaction between Jack and Hannah! That epilogue was oh-so-lovely!

I alternately listened and read The Bodyguard and I recommend both. The audio was fantastic with Patti Murin narrating and doing an excellent job with all voices, male and female.

5 Stars

Book Description:

She’s 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, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured 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.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s 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 it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.


  1. Yes! Fantastic review. I loved it too.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I haven't tried her books, but this one tempts me a lot. Going on my list. :)

  3. I so can't wait to read this one! If only my library hold would come in.

  4. Oh, cute! Yes I would read this

  5. Katherine Center is just the best. I loved this one, and all her others! Terrific review, Rachel.

  6. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one! I've seen it around many places and I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it. Makes me want to read it even more!
    Take care!
    -Sara and Olivia

  7. Need to check it out. Regine

  8. I definitely need to pick this one up, as I have heard the best things about this author and I love authors that write multi layered characters.

    Lovely review darling!

    Happy reading!

  9. This book was such a good time, and I can't believe we are the same height. *high five* (well, not that high. We're only 5'2") I agree. Center's books always make me heart happy, and I loved the (found) family element in this too.

  10. I'm reading this one right now and can already tell it's going to be a five star read for me as well. I love everything about it. :)

  11. This sounds amazing! It's going on my list for sure! Great review and so glad you enjoyed it!

  12. I've yet to get on the Katherine Center bandwagon but this one does interest me. I already love the sound of Jack's family. :)