Some things just seem to work together.
Combining an ex-military/personal security man and a woman in need of those services story line does something to me as a male reader. I don’t know what it is; maybe it’s the damsel-in-distress syndrome that I love, but it’s hot as hell to me.
I think that’s why it drew me to Ann Mayburn’s Guarding Hope. I don’t regret reading this book at all!
Daniel and Hope were together in high school until an incident split them up and they ended up going their separate ways. Danny ended up going into the Marine Corps and Hope ended up becoming a psychologist at a woman’s shelter. Life goes on, of course, until other events conspire to bring them together.
The thing for me as a male reader when it comes to romantic suspense novels is I have to be enthralled with the suspense aspects of the story because I’m not a big romance enthusiast. With Guarding Hope, I got exactly what I wanted, and trust me that is a GOOD thing! There were some aspects that felt true to what I know from former “Jarheads” that are good friends of mine and Ann Mayburn nailed it for me.
Did I forget to mention the deliciously sexy and explicit sex scenes? Being that I write my own explicit scenes in my own books, I can appreciate when someone else writes them as hot and sensual and I-need-to-put-this-book-down-and-ravage-my-wife type of scenes.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that loves hot guys and women who don’t act like they can’t function because a man is around them. I’ll definitely check out more of her work.
-Reviewed by Shakir
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”