Melody
ISBN-13: 9780425221976
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Published: June 2008
309 pgs



From the back cover:

Ex-Marine and security agent Ben Cabrera isn't going to complain about his latest assignment: protecting the daughter of a gubernatorial candidate. After all, spending 24/7 with Christy Delacroix isn't exactly a chore. But it turns out that Christy's seduction tatics are top-notch - and it soon becomes impossible to keep things strictly professional...

Christy is an uptown girl who's spent her whole life being perfect. Now she just wants to have fun. And who better to have fun with than the gorgeous guy hired to protect her around the clock? They're utterly wild for each other - in and out of the bedroom - but will Christy be able to convince Ben to give her the kind of pleasure that lasts a lifetime?


Without a doubt, this is a sensual romance novel just by glancing at its cover and the title. I was mulling what to read the other day when this book caught my attention while I simply browsing through my TBR pile. It was a pity that I was not able to get a glimpse of the cover model, but that is not the main point. The fact is, I have not been reading romance for some time so I thought this book would fit for my next reading after a sci-fi novel I had read.

Frankly speaking, although I do not think the premise is original (the bodyguard falling in love with his client or vice versa), but I think the main characters in this story made it an interesting read. The couple have known each other when Christy's father hired Ben as his bodyguard. Both of them have their own ugly past they could not forget - Ben lost his ex-fiancée during the Iraq War while Christy is recovering from a horrific relationship with a man whom her mother thinks her marriage to him will benefit both families. Getting sick of everything and her life, Christy wants to do something for her own - starting with flirting and having some fun with her sexy bodyguard whom her father has assigned to protect her after the election is over.

Ben takes his job seriously and never mix business with pleasure, but Christy is not making things easy for him. She asked him to pose as her boyfriend to ward off the attention from Craig, her persistent suitor and also to protect her from her ex-fiancé Jason who received a restraining order to keep away from her. It was at this time that both of them succumb to passion as they could not fight the attraction they have for each other. Then, the story moves on to another level when Jason became a threat and someone else sent a package filled with snakes to Christy.

Though I find the story to be fast-paced, there is not much suspense as compared to the sensual and the romance element and one may easily guess who is behind those threats. All in all, it is an entertaining and a wonderful romantic story.

10 Responses
  1. Nymeth Says:

    Hmm...not the kind of book I normally read (not that I think romance is "bad" or anything), but I'm glad you enjoyed it for the most part!


  2. naida Says:

    wow, maybe I'm just being shallow, but I really like that book cover! lol
    it sounds like a fun read, great review :)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  3. Melody Says:

    Nymeth - I guess I need to dive into those romance books since I've been neglecting them for some time! ;)

    Naida - Oh, I like the cover too but I was hoping I could get to look at the model's appearance, haha!


  4. Julia Says:

    You've definitly been neglecting those romance books lately! Especially when you and I used to read romance books together when we do joint-reading...now I feel...all alone LOL

    You know, it has been a while since I read Janelle Denison's books. I need to get back to books. Otherwise I've been busy reading other good romance books *grin*


  5. Julia Says:

    OOPsie, I forgot to say great review!


  6. Alice Teh Says:

    This sounds interesting, Melody! I'm not into romance lately but very much into sci-fi or fantasy. I think I've found a genre I could settle in. hehe...

    Great review though. I think this is a good in-between read when one has been going at a particular genre for a while. :)


  7. Shana Says:

    Well, the cover definitely gives you some ideas about what to expect from the book!

    Shana
    Literarily


  8. Melody Says:

    Julia - Thanks! :) I miss reading those romance novels with you too. Perhaps I'll let you know when I'll be reading romances in future so probably we'll read it together, eh?

    Alice - "I think this is a good in-between read when one has been going at a particular genre for a while." Yes! That's precisely my thought when I chose to read this book. ;)

    Shana - It's pretty obvious, isn't it? :P


  9. Julia Says:

    I agree with Alice statement!

    And yes Melody, please do let me know when you up to joint-reading romance again. :)


  10. Melody Says:

    Will do, Julia. :) Maybe Alice can join us too if she likes.