Monday, June 20, 2016

Tangled Vows by Stella Hunter

Army veteran Bailey Lennox usually enjoys her job as a bodyguard for Halvard Protection Services. When she’s assigned to work with the famous movie star Everett Parker however, she’s reluctant to play the part of Everett’s girlfriend at his sister’s wedding. In such close quarters, she must decide where to draw the line between their mutual attraction and her professional ethics.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I didn't realize when I started this book that this would be a series. In any event, I really enjoyed this book, in how the story was written, and somewhat satisfied with the ending.

Bailey Lennox is a veteran turned private security bodyguard who has been through the wringer, both physically and emotionally. Everett Parker is a movie star who happens to benefit off Bailey's instincts and foils an attack on him.

Needing extra protection and wanting to do her a favor, Everett hires Bailey to pose as his girlfriend during his stay in his hometown for his sister's wedding. Bailey is reluctant because she is attracted to him and doesn't want to do anything to ruin her reputation as a professional bodyguard. She agrees after some of her conditions are met, but knows in her heart that this is going to be easier said than done.

I'm ready to read the next book to see how Bailey and Everett work to resolve their differences and blend their lives together.

Bailey Lennox works as a bodyguard and she is good at her job. Her instincts are usually right. So when at the movie premier to protect megastar Everett Parker, she notices the threat and tackles Everett to save him.

Everett is intrigued by Bailey and wants to get to know her better, he comes up with a plan for her to accompany him back home for his sister’s wedding as his girlfriend. But he keeps the real reason a secret. With the attraction so strong between them both, will lines be crossed that can't be forgiven?

This is a first for me from Stella Hunter and I can't wait for more to see how things turn out for Everett and Bailey.

This is a short, cute story that I really liked.

Bailey was a solider and after returning from war, has become a bodyguard. She’s plagued by nightmares of her time in Afghanistan and it’s caused her to have a wall around her heart. Bay is the only one who notices an attack on Everett Parker, famous movie star, and Everett decides to hire her as a personal bodyguard for his sister’s wedding. The only thing is, his family can’t know, so Bailey must pose as his girlfriend while they’re around his family. Everett is honest about his attraction from the get-go, but Bay is hesitant to cross that line for fear of ruining her career.

This is a quick, easy read with a great plotline. The only thing I didn’t much care for was the “other” love interest in the story, it was a bit odd. I feel like we needed a bit more background on that. I thought the story was too short, but I was happy to see that this is just the beginning of Bailey and Everett’s story. I’m excited to read the next book!

Bailey is a retired military woman who works for a security firm. She happens to be on detail with America's favorite bad boy actor, Everett Parker, when she notices a man reaching into his coat pocket. Tackling Everett and saving his life in the process, Bailey is just doing the job she loves. When she later gets a call from her boss about a special undercover assignment, Bailey knows this isn't going to go well. Everett likes what he sees in Bailey and wants her to accompany him to his small hometown, as his security detail, for his sister's wedding. Bailey reluctantly agrees. Trying to keep up the rouse of boyfriend and girlfriend, Bailey certainly has her work cut out for her with Everett. They have some major chemistry! Play acting is getting easier and easier as they begin to fall for each other.

I found Bailey's character interesting, not often do we have a lead female being ex-military. She has some PTSD issues that are touched on in the story that I found interesting. Everett was a strong male lead and pushed Bay's boundaries to open herself up to love. I enjoyed the book, it was fast moving and easy to read.

This is the first book about playboy actor, Everett Parker, and bodyguard, Bailey Lennox. It has a good storyline and the lead characters are interesting. Bailey in particular has many secrets, only some of which are revealed in this instalment. Her army career has ended due to injury, but she is still haunted by her experiences. She is not impressed by the billionaire star, which of course catches his interest.

I am keen to see what happens next, as these two have the kind of chemistry which is highly reactive and likely to explode!

4.5 Stars

I have to say that I absolutely LOVED the fact that our leading lady was a strong, independent woman with a military background. She had her softer moments, but they weren't gushy like some readers might be looking for, but I found them perfectly fitting for the woman she was.

Major kudos for pulling off a bodyguard turned lover story. Nice to see it turned the other way around for once (Female bodyguard).

I really enjoyed the story and can't wait to see where the next book in the series goes.

I will say that I was a little bit disappointed that we didn't get anywhere on the reason that Bailey and Parker came together, but other than that, a great story.

Stella Hunter was born and raised in the South and makes Kentucky her current home. When not dealing with demanding kids (of the four-legged variety) or that crazy thing called life, she would happily spend all her time buried in books. She loves to write romance because she believes everyone is redeemable. Stella is the author of The Strong One, The Dom’s Game, and Rescuing the Bridesmaid.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tangled Vows by Stella Hunter to read and review.

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