by LL Collins
Published by Self Published on May 23, 2014
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Blog Tour
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Ellis Warner is a police officer, everyone’s friend and every girl’s fantasy- funny, dedicated, and too good looking for his own good. Thanks to a childhood he would rather forget and a young adulthood riddled with mistakes, he knows that no one can ever find out who he really is. He lives his life pretending to be the guy everyone sees on the outside. The one thing he knows for sure is that he can’t be serious with anyone. When he takes a second job as security for a new country star coming into town, he has no idea how that one decision will change his entire life and expose everything he has worked so hard to bury.
Samantha Kerrigan won a nationwide contest that immediately forces her into the spotlight. Her dreams of being a successful country singer have come true, but dreams always come with a price. While going out on her first tour, a stalker’s advances threaten her safety, forcing her team to hire more protection.
The second she meets Ellis, she knows there’s something about him and immediately makes him her private bodyguard. But he’s determined just to do his job, and she’s determined to make him open up. When her life is threatened and his secrets are exposed, will Ellis be able to guard Sam from danger, and his heart from her?
Guarding Hearts is the 3rd book in author L.L. Collins Living Again series and is my favorite story so far. I did like Living Again and Reaching Rachel but the stories were so intense I felt emotionally drained at the end. But Guarding Hearts is a romance mixed with mystery and action that was really exciting. I was really impressed with how the author dropped little clues in the story that made me suspect EVERYONE and I was shocked to find out who Sammi’s stalker was.
I really loved the characters Ellis and Sammi. Both are dealing with heartaches from their past which was realistic and easy for readers to identify with. Ellis was a tough guy because of his childhood. He slowly breaks down the wall he built to protect himself from getting hurt. And once that wall comes down he becomes so romantic (there were some great swoon worthy scenes!). Sammi is the Country music star who is adorable and sweet. She is dealing with a stalker and controlling parents, so it is good to see her put her foot down and make her own decisions.
My only complaint is that the story did drag after the stalker is revealed. I did like the closure of Ellis story but for me it took too long to get to the end. I think it would have been better if some of the scenes at the end had been omitted. But despite that I still did like this story. I am looking forward to reading her next book.
In case you missed it here is my Book Looks post featuring Guarding Hearts. Book Looks was created by Jen at Books and Other Happy Ever Afters . Combining our love of books & fashion with book cover or scene inspired outfits.
Guarding Hearts is the third book in L.L. Collin’s Living Again series. This releases on May 23rd and I can’t wait to read this (seriously, wouldn’t you want a bodyguard as hot as this guy on the cover!!). Since Samantha is a country singer I created a look that the young star would love to wear on and off the stage. This is really a fun look and if you don’t like the boots you can easily swap them for sandals (perfect for the summer!).
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