Natasha Chamberlain isn’t sure what’s worse, being on the run from a crime boss or dealing with Striker, her overprotective fiancé, who insists on being her bodyguard.  Striker’s committed to keeping Natasha safe, even at the cost of his own life, but Natasha’s not willing for him to make that sacrifice.  Can the two work together long enough to keep Natasha alive or will their problems interfere?

 

With the fifth book in her Bodyguard Series, Ms. French has secured her name as a thriller/romantic suspense author to be reckoned with.  Not only is the action non-stop, the thrills gripping, the humor laugh-out-loud, and the characters fully developed, but miracle of miracles, Ms. French has brought Natasha and Striker back together again, despite their reluctance to be together—something I didn’t think could happen after the last book.  And while she’s at it, she’s brought the character of Natasha to a whole new level, one where this reviewer can clearly see Natasha’s point of view and sympathize with her desire to be her own woman.

In The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard, the reader is treated to what I consider Ms. French’s superb ability to let her characters grow at their own speed.  If you read through the first four books in this series, The Bodyguard, The Bodyguard and the Show Dog, The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, and The Bodyguard and the Snitch, you can see with each one how Natasha matures both personally and professionally and her determination to learn her craft to the level where she is not only a bodyguard but one of the best in the business

I’ll be honest and tell you that up until this installment of the series, I tended to lean toward Striker’s point of view when it came to Natasha and her chosen profession.  But as I read The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard, one thing was glaringly clear, Natasha has gotten better at her job and she’s no longer a bodyguard wannabe.  She may not be topnotch at her profession yet, but she’s to the point where she doesn’t act on impulse as she has in the previous books, but instead thinks about what is happening and takes the time to consider her actions and figure out the best way to handle herself.  She’s come a very long way from the person she was in the first book in this series.

So, sorry Striker, but I am now firmly on Natasha’s side in this battle of wills between the two of you.  My opinion?  Cut her some slack, trust her to do her job and quit pressuring her to give it up to, as Natasha says, play “wife to big daddy.”

Now on to the rest of the story:  Striker is as hot as ever—even if I find myself irritated with him because he won’t give Natasha the chance to prove herself!—Pit and Bigun are back and as funny as ever, and as always, Ms. French has a wonderful secondary character in the form of Striker’s cousin, Ned.  Ned is from the Cherokee side of Striker’s family and is a little mysterious, wise beyond his years, and, again as always, I fell a little in love with him and found myself hoping Ms. French will give him his own book, or at least include him in future Bodyguard books.

The action, as I mentioned above, is fast and furious—another as always with Ms. French’s books—and the reader will have a hard time putting this one down until they’ve reached the last page.  I know I read it all in one sitting and only got up to take my dog out and I wouldn’t have done that except he was looking a little desperate.  Sorry, Des!

Terrific protagonists that you can’t help but root for, wonderful and lovable secondary characters, scary villain who’s also a little, okay make that a lot, crazy, and a story that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go—what more can you ask for?  The next Bodyguard book from Christy Tillery French, that’s what!  And oh, judging by Ms. Fench’s customary teaser at the end of The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard, the next one, The Bodyguard and Bridezilla, is going to be another winner!  Can’t wait!