Tuesday, 15 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #225
Body Armour - Alana Matthews
Mills & Boon Intrigue 2-in-1
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"If last-minute shopping isn't killer enough, Santa is! When Anna Sanford is attacked by a vengeful Saint Nick, a mystery man saves her life. But the real mystery isn't why this man, Brody Carpenter, pledges to protect Anna through the holidays — it's why he left her in the first place... and why she never told him she was pregnant with his child.
In four turbulent years, he'd transformed from local sheriff into an international bodyguard for hire — and Anna is in serious need of protection. Brody wants to help her put her life back together, but dodging bullets is easier done than dodging the past... especially when she is about to give him the ultimate Christmas surprise..."
It's been a while since I read my last Intrigue.
The heroine is trying to come to terms with the death of her brother, but no matter what police reports tell her she is adamant that he did not commit suicide. Her suspicions seem correct when she is attacked one night. She is saved, quite unexpectedly, by Brody, the hero, her ex-fiance. Brody never thought he would see Anna again, when he left town after his police career was destroyed due to false allegations against him he was in a bad place and needed space, but as the years went on he couldn't face returning, especially knowing that he had broken Anna's heart. Brody received a message from Anna's brother shortly before he died asking him to protect Anna. Brody agrees with Anna that her brothers death is suspicious and offers to help her find out more. Anna is reluctant to accept Brody's help, she still hurts over Brody's abandonment but soon realises that her life is in danger and he is the only one who can protect her. Brody knows he has never stopped loving Anna and vows to protect her and her young son with his life, hoping that Anna can find it in her heart to forgive him.
I very much enjoyed this story. This had just the right amount of elements to make it exciting and interesting without it being overly confusing, or silly! I really liked the shared history between the hero and heroine, I thought this was developed and written really well. The suspense plot is on-going and constant throughout the book and keeps you reading and excited, the 'action' scenes felt a little rushed but still quite gripping. The interaction between the hero and heroine is particularly great.
This would have been a four star review had it not been for the fact that it is so flipping obvious who the culprit is, I guessed it on the first page! I like my suspense to be a little more, well, suspenseful!
Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable read.