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by Jessica Bird

Grace Hall is a society beauty and an heiress whose fortune has made her the target of a madman killing off some of Manhattan's most influential women, leaving Grace vulnerable. She reluctantly hires a bodyguard, and finds herself subject to his ironclad will. As he lays down the rules, anger -- and desire -- ignite between them. Grace is drawn to John Smith in ways she can't explain. Beneath his tough exterior and dark past, there's an inner core that is tantalizingly seductive.

John is a professional and understands that to do his job, his relationships need to be all business. Though it makes for a solitary life, that's the way he likes it, and that's exactly how he plans to keep it. But there's something about Grace that gets under his skin. With each passing day, the attraction grows more intense -- until John is faced with a decision he never thought he'd have to make. As the warm nights grow hot, and the canny killer closes in, Grace and Smith face a crucial choice: Follow the rules or follow their hearts.

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ISBN: 1602858810
ISBN13: 978-1602858817
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Jessica Bird
Language: English
Publisher: Center Point Pub; Large Print, Reprint edition (November 1, 2010)
ePUB size: 1926 kb
FB2 size: 1280 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 532
Other Formats: txt lit azw lit

As a fan of the BDB series, I was fully prepared to really enjoy this book. Reading the product description, I knew the storyline and characters would be quite different from the BDB vamps and I was excited about that. In the end, it was just ok for me.

I started reading and I just felt like things were moving slowly. I read and read, without being overly intrigued for about 50% of the book and then I stopped reading. A few weeks later, I came back to the story and finished it. The writing was very readable, things flow well, there's a decent ratio of telling and showing, and Jessica Bird/JR Ward is good at painting vivid word pictures, but the pace was just too slow and I never felt the suspense or tension build up. Some slice and dice serial killer is out there cutting the throats of Grace's high society acquaintances and we go through chapters when that never comes up. Even when it came up, I never felt that looming threat of doom hovering over them, I never felt her fear. There were only a couple of viable suspects and so the identity of the psycho serial killer was easy enough to figure out. It was almost inconsequential.

The romance part of the story left me feeling sort of cold. Their back and forth, I want you but I feel guilty about it, just a little taste and then I'll push you away romance drove me nuts. The characters may have been satisfied during the sex scenes but I was not. After all the weeble-wobble foreplay, there are maybe two pages of nookie and that's it. I don't need a diagram but a few more words to build the mental picture would have been nice.

Grace just wasn't overly likeable to me. She seemed almost bold sometimes, but then almost everyone treated her poorly and she just accepted it and moved on. I appreciate that part of the plot is her learning to trust her instincts and growing some spine, but having a highly capable woman allow people to berate and belittle her just made those scenes painfully annoying to me. I didn't find myself sympathizing with her... I was frustrated with her because she couldn't tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. John was a quiet character and it's hard to get to know a quiet character. You learn enough about him to understand his emotional distance, but it's not enough to actually learn to like him. He's sexy, that's for sure... JR Ward devises sexy men, but he doesn't ever get to be much more than that.

In the end, I think a whole slew of pages could have been cut out of this story to make it more to the point and to help it keep my interest. I don't think I'll be seeking out any of the other contemporary romances.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK! After recently discovering that the great JR Ward also writes as Jessica Bird, I emptied almost all of my amazon gift card money into hunting down these books. I am soooo glad I did. This book had a totally winning recipe of being to the point, pared down with a sharp focus on the hero and heroine John and Grace. Ms. Bird did not try to bog the story down with other plotlines and she created (at least for me) an Alpha Male, Type A, Uber Hero that I spent the majority of the book drooling over. Does John have some serious head junk. Heck yeah! and seeing grace use her quiet, fierce, persistent personality as a battering ram to that head trash was so much fun. As the book goes on she becomes stronger and more confident of herself, her abilities and her future and she is taking John with her almost whether he likes it or not.

John was deep, brooding, rude but frickin hot! When at his nastiest, he was totally not the man any woman would lay her head down and dream of at night but when he was at his best, most lovliest, vulnerable, predatory & protective, I kept wiping the drool off my chin.

Now this book is simple in its approach, it is not fancy and heavily layered with subplots, blah, blah, blah and the protagonist is so wimpy it leaves one to wonder how that little troll was able to wreak such havoc on the silver spoon set. I could only put it down to them being TSTL.

What absolutely worked for me was having John and Grace move in together throughout the crisis. It made sense. You're protecting a person you would want to be as close as possible to them and living in the confines of the same home allowed the entire focus to remain on the duo and to keep the tension high in a good way. The addition of a long-lost relative toward the end sets up the next book quite nicely as well. Also while I have come to anticipate the intensely expressive, lengthy and plentiful love scenes in JR Wards books there is no such occurrance here. In fact, the intimacies take place fairly late in the book and are very short but trust me when John & Grace finally do give in... Aye Caramba.

I for one could totally see John Smith as a member of the brotherhood and in fact applaud Ms. Bird/Ward with once again coming up with another finger lickin male to die for.