Friday, May 16, 2014

Chelsea & Jessica Get Brazen! Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn

Hey guys! So happy it's time to get Brazen again! This week we read Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn.

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint...

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.
She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose...


Finally! Chandler's book is here! What did you think? Did you love it?

Jessica: YES! I thought it was such a great story. I really liked him and Alana together. They had some super sexy chemistry and the storyline was really action packed and fun.

Chelsea: I really liked this one! I not only loved Chandler and Alana together but I really enjoyed the plot in this one too.  

Which Gamble brother would you say is your favorite?

Jessica: This is really hard. I really do love Chandler because he's a little bit naughty and a whole lot of sexy and sweet!

Chelsea: I really liked Chandler but I have to say that Chad is still my favorite brother. 

If you were in danger, what traits would your personal bodyguard have to possess?

Jessica: Honestly? I would want an ex-soldier as a bodyguard. Their training really would make me feel secure. He also needs to be extremely good-looking and sexy. LOL. That would be an added perk.

Chelsea: I would want a really strong and sexy guy too LOL. That would probably complicate things but oh well. He would also need to be caring and compassionate.

There are a lot of steamy moments between Chandler and Alana in this one. Which sexy scene was your favorite? 

Chelsea: I am admittedly a huge fan of shower scenes so I am going to have to go with their sexy scene in the shower towards the end of the book. It was sensual but also really hot!

Jessica: That was a great one! I am a sucker for naughty, forbidden trysts- so I loved their scene in her office!
Alana isn't exactly a favorite character in Tempting the Player. Did Tempting the Bodyguard change your perception of her? 

Jessica: Definitely. I really didn't care for her in Tempting the Player because I didn't think what she was doing to Bridget was right and she was way too formal. This book really showed her layers and that she wasn't the heartless person we thought she was.

Chelsea: Absolutely! In this book we really got to know Alana and there is definitely more than meets the eye. She isn't the cold hearted bitch she is perceived to be.

How badly do you wish there were more Gamble Brothers?

Chelsea: I wish there was a whole brood of them. There could never be enough sexy, hot Gamble brothers. And, I need more books! LOL 

Jessica: I'm right there with you girl! I love these men, so naturally I wish there were more! I'm not ready to let them go!

I am a huge fan of J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout and I think the Tempting series is probably my favorite Brazen series of them all. Tempting the Bodyguard did not fall short and not only did it meet my expectations, but if greatly surpassed them. While Tempting the Player has been my favorite so far, Tempting the Bodyguard was definitely the most developed of the three.

Chandler Gamble is the oldest Gamble brother and like Chad and Chase, relationships and commitment aren’t his forte. However, seeing Chad and Chase settle down has definitely shown Chandler that with the right woman, commitment isn’t a bad thing. Alana Gore is a ball busting publicist and she definitely comes across as a frigid bitch but when you dig deep down and get to know her, it’s clear that it is all just a façade to protect herself from getting hurt. While her methods may be questionable, she always has her client’s best interest at heart. When she starts getting some serious threats, the first person she thinks about going to is the sexy Gamble bodyguard. Little does she know that he’s been thinking about her too and things are about to combust.

I really liked getting to know Alana and learning more about her past and what makes her tick. She isn’t a real likable character in Tempting the Player so it was good to see that she has a vulnerable side and that there is more than meets the eye with her. She is all alone with no living family and that is difficult for her. It makes her put up walls and she is terrified of becoming like her mother so she pushes love away at all costs. Even though she fought hard against him, Chandler definitely opened her up and brought her out of her shell. Right from the beginning, she felt a special connection to him and she was more attracted than she had ever been in her life. That definitely scared her, especially when she started spending more time with him and really getting to know him.

As if 2 sexy hot Gamble brothers wasn’t enough, of course there has to be 3. Chandler is the oldest and he definitely shows that in his demeanor and the way he interacts with his brothers. Unlike Chad and Chase, Chandler isn’t afraid of commitment, he’s just never met anyone that made him want to settle down and he doesn’t waste time on relationships that he knows won’t go anywhere. For whatever reason, Alana gets under his skin immediately and he can’t shake her no matter how hard he tries. When she steps back into his life, needing his help, he doesn’t hesitate to make her his. He is a man that knows what he wants and goes after it. Alana brings out feelings he didn’t know existed and he wants nothing more than to show her how great they can be.

J. Lynn can write some sexy, steamy scenes and she does NOT hold back in this one. Chandler and Alana have some seriously HOT chemistry and it really jumps off the pages. She may have tried to hire him to protect her but he would have done it anyways. I liked how protective he was and the way he looked out for her and challenged her at the same time. He sees the real her and she opens up and allows him to. I liked how strong Alana was and I total understood her need to protect her heart. She hasn’t known much love in her life and she can see the power Chandler has to destroy her. While neither of them wanted or expected to fall in love, that’s exactly what they did. Alana is a runner but lucky for her Chandler likes to chase.

Overall, I loved this book and I devoured it. It had great characters and an intriguing plot. It flowed perfectly and was well developed. I really liked the little bit of mystery involved surrounding her stalker. I also loved seeing a little more of Chad, Chase, Maddie and Bridget. I’m going to miss these Gamble brothers!

I have been waiting for Chandler's book for a while now! After seeing his and Alana's brief meeting in Chad's book, I could not wait to read their story as I knew it would be fun, sexy, and downright HOT!

Pacing: I felt the pacing was great on this one. J.Lynn jumps right in with the attraction between Alana and Chandler, but it didn't feel forced at all. In fact, it was downright hot! Alana wants to hire him for his bodyguard services though- not his ah, other ones.

Storyline: The storyline in this one was a lot of fun. Being in public relations and repairing self images, Alana Gore hasn't earned the best reputation. She's damn good at her job, but the way she has gone about it hasn't always been the gentlest. She blackmailed Bridget, Chad Gamble's now fiancé and hasn't quite been forgiven.
After receiving threatening letters, she knows she has to do something as her safety is on the line. She gets in touch with the eldest Gamble brother to enlist his protection services. She goes to extreme lengths to track him down and I was dying laughing at how bold and brazen Alana is! Upon going to Chandler for his help, she knows a physical relationship with him would be highly inappropriate, but sometimes propriety be damned! The two get even closer as Alana's threats become more than just letters. Alana is quite headstrong and determined, but this stalker has got even her shaken up and Chandler won't let her endanger herself so he brings her to stay with him. I really like the suspense of finding out who was behind everything, even though I had my suspicions of who it was.

Their attraction and sexual tension is off the charts, but Alana has some deeper issues that keep her from going all in with Chandler.

Characters:  I really enjoyed Alana and Chandler. Chandler was such a great guy and I am so glad we got his book because he deserves happiness too. He's not jaded like his brothers are. He doesn't let his parents crap relationship affect his own. He has chosen not to do serious relationships, not because he felt he wasn't good enough for one, but just because he hasn't found the right one to settle down with. However, meeting Alana has really been the game changer for him. He loves her no-nonsense attitude and that she's tough as nails. However, Alana has a vulnerable side as we see here. She's a runner, as she's afraid of ending up like her mother, who was obsessed with the idea of being in love- only to have it break her heart. Alana tries her best to keep Chandler from getting too close, but when Chandler wants something- he goes after it!

Final Thoughts:  I enjoyed this one a lot. I love how sexy and steamy the romance was and the storyline was engaging from start to finish. J.Lynn is one of my auto-buy authors, as the woman can do no wrong!


1 comment:

  1. YAY! Love that both of you guys loved it! Seems like forever that we've been waiting for the last Gamble book! I can't wait to read it!! I mean obvs JLA can write some serious steam, so yay!!


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