December 13, 2022
Summary: Bathsheba (Beth) Ryan can’t thank her best friend enough for helping her land the job of her dreams. After being relegated to second-string security for politicians in DC, being hired as an undercover personal security specialist by a giant Hollywood studio is exactly the kind of action she’s always wanted.
Until she meets her first assignment.
Cyrus Malcom can’t thank his agent enough for arranging a blind date with seemingly the woman of his dreams. After spending the past several years playing all the parts and climbing all the ladders, the lonely mega movie star finds himself actually enjoying a night on the town for the first time in ages when he meets the gorgeous, funny, and genuine Ryaine O’Rourke.
Until she shows up at his studio meeting the next day with a completely different name.
A world-wide press tour and too many late-night parties later, Beth simply needs to get through a short, one-day visit during the Christmas holiday, and then she’ll be free of Cyrus Malcom’s confusing hot looks and cold shoulders for good.
But just as they leave the airport, it starts to snow . . .–From Goodreads
What I Liked: As with all Penny Reid books, the dialogue and banter between the main characters in this book is witty and amusing. Reid knows how to write a funny interaction like no other romance author I’ve read. She also knows how to fill a book with side characters you want to know more about and will hopefully get their own story someday. Both Beth and Cyrus have interesting backgrounds and their actions throughout the book reflect their history. The premise of this story was clever and I liked the role reversal of a female bodyguard hired to protect a male client.
What I Didn’t Like: The tension and conflict between Beth and Cyrus wasn’t believable to me and felt contrived. There wasn’t enough character development for me to understand why they wouldn’t be together or even why they liked each other. They barely have any scenes together and most of the book is spent with them thinking about each other and pining. This was also described as a book about a bodyguard who falls for the man she is protecting but there were literally no scenes of her having to do her job/protect him? I was waiting for at least one moment where readers could see Beth be a badass and I was left wanting.. There were also some random connections between characters that felt too ridiculous for me to believe i.e some of the characters that are now famous Hollywood personalities all coming from the same small town in Texas. It was too unbelievable, even for a romance novel.
Who Should Read It: Anyone looking for a spin on the traditional “man protects woman” romance should add this to their list as well as fans of romances that make you laugh.
Review Wrap Up: It pains me to say that as a Penny Reid fan, this one missed the mark for me. There was a lack of chemistry between the lead characters and not much happened overall to propel the story. While I wouldn’t say the book was bad, it was just a “meh” read for me.