BOOK BLITZ – Guarding The Billionaire & Saving The Billionaire By Jane Harvey-Berrick

Genre – romcom/comedy/suspense/thriller

Release Date – GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE – 9 June & SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE – 19 June

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Synopsis

Guarding the Billionaire #1 (out 9 June)

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job.

He’s Justin Trainer.

I work close protection. I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room. I’m the eyes watching you. I’m the ears listening to you. And I’m the dirty-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, guarding my billionaire boss.

Saving the Billionaire #2 (out 19 June)

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.

He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed and dangerous because I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself.

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Extract

Prologue – The bodyguard and the billionaire

Billionaires. Don’t ya just love ‘em?

Money coming out of their asses. They get their people to call your people, and that’s just to schedule time to take a piss.

I should know. I’m one of the ‘people’ that gets called. Since I left the Marines, I’ve worked for a lot of millionaires, billionaires, gazillionaires. I’ve guarded European royalty and Saudi princes. I’ve stood next to politicians who’ve had death threats, and boybands who get mobbed by women wanting their babies. I’ve seen every vice and virtue, found every flaw, watched the shadows that darken lives.

And now, I’m working for the darkest, most twisted fucker that ever wore an Armani suit. Probably.

I work close protection.

I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room.

I’m the eyes watching you.

I’m the ears listening to you.

And I’m the foul-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you. Although I’d prefer not to, and if I do my job right, it’ll never come to that.

Intel is everything, so if anyone got the lowdown on my new boss, the media would have a field day. Why? Because the guy who signs my paychecks is a sick fuck, into bondage, domination, sadism and masochism—and that’s before breakfast—with a drawer full of files on his fuck buddies, submissives, who get tied up in his attached dungeon. Usually one at a time, but you never know. Still, at least he’s honest about who he is.

He’s a billionaire.

Extract 

The bodyguard and the camel

I step forward, keeping an eye on my surroundings as Talal sweeps his arm toward a stable in the middle of the front row. It’s slightly larger than the others and a puff of cooler air spills out as the door is opened.

“This is my treasure,” he says proudly. “Her name is Nabila. It means happiness. Isn’t she beautiful?”

He sounds like a proud parent and I briefly wonder why he keeps his woman in a stable when I finally realize that my bodyguarding duties are required by a large, dun-colored female camel.

A tawny head on a snake-like neck peers out, making a noise like a frat-boy puking his guts.

“Look! She’s calling to you!” Talal says happily. “She likes you!”

He rubs the camel’s long nose, cooing to her in Arabic. The camel’s eyelids droop and she snickers softly.

“She’s worth more than ten million dollars,” he states.

My jaw hits the floor.

“Nabila has won me more than three thousand Dirham, or twenty million of your US dollars in races.”

 Now, I get it. That is a fuck-ton of money.

Talal continues proudly.

“And her brood mare fees will significantly increase if she wins the Mazayen Al-Ibl next month. Her offspring will be very valuable. There have been threats from my rivals,” he says darkly. “Twice, ground-up glass has been found in her feed. But it was found in time, Inshallah.”

I look up at the security cameras and the armed guards, and understand what Mason meant about it being an inside job. And I’m the biggest outsider Talal could find.

“You, Mr. Trainer, will watch Nabila around the clock. You will keep her alive. You will keep her safe.”

Nabila puckers up her hairy lips and comes towards me for a smooch. I back away, but not fast enough, and she sends a stream of saliva dripping down the front of my best suit.

Talal claps his hands, a huge smile on his face.

“This is a good omen, Mr. Trainer!”

Yup, lucky me. I’ll be sleeping in a stable for the next month.

What the hell, I’ve slept in worse places for a lot less money.

Nabila nudges my shoulder and I pat her nose.

“Just you and me tonight, hot stuff. I sleep on the left, right?”

“Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”

I’m not sure if that means yes or whether I’ve just struck out.

 

Quick Quotes

  • “If you liked 50 Shades, you’ll love this. And if you hated 50 Shades, you’ll love this even more!”    –    Monica Lomond, author
  • Close protection, bodyguards, we’re deeply misunderstood. We’re not unthinking, uncaring masses of muscle and testosterone, we have feelings, too.  I’m a guy totally in touch with my emotions: I fucking hate my ex-wife.
  • Who wants a woman who does exactly as they’re told all the time?

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Author Links

Amazon – Guarding The Billionaire

Amazon – Saving The Billionaire

Goodreads – Guarding The Billionaire

Goodreads – Saving The Billionaire

 

 

 

The Birthday – Detective Natalie Ward #1 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

From the Author of the DI Robyn Carter Series comes a new detective who will stop at nothing to find her killer.

DI Natalie Ward and her team find themselves on the hunt for a child serial killer, two years after the disappearance of a young girl from a birthday party.  When the body of Ava Sawyer turns up at the very place she went missing it starts the hunt for her killer but, following the murder of two more girls from the same party, DI Ward finds her list of suspects is extensive.  Is the link between these murders the birthday party or is just a coincidence.  Time is running out and DI Ward must find the killer before another girl goes missing.

Natalie Ward is a completely different character to Robyn Carter.  She is married, although not entirely happily, with two teenage children.  Finding the balance between work and home is a struggle and when a big case turns up, home takes a backseat.  She is close to all her team and they work well together, despite the occasional bit of rivalry. I’m not one to condone infidelity but I’m also not one who believes that you should stay in an unhappy marriage (plus I quite like Mike), be interesting to see where this side of Natalie’s personal life leads.

Carol Wyer never fails to produce an intriguing story-line, well defined characters and captivating plot twists. The Birthday will have you postulating over suspects, speculating over alibis and  conjecturing over motives.  A fantastic murder mystery from one of my favourite mystery authors.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Diana Croft.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40682386-the-birthday)

My Perfect Stranger by Kat French

REVIEW

Honeysuckle Jones has a good job working in a charity shop, good friends and a nice flat. The only thing she doesn’t have is a man.

Honey’s new neighbour is less than charming.  He swears, he drinks, and he is just plain rude, but despite these faults Honey can’t help feeling a connection (attraction) to him.

Hal’s life has taken a downward spiral since his accident 18 months ago.  He used to be a famous chef living the high life. He owned his own restaurant, mingled with celebrities, and was set to marry his fiancée the following year. Now he hides himself away, consumed by the darkness that no light can penetrate… until he meets Honey.

With her job under threat, her friends interfering in her love life, and her obnoxious, good-looking neighbour being… well, obnoxious, Honey finds her cheerful demeanour wavering and takes her aggravation out on Hal.  When she realises the reason for his behaviour she wants to be the one to bring him into the light, but will he let her?

This is a great story with lovely characters.  Honeysuckle is a naturally light-hearted person who wants to see the good in everyone.  Hal is the bitter and twisted individual who has had a rough time. Honey’s friends, Tash and Nell, are as diverse as they can get and desperately trying to get her fixed up with a pianist in the hope that his good finger skills will work wonders.  While the octogenarians from the local retirement home show her that fun never gets old.

Perfect for reading on the beach in the Summer, or curled up in front of a fire in the winter.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

You: kind, piano-playing sex god
Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36075382-my-perfect-stranger)

Fixed Forever – Fixed #6 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

A great continuation in the Fixed saga.

Hudson is keeping secrets from Alayna again but this time it is to keep her safe from an unknown threat.  Someone is sending letters and seems to know all about Hudson’s past.  Tracking down the culprit is harder than he thought, both physically and mentally.  After having three children Alayna is feeling the distance from her husband.  Believing his lack of interest is boredom in their relationship, Alayna’s possessive obsessiveness starts to make an appearance.

With the reemergence of ‘old friends’, can Hudson and Alayna work as the team they need to be to find out who is behind the threats before it goes too far.

I loved this story. Hudson is back in his over-protective, controlling role but he still hasn’t learnt to open up completely to Alayna, forgetting that she is stronger than she seems.  Alayna has had a tough time and, although I do not have the obsessive compulsions that she suffers from, as a mother I can certainly sympathise with her worries over baby care.  An exciting end to this story that I did not see coming.

Some lose ends were tied up but it was still left open enough to allow for further books.  There is a another spin-off which will focus how Celia met Edward which sounds really interesting.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce-

You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.

You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.

Does your wife know all your secrets?

Would she stand behind you if she did?

You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.

Sleep tight, you two.

-An Old Friend.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36042937-fixed-forever)

Chandler – Fixed #5 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Taking a side-step from Hudson and Alayna, this book focuses on Hudson’s younger brother, Chandler Pierce.

Chandler is the opposite to Hudson in that when he finds a woman he falls in love fast, this would be ok if the women loved him in return, so over the years he set himself a plan – One-time only, no repeats.  This was working just fine until he met Genevieve Fasbender.  Now he wants the repeats but Genevieve is reluctant and pushes him away at every opportunity.  Little does she know that she has got under his skin and Chandler will stop at nothing to be with her again and again and again.

Chandler is such a sweet character.  His sense of humour is great, especially when he is winding Hudson up. As the youngest sibling, he was sheltered as much as he could be  from the family antics of Sophia’s drinking and Hudson’s scheming, but he was not completely oblivious.  Working at Pierce Industries he is finally coming out of himself and proving that he has what it takes to be a Pierce.

A great story that introduces new characters that will continue to appear in future books.  This book really needs to be read in order as the 5th book in the Fixed Series to fully understand all the characters and backstory.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

I’m good in a boardroom, but I’m better in the bedroom. Much better. I can charm the skirt off any woman in one encounter. I’ll even give her an orgasm before I put her in a cab. Or three. No more or she’ll start making plans for the future and I’m not into that.

Or I wasn’t until Genevieve Fasbender. She’s the first woman in five years that I want to spend the whole night with. And she’s the first woman who’s told me I’m not what she wants in a lover, even after multiple O’s. She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her.

But I’m up for the challenge.

And after an incident in my brother’s office closet―a downright dirty incident―I think I’m just the guy to deliver.

Genevieve Fasbender will never know what’s coming.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25977796-chandler)

In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister

REVIEW

Join Kyra as she navigates the slippery realms of romance in this watery tale of the mermaid who finds true love…

Kyra Goodwin works at the Cape Cod Aquarium as a mermaid, it is the perfect job for her as it encompasses her love for the oceans and all things aquatic.  After leaving college to look after her father and brother, Kyra gives up her hopes of being a marine biologist and travelling the seven seas.  Working at the aquarium is next best thing.  When Sea Star Beach comes under threat from a large corporate development, Kyra will stop at nothing to save her beach.

Finding love was not on Kyra’s horizon but just like buses, two potentials come along at once.  Kyra meets Cade Price, retired Champion Surf-boarder, unexpectedly and they hit it off.  Taking things slow seems the best option for Kyra, and while her budding relationship with Cade takes hold, Declan Burke, merwrangler and aquarist starts to show an interest.  Finding herself drawn to both men, Kyra has to trust in her emotions…

But is there something fishy going on? An can Kyra discover the hidden treasure that is true love?

I loved this story.  Kyra is such a nice, sweet girl who has had a tough time but always made the best of it.  Taking care of her loved ones is high on her priority list and it’s about time someone took care of her.  I desperately try not to give away any spoilers and therefore I will keep my opinions about certain characters to myself….I will just say there are times when violence would not be out of the question and quite how Kyra stayed as calm as she did I do not know.

There are characters that appear in books that you think….I don’t know about you, somethings not right, and then there are characters they you straight away like and are rooting for.  This book has both of these and I’m so happy with the outcome.  Go Kyra, enjoy the seas and sail into the sunset with the right man!

An emotion-filled story from start to finish that kept me awake until 2.30am as I just could not put it down.

Perfect to read whilst lounging on the beach watching the waves crash against the shore, or from the comfort of your favourite reading space!

Arc courtesy of Tracie Banister

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go. 

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery. 

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker. 

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45446714-in-the-swim-of-things?ac=1&from_search=true)

Hudson – Fixed #4 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Hudson is the Fixed Trilogy told from Hudson Pierce’s POV and must be read after the Fixed Trilogy (See below for reading order)

Hudson Pierce, business tycoon and game player of people’s emotions, has finally met his match, but is it with Alayna Withers, his new game piece and woman who will change his world, or is it Celia Werner, childhood friend and game partner.  Hudson has lived his life believing that he has no capability to love.  The emotion is out of his reach and so he spends his time watch and experimenting with other people’s emotions especially their desire to love.  Celia falls victim to one of his experiments and from that moment on Hudson’s life will spiral further into the darkness, that is until the light of Alayna shines on him and makes him hope for a better future.  But leaving the game is easier said than done.

I really enjoy this type of companion book to a series as it provides greater depth and meaning to the characters. It also helps explain some of the their actions and the thoughts behind their decisions, which is not easily established when a story is told from only one side.

A great addition to the Fixed Trilogy.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he’s wanted for almost nothing. He’s never experienced love, however, and he’s seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He’s studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.

Until he meets Alayna Withers.

Now, the games he’s played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21417430-hudson)

Fixed Series reading order

  • Fixed on You
  • Found in You
  • Forever with You
  • Hudson
  • Chandler
  • Fixed Forever