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Weekly Book Club {1.17.18}

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1. Roomies by Christina Lauren– Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally. Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Rating: 5 Stars

I’m a sucker for those marriage of convenience stories and this one was really good. I couldn’t stop reading it until I knew how it would end. I loved the connection between Holland and Calvin. It was insta-love. Their relationship grew organically even though they were technically married. There were definitely characters in this story that I really really really hated. No spoilers, you’ll know immediately who I’m talking about if you read the book. I hope there’s a follow up book! Hint, hint Christina Lauren!

2. Personal Security by J. Silence– I am not a bodyguard. I am a Personal Security Agent. While it may seem like a matter of semantics, I do more than guard a person’s physical well-being. I protect everything they hold dear, everything they cherish – their bodies, their families, their property, their sanity. Everything. And I’m not just good at what I do. I am the top agent at the best personal security firm in the country. I am also a woman, but don’t let that change your opinion of me. Very few people can do what I do, and even fewer can do it as well. Most of us work for Sentinel Security. My name is Agent Nicolette Alessi. I left a successful career in the FBI as a special agent and profiler to watch over some of the richest, most famous, and most powerful people in the world. I’ve brought down drug lords, killers, and weapons dealers. I’ve earned kudos, high marks, and special requests from senators, national security directors, billionaires, and most notably to me- my dad. He taught me to fight, to shoot, to look for the hidden stories in body language, and to never accept good enough when excellence is achievable. My brothers try to claim credit for my skills, but it all belongs to my dad. While I’ve always been his little girl, I have also grown into a strong, capable, and completely kickass woman. After a string of air-headed actresses and demanding heiresses as clients that have left me wishing for something more exciting, my boss gives me what just might be my most challenging client yet. He is arrogant, entitled and whiney; an actor getting death threats delivered – literally – to his front door. He is also tall, dark and sinfully sexy. He is a serial dater, doesn’t do commitment, doesn’t do the girlfriend thing. Everyone in Hollywood knows that. Everyone, that is, except my boss. My job is to keep the pretty boy alive while the rest of my team works with the police to figure who is trying to kill him. I can’t allow myself to want him, but when my assignment has me posing as his girlfriend, I’ll be forced to spend lots of time with him in some compromising positions. I’ll grin and bear it in the name of a job well done, but will I be able to keep my focus on the job and not on the delicious man with the softer side the world doesn’t get to see? Or, will my client pay the ultimate price for my distraction? 

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I love books with kick ass heroines and this definitely qualifies. But there were things within the story that rang a bit far-fetched or untrue for me. I had a hard time believing some of the stuff that happened and that detracted from the story for me. But the romance was good and the story was well paced. I will probably read more of the series because I’m invested in the secondary characters now. 

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