Bookwoman: ‘The Bodyguard’ isn’t just another rom-com

The Bodyguard

by Katherine Center

Hannah Brooks works for a Texas-based security firm. The company provides protection for wealthy or famous public figures. Though Hannah looks like a petite kindergarten teacher, she is very good at this protection service.

Kerry Pettis Bookwoman
Kerry PettisBookwoman

When she is assigned to guard movie star Jack Stapleton, she is at first reluctant, though she has long admired his work and knows his films by heart. He is visiting family in Texas and wants to avoid a fan who is stalking him. She assumes he is a self-centered egotist, but gradually learns that he is really a down-to-earth guy who doesn’t take his celebrity status too seriously.

In order to keep his family from knowing that he is being guarded, a plan is made to introduce Hannah as Jack’s new girlfriend. She has to give up her plain pantsuits and sensible shoes for more flirty attire, and take up residence at the family ranch.

Humor is what saves this from being just another rom-com. A hard-nosed boss, a crazed fan, a two-timing colleague — all add to the laugh-out-loud story. If this book hasn’t already been optioned for a movie, it should be.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation. 

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