Sunday, May 1, 2011

Book Review: Overprotected

Media Type: Print Book
Title: Overprotected
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek
Pages: Paperback; 243
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Source: Publisher/TBS
Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy romance reads with vivid characters.

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Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

Daddy was wrong.

 Ashlyn's life is one that most people dream of. Rich, lavish and completely perfect. Or is it? Unfortunately for Ashyln she was kidnapped at a very young age, and now her father is extremely protective of her. Trapped inside her beautiful fortress of a house, forced to have a bodyguard follow her around all the time, that's what Ashlyn's life has now become. How can anything at all, even love, possibly happen to her while she is trapped here?

Overprotected was a perfectly written story that had me reading it straight through. Ashlyn's character is one that I hadn't met before, and I really liked following her thought process. Her complete anger towards her father for keeping her locked up, her disdain for the way her mother behaves, and the longing she has to just be free and on her own, are all present in full force as the story progresses. By page 20 I was already invested in poor Ashlyn's life. How would it feel to be so overprotected?

Then Colin comes on the scene. Oh Colin! I'd swoon if it didn't mean I'd accidentally knock over my computer. Once her childhood tormentor, Colin has grown up into quite a gentleman. He's sweet, polite, and honestly allows Ashlyn more freedom than any other bodyguard ever has. It made perfect sense to me that they'd start to develop feelings. After all, who spends more time with her than than he does? The buildup of their relationship was perfection. Wrought with discoveries, betrayal and honest feelings, I was totally immersed in their story.

I'm honestly not usually big on romances in books, but the undercurrent of twists, mystery and suspense is really what kept me reading. Jennifer Laurens executes a beautiful marrying of the mystery aspect and the romance aspect. One really doesn't outweigh the other. The ending is so amazing! I won't spoil it, but I thought it fit the book so well. If you are a fan of sweet romances, and clean reads, this is a book that you are sure to enjoy!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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