Book Title: Guarded
Author: JD Rivera
Author: JD Rivera
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong.
Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?
What I say: Guarded is a short and sweet intro into J.D. Rivera's Guarded Heart series. We meet downtrodden Vanessa Smith, who is finalising a divorce from her hideous soon-to-be-ex-husband. Vanessa has been lead to believe she's ugly and not worth bothering with. Enter the new hottie in town, Jackson-basketball-star-Berrios!
I loved the scene where Vanessa and Jackson first meet - I'll let you discover why. In this novella we watch Jackson battle to convince her he is worth tacking a gamble on. Vanessa is convinced all men, especially rich, famous and handsome sport stars cannot be faithful.
J.D. Rivera did a great job portraying Vanessa's vulnerability and her potential sass. After reading so many stories about stereotypical 'playa' sportsmen it was nice to see a guy who really wanted to get to know an ordinary woman.
It'll be interesting to see where Rivera takes the series - I predict drama and misunderstandings before hope of a HEA.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.