Published by Emma Chase LLC on August 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??
Sexy. As. Hell.
And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.
The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.
But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.
Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.
But there’s only one woman he wants.
For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.
But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.
Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.
Move along ladies and take the royal boys with you! I’m sticking with the bodyguard!!
I keep waiting for Emma Chase to throw a dud. I just don’t understand how every book, every hero/heroine, every plot can shine as brightly as it’s predecessor. I’ve shouted from the rooftops that Drew (Tangled) is by far my all time favorite book boyfriend, however, there have been a few close contenders and I’m now adding Logan St. James to that list.
He’s been Ellie’s bodyguard since her sister hooked up with Prince Nicholas of Wessco. She’s left with the bakery, high school, her drunk dad, and a few bodyguards to keep her safe. Ellie is mature yet a very normal teenage girl who swoons easily with all that testosterone hanging around every day. Not sure she every expected that the one constant in her life wouldn’t even be her family.
For Logan this is just a job. He’s worked hard to get where he is. He’s completely devoted to the royal family. Duty always comes first, no matter how much he finds himself caring for Ellie. She’s an important member of the royal family. She’s definitely above his pay grade.
I loved how this story was laid out. Going back in time to give us some foundation, while leading up several years after Ellie has graduated high school. Emma Chase did a beautiful job of allowing their relationship to grow slowly, organically. It was a natural progression for both characters. The sexual tension too…whew….hot stuff my friends.
Add in some danger and intrigue and you’re in for one heck of a roller coaster. Everyone has an agenda. At the end of the day the Queen still rules the land AND the people. You’ll be rooting for Ellie and Logan though just like I was.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.
Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.
My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.
There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.
“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”
And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.
I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.
Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”
There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.
And Logan’s watching me again.
Watching my mouth.
His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.
I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.
And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.
Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.