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Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs...even if that cost is my life. Elle... I was living the life of an ordinary college coed, but that existence was blown wide open when I was kidnapped while visiting my very famous mother, rock-star, ViviAnna. Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodgi Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs...even if that cost is my life. Elle... I was living the life of an ordinary college coed, but that existence was blown wide open when I was kidnapped while visiting my very famous mother, rock-star, ViviAnna. Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodging paparazzi and dealing with my face showing up regularly on the nightly news. Trying to find a new balance isn’t happening and the effort to not jump at every shadow or bump in the night is messing with my head more than I ever expected. Jonah... I’m a highly trained bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean I want to deal with some spoiled pop princess’s daughter, especially if she’s anything like her handsy mother. But when I met Elle, she shocked the hell out of me. She’s nice and thoughtful with an incredible inner strength. Even more surprising...she doesn’t want me anywhere near her. But every once in a while I see a flash of fear and vulnerability that make all my protective instincts flare. I have to protect her. Because they never caught her kidnapper... Note: This book is the first in a series of stand-alone, romantic suspense, new adult novels involving sexy bodyguards and the coeds they protect.


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Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs...even if that cost is my life. Elle... I was living the life of an ordinary college coed, but that existence was blown wide open when I was kidnapped while visiting my very famous mother, rock-star, ViviAnna. Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodgi Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs...even if that cost is my life. Elle... I was living the life of an ordinary college coed, but that existence was blown wide open when I was kidnapped while visiting my very famous mother, rock-star, ViviAnna. Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodging paparazzi and dealing with my face showing up regularly on the nightly news. Trying to find a new balance isn’t happening and the effort to not jump at every shadow or bump in the night is messing with my head more than I ever expected. Jonah... I’m a highly trained bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean I want to deal with some spoiled pop princess’s daughter, especially if she’s anything like her handsy mother. But when I met Elle, she shocked the hell out of me. She’s nice and thoughtful with an incredible inner strength. Even more surprising...she doesn’t want me anywhere near her. But every once in a while I see a flash of fear and vulnerability that make all my protective instincts flare. I have to protect her. Because they never caught her kidnapper... Note: This book is the first in a series of stand-alone, romantic suspense, new adult novels involving sexy bodyguards and the coeds they protect.

30 review for Guarded Desire (NM Protectors, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    Overall I enjoyed this quick read, Jonah was pretty sweet, well, after he warms up to Elle and he was able to be himself around her and drop the act. Elle’s life with her mother is so out of the norm that it’s a bit scary. Because of her upbringing and now the trauma of her kidnapping, Elle is pretty prickly around new people. She was a bit wishy washy when it came to how she felt/acted with Jonah. One minute she hated him and was being a bratty drama queen (the restaurant scene, smh) and then s Overall I enjoyed this quick read, Jonah was pretty sweet, well, after he warms up to Elle and he was able to be himself around her and drop the act. Elle’s life with her mother is so out of the norm that it’s a bit scary. Because of her upbringing and now the trauma of her kidnapping, Elle is pretty prickly around new people. She was a bit wishy washy when it came to how she felt/acted with Jonah. One minute she hated him and was being a bratty drama queen (the restaurant scene, smh) and then she’d be lusting after him and offering up her V card. She was a bit confusing with all the mixed signals she was throwing around. I don’t agree with her decision to up and just leave for three months towards the end. It seemed abrupt and just odd . . . The mystery of her kidnapper was a creepy good surprise though, I did not see that coming! After being kidnapped by a deranged fan after her famous mother, Illumination, aka Elle has to put up with Jonah, the bodyguard her mother hires to be her shadow, oh yeah, and be her pretend boyfriend, until the authorities can catch the person who held her captive. After years doing everything in her power to stay out of the lime light, Elle finds herself again hounded by the paparazzi and her normal quiet existence is pretty much blown to hell. Jonah isn’t too thrilled to be assigned a babysitting gig but when he meets Elle, he’s surprised that she’s so different from her attention grabbing mother. Behind her bravado and icy exterior, he sees a glimpse of a scared but determined girl that’s not ready to give up her hard won freedom just yet. This started off as a love/hate relationship, Elle not willing to trust or open herself up to Jonah and Jonah fighting his growing attraction to his client. It added some sexy tension to their story and a little bit of drama. Would I recommend? YA romance lovers will enjoy this one. It was a bit suspenseful, a bit angsty and a smidge dramatic but had MCs that were likable, chemistry that was tension fueled and the right amount of creepy when it came to the stalker/villain of the piece. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[ Ages : Elle is 21 (and a virgin) and Jonah is 26 (not a manwhore but experienced.) Cheating : None. OM/OW drama : None. Separation : 3 months. No mention of being with other people for either of them since the separation. Push/Pull : Elle has trouble trusting people so first she pushes Jonah away because she doesn’t really know him and then again when she needs space to sort out her emotional baggage – she causes the 3 month separation between them. Main Pursuer of relationship : Jonah. Triggers : Kidnapping, some violence and a few mixed signals thrown around by both MCs. HEA/HFN : Ends on a HEA with an epilogue 2 years later with a hint of a marriage proposal. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    New series with steamy hot men....yes please. This debut book for the series is written so well, I didn't once look to see "how far along" I was in the book. It flowed beautifully and left me with the best HEA feeling. Elle is the daughter of a very well known celebrity. But unlike her mom, she hates the spotlight and has done everything in her power to stay away from it. That is until she's kidnapped. Now? Now everyone knows where she lives and she's lost the control she's fought so had to main New series with steamy hot men....yes please. This debut book for the series is written so well, I didn't once look to see "how far along" I was in the book. It flowed beautifully and left me with the best HEA feeling. Elle is the daughter of a very well known celebrity. But unlike her mom, she hates the spotlight and has done everything in her power to stay away from it. That is until she's kidnapped. Now? Now everyone knows where she lives and she's lost the control she's fought so had to maintain. Now that her mother has hired a personal live-in bodyguard, she feels like her control is slipping even more, especially since the kidnapper is still out there. Jonah is the new security detail. He's ex-military, prides himself on his ability to get the job done and can't believe he's been assigned the mission, babysitting a divas daughter. This should be interesting, right? Turns out, it is. Especially considering his client is far from what he's expected. In fact, she's nothing like he suspected and now he can't figure out how to stay focused on the fact that she's his client. Sparks fly in this one. Although the instant physically chemistry is there, it's the fact that the relationship forms organically that drew me in. Elle is rightfully scared after her kidnapping ordeal, but she puts a good face on and tries to return to school despite the threat. And although Jonah is tasked to keep Elle safe (which he does), her vulnerability and fighting spirit pulls him in. I really liked that we got to know the two besties (hers and his). I also liked that it didn't feel like "The Bodyguard" (total reference from the book itself). Like I stated earlier, great start to the beginning of a sure fire series. I can't wait to see where this author takes us next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

    The tiny differences – this is the second book from this author that I read sofar and while the other book was good – this book is great – the difference … I am not sure maybe writing style of the author developed ? or it was simply the plot… The characters Elle and Jonah were interesting in their development. Both unusual and different form the norm in these kind of romances- so def. not cliché material. Reading their developing story felt fresh and that is something that I can really recommend The tiny differences – this is the second book from this author that I read sofar and while the other book was good – this book is great – the difference … I am not sure maybe writing style of the author developed ? or it was simply the plot… The characters Elle and Jonah were interesting in their development. Both unusual and different form the norm in these kind of romances- so def. not cliché material. Reading their developing story felt fresh and that is something that I can really recommend. I honestly cannot wait to read the next book in that series because this author even got me interested in a set of secondary character that I normally not tend to find that intriguing. Lets hope we do not have to wait to long for the next book. ═══ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE / LIKE / FOLLOW US ════ Blog : https://www.jerisbookattic.com FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/JerisBookAttic Twitter : https://twitter.com/JeriTRyan Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2... Bloglovin : https://www.bloglovin.com/@jerisbooka... Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/jeris_book_...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kacie

    My Review: This book was Soo good. I loved the tension Jonah and Elle had in the beginning. That always makes for a good Romance and this book did not disappoint. I also really enjoyed the side romance in this book also. Don't want to mention names without giving spoilers. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good old fashioned Romance novel. It's not super long or drawn out. It's a straight forward nice story. It definitely has it's twists where I didn't see some things coming whi My Review: This book was Soo good. I loved the tension Jonah and Elle had in the beginning. That always makes for a good Romance and this book did not disappoint. I also really enjoyed the side romance in this book also. Don't want to mention names without giving spoilers. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good old fashioned Romance novel. It's not super long or drawn out. It's a straight forward nice story. It definitely has it's twists where I didn't see some things coming which I absolutely loved!!!!! Go buy this book!!! You won't regret it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    RICH KID MEETS ARROGANT BODY GUARD! Snow's Elle and Jonah are so much more than can be seen on the surface. Elle has tried her whole life to avoid the lime light that is her mother. But... terror overshadows her world when she becomes the victim of kidnapping. As a reader I wish the author had given more detail of her abduction and escape. Nevertheless the story flowed well and had a HEA. Jonah arrives in a body guard roll to keep Elle safe from her still free stalker. Some secondary characters RICH KID MEETS ARROGANT BODY GUARD! Snow's Elle and Jonah are so much more than can be seen on the surface. Elle has tried her whole life to avoid the lime light that is her mother. But... terror overshadows her world when she becomes the victim of kidnapping. As a reader I wish the author had given more detail of her abduction and escape. Nevertheless the story flowed well and had a HEA. Jonah arrives in a body guard roll to keep Elle safe from her still free stalker. Some secondary characters that were interesting and will probably appear later in this series. "A copy of this book was provided by author via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." READ IN ONE DAY COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather 123

    Cute, quick read about a young college student who survives the worst when she is kidnapped. She wants nothing more than to move on with her life and remove herself from the spotlight. Her mother hires a security team to protect her since the man who kidnapped her hasn't been found. To prevent more attention from being drawn to her, the security guard is to act as her boyfriend. The story line was fairly predictable, you could easily guess where the fake relationship was going to go. A few things Cute, quick read about a young college student who survives the worst when she is kidnapped. She wants nothing more than to move on with her life and remove herself from the spotlight. Her mother hires a security team to protect her since the man who kidnapped her hasn't been found. To prevent more attention from being drawn to her, the security guard is to act as her boyfriend. The story line was fairly predictable, you could easily guess where the fake relationship was going to go. A few things didn't add up for me: the security team didn't run nearly as many checks as they should have. That made it easy for the sicko to get close to her again. Why didn't they run background checks on everyone?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate (beautifulbookland)

    I finished this book a good week ago and I’ve been putting off writing a review because I literally have nothing to say about it. It was cringey and cheesy, and was so forgettable that I honestly can’t remember any of the characters’ names. Basically, our main character has a superstar mam, who hires a bodyguard for her after a kidnapping. Obviously they fall in love. Now, the thing is, if this book had better characters and better writing, I would be all over it. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do I finished this book a good week ago and I’ve been putting off writing a review because I literally have nothing to say about it. It was cringey and cheesy, and was so forgettable that I honestly can’t remember any of the characters’ names. Basically, our main character has a superstar mam, who hires a bodyguard for her after a kidnapping. Obviously they fall in love. Now, the thing is, if this book had better characters and better writing, I would be all over it. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me. *thank you to the publisher for providing a free e copy*

  8. 5 out of 5

    poppy

    This is the first book in the series and I cannot wait for more I really enjoyed this book I have to admit I am a sucker for a good bodyguard book and Elle and Jonah's book did not disappoint it was really well written and had a good storyline. Neither one really thinks much of the other at first he is expecting a spoilt brat and she is struggling after being kidnapped and wants to be left alone but as they get to know each other their feelings start to develop. This was a great read and had me This is the first book in the series and I cannot wait for more I really enjoyed this book I have to admit I am a sucker for a good bodyguard book and Elle and Jonah's book did not disappoint it was really well written and had a good storyline. Neither one really thinks much of the other at first he is expecting a spoilt brat and she is struggling after being kidnapped and wants to be left alone but as they get to know each other their feelings start to develop. This was a great read and had me totally hooked right until the end

  9. 4 out of 5

    Magic book club

    Very interesting and dynamic book ,I really enjoyed it. https://carobnicaiklubmagicnihknjiga.... Very interesting and dynamic book ,I really enjoyed it. https://carobnicaiklubmagicnihknjiga....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    I love it when Christi Snow releases a new book. When that new release happens to be the first book in a new series? Even better. 😉 Elle and Jonah each had preconceived opinions about each other. Jonah take on Elle happened before they even met, but it didn’t take him long to realize that there was a lot more to Elle than he first thought. Elle’s opinion of Jonah took a little longer to shake, but she’d been through a lot and she also knew her mother and the people she surrounded herself with. El I love it when Christi Snow releases a new book. When that new release happens to be the first book in a new series? Even better. 😉 Elle and Jonah each had preconceived opinions about each other. Jonah take on Elle happened before they even met, but it didn’t take him long to realize that there was a lot more to Elle than he first thought. Elle’s opinion of Jonah took a little longer to shake, but she’d been through a lot and she also knew her mother and the people she surrounded herself with. Elle had spent most of her adult life distancing herself from that life. The attraction was there from the start… the trust took a while… I loved these two from the start. I loved Elle’s determination to get back to a normal life and I loved Jonah’s determination to keep her safe. This couple was the perfect pair to start the NM Protectors series. Then there were the supporting characters. Even though the books in this series are considered stand alone, I’m really looking forward to get to know at least a couple of them better in future books. I can’t wait to see what Christi Snow has in store for this series next. I received Guarded Desire in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angel Hatfield

    Elle had been kidnapped three weeks ago when she got away she went and stayed with her mother for three weeks and finally she was back at her loft. Elle had never seen his face but she would never forget his voice and could identify him from that alone. He had drugged and kidnapped Elle from a lady’s room. And made her the very image of her famous mother. Elle had always been strong and independent and it was time she took her life back. But she could still hear his voice saying “ I’ll make you Elle had been kidnapped three weeks ago when she got away she went and stayed with her mother for three weeks and finally she was back at her loft. Elle had never seen his face but she would never forget his voice and could identify him from that alone. He had drugged and kidnapped Elle from a lady’s room. And made her the very image of her famous mother. Elle had always been strong and independent and it was time she took her life back. But she could still hear his voice saying “ I’ll make you famous.” Elle’s best friend was Trace that her mother had given to her at her fifteenth birthday not knowing Trace was gay.Elle’s mom was ViViAnna/VA .Tarce kept Elle safe when VA craziness when it seemed to be taking over. But they kept their friendship a secret as Elle didn’t wasn't Va to mess with the friendship. Since the kidnapping Elle had become infamous and her life a circus with the Paparazzi, the panic attacks, and the paranoia. Jonah worked for Hawk Works Security and his job was his life. He was chosen by his boss to be Elle’s bodyguard when VA hired Haek Works. Jonah figured Elle had been kidnapped because of an obsession with VA. Three weeks ago Elle had control of her life but now that was gone -her privacy, her security, and her sanity. Elle was attracted to JOnah even though it was not professional Jonah was very attracted to Elle. Never had Jonah been around a woman who could push all his buttons so well and as quickly as Elle. Jonah’s best friend and coworker Dillon to help keep Elle protected and safe. The Paparazzi found elle at college but Jonah got her away. A classmate Minerva that Elle considered a friend talked to a reporter saying that she thought Elle’s scary big boyfriend was physically and mentally abusing her. It was aired on t v. Then a reporter found out Jonah’s mother had committed suicide four years ago and referred to Jonah’s possible mental illness. Jonah was left in care of Elle and Samantha-Jonah’s boss hoped it would draw the kidnapper out. Then VA’s personal photographer came up missing but a note was left and said the kidnapper was almost ready for Elle.Jonah’s idol was Kennedy Aaron as he had come up with the system of mixed martial arts that Jonah used to protect himself from bullies until he hit his growth spurt. Elle felt horrible about all the terrible things being said about and to Jonah and it was wearing him down. and planned a surprise date. TElle knew Kennedy and Jonah got to meet and fight him thanks to Elle. This was a great book and I read it one setting as i couldn’t put it down as I wanted to see what would happen next. I loved Jonah and Elle together and how they interacted. I hated that Elle had to be hurt by two different people she had let in and considered friends. I loved how Elle wasn’t a Diva and didn’t realize how strong she really was until she had to be. I loved the ending. I also loved how Elle took the time to find herself before she went to Jonah and let him know she elt. . I felt this was well written. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeraca

    I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. After being kidnapped by a fan of her mothers, Elle is finding out that going back to her normal life is not as easy as she thought it would be. She thought it would be okay, but her panic attacks are coming more frequently, and she's not able to stop them when they are happening. That doesn't mean that she appreciates her mom hiring a bodyguard for her. Elle just wants to go to class and get back to her normal, boring life out o I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. After being kidnapped by a fan of her mothers, Elle is finding out that going back to her normal life is not as easy as she thought it would be. She thought it would be okay, but her panic attacks are coming more frequently, and she's not able to stop them when they are happening. That doesn't mean that she appreciates her mom hiring a bodyguard for her. Elle just wants to go to class and get back to her normal, boring life out of the spotlight. But the longer Elle thinks about her kidnapper still out, the more worried she's getting. Jonah is not thrilled that he has to bodyguard the daughter of a spoiled rich woman. He's not going to enjoy following a pampered princess who will boss him around. But the second Jonah meets Elle, he knows that she is nothing like her mother. In fact, Elle is tying very hard to be the complete opposite of her mother. Which makes her kidnapping 10x worse because he gave Elle a makeover to look exactly like her mother. All Jonah and Elle want is to find the kidnapper so their lives can get back to normal. But the more they are around each other, the more they realize they are attracted to one another, and once the kidnapper is caught, they won't be in each others lives after that. And once the mystery is revealed on who Elle's kidnapper is, Elle may never find the ability to trust another person again. This was a good book. I enjoyed the mystery of it, and I really enjoyed seeing Elle overcome her fears in the end. She was such a confident woman, and anyone would be terrified after what she went through. I especially love how she didn't want to depend on Jonah to take care of things because she realized that puts her in a vulnerable state, and she didn't want to be like that. The attraction between Jonah and Elle was a bit rushed for me. I thought it went from, we can`t be anything to I can't live without you pretty fast. And at the beginning Elle did depend on Jonah a bit much, which showed how low her self confidence was. The big reveal was pretty surprising for me, I have to admit. Usually I can figure out the culprit, but this was very shocking for me, and I definitely didn't see it coming at all, which was great! I love when books surprise me! I`ll be interested to see how many readers were able to figure it out beforehand! I'm very glad I got a chance to read this eCopy of the novel, and I will have to keep my eyes out for more books by Christi Snow in the future!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn's

    My first Christi Snow book and I am a fan! Guarded Desire is an intriguing romance that gives use Elle, daugter of a legendary popstar. Elle has spearated herself from her mom's notoriety, pushiness and drama- righfully so. When she is kidnapped and threatened with all things Vivi, Elle retreats home to New Mexico and the sanctuary of her apartment. Mommy dearest sends Elle a bodyguard and he is one hot one at that! Jonah is dreading the spoiled, rich girl he is sent to protect after a horrendous My first Christi Snow book and I am a fan! Guarded Desire is an intriguing romance that gives use Elle, daugter of a legendary popstar. Elle has spearated herself from her mom's notoriety, pushiness and drama- righfully so. When she is kidnapped and threatened with all things Vivi, Elle retreats home to New Mexico and the sanctuary of her apartment. Mommy dearest sends Elle a bodyguard and he is one hot one at that! Jonah is dreading the spoiled, rich girl he is sent to protect after a horrendous abduction. Knowing there is a true risk to Elle convinces him he needs to do the job. What a shock to find a plain Jane of sorts- one who wears figure hiding clothes and wears no makeup. Jonah immediately realizes that Elle has suffered great turmoil during her abduction and she is far from being okay. Also, her abductor has not been caught and Jonah knows he will come for Elle again-SOON. While I enjoyed this story and the plot, the cast of characters were amazing! Without giving anything away, lets say that Elle has an excentric friend and Jonah has an equally off the wall partner. The mystery and suspense of the book was spot on and takes you on twists and turns and then a major shock you won't see coming. But the healing Elle must face and the emotions of the book feel real. Greatly enjoyed this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.C. Hrivnak

    **Disclaimer - I received an ARC Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion or review whatsoever. ** Want to talk about the perfect model for a book cover? All I'm saying is if I needed a guard, I'd definitely pick him. Since he's supposed to be the character Jonah in this book and after reading it, I can absolutely see him in that role. The great thing about this series, I must say, is that each is a standalone despite it being a series. You can read any **Disclaimer - I received an ARC Copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion or review whatsoever. ** Want to talk about the perfect model for a book cover? All I'm saying is if I needed a guard, I'd definitely pick him. Since he's supposed to be the character Jonah in this book and after reading it, I can absolutely see him in that role. The great thing about this series, I must say, is that each is a standalone despite it being a series. You can read any of them out of order, but you do not need the rest. Even though this is the first one in the series, it's a pretty good start. Jonah, a former soldier, is placed in charge of guarding a well-known artist's daughter after being she is rescued from a hostage situation. Elle is still recovering after being held captive. Her nightmares frighten her while her captor's voice haunts her throughout the day. He was never caught by the police, bringing her to constantly look over her shoulder. Her mother, ViviAnna, hires Jonah despite Elle's protests. As a result, Jonah takes the guise of Elle's "boyfriend" in order to protect her as she tries to complete her college degree. However, what begins as a mere act slowly transforms into attraction between the bodyguard and his ward. The story is short, sweet, and keeps your attention due to the mystery aspect of where the captor is. I enjoyed the budding romance between Elle and Jonah. I had a little trouble with the ending. It felt rushed and needed to be drawn out a little longer. Other than that, its was a delightful read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I loved this book. Elle (Illumination) this is the names she goes by and I personally do not blame her since her name is ridiculous. This poor girl has had a pretty bad upbringing even though her mother is a wordclass famous person, and her father is extremely rich and very known. Elle was kidnapped and they never caught the person, so her mother hires her bodyguard, Jonah and he is gorgeous but Elle assumes he is another one of her mothers boytoys s Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I loved this book. Elle (Illumination) this is the names she goes by and I personally do not blame her since her name is ridiculous. This poor girl has had a pretty bad upbringing even though her mother is a wordclass famous person, and her father is extremely rich and very known. Elle was kidnapped and they never caught the person, so her mother hires her bodyguard, Jonah and he is gorgeous but Elle assumes he is another one of her mothers boytoys since she is used to them and their meeting does not go as planned. They are instantly attracted but neither wants to get into that with each other, he is on a job and she doesn't really trust people and with good reason. I wont give you more so that when this book comes out you should definitely have a copy..Can't wait for next book. Enjoy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookgyrl

    Elle (her name is Illumination, but you can guess why she chose Elle) has been kidnapped and let go, but now lives in fright. Her famous mother hires a bodyguard, Jonah, but at first Elle thinks he is just one of her mother's boy toys. She has been removing herself from her mother's limelight ever since she was ten years old. Enjoyable romantic suspense. I didn't guess who the bad guy/woman was until near the very end. So well done. I sometimes was a bit annoyed with the main characters and thoug Elle (her name is Illumination, but you can guess why she chose Elle) has been kidnapped and let go, but now lives in fright. Her famous mother hires a bodyguard, Jonah, but at first Elle thinks he is just one of her mother's boy toys. She has been removing herself from her mother's limelight ever since she was ten years old. Enjoyable romantic suspense. I didn't guess who the bad guy/woman was until near the very end. So well done. I sometimes was a bit annoyed with the main characters and thought they acted a bit young. But overall great read with a hot bodyguard! I must admit this is not my usual genre, but Christi Snow made it worth my while. *** I requested and received an ARC via Netgalley and this is my honest and voluntary review. ***

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Guarded desire is the first in a new series that has Jonah Sutton called in to be Elle Wilcox's body guard. After a kidnapping her life is turned upside more so that it ever has been. That man is still on the loose and is still after her. She isnt quite secure enough as she was before and the hot and sexy body guard her mom has hired makes things different. She doesnt trust easy and then that's without the interference from her mother and her team. Jonah is to pose as a boyfriend and stay close t Guarded desire is the first in a new series that has Jonah Sutton called in to be Elle Wilcox's body guard. After a kidnapping her life is turned upside more so that it ever has been. That man is still on the loose and is still after her. She isnt quite secure enough as she was before and the hot and sexy body guard her mom has hired makes things different. She doesnt trust easy and then that's without the interference from her mother and her team. Jonah is to pose as a boyfriend and stay close to Elle. However has the case goes forward lines blur and he sees a side of Elle no one knows. There is more to the famous Vivanna's daughter. It was a decent read a d cant wait for more. Hopefully Trace and Dillions story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richelle Zirkle

    After being kidnapped, Illumination (aka Elle) finds herself saddled with a bodyguard. While she doesn't want the interference and wishes her life would return to normal, it doesn't hurt that her new bodyguard is a sweet, funny, alpha hero type. Jonah swoops in to be the fake boyfriend while protecting Elle until the crazed stalker and kidnapper is found. This was a quick read. It does seem more like a new adult title, but regardless of classification, it's highly enjoyable and reads well as a r After being kidnapped, Illumination (aka Elle) finds herself saddled with a bodyguard. While she doesn't want the interference and wishes her life would return to normal, it doesn't hurt that her new bodyguard is a sweet, funny, alpha hero type. Jonah swoops in to be the fake boyfriend while protecting Elle until the crazed stalker and kidnapper is found. This was a quick read. It does seem more like a new adult title, but regardless of classification, it's highly enjoyable and reads well as a romance. The secondary characters of Dillon and Trace are going to win you over in a major way. I can't wait to grab the next title in the New Mexico Protectors series. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ofelia

    3.5 stars. This is the first book that I’ve read from Christi Snow and I really enjoyed reading Guarded Desire. It was such a fun, attention grabbing read. Ella and Jonah might not be looking for anything serious and might have started their relationship as being fake girlfriend boyfriend but soon real feelings start to develop. They are both so great together and I am glad that they were able to have their HEA. ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Moore

    Okay read I didn't dislike the book but it was also very easy for me to put down at times. I liked the twist. I feel as though the author tried to get an emotional feeling out of me but it just didn't happen. Lol. There was a funny part with Trace and Dillon that I loved. Good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Elle is the daughter of a famous star who has been through traumatic events that lead to her getting a hot bodyguard. The story was nicely written. I love the fake-boyfriend trope, so I knew this would be right up my alley. The sex scenes weren't amazing but I tend not to read for sex scenes anyway. All in all 4/5 stars because I like the feistiness between the couple.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gladys

    I liked this slow burn story. It has a entertaining storyline that provides a solid backbone for this love/hate romance. Elle and Jonah are great characters that are nicely developed. With drama and suspense this was a quite enjoyable read. I am voluntarily posting an honest review

  23. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I really enjoyed this book and I was so surprised to find out who the kidnappers was even though I suspected one of the them the other one seriously surprised me but all in all it was an enjoyable story

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    3.5 Stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A new series by an author I admire the blazes out of. YAY! Straddling the line between the worlds of glitz and glamour and a regular college existence, Elle is trying to find her feet again after her kidnapping. Jonah is an unwelcome interloper she thinks the worst of when he first arrives and it takes time for Elle to lower her shields and see him for who he really is. Which is to say, a competent man who isn't caught up in her mother's world and who will protect her with everything inside him i A new series by an author I admire the blazes out of. YAY! Straddling the line between the worlds of glitz and glamour and a regular college existence, Elle is trying to find her feet again after her kidnapping. Jonah is an unwelcome interloper she thinks the worst of when he first arrives and it takes time for Elle to lower her shields and see him for who he really is. Which is to say, a competent man who isn't caught up in her mother's world and who will protect her with everything inside him if it comes down to it. And that's before they steam up the sheets. Which means Jonah is even more invested in keeping Elle safe after. Also, those sheets are steeeeeamy. Lots of heat and sparks and all sorts of other fun things. Again, though, it takes time to get there. Because Elle is REALLY locked down. Besides the kidnapping, she also has a lifetime of drama from her mother to work through. Her shields are thick and she's stubborn. Until she isn't. Fun and sexy with a touch of danger to keep Elle and Jonah on their toes. And us. I was on my toes. Or I'm sure I would have been if I'd been reading standing up. Which is not the point. Elle and Jonah are. Elle and Jonah and the new protection agency Jonah is sort of forced into. Because rock-star divas always get what they want, right? I'm looking forward to the next adventure of this fledgling agency. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This novel was suspenseful and full of angsty romance. Elle has been through so much in her young life. She has a rockstar mother who runs hot and cold. She has issues with trusting the people around her because she has been used in the past. And now she has a kidnapper after her because he wants to finish what he started- making her beautiful like her mother. Elle is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and Jonah is hired to protect her. He is a tough, ex military bodyguard that wants to do This novel was suspenseful and full of angsty romance. Elle has been through so much in her young life. She has a rockstar mother who runs hot and cold. She has issues with trusting the people around her because she has been used in the past. And now she has a kidnapper after her because he wants to finish what he started- making her beautiful like her mother. Elle is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and Jonah is hired to protect her. He is a tough, ex military bodyguard that wants to do his job and keep Elle safe. He doesn't expect her to be so kind and so beautiful.  I enjoyed the push and pull attraction that these characters have. Elle is fierce yet vulnerable and Jonah is hard and caring. I also like the relationship between Dillion, Jonah's best friend and partner, and Tracy, Elle's best friend. I really want to read more about their relationship. Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book to read and honestly review!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Elle tried to live in the shadows from her famous mother. Becoming a target was something pushed her life to live in the shadows. Being kidnapped has led her life to have an endless cycle of panic attacks and bodyguards. Will life ever return to normal or will she constantly be forced to,look over her shoulder? Jonah provided the stability she needed and would come to mean so much more than she ever expected. Great story!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Elle has tried to avoid the spotlight all her life. She doesn't want to be known as the daughter of a famous singer, actor and song writer like her mother. She wants to be known for herself. She is kidnapped by someone who wants to make her over into her mother. After she is rescued, she goes back to college. The kidnapper is still out there. Her mother hired a bodyguard for her daughter. In walks Jonah, all muscle and sex. His idea of pretending to be her boyfriend, throws them together and the Elle has tried to avoid the spotlight all her life. She doesn't want to be known as the daughter of a famous singer, actor and song writer like her mother. She wants to be known for herself. She is kidnapped by someone who wants to make her over into her mother. After she is rescued, she goes back to college. The kidnapper is still out there. Her mother hired a bodyguard for her daughter. In walks Jonah, all muscle and sex. His idea of pretending to be her boyfriend, throws them together and the chemistry sizzles. Could the kidnapper be someone she knows? Jonah much save her from being taken. Loved this book. Lots of surprises and twists and turns. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Herring

    3.5 Stars I enjoyed this story for the most part. It moved at a very steady pace and kept me interested. I didn't figure out who the bad guy was until it was revealed. The plotline had a few minor holes in it, but nothing too distracting. The characters weren't very consistent with their thinking/actions, and it left my head spinning a few times. They would be thinking one thing in a scene, and then the next scene, they'd act in complete opposition to what they were just thinking. I know people d 3.5 Stars I enjoyed this story for the most part. It moved at a very steady pace and kept me interested. I didn't figure out who the bad guy was until it was revealed. The plotline had a few minor holes in it, but nothing too distracting. The characters weren't very consistent with their thinking/actions, and it left my head spinning a few times. They would be thinking one thing in a scene, and then the next scene, they'd act in complete opposition to what they were just thinking. I know people do that to some extent, but this felt very random and happened several times, to the point that it actually was distracting. Also distracting were the grammatical errors; I read an ARC, so hopefully a final proofread is yet to come. Overall, the storyline was interesting enough that I would likely give the next one in the series a try and hope that the character development is a little more consistent. The suspense part of the story is very well done. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing an ARC for review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess Lawson

    Guarded Desire is the first book in a brand new series by Christi Snow. This is a first book by Snow for me and I must say I enjoyed it. The words were written perfectly and I honestly binged straight through it. I loved Elle and Jonah. Dillon and Trace as well. I thoroughly enjoyed some shock factors in the book as well as all the hot sex scenes. This book definitely left me wanting more of this series.

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