The Bodyguard: A Novel by Katherine Center

Title:  The Bodyguard: A Novel
Author: Katherine Center
Narrater: Patti Murin
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Format:  Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs, 44 min
Date of US Publication:  19 July, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Charming and fun despite heaviness. 

Narration was excellent, with separate voices for each character, and inflection with performance. 

While the triggers in this one did affect my own enjoyment of it, I still liked it. 

Triggers - MFC’s off page death of mother, MFC’s childhood with seeing her mother domestically abused, MMC’s mother’s disease diagnosis, DUI, one vehicle car accident, off and on page descriptions of MMC’s brother’s death

Audiobook kindly provided by Macmillan Audio and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center's The Bodyguard is unabashedly romantic, laugh-out-loud funny, and the perfect summer listen.

“Great rollicking fun! Prepare to laugh and swoon and grin your pants off.”—Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author of The Heart Principle

She’s got his back.

Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.

Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.

When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???

Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

More Praise for The Bodyguard:

“My perfect 10 of a book. As funny and sweet as all the very best nineties rom-coms, but with Center’s signature heart-tugging depth. I wish I could erase it from my mind just to read it again for the first time. A shot of pure joy.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers

"The Bodyguard is absolutely, unequivocally delightful!"—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here


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