The Bodyguard (Large Print / Library Binding)
Hannah Brooks does not look like she could flip you over her shoulder, but she could. She's a bodyguard who just got hired to protect superstar Jack Stapleton from a stalker. When Jack comes home to Texas after his mom is diagnosed with cancer, he doesn't want his family to know about the stalker and convinces Hannah to pretend to be his girlfriend. While this storyline may ring familiar, Katherine adds some surprises and plenty of banter to make this a funny, thoughtful, and truly joyous read.— Cathy
August 2022 Indie Next List
“The Bodyguard is the perfect comfort read. You’ll feel your shoulders drop in the safety of the world of this book. There’s great chemistry between the characters and it’s a joy to get to know them. I’m already rooting for a movie version.”
— Tiffany Phillips, Wild Geese Bookshop, Franklin, IN
New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center's The Bodyguard is unabashedly romantic, laugh-out-loud funny, and the perfect summer read.The Bodyguard is absolutely, unequivocally delightful --JODI PICOULT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here 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 "Great rollicking fun Prepare to laugh and swoon and grin your pants off." --Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author of The Heart Principle I sit down with a Katherine Center novel the way many do in front of a favorite holiday meal: with salivating, wide-eyed anticipation. As always, Center's writing wallops readers with wisdom, wit, and a deep understanding of her dimensional characters. And The Bodyguard is pure, unvarnished delight. It sparkles bright with flirtation, banter, and the all-encompassing thrill of falling in love over a thousand tiny moments of connection. I closed this book with the biggest smile and the deepest, satisfied sigh. --Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Soulmate Equation An irresistible, delightful, perfect read. Clear the calendar, settle in your favorite chair and enjoy every amazing word. Then tell your boss you're going to need the next day off, because you're going to want to read it again --Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Getaway "The Bodyguard was such a delight from the first page to the last. It was the experience from a book I'm always looking for and very rarely find."
--Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Year on Fire
About the Author
KATHERINE CENTER is the New York Times bestselling author of over a half dozen novels, including What You Wish For, Things You Save in a Fire, and How to Walk Away. Katherine has been compared to Nora Ephron and Jane Austen. The Dallas Morning News calls her stories, "satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way." Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach empathy. Her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and more. She lives in Houston with her husband and two kids.