Bulletproof by Xavier Neal

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• BLURB •

The assignment is simple.

Don’t let the client die.

Don’t let her get kidnapped.

Don’t sleep with her.

It’s the last part that unexpectedly complicates things for me after I’m introduced to the most beautiful and brilliant woman I could’ve ever envisioned.

And it only gets worse when we have to stash ourselves away in a small town where our calculated cover is to be a recently engaged couple.

My new mission is now significantly harder.

Don’t let her hate what’s for dinner.

Don’t let anyone else make her laugh more than I do.

And, most importantly, don’t let myself actually fall for someone again.

After all, my job isn’t to love my boss’s sister.

It’s to stop an unidentified threat from taking her – or die trying.

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• MY REVIEW •

Ok… this was an interesting read. One, I honestly had a bit of trouble rating as I had mixed feelings all throughout.

But I’m going to try my damnedest to put thoughts into words! So here we go…

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I was hooked on the initial premise of the book. I’ve read countless romantic suspense books and was looking forward to be gripped and kept on my toes. So… how did the suspense aspect fare in this story? I’ll say it was alright. It had just enough to keep things interestingly flowing.

In regards to the romance part… there was some definite chemistry and zing between Blake and Bronx. Little bits of banter and cute moments here and there between the two. Unfortunately I found there was very little to balance out Blake’s wordy dialogue — which honestly made it difficult for any kind of relationship between Blake and Bronx to organically develop.

If Sheldon Cooper and Hermione Granger had a love-child, it would be Blake! 😜

As much as I am a fan of both those characters in their own rights, they each have particular traits that can be exhausting to be around especially if it’s always present (and in Blake’s case it was always present). The constant random fact sharing, with the I’m-right-you’re-wrong mentality, and an aura of intellectual superiority — take those traits and add endless amounts of pop culture references used in every other sentence and it’s Blake in a nutshell. She’s a constant know-how machine. Whilst I like the idea of a brainy heroine, I wasn’t as fond of her personality and I found it difficult to connect or be invested in getting to know her story fully.

Blake’s lengthy dialogue made the entire book overly wordy that at times I considered skimming through some of her parts just to get the story moving along. Ironically, the book length itself isn’t long but with plenty of dialogue, it certainly seemed longer. Also, in relation, this story was slow-paced for the majority of the time, although there are moments were the pace picks up a little here and there.

I do however found Blake’s quirky relationship with her brother Brandon intriguing. They’re complete opposites and can certainly debate about a range of topics until their both blue in the face yet I found their interactions both endearing and entertaining. They may have differences but it’s clear they have a strong, loving bond.

Bronx is a likable enough character. He certainly seems more relatable than Blake. But I couldn’t help but feel a little apprehension towards the guy. He was very adamant at the beginning that he’s strictly professional and nothing sways his work ethics, yet the minute he literally sees Blake all of that went out the window. Are you or are you not one of the best of the best bodyguards out there?! You’re employed by some secret government agency. You’re one of the elite. Yet, out of nowhere, you can’t think straight (and go from 0 to 100 on the horny scale) because you’re most recent client is a looker?! Hmm. 🤔 Not exactly ideal, but yeah okay this is fictional… *shrugs*

Bronx did give this story more relatability due to his humble beginnings and occasionally mentioning his family and upbringing throughout the book. I do like that he made Blake somewhat down-to-earth and personable. He definitely balances out her strong personality with his own. The scenes where they’re not in any immediate danger and just relaxing in each other’s company was probably the main highlight for me. As I mentioned earlier the banter between the two kept their exchange lighthearted and entertaining to read through.

Overall, I thought this story had great potential and the plot had some interesting aspects. I liked the idea of a client/ bodyguard romance that’s somewhat forbidden/secretive. The action sequences were detailed, fast-paced scenes, and at times unpredictable. Blake and Bronx’s romance was insta-love, steamy, and adorable to see develop as they navigate through the dangers surrounding them whilst at the same time getting to know each other in more depth.

In my opinion, romance readers who love an opposites attract, romantic suspense, and stories similar to the movie; Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner will enjoy this one!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Xavier Neal and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Bulletproof? Grab your copy here:  Amazon

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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