By: Shannon Curtis
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I confess. Guarding Jess was just a way for me to shamelessly indulge my bodyguard fantasies.
Come on, we all have them, right? Forced to spend time in close proximity with a hunky man who will risk his own life to protect yours, who can handle himself - and you - in any tough situation, with loads of personal contact, and who struggles to remain detached, aloof, professional, only to give in to temptation – and you – by steaming up the sheets…
Er… or is it just me?
I love a bodyguard story, and I loved writing my second book, Guarding Jess. I confess – again (!) –I’m really drawn to my heroes. When I wrote my first book, Viper’s Kiss, I really admired the camaraderie that my MSA operatives enjoyed, and Noah kept haunting my dreams, pleading, no, make that demanding, in his gruff way for his own story, so he seemed perfect for my bodyguard novel. And the only way I could get any sleep.
One of my favourite bodyguard novels was a Harlequin Intrigue novel (Argh! The title of which escapes me at the moment!). This was a little bit of a flip on the usual stereotype - the heroine is the bodyguard, and has to handcuff the sleeping hero to his bed in order to keep him safe. Okay, so it has bodyguards and handcuffs, of course I’m going to enjoy it (if anyone can tell me the name of this book, I’ll send you something special in the mail!). Another fave bodyguard book for me is Kill Me Twice, by Roxanne St. Clair (Bullet Catchers #1), with a sassy twin sister hunting down her missing sister, and a smoking-hot bodyguard intent on keeping her out of trouble.
But my fascination with bodyguards seems to cross all media - I loved the movies Someone to Watch Over Me, with Mimi Rodgers and Tom Berenger, and of course, The Bodyguard, with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner – no matter how many times I see it, I still go through tissues, and then do my best to sing along at the top of my lungs.
NB: I do not sound like Whitney Houston.
But what is it about bodyguards that get us all (or again, is it just me?) dreamy? I think it’s the strong, protective instinct that does it for me. The willingness to risk it all to save….little old moi. And yet, in my fantasies, I’m not the swooning heroine that leaves it up to the bodyguard to make everything all right. I guess that’s why my very ladylike heroine from Guarding Jess, Jessica Pennington, is more than capable of standing up to my hero, Noah. She’s so diplomatic, polite, restrained… all the things Noah is not. They clash on so many levels that it was exciting to write, just to see where the sparks would fly next.
Here is an excerpt from Guarding Jess:
Something clicked loudly in the brown parcel Jessica was holding, and all three of them looked at it. Jessica froze, a chill spreading over her shoulders and down her arms.
Ollie froze. “Was that—?”
“Yes,” Jessica whispered.
The man standing in front of her moved with a speed that left her stunned. He grabbed the parcel from her arms and ran to the office corridor. He pulled open the garbage chute and tossed the package in. He turned and raced straight for her.
“Take cover,” he yelled.
Jessica’s mouth dropped open in horror as screams filled the office. Before her brain could register the danger, a hard body hit hers, tackling her to the ground and rolling her along the carpeted floor. An explosion splintered the glass doors to reception. The floor they lay upon trembled. Jessica managed a terrified peek over a broad shoulder before it obscured her view, and the hard body covered hers protectively.
Smoke filled the reception area, and foul-smelling embers floated to the floor.
She turned wide eyes from the falling ash to the man lying on top of her, his chocolate-brown gaze eyeing her with a calm intensity.
Ollie’s pale face popped into her peripheral vision.
“He isn’t the client, Jess,” she said shakily. “He’s your bodyguard.”
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