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Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Review: The Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley

Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound #2.5)
by Jennifer Ashley

Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully bare human. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.

Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown, where she finds that mateless Ronan takes care of Shifters who have no families or clans of their own. Having grown up in foster care herself, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is, even while she chafes at the confinement.

But Ronan will only let her leave the safety of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth finally agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan's long-buried need to find himself a mate.

The Bodyguard is part of the Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

I read The Bodyguard, by Jennifer Ashley, which is part of an eight-book box set called Dark and Deadly. In it, Elizabeth Chapman, completely human heroine, finds herself under the protection of a very cute, very single Kodiak bear named Ronan. Ronan, having saved Elizabeth’s life, takes it upon himself to become her full time bodyguard. As the danger escalates, he forces her to move in with him in Shiftertown where he can keep her safe. Elizabeth, not used to relying on others, isn’t so sure moving in with the big bear is such a good idea. She just might have to learn to trust someone other than herself.

The Bodyguard was a quick read but in some ways too quick. Although the book is exactly what it promises, when it was done I was looking for a little more or maybe just something a little different. It had a touch of been there, done that feel to it. There was nothing overly unique or fresh about the story or its characters, however I enjoyed them anyway.

So would I recommend The Bodyguard? YES, if you like paranormal romance, specifically about shifters, then I’m sure you will enjoy this book. It definitely delivers. In addition, if the other seven stories in the box set are like this, I would be quite happy to recommend them to all you romance lovers out there. I’m not ready to add it to my top favorite books of all time, but I would definitely read this author again.

4 Simply Satisfied Sheep


About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer's/Allyson's/Ashley's more than fifty novels have won RWA's RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer's Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer's novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.



  1. This sounds like a good book but just reading the synopsis I had a sense of deja vu. Glad to see that it was still an enjoyable PNR.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  2. I love this series and author Lisa, I hope you try the first book in the series. It sure has some very original features in it.

  3. LOVE this series though I haven't read any of the novellas for it. I really need to get on that!

    herding cats & burning soup