The Royal Bodyguard!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 👱🏻♀️🧔🏻👩🏼🦰🧑🏼👩🏻
The heroine: Ellie Hammond – younger sister to Olivia who married the crown prince of Wessco. When Olivia left for Wessco for the summer, Ellie is left with Logan for a bodyguard/helper at their coffee and pie shop. She is about to graduate from high school and go to college.
The Hero(es): Logan St. James – personal bodyguard/security for the crown prince Nicholas of Wessco. When Nicholas and Olivia return to Wessco for months, Logan is left in charge of the security of Ellie. Logan comes from a family of criminals, but after his stint in the military where he was in Nicholas’s unit. He was hired as security for the royal family.
The Story: Ellie and Logan had eyes for each other since they first met, but Ellie was too young and Logan was in charge of her safety. He watched her as she grew from a teenager to a college graduate and was there for her when she needed a shoulder to lean on.
I liked the story overall but I didn’t like the beginning how there was a few scenes and then nine months passed, a few more and another nine months, then 3 years. I suppose it was necessary because Ellie was in high school when they first met and a more worldly woman when things start to happen.
The narration again was terrific with the same two that did the first two books and both have very pleasant voices. I have been surprised at both of their ability to portray different accents and different types of people. Shane East was terrific as a man from the wrong side of the tracks that has been working with Royalty for years. He had a more working class European accent in some scenes and more refined in other scenes. Andi Arndt was a refined royal in the last book and back to a working class American in this book.
The trope of the bodyguard falling for the woman he is protecting and vice versa is a well used one, though this had the added issue of royalty included. Ellie as a sister to Olivia who is now a princess since her marriage to Nicholas, is now considered part of the royal family along with her sister. So Ellie is able to live at the castle and attend royal gatherings while in Wessco.
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