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Unrequited Love I’m known around the country as the Cowboy Princess. A reality TV star who likes champagne, expensive shoes and cowboys. It’s a lie. For me there has only been one cowboy… except he never wanted me. Now stardom has attracted the wrong kind of attention. From a person I know is hunting me. My only choice is to go home to The King’s Land. Home to Garret Unrequited Love I’m known around the country as the Cowboy Princess. A reality TV star who likes champagne, expensive shoes and cowboys. It’s a lie. For me there has only been one cowboy… except he never wanted me. Now stardom has attracted the wrong kind of attention. From a person I know is hunting me. My only choice is to go home to The King’s Land. Home to Garrett, the man I could never forget. While I have always loved Garrett, I knew he could never return that love. My childish lies drove him away. Now my life is at stake and I’m not lying about that. This time Garrett has to believe me. Because I need a bodyguard…


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Unrequited Love I’m known around the country as the Cowboy Princess. A reality TV star who likes champagne, expensive shoes and cowboys. It’s a lie. For me there has only been one cowboy… except he never wanted me. Now stardom has attracted the wrong kind of attention. From a person I know is hunting me. My only choice is to go home to The King’s Land. Home to Garret Unrequited Love I’m known around the country as the Cowboy Princess. A reality TV star who likes champagne, expensive shoes and cowboys. It’s a lie. For me there has only been one cowboy… except he never wanted me. Now stardom has attracted the wrong kind of attention. From a person I know is hunting me. My only choice is to go home to The King’s Land. Home to Garrett, the man I could never forget. While I have always loved Garrett, I knew he could never return that love. My childish lies drove him away. Now my life is at stake and I’m not lying about that. This time Garrett has to believe me. Because I need a bodyguard…

30 review for The Bodyguard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lana Reads

    This book probably doesn't deserve the time I'm going to put into this review, but it was so awful, I can not just walk past it. Apart from childish writing (which was okay when talking from the POV of teenage heroine, but annoying when she was 23) we got the worst hero you could imagine and a doormat heroine. Great combo, let me tell you!! The guy was grade A jerk and not in a good way, where he redeemed himself of something, no. Our poor thing was stood up at the altar fave years ago (not really This book probably doesn't deserve the time I'm going to put into this review, but it was so awful, I can not just walk past it. Apart from childish writing (which was okay when talking from the POV of teenage heroine, but annoying when she was 23) we got the worst hero you could imagine and a doormat heroine. Great combo, let me tell you!! The guy was grade A jerk and not in a good way, where he redeemed himself of something, no. Our poor thing was stood up at the altar fave years ago (not really a spoiler, it was stated in the first book) by a woman he wasn't even sure he was in love with (according to his POV in the beginning), so now the wanker WAS. SO. BROKEN, he only fucked around and could never ever commit again. The heroine? Oooh, she loved him since she was like 8 y.o. and because the poor jerk was so hurt, she forgave his verbal abuse and bullying in form of something lovely like "Brin, you are way too thin!! Eat the fucking burger I've ordered for you!!" Of course, she also ignored his mood swings and his hot-and-cold attitude, because he was so badly hurt (five fucking years ago) and because... love. Oh, and you guys, he was so romantic!! Check this out: "I... don't think we should talk about this. You said you didn't want to fuck me." I laughed. "No, sweetheart, I said I wasn't going to fuck you. Never said I didn't want to. But now I might be changing my mind." Her gasp was almost erotic. "I don't think you can do that." "Why not? I need to fuck someone, and Brin, no one has ever needed a good fucking like you do." - See what I mean?! Totally dreamy, right?! There was also some casual body shaming (when the heroine was chubby as a teenager and again, when she was "way too thin" as an adult), which I'm not going to expand on, don't have the energy. All in all, after loving The Tycoon, I really wanted to try this author as she wrote several books in the same universes as Julie Kriss and Molly O'Keefe - and boy was I slapped in the face.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    Hmm.... I am bit disappointed with the second book of the King series. The book si short compares to the first book. The Bodyguard missing that twist on the plot. The stalker thing is really really weak plot. The chemistry between Garret and Sabrina, which in the beginning of the book is very promising childhood crush romance, falls short when the story progresses. I can not feel the chemistry between them. What I do like about this book is Sabrina. She took a bully, the insecure, childhood and Hmm.... I am bit disappointed with the second book of the King series. The book si short compares to the first book. The Bodyguard missing that twist on the plot. The stalker thing is really really weak plot. The chemistry between Garret and Sabrina, which in the beginning of the book is very promising childhood crush romance, falls short when the story progresses. I can not feel the chemistry between them. What I do like about this book is Sabrina. She took a bully, the insecure, childhood and still she comes out strong. Too bad she can not be partnered with more strong hero character. Instead she got Garrett. 3 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Predictable Nothing extraordinary here. Predictable story that's been done to death, another tiresome Alpha male, a pushover heroine and explicit sex. And romances with babies are like a bucket of cold water. Not impressed. Predictable Nothing extraordinary here. Predictable story that's been done to death, another tiresome Alpha male, a pushover heroine and explicit sex. And romances with babies are like a bucket of cold water. Not impressed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved the first book in the series so I was looking forward to starting this one. Sabrina is a complex character and we had been given hints about her history with Garrett and her life as a famous reality star. This book just really didn't work for me. I liked Sabrina although she is messed up by her weight issues and she has told a few lies to get Garrett's attention in the past but being young I could see this as realistic. My issue was Garrett. He is understandably wary of Sabrina, k I absolutely loved the first book in the series so I was looking forward to starting this one. Sabrina is a complex character and we had been given hints about her history with Garrett and her life as a famous reality star. This book just really didn't work for me. I liked Sabrina although she is messed up by her weight issues and she has told a few lies to get Garrett's attention in the past but being young I could see this as realistic. My issue was Garrett. He is understandably wary of Sabrina, knowing she had a crush on him and the lengths she went to to see him but he seems to forget how young she was. He is also jaded as we knew from book 1 he had been jilted at the altar by his former fiance but he is so hardened by this experience. He seems to forget how warped Sabrina's whole childhood would have affected her and makes no allowances for her. I can't understand what she can see in this modern day Garrett. Lots of books write the the Hero is hard on the heroine at the beginning of the book but he is so awful to Sabrina until about 80% of the book. The stalker storyline was a good premise but ended up predictable, I just knew how it was going to turn out. She forgives him very quickly too, after the way he's been I would have liked her to give him more time to show he's changed. More redemption. For some who are sensitive to other woman drama, as he is older than her by a few years he has girlfriends and later a fiancé, while the heroine has her crush on him. There isn't a great deal of detail but she does witness some stuff under the bleaches. There is some overlap in events with book 1, we see things from a different perspective, Sabrina not knowing the details of Veronica and Clayton. We also see how they are getting on. There are hints about the next book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    There’s a big scary stalker right? Like Sabrina is terrified and hides. But then he gets beat up and 2 hours later everyone is making jokes and having sex. Like ummmm aren’t we a little traumatized? No? Oh okay. Sabrina let Garrett walk all over her. Like totally. But it’s okay bc she’s loved him since she was small. I’m so over H being jerks and the h being like “oh it’s okay if you treat me like shit I’m just so in love with you I’m going to forgive you”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️

    The Bodyguard by S. Doyle was an angst-filled story that was well-written and full of romance and suspense. Sabrina and Garrett were two individuals with troubled pasts who, against all odds, found what they needed within each other. Picking up where The Tycoon left off, Garrett becomes Sabrina's protector as she tries to evade an obsessed stalker. Doyle wrote both of these characters so well, and I liked that she showed rather than told the events of their past. Sabrina was such a great charact The Bodyguard by S. Doyle was an angst-filled story that was well-written and full of romance and suspense. Sabrina and Garrett were two individuals with troubled pasts who, against all odds, found what they needed within each other. Picking up where The Tycoon left off, Garrett becomes Sabrina's protector as she tries to evade an obsessed stalker. Doyle wrote both of these characters so well, and I liked that she showed rather than told the events of their past. Sabrina was such a great character, with so many layers hidden beneath what she showed the world. While everyone perceived her to be shallow and one-dimensional, she was so much more than that. I truly felt her pain as a teenager, and the author did such a great job conveying her emotional turmoil both as a teen and later as an adult. Garrett's character was well-developed as well. He definitely let the pain of his past affect him, and that led to some intense conflict with Sabrina. For someone who was such a nice guy, he sure could be a jerk to her, and there were times when I wanted to yell at him for being so mean. Although I think that they needed to go through those battles in order to get to the root of their issues. As a pair, they balanced each other out well, and I really enjoyed the journey they took together. The story was really well-written and evenly paced. The suspense elements were well done and so were the romantic ones. I loved seeing the members of the King family again, and I am really excited about Dylan's book. The authors of this series have given romance readers an entertaining and captivating saga with these books, and I am looking forward to continuing the King family's journey!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    DNF @49% Trying for suspense but failed. Too boring. Couldn't be bothered to finish it. DNF @49% Trying for suspense but failed. Too boring. Couldn't be bothered to finish it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Haaaaaated the hero with the fire of a thousand suns. The heroine was a little annoying too but still deserved better than the hero.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kj

    Again I am so confused by the low ratings on the books in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I may have enjoyed this one even more. That's saying something because Sabrina, or Brin as Garrett likes to call her came off as a spoiled little tart in the first book. She was much more likable in this one. I even got angry with Garrett a couple of times because of a lie she told him as a teenager he continued to call her a liar the entire book. Other than that I loved Garrett too. It Again I am so confused by the low ratings on the books in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and I may have enjoyed this one even more. That's saying something because Sabrina, or Brin as Garrett likes to call her came off as a spoiled little tart in the first book. She was much more likable in this one. I even got angry with Garrett a couple of times because of a lie she told him as a teenager he continued to call her a liar the entire book. Other than that I loved Garrett too. It was also great seeing the first couple, Veronica and Clayton with a cameo in this installment. I am not sure what you call this series, it isn't quite a serial but they are a little shorter than full-sized novels. It is also weird to me that the first one had a different author than the second. I'm unsure if there was be a different author on Dylan's book which is next, or if it will be one of the previous two writers. I do know I love this series. It kept me turning pages from beginning to end. I just don't get these low ratings. I am an avid reader and usually my rating lines up pretty close to the average on each book. I am wondering if I am missing something because the King family has me enthralled! If I had one complaint it would be the cover. The cover fits great in with the other covers for the series. The problem is that the cover doesn't match the character what so ever. Garrett never dressed like that and he doesn't fit the description. I am not that much of a cover whore so I wouldn't take anything away from the rating but it is something that nags at me. If I were not reading kindle books and had real covers to look at on a shelf I would be pissed. Otherwise it doesn't really matter much.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristiej

    This is the second book of the series and tells the story of Sabrina King, the youngest of the King siblings. She’s only a half-sister as her mother married the family patriarch very shortly after the death of the mother of Ronnie, the heroine of the first books. Sabrina’s mother is a real piece of work and her father isn’t any better. Sabrina has grown up overweight, unloved, unappreciated and bullied. Garrett Pine was her childhood champion. Several years older than her, he defended her from b This is the second book of the series and tells the story of Sabrina King, the youngest of the King siblings. She’s only a half-sister as her mother married the family patriarch very shortly after the death of the mother of Ronnie, the heroine of the first books. Sabrina’s mother is a real piece of work and her father isn’t any better. Sabrina has grown up overweight, unloved, unappreciated and bullied. Garrett Pine was her childhood champion. Several years older than her, he defended her from bullies and was her only real friend. She developed a huge crush on him and almost stalked him. When she spies him under some bleacher benches with another girl who – shall we say – has dalliances with other guys, she tells him that he’s too good for this other girl. He gets angry with her and says something cruel and she runs away. And as the book says she runs and runs and runs. The next time we see her is several years later at her high school prom where she is the prom queen. She has lost all of her weight because of the running and seriously watching what she eats and has now become one of the “popular” girls. She’s in with the popular girls as she’s rich and (now) gorgeous and also with those less popular since she has been there herself. Now all she wants is to see Garret again now that she is looking so different. He had left town after he graduated and only recently returned as a deputy sheriff. She is a bit of a trickster in trying to get his attention. And while she does manage to get it, and he can hardly believe this is the same overweight young girl that had an obvious crush on him, again there is an impediment in anything happening between them. He’s engaged. Sabrina is once again devastated as for years she’s been convinced that when the time is right they will be together. She happens to catch his fiancé with another guy and when she tries telling Garrett, again he goes off on her, accusing her of all kinds of things. But this time she’s the one to leave. She heads to Hollywood where she manages to score a reality show, one that follows her around on her frivolous life, think Kardasians. But she’s not the empty headed fluff piece she appears to be on her show. She has her show but a couple of things happen around the same time. She’s picked up a stalker who is escalating and her father dies so she heads back to her home town and once again is in the orbit of Garrett. But things are different this time. She’s still hurting from his accusations of being a liar and is most reluctant to tell him about her stalker; he’s been promoted to sheriff now. She doesn’t want to tell him anything about her life having been so badly hurt by him in the past. But Garrett sees beyond the fluff piece everyone else seems to think she is. He knows how badly he has hurt her in the past and feels very badly that he did. He knows she’s always had a crush and he really misses it now that she’s giving him the cold shoulder. But although he’s very attracted to her and feels very protective, he doesn’t want any kind of relationship since his fiancé did him wrong all those years ago and left him at the alter. Now, logically speaking, I shouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I did. In fact it’s my favourite of the series. Garrett really is an asshole to Sabrina but I adore her as a heroine so she makes up for what Garrett lacks. She’s so broken inside but covers things so well that she just melts my heart. Her pain is my pain and her vulnerability is so well written. When Garrett is so nasty to her when all she wants is to help him, it’s heartbreaking. We can see all her insecurities and why she hides so well. I sympathize with her completely as I had a crush when I was young that went on for years and years. And Garrett does feel bad for how he’s hurt her and not believed her in the past and is bound and determine to guard her from her stalker once Sabrina finally tells him the story. As with the first book in the series, I’m glad I read this one. And it’s a new to me author so I have some back lists to check out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5* As much as I loved Clayton, I hated Garrett. The push and pull. He was not worthy of Sabrina, who was pretty awesome.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol (bookish_notes)

    This review is also posted on my blog. I'm going to be honest. The Bodyguard is not a good book. The Tycoon got me invested, but this story was awful from the start and never did anything to make up for it. There's all sorts of problematic content in this story that's hurtful to read and since these stories are pretty much standalones, I would say to just skip this one entirely. Trigger warnings for the book include fatmisia, homomisia, acemisia, bullying, stalking, kidnapping, attempted rape, and This review is also posted on my blog. I'm going to be honest. The Bodyguard is not a good book. The Tycoon got me invested, but this story was awful from the start and never did anything to make up for it. There's all sorts of problematic content in this story that's hurtful to read and since these stories are pretty much standalones, I would say to just skip this one entirely. Trigger warnings for the book include fatmisia, homomisia, acemisia, bullying, stalking, kidnapping, attempted rape, and mentions of a cat who was murdered. We saw mentions of Sabrina and Garret in book one, so I was looking forward to reading their story here. Sabrina is Veronica's youngest sister and worked in LA for a couple of years as a reality show star. She's gained popularity and is known as the Cowboy Princess. It's not really her, but she plays up a fake personality for the TV screens and has a ton of fans. Unfortunately, there's been a stalker after her the past few months and the messages have been escalating enough to worry her. She decides that she wants to get away from the Hollywood life and go back home to Texas to see if she can get away from her stalker. Sabrina has only ever been in love with one man her entire life - Garrett Pine. They grew up together as next door neighbors. Garrett used to be kind and sweet as a child. He was friendly to Sabrina, but never saw her as anything more. He  had a tendency to date petite blonde girls, and Sabrina wasn't either of those things. But Sabrina had a plan for the long-game -  a way to get Garrett to fall in love with her. However. Garrett got engaged and Sabrina moved away. When Sabrina moves back to town years later, Garrett is still single because his fiancé had stood him up on their wedding day for another man and has never gotten over it. The style of this book takes a little bit to get used to. The scenes are broken up by POV and by time (like "next day" or "a few days later"). It's fine if the book were broken up into two parts - past and present. But it's not, and it does get a little tiring to read after awhile. I'm not really qualified to analyze the fat rep in this book, but Sabrina is said to be overweight when she was younger and this book reinforces the thinking that being skinny is better. From her POV, being skinny and not eating the foods she enjoys, she's able to get more opportunities than other people. She says quite a few times that she's not just skinny now, but "TV skinny". She's comfortable in her body now, but it seems a little toxic to say that being skinny is better compared to the weight she was as a child because after losing weight, she became the popular girl in school, won prom queen, and it's what got her the casting in her reality show. Garrett is supposed to be the guy who doesn't care about Sabrina's weight, but the story only mentions that he's attracted to her after she loses weight. Sure, she's older by now as well, but then there's this whole thing where he keeps trying to force her to eat more and THAT'S uncomfortable to witness too. Sabrina's weight is brought up constantly in this story as a way to make her feel bad about herself even though it seems like she's comfortable with her body. It's like the story is trying to show that Garrett could love Sabrina no matter how much she weighs, but it really doesn't come across that way. This book does contain acemismic rhetoric that made me very uncomfortable to read as an ace reader. Sabrina tells Garrett straight up that she doesn’t like sex and almost immediately, he questions her on why that was and gets it into his head that he needs to convince her to have sex with him because he’ll make her ~realize what she’s “missing out on”. It's awful and Sabrina should have dumped him on the spot. Brin's [Sabrina] problem with sex wasn't the intimacy. [...] It was wrong, maybe, to take advantage of those feelings she used to have for me, but I didn't care. I wanted her too much. [...] Good, I thought savagely. Let her be a little afraid of how I make her feel. If anything, i would only pique her curiosity. I understand the author probably didn’t mean for this to come across as acemismic, but it is. It hurts to read this kind of content in a book with no warning about it beforehand and Sabrina's feelings towards sex is only used as a way to say that her past relationships were terrible and Garrett has always been THE ONE. IF the story had said Sabrina was gray ace or demi, that would have been one thing, but that's not what happened here. Garrett's deal is that he's thirty and he also thought that he would have a family and kids by now. So, I would say it's gross to read his sex scenes with Sabrina because he wants nothing more than for her to be pregnant and carry his babies. That's also a complaint I have about book one, because I'm not here for guys being gross about pregnancy and completely pushing their agenda on women. Here are two examples. Example #1 What was this? This feeling that had basically been with me all day. And there, seeing my cum drip out of her body I realized what it was. It was fucking hope. Example #2 "I'm here because when I come inside of you, do you know what I think about? What I have thought about each time I did it? That maybe you forgot to take your pill that day. Or that you weren't on any birth control at all. That I was filling you with myself so that we could make a baby together. That I could watch you get round with my son or daughter inside you. Every time." Even without these issues, there's the main storyline that's not much better. Sabrina has been known to lie once or twice  to Garrett to get his attention before, but there were two times where Sabrina told him that his girlfriend and fiancé had been cheating on him and he refused to listen. Garrett realized after that Sabrina was telling the truth both times. But ever since, Garrett just assumes that Sabrina fabricates stories to get in his pants. Even at the 90% mark he's still being awful to Sabrina. There's no big apologetic moment. There's no groveling. He wants the girl, so he gets her? Garrett is not my favorite. Not by a long shot. Sabrina deserves better. I liked Clayton in The Tycoon (Sabrina's future brother-in-law), but Clayton in this book was a bit of an asshole. Sabrina wanted nothing to do with Garrett and went to hide in Clayton and Veronica's place in Dallas. For all Clayton loves Veronica and wants to take care of her sisters in the first book, and knows that Sabrina wants nothing to do with Garrett at the moment, HE TELLS GARRETT EXACTLY HOW TO FIND HER. His reasoning is that he waited years for Veronica and Garrett shouldn't have to do the same. But did you miss the part where Sabrina doesn't want to see Garrett? Consent sure doesn't seem like a thing and alpha males got to stick together and all that apparently. Because no, Clayton. That was an asshole move. Overall, this book just didn't do it for me. And it's incredibly disappointing since I liked the first book and hadn't read anything by S. Doyle before. I will give book three, The Bastard, a shot because it is written by a different author. So, hopefully Dylan's story goes a little bit better for me. ***I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Awesome This is a fantastic read but I must say the cover in no way represents the characters in this story. Garrett is the sheriff of a small Texas town. Sabrina is one of the King sisters who has returned to Dusty Creek after the death of their father. Sabrina has been in LA starting in her reality show. Now she has to rely on her teen crush and the current sheriff to protect her from a stalker that has followed her from LA. This is the second book in the King family series. While you could read Awesome This is a fantastic read but I must say the cover in no way represents the characters in this story. Garrett is the sheriff of a small Texas town. Sabrina is one of the King sisters who has returned to Dusty Creek after the death of their father. Sabrina has been in LA starting in her reality show. Now she has to rely on her teen crush and the current sheriff to protect her from a stalker that has followed her from LA. This is the second book in the King family series. While you could read this one standalone I highly recommend the entire series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cc

    Sabrina and Garrett Eight years old she fell in love with neighbor Garrett. She still loved him high school when he defended her from fat bullying. When he was engaged she warned him about his fiancé and he got mad. She left town and became TV famous trying to forget Garrett. She was forced to head home when a stocker threatened her, but once again Garrett didn’t believe her. Enjoyable story except that Sabrina always forgave Garrett too easily.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jask Afsh

    Liked it until the end. The h was so such a push over she didn’t even try to make him work for her. He says nasty shit next thing I love you then she says I love you too. Have loved all my life. Have some dignity girl. Unlike other GR reader I liked the H, he was sweet to her and protected her but h was a doormat with no self respect, plays games for his attention and is hurt when he calls her out on it. Lost it’s rating after she was kidnapped

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Not as interesting as THE TYCOON. This story revolves around Sabrina, the youngest King sister and why she, too, hated Hank King, her horrible father. Sabrina discovers she has a stalker. However, Sheriff Garrett doesn't believe her because she's told him so many lies to get his attention. Now he's about done with her. Not as interesting as THE TYCOON. This story revolves around Sabrina, the youngest King sister and why she, too, hated Hank King, her horrible father. Sabrina discovers she has a stalker. However, Sheriff Garrett doesn't believe her because she's told him so many lies to get his attention. Now he's about done with her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    I discovered this author recently and have been binge reading everything since. I really loved this one. It’s got plenty of history, loads of emotions, lots of laughs and a little action. Sabrina & Garrett definitely have to work for their HEA. Such a great read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Riding Reviewer

    Rating 4.5 Stars. It’s an interesting approach to have three authors each write one book in the series. The really good news is the books flowed together really well in their King Family Series. S Doyle’s The Bodyguard has the same tone, pacing and character development as M. O’Keefe’s The Tycoon. I enjoyed The Bodyguard. In the first book, I was fascinated by the interactions between Sabrina and Garrett. The hints at their past and their attraction were titillating. I think my favorite part and Rating 4.5 Stars. It’s an interesting approach to have three authors each write one book in the series. The really good news is the books flowed together really well in their King Family Series. S Doyle’s The Bodyguard has the same tone, pacing and character development as M. O’Keefe’s The Tycoon. I enjoyed The Bodyguard. In the first book, I was fascinated by the interactions between Sabrina and Garrett. The hints at their past and their attraction were titillating. I think my favorite part and what touched my heart was Sabrina’s fat kid mind in her hot as heck body. She may have toned and primped herself into the Cowboy Princess but inside she’s still the bullied, heavy girl in love with her protector, Garrett. Garrett’s a bit confused initially. He never really saw Sabrina as a potential date but he’s definitely interested now. He’s perhaps too eager to be her bodyguard when a fan’s stalking becomes too frightening but he’s right that no one can protect her like he can. I like the interaction between these two. I like who they’ve become and who they are together. It’s frustrating as can be that Sabrina’s father has put his daughters in such peril financially when he left his fortune to their half-brother or her sister Veronica’s ex-fiancé. This story has so much for the reader. A Hollywood star who’s not what she seems, a valiant, sexy sheriff, money issues, finding one’s future and a deadly stalker or is there? Garrett isn’t really even sure Sabrina didn’t make the stalker up! All together gripping! The Bodyguard was one of those books I devoured as quickly as possible. S Doyle did a great job with the book and with making the second books flow perfectly with the first.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Williams

    I loved this book. Garrett tried to resist but in the end needed Sabrina. This is such a great series. I cannot wait for all the characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lulu

    I so enjoyed Book 1 in the King Family Saga. And I was looking forward to reading Book #2, The Bodyguard, but unfortunately, this book was difficult for me to finish. The heroine was a former reality television star, "The Cowboy Princess", who returns to her hometown to hide out from a stalker. She meets up with her childhood crush, who is now the Town Sheriff. Sounds like a great premise - the actual writing and development of the characters fell flat for me. The heroine doesn't want to share the I so enjoyed Book 1 in the King Family Saga. And I was looking forward to reading Book #2, The Bodyguard, but unfortunately, this book was difficult for me to finish. The heroine was a former reality television star, "The Cowboy Princess", who returns to her hometown to hide out from a stalker. She meets up with her childhood crush, who is now the Town Sheriff. Sounds like a great premise - the actual writing and development of the characters fell flat for me. The heroine doesn't want to share the details of her situation with her immediate family members - the King Family is dysfunctional, to say the least. Her childhood crush has a difficult time believing that she is not a liar but simply telling tales to get his attention. While he eventually believes her, I couldn't get over the fact that she was willing to go to bed with him. I didn't feel the push-pull, the heat of chemistry. Sure, I've loved someone, we all have, as a child, and as a teenager. But as an adult woman, those feelings need to mature. Also, the storyline about the heroine enjoying baking doesn't go anywhere. We know she loves to bake, she bakes a couple of times, the hero suggests she open up a bakery in their small town, and then nothing. It felt like this plot line was either unnecessary or unfinished. Also, as a teenager, she speaks about "slut shaming", which didn't fit in with her character. She was a somewhat shy, overweight girl, from the right sides of the tracks, who was bullied for being overweight. But she ended up in Hollywood, and had her own TV show, so what would she know about "slut shaming" in let's say Grade 10 in a small town. The hero was dumped at the altar by a woman who he is not sure that he even loved, but even after several years have passed, he feels broken. Broken by what exactly? He is not sure that he loved his former fiancee. Sure, his ego got bruised - it is a small town after all and living myself in a small town I can attest to the fact that everyone knows your business, either directly or indirectly - but bruised to the point that he doesn't want to love again? Have a family? Get jiggy with it? And let's talk about the sex. The hero offers to teach the heroine how to enjoy sex. And she says basically "OK", even though he's been quite mean to her in the past. I want my heroines to have more self-esteem, as did the heroine in Book #1. And if someone was going to teach me to enjoy sex, it would be someone named Gianfranco, who catered to me, adored me, pampered me and made it all about me. I was provided with an advanced reader's copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I wish the author much success with her career, but she needs to speak to an editor about how to tighten up this book and some of the loose ends.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    I am totally loving this King family trilogy! This time around it's Sabrina King's turn and Stephanie Doyle doesn't hold back as she gives Brin more than a tough time getting close once again to Garrett Pine. We get flashbacks into the past, when Sabrina was a pudgy child and then teenager and Garrett was the man of her dreams. The way Garrett was her protector, how he encouraged her to just be herself and not take any nonsense from anyone was heartwarming. You could sense the connection these t I am totally loving this King family trilogy! This time around it's Sabrina King's turn and Stephanie Doyle doesn't hold back as she gives Brin more than a tough time getting close once again to Garrett Pine. We get flashbacks into the past, when Sabrina was a pudgy child and then teenager and Garrett was the man of her dreams. The way Garrett was her protector, how he encouraged her to just be herself and not take any nonsense from anyone was heartwarming. You could sense the connection these two had despite their differences and that both would have done anything for the other. Back in the present, with all the whirlwind after Hank King's death and Sabrina's scattered life in L.A., with both Garrett and Brin (his nickname for her) now back in Dusty Creek, it's just a matter of time before their lives are intertwined once more and that low simmering flame between them becomes a raging fire. And oh boy, it is not an easy road for either of them. Garrett, with his trust issues with past women in his life, and Sabrina with a possible stalker bothering her once more, they just can't seem to get the timing right. But the chemistry is THERE and all of their starts and stops, all of the stubbornness they both harbor only make the passion that much stronger. I was desperate for both of them to get out of their own way as they stumble and fall more than once. Talk about frustrating!! The Author certainly puts Garrett and Sabrina through the wringer but it's oh so worth it in the end. The writing is beautiful. The secondary characters are a welcomed addition and give our couple the boosts they often need. There is a world of hurt that threatens Garrett and Sabrina's chance at happiness but I was more than happy with the way things eventually turn out. Getting another perspective as to the King timeline was wonderful and gave me insight into how another King sister felt when everything seemed to be falling apart. A very clever kind of trilogy, I'm amazed at how well the stories flow into each other and I am really looking forward to reading The Bastard next. Dylan's story will certainly tie everything together as the final chapter of this series. Well done, I happily give The Bodyguard a solid 5 stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Sabrina King was a star. Rich, beautiful and the lead on the hottest reality show on television. Her sister Veronica once said that when she walked away, she left “...the smell of her perfume and a sense of glitter in the air behind her.” But the life of the once socially outcast King sister wasn’t always so easy and even now, with her weight down to “Hollywood thin” and a bright future ahead, nothing is ever quite as it seems. Back in the day, Garrett Pine was the captain of the football team a Sabrina King was a star. Rich, beautiful and the lead on the hottest reality show on television. Her sister Veronica once said that when she walked away, she left “...the smell of her perfume and a sense of glitter in the air behind her.” But the life of the once socially outcast King sister wasn’t always so easy and even now, with her weight down to “Hollywood thin” and a bright future ahead, nothing is ever quite as it seems. Back in the day, Garrett Pine was the captain of the football team and all that is implied by the title. Handsome, popular and able to get any girl he chose, it never seemed to go to his head. Sabrina had more than a schoolgirl crush on Garret, following him around like a lost puppy and sticking her nose in his business whenever she felt the need. But Garret made it clear where they stood and when he graduated a few years ahead of her, left Sabrina broken hearted and fighting to become the woman that everyone wanted her to be. Now, with Sabrina in Hollywood and him, the Sheriff of Dusty Creek, their paths rarely crossed. But a sudden change in career plans and the death of her father led her back to a place she never thought she’d be, home on the King ranch. This is the story of two broken and lonely people rediscovering each other after a long a twisted history. There’s intrigue and heartache, love and heat...lots of heat between these two. I enjoyed reading about how they eventually drop their walls and find each other. Before you read this book, you really should read the first book in the King Family Saga to really gain an understanding of what brought these characters here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Armenia

    “Cowboy Princess and the Cowboy Cop” The Bodyguard is the second book in the King trilogy which is Sabrina King and Garrett Pine’s story. This story includes a lot of back history on Sabrina crushing on Garrett. Since Garrett is 5 years older than her, she’s always watched from afar with longing. Sabrina just knew Garrett was her destiny. As childhood to high school crush, she’s been inventive about letting him know that the girls he hung out with weren’t good enough for him. Her antics to get his “Cowboy Princess and the Cowboy Cop” The Bodyguard is the second book in the King trilogy which is Sabrina King and Garrett Pine’s story. This story includes a lot of back history on Sabrina crushing on Garrett. Since Garrett is 5 years older than her, she’s always watched from afar with longing. Sabrina just knew Garrett was her destiny. As childhood to high school crush, she’s been inventive about letting him know that the girls he hung out with weren’t good enough for him. Her antics to get his attention in high school only results in her humiliation and left her embarrassed by his rejections. Fast forward five years later, Garrett Pine is back in town as the new sheriff. He’s sworn off relationships, still smarting from the two betrayals in his past, Garrett doesn’t believe in love. He can’t get over what a beautiful woman Sabrina is now. She’s no longer the chubby girl he remembers, but a gorgeous and successful reality TV star of her own show, Cowboy Princess. Can he believe the story of a stalker was the reason she left Hollywood? With her history of overzealous attentions from the past, Garrett isn’t quite convinced her life is in danger. When he finds she’s carrying protection, Garrett assigns himself as her bodyguard. It’s Garrett’s turn to trust the faith and love Sabrina is willing to give him. We learn more about the disinherited King sisters and catch up on Veronica King and Clayton. Just love this series, as the whole story blossoms with revelations and secrets. I was hoping more an epilogue for Sabrina and Garrett. But a great story, nonetheless. I received and voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Reva Parks

    Book 2 of the King family follows the Tycoon by another 'new to me' author who kept me turning pages and blotting my eyes. Sabrina, the youngest of Hank King's off-springs from three different women, is the sweetest, wittiest, and funniest of the bunch. As a preteen and freshman in highschool, she was chubby, but followed her crush and protector around even spying on him making out with his new girl friend under the bleachers. When she interrupts them telling Garrett that she is not worthy of hi Book 2 of the King family follows the Tycoon by another 'new to me' author who kept me turning pages and blotting my eyes. Sabrina, the youngest of Hank King's off-springs from three different women, is the sweetest, wittiest, and funniest of the bunch. As a preteen and freshman in highschool, she was chubby, but followed her crush and protector around even spying on him making out with his new girl friend under the bleachers. When she interrupts them telling Garrett that she is not worthy of him, the girl friend tells her to do laps around the track for her 'weight problem.' When Sabrina takes up running to manage her anger, she soon finds her fat dissolving, learns to eat healthy food, and finds herself popular in school even being elected prom queen her senior year. After getting caught reporting fake 'crimes' when new sherrif's deputy Garrett is on duty, it's no wonder Garrett does not believe her when she tells him his fiance has left Veronica's engagement party with another man. Soon after Sabrina moves to LA and eventually becomes the 'cowboy princess' in her own TV reality show. It's not until she returns to her father's funeral, doesn't renew the TV show contract because of a stalker and moves back to Texas, that she has to report the stalker has followed her to Garrett, who is now sherriff. Then their second chance romance begins, but it is rough for both of them and Doyle tells an excellent story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madame Smarty

    Garrett & Sabrina Oh man, I LOVED this book!! I had a smexy, sweet book hangover after I finished this. S Doyle’s writing style is fantastic, she’s right up there w Julie Kriss in my opinion. Excellent plot development and character descriptions, ties up loose ends - everything so satisfying. The HEA was just perfect. Story: Unrequieted love turns to mutual love. Sabrina had always loved Garrett since she was a teen. He was a hero/rescuer type for her. She was chubby and unpopular, which of course Garrett & Sabrina Oh man, I LOVED this book!! I had a smexy, sweet book hangover after I finished this. S Doyle’s writing style is fantastic, she’s right up there w Julie Kriss in my opinion. Excellent plot development and character descriptions, ties up loose ends - everything so satisfying. The HEA was just perfect. Story: Unrequieted love turns to mutual love. Sabrina had always loved Garrett since she was a teen. He was a hero/rescuer type for her. She was chubby and unpopular, which of course she grew out of and became a famous reality TV star. He’d always gone out with other girls and she would try these silly stunts to get his attention. Once she was grown up, the “stunts” weren’t so silly anymore. Must say I was v confused by Garrett’s behaviour through most of this book, but at least he communicated with Sabrina the whole time and they were transparent with each other. There’s nothing worse than these silly, frustrating games. The hot sex was GOLD but the book lost a star from me for terrible editing :( “He laughed. “Oh, I don’t poach. But I’m telling you this, man. If the situations were reversed, how long would you stay with someone who doesn’t look at you like you look at them back? Me? Not too long, I would think.” Series: King Family #1 Tycoon | Molly O’Keefe (Clayton & Veronica) King Family #2 The Bodyguard | S Doyle (Garrett & Sabrina) King Family #3 The Bastard | Julie Kriss (Dylan & Madeline) King Family #4 Cowboy | Molly O’Keefe (Cody & Beatrice)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tina Lee Harris

    4 stars This is the second book in the King Family series. You can read this one without having read The Tycoon, book 1. There is enough backstory to know each character. Sabrina has been living it up since she left home in Hollywood as the Cowboy Princess. But underneath all that glitter and glam is just Sabrina. She just wants to be a normal girl but when a stalker starts to get to close, she retreats back home to the King estate to hide out. But this stalker is not going to give up that easily. 4 stars This is the second book in the King Family series. You can read this one without having read The Tycoon, book 1. There is enough backstory to know each character. Sabrina has been living it up since she left home in Hollywood as the Cowboy Princess. But underneath all that glitter and glam is just Sabrina. She just wants to be a normal girl but when a stalker starts to get to close, she retreats back home to the King estate to hide out. But this stalker is not going to give up that easily. Garrett was Sabrina's crust all during school. Garrett treated her better than most back in the day. Standing up for her but when years pass and how Sabrina needs help, Garrett volunteers to protect her. Why not, he is the Sheriff after all. But being so close to the Cowboy Princess maybe more than Garrett can handle. Can the sweet girl from his past be just what he is looking for? Or will Garrett never believe in love again after having his heart broken? And can Sabrina keep her high school crush in the past? Or will the older Sabrina still want things that seem out of her reach? Enjoyed every page of this book and again could not wait to start the next book. On to The Cowboy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JG

    The Bodyguard is the second book in The King Family trilogy. Each book can be read alone and is about four siblings inheriting (or not inheriting) their indifferent, emotionally abusive father's wealth. We got the first glimpse of the the three sisters in the first book, The Tycoon which gives us a bit of the King Family's back story. In The Bodyguard, we get to fully meet Sabrina King, aka Cowboy Princess, reality TV star. She's always had a thing for Garrett Pine since she was a child and afte The Bodyguard is the second book in The King Family trilogy. Each book can be read alone and is about four siblings inheriting (or not inheriting) their indifferent, emotionally abusive father's wealth. We got the first glimpse of the the three sisters in the first book, The Tycoon which gives us a bit of the King Family's back story. In The Bodyguard, we get to fully meet Sabrina King, aka Cowboy Princess, reality TV star. She's always had a thing for Garrett Pine since she was a child and after five years it seems she hasn't really gotten over him. The Bodyguard delves on the unrequited love/childhood crush trope and overall it was really well done. There was a little bit of romantic suspense added to push the story forward and it also kind of illustrated how Sabrina's past behavior could have affected her credibility later on. The Bodyguard isn't as emotionally wringing as The Tycoon, however you can't help but feel a little bit sad for Sabrina and a lot angry for Garrett while the story was unfolding. Overall, The Bodyguard was sexy, poignant and did have a nice happy ending although I did want Garrett to grovel a bit more! *ARC provided*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Brant

    I read The Tycoon by Molly O’Keefe and then this book. Liked the Tycoon, unfortunately didn’t like this one enough to even finish it, which rarely happens. Sabrina is part of a blended family, is heavy set, gets teased and shamed at school and by her family, but a family friend, Garrett, is a popular high school football player who supports Sabrina and sticks up for her while in school. She develops a crush on him and when he doesn’t return the feelings, she starts losing weight so she can use h I read The Tycoon by Molly O’Keefe and then this book. Liked the Tycoon, unfortunately didn’t like this one enough to even finish it, which rarely happens. Sabrina is part of a blended family, is heavy set, gets teased and shamed at school and by her family, but a family friend, Garrett, is a popular high school football player who supports Sabrina and sticks up for her while in school. She develops a crush on him and when he doesn’t return the feelings, she starts losing weight so she can use her good looks to get her places and popularity she couldn’t get while fat. She ends up leaving her town for LA to become a reality tv star until a stalker starts following her, so she goes back to her home town where Garrett is now the sheriff. I honestly found nothing interesting about this book, the writing fell flat, characters were boring and monotone, and the storyline had nothing in it to keep my interest. Sadly, I only got through half this book and couldn’t continue, just didn’t do it for me. It clearly works for others given some of the reviews, so you will need to read it yourself to form your own opinion. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yoneidis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5⭐️ This book has as MCs Sabrina King and Sheriff Garrett. Sabrina has been in love with him since high school and has done everything to make him notice her. In the first year of high school she was a chubby girl who suffered bullying and he defended her, but in her last year she already became a girl with a more attractive physique, but Garrett was engaged to another woman. So Sabrina goes to LA and becomes a start una reality show. But after a few years she returns to her family ranch bc a st 3.5⭐️ This book has as MCs Sabrina King and Sheriff Garrett. Sabrina has been in love with him since high school and has done everything to make him notice her. In the first year of high school she was a chubby girl who suffered bullying and he defended her, but in her last year she already became a girl with a more attractive physique, but Garrett was engaged to another woman. So Sabrina goes to LA and becomes a start una reality show. But after a few years she returns to her family ranch bc a stalker is making her life miserable. Garrett was ultimately left standing at the altar, which has made him no longer want to be in a serious relationship with a woman. When he finds out about Sabrina’s stalker and that he possibly has followed her from LA to the town, he offers her to be her bodyguard and installs her in his house and they end up sleeping together. But Garrett still doesn’t want a relationship and ends up breaking Sabrina’s heart once more. Opportunity that the stalker takes to attack her. I liked it but sometimes it has seemed a little boring, more drama and action would have been good.

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