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The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common; they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she's next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.
If you love suspense this is the book for you, it gives and give right to the end. You will make up your mind, and I was sure I knew whom was responsible, but guess what, I was very wrong, and very surprised to whom was the culprit.
This is as fast pace as you can get, and still have an even flowing story, picking this one up might keep you up at night, but you will not be disappointed.
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Author: Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason delivers again with this new series! I loved the idea of having a company of all women bodyguards; I thought the idea very original. This first book is focused on Olivia Edwards and
Olivia Edwards used to be a cop, but now she runs a company with her partners of all female bodyguards. This particular assignment originally has Maddy as the bodyguard for a local widowed psychiatrist, who also does a radio talk show at night. The psychiatrist, Wade Savage, has a stalker and that is why he has a bodyguard. The stalker quickly escalates her by taking Maddy out of the picture at the beginning of the story. So it is Olivia’s turn in the rotation of the security schedule to now be on duty to Wade and his daughter, Amy.
The moves quickly along with the stalker becoming more and more bold with her actions. More and more people are being injured or killed. Olivia wonders how the stalker always seems to be a step ahead of her security. Olivia has called in her other partners in the company to provide 24/7 security, but still the stalker breaks through their defenses. In addition, Oliva and Wade have sparks flying when they come in contact and seem to be edging toward a romantic relationship. However, Wade is a Christian and while Olivia believes in God, she doesn’t like him very much. Olivia sees faith in action through Wade and his father and begins to draw closer to God. The stalker makes a bold attempt to get Wade to notice her and Olivia must face her greatest fear to save a life.
I couldn’t put this book down as the action was nonstop and the tension full-tilt! I just loved the relationship between Wade and his daughter in the story. He was so patient and reassuring with her. Olivia and Wade are also willing to be vulnerable with each other by sharing their painful pasts with each other. This definitely made the character more realistic for me. I can hardly wait for book two in the series, Without Warning, to be released this summer. This is an exciting novel that you won’t want to miss!
My rating is 5 stars.
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Book Summary: The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common--they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in
Review: This was a great read!! Fast paced but not so fast I had to put it away to keep my heart from racing so fast. I loved the story. The stalking that escalates. How does he/she know when, where and what the victim is doing. I did guess the who, but it was great to see it all come together. Olivia and Wade were great together. I found the various incidents were heart pounding enough and the breathing room in between was necessary. I liked the way the story unfolded without giving away too much. The whole reveal of who the stalker was and the accomplice got revealed in parts and was very clever. The ending was suspenseful and the whole book was exciting. Great start to the a new series. Can’t wait to read the rest of them.
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A female-only elite body guard agency is assigned to a high profile radio talk show personality and psychiatrist after it becomes apparent that he has a stalker willing to do anything to get his attention. Wade struggles to sit by while this stalker takes control
“You have to get to know God on a very intimate level in order to have the kind of faith that will withstand the storms life throws at you. It’s a good thing that we only have to have the amount of a mustard seed. Sometimes that’s about all I can find. You won’t find even that much, though, if you treat him as the enemy or simply a passing acquaintance.”
I'm always in the mood for another thrilling read so when I had the chance to pick up this one, I couldn't wait to get started. The author does a fantastic job at pulling the reader in, leaving you questioning who this stalker (or stalkers?) is till the very end. While it seems that there would be an emphasis on the stereotype breaking body guard, I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't. That is, it wasn't all about how a woman shouldn't be in that line of work because she's weak, just that it was a different experience. Just when you think the stalker has taken it as far as it will go and they can't possibly take it any more extreme, you jump in hopes of saving the characters.
However, with all that said, I didn't rate it higher than a 3 star because there were significant points that dragged the rating down. This book is published by a Christian-based publishing group and while I didn't expect or require that the book be apparent in this way, the way that it was used seemed out of place and forced. As if the author went back once the story was finished and added in enough "God talk" to satisfy some standard. A second point which brought my rating down was that there was an emphasis on the male lead character being a psychiatrist and the female lead taking her role as body guard seriously but their interactions seemed so unprofessional, sacrificing it for the romantic intrigue in the story.
With a base line rating, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book but I wouldn't recommend against it either. It was overall an enjoyable and quick read but not one that I'll be keeping on my shelf. This book is most likely best fit for a the casual Christian reader.
Please note: I received this book for free from Revell Reads, a branch of Baker Publishing Group, in return for my honest review. All words and opinions expressed are my own.
With danger starting on page one, Always Watching provided my suspense fix. Bombs, shootings, and stalkers make this novel a page-turner. There is chemistry aplenty between main characters Wade and Olivia, although they try their best to keep their relationship professional. Hard to do, but necessary when the threats seem to come out of nowhere. I like Eason’s flowing writing style, the good balance of action and characterization, and the touch of romance that is not too much, not too little, but just right. For fans of romantic suspense, Always Watching is a great choice. Characters vary in their faith journeys, but the message is clear — God doesn’t leave us alone or without help. The narrator of the audiobook had a good sense of voice and timing, making this one easy to listen to.
For morning commutes or workouts or that weekend getaway, Always Watching is a good choice
This was a twist on the usual protection agencies that normally are all male or a mix and I liked how it work.
I received a copy of this book free to review from the publisher.
At the end of the book, I was startled to find out who was behind all of the bad things happening to Wade and his family. The motive was the kicker.
I didn't really buy the way that some things were handled, but it didn't stop me from enjoying he story.
From page 1, to the very end, this had my attention. There were definitely a few late nights!
I was immediately intrigued by Olivia's character. Rather terse, very quiet, and clearly with a history, I kept reading if only to find out about her. Then, of course, Wade.
I at first had a hard time getting into Eason's writing style, which is pretty stripped down. But it really worked for the type of story, and eventually it didn't bug me any more.
The plot was very well done; intense, fast-paced, without being too fast, and yet heartwarming. Details were revealed at just the right time, and Eason kept me guessing as to the identity of the stalker. The thread of romance was very sweet and subtle, which is just the way I like it. It did not feel forced or in-your-face at all. Kudos for that!
The ending was surprising, and there were a lot of nail-biting twists and turns leading up to it. While this is a series, it ended as if it was a standalone book, without any cliffhangers.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this suspense novel! I appreciated how it was very clean - yes, there was definitely some things I would not recommend for a younger audience, but there was no over-the-top graphic description of violence or gore, nothing sexual, etc. I would recommend this for ages 15 .
There were a few inconsistencies: at one point, Wade asks Olivia if he
I had a few people who could have been the female stalker--and one of my options was the woman. I didn't guess the accomplice until closer to the climax of the book.
I am looking forward to reading the other two books in this series.