I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Jardin Bay #2
Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
Genres: Coastal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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She can buy anything she wants…except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.
Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do — she just needs to find the courage to do it.
That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts
Late last year, I read the first of Jenny Schwartz’s Jardin Bay series, It’s Love, Dude, and I just loved it. As I so often am, I was intrigued by one of the secondary characters, Brodie, and was very keen to read the story of Zane’s younger soldier brother.
While a large portion of Hero Duty takes place clear across the other side of the country from Jardin Bay – in Sydney, the characters and Jenny’s wonderful storytelling make this change in location work really well.
So, here’s what I thought of Hero Duty!
Jessica has had a fairly rough trot, and not just lately. Despite her wealth, she’s been belittled and treated poorly by those around her, and very nearly ignored by her family. I love that even though she still struggles with her past and the anxieties that threaten to keep her down, she still takes ownership and tries to find a way to get through it.
Everyone needs an emotional bodyguard from time to time, and next time I do, I’m putting my hand up for one like Brodie. Sure, he’s got the hotness in spades, but what I loved so much about him was his character – intensely loyal, honourable and kind-hearted.
Even with the reasonably short period over which this story takes place, the progression of their relationship never feels anything but natural. I love the chemistry that exists between Jessica and Brodie, and the intimate moments that they share are suitably hot.
There are characters in Hero Duty that you will love, and ones that you will want to get slappy with (you’ll know who), but there are no cardboard cutouts inhabiting this story. I love how real and vivid the people and locations in Hero Duty are described. Even if you have never encountered people or places like them, it is easy to imagine them.
On the strength of this, and the other books of hers that I have read, I cannot wait to see what Jenny Schwartz has in store for us next.