The feel-good, unabashedly romantic, deliciously witty binge-read of Summer 2022!
“The Bodyguard is one of the top 5 romances in the past 10 years! Exceptional. Funny and super entertaining. Highly recommend!”
#1 NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
An instant New York Times bestseller!
A USA Today bestseller!
Recommended by #1 NYT bestselling author EMILY HENRY at the back of her blockbuster summer 2023 novel, Happy Place!
Named one of the funniest romance novels of the year in the Washington Post!
An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Books of the Year 2022 – Romance Category!
Nominated for Goodreads’ Best Books of the Year 2022!
Nominated for 2022 Book of the Year at Book of the Month Club!
A People Best New Books pick!
#2 on the Indie Next Great Reads List for August 2022!
Book of the Month’s most popular read for July!
A Library Reads Pick!
Nominated for SheReads Best of 2022 Awards!
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“My perfect 10 of a book. As funny and sweet as all the very best nineties rom-coms, but with Center’s signature heart-tugging depth. I wish I could erase it from my mind just to read it again for the first time. A shot of pure joy.”
#1 NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR EMILY HENRY
“Great rollicking fun! Prepare to laugh and swoon and grin your pants off. I lost count of how many times I laughed while reading. It was like a spoonful of sugar, or better yet, pure sunshine. A perfect feel-good romcom.”
NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR HELEN HOANG
“I sit down with a Katherine Center novel the way many do in front of a favorite holiday meal: with salivating, wide-eyed anticipation. As always, Center’s writing wallops readers with wisdom, wit, and a deep understanding of her dimensional characters. And The Bodyguard is pure, unvarnished delight. It sparkles bright with flirtation, banter, and the all-encompassing thrill of falling in love over a thousand tiny moments of connection. I closed this book with the biggest smile and the deepest, satisfied sigh.”
NYT & #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR CHRISTINA LAUREN
“Absolutely, unequivocally delightful.”
#1 NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT
“An irresistible, delightful, perfect read. Clear the calendar, settle in your favorite chair and enjoy every amazing word. Then tell your boss you’re going to need the next day off, because you’re going to want to read it again!!”
#1 NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUSAN MALLERY
“The Bodyguard was such a delight from the first page to the last. It was the experience from a book I’m always looking for and very rarely find.”
NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIE BUXBAUM
An instant New York Times Bestseller!!
A USA Today Bestseller!
Also mentioned in the USA Today print feature Kick Back and Enjoy a New Crop of Rom-Coms!
A PEOPLE Best New Books Pick!
“With speedy pacing and sexual tension for miles, this tale packs a punch.”
Nominated for BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR at GoodReads!
A nominee for Best Romance of the year! – VOTE NOW!
Nominated for BOOK OF THE YEAR at Book of the Month Club!
Also a three-peat Book of the Month Club selection!
“Protect and serve. That’s the job. But in this witty romance, the question is whose heart needs protecting?”
—BOOK OF THE MONTH
An Indie Next Great Reads Pick for August 2022 — RANKED #2 on the list!!
Independent booksellers all over the USA vote for their favorite new reads coming out every month and compile them!
“The Bodyguard is the perfect comfort read. You’ll feel your shoulders drop in the safety of the world of this book. There’s great chemistry between the characters and it’s a joy to get to know them. I’m already rooting for a movie version.”
— Tiffany Phillips, Wild Geese Bookshop, Franklin, IN
STARRED review from BOOKLIST!
“Utterly charming. Center’s latest might be her most winning yet, a classic romantic set-up with two appealing, sympathetic leads.”
Named one of the funniest romance novels of 2022 in The Washington Post!
“That The Bodyguard caused belly laughs is not a surprise. The movie version of Center’s novel The Lost Husband was a smash hit when it debuted on Netflix in 2020.”
—Sarah Wendell for THE WASHINGTON POST
A Library Reads Hall-of-Famer!
Librarians all over the country vote on their favorites for Library Reads. The Bodyguard is Katherine’s third book to make the list—and the book that put her in the Library Reads Hall of Fame!
“The twists and turns it takes are fun and interesting. A heartwarming story for fans of The Unhoneymooners and The Hating Game.”
—Sandy Ruhmann, Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI
An Amazon Editors’ Pick for BEST BOOKS OF 2022!
Amazon Editors chose The Bodyguard as one of the Top 20 Romances of 2022!
Named a Best Romance Read of July 2022 by Amazon Book Review!
“Hannah’s inner commentary throughout the novel is funny, sarcastic, and relatable, making this a witty and entertaining read.”
—Kami Tei, Amazon Editor
Q: What beach read are you most excited for this summer?
EG: Katherine Center’s The Bodyguard.
SheReads Best of 2022 Awards!!
Nominated in the Romance category for the best reads of 2022!
Fantastic review in Country Living’s Can’t Miss Beach Reads for Summer 2022!
“This fun new novel by Katherine Center feels like a summertime blockbuster. On the surface, it’s a light-hearted romance, but it packs a bit of an emotional punch (along with some actual punches!).”
Gorgeous Review from Reader’s Digest in Best Beach Reads for the Perfect Escape!
“If your perfect beach reads are sizzling romance novels mixed with laugh-out-loud foibles and a dash of fast-paced action, The Bodyguard is calling your name. This easy, breezy romp might easily become one of the best books to read on the beach this year.”
Awesome review at Book Riot for 8 of the Best Romance Novels out in July!
“Katherine Center’s writing here, as always, is emotionally astute, honest about the realities of life, and full of hope.”
Divine review in RealSimple’s Best Beach Reads to Toss in your Bag This Summer!
“Think Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard but with fake dating and gender roles reversed, plus the ending we all deserve. Simply put, this is the most delightfully perfect book!”
Named one of Ten Actually Good Books to read in 2023 by BuzzFeed!
“This book was just a good time, with a badass female bodyguard main character, a swoony actor love interest, and the most perfect small-town setting. I fell in love with this book, and I have a feeling you will too.”
Fun Review from Publishers Weekly!
“Center’s confection satisfies on its own terms.”
*Katherine was also featured in the print PW magazine for her talk at the Texas Librarians’ Association’s Evening with the Authors.
Great Review from Kirkus!
“Center brings her signature warmth and wit to this movie-ready premise, blending a heartwarming romance with quirky side characters and even a little bit of action. Hannah is an endearing and vulnerable lead underneath her serious, tough-girl exterior. Center delivers another satisfying, romantic read with a swoonworthy hero and a delightful main character.”
Full page feature in the Houston Chronicle!
“The Bodyguard is perfect for those in the mood for a funny, hard-hitting feel-good romance. This book has it all.”
Featured in Novels to Spice Up Your Summer at PopSugar!
“With plenty of lighthearted, funny moments and soft romance, Katherine Center delivers a thoroughly entertaining read with The Bodyguard.”
Featured in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer 2022 Reading Guide!
“With its endearing protagonists, adorable banter, winning sense of humor, and fun industry details for both leads, this one is piles of breezy fun.”
—MODERN MRS. DARCY
Charming review at The Everygirl!
“This book was so lighthearted and cute while also addressing serious issues of loss, trauma, and grief. I was totally obsessed with the voice of main character Hannah, and I found myself falling for Jack, too. The Bodyguard is an all around perfect book.”
Featured in multiple BuzzFeed reading round-ups!
The Best New Books Out This Week
Great review in The Santa Barbara Independent!
“This funny, feel-good rom-com is the perfect addition to your summer reading stack.”
—The Santa Barbara Independent
Great review from The Broomfield Enterprise!
“The Bodyguard isn’t just another rom-com. A hard-nosed boss, a crazed fan, a two-timing colleague — all add to the laugh-out-loud story. If this book hasn’t already been optioned for a movie, it should be.
—Kerry Pettis, THE BROOMFIELD ENTERPRISE
Featured on Book of the Month Club’s Virtual Book Tour Podcast!
“She is an expert in all things adorable, a BOTM 3peat author, and can give you the inside scoop on what makes a great kiss. In this episode, Katherine Center talks about her newest novel, The Bodyguard.”
Listen to the Interview HERE!
Lovely review—and interview!—at Great Day Houston!
“The Bodyguard is Katherine Center’s brightest, funniest book yet!”
—GREAT DAY HOUSTON
*Watch the interview HERE!
Interview with Olivia Fierro for Olivia’s Book Club!
“A fun, funny, romantic story about a strong woman and an annoyingly gorgeous guy. Readers love Center’s books because they make them laugh, cry, and feel all sorts of ways through the course of a story you can’t put down—and you can’t help smiling.”
—OLIVIA FIERRO, Olivia’s Book Club
Please enjoy the video of this podcast that Katherine did with Olivia Fierro of Olivia’s Book Club!
*NOTE! The ranch in The Bodyguard is based on Katherine’s grandparents’ real, actual Texas ranch that her family still operates. Click HERE to see a video of the ranch in all its lush, Texas gorgeousness!!!
That is the best word I can use to describe this gem of a book. I could not put this down once I started it. I craved it, wanted to savor it, and yet I couldn’t gobble it up fast enough.”
“I literally want to MARRY this book. I read the entire thing in one sitting and now I don’t know what I will do without Jack, Hannah and even ‘Bobby’ in my life anymore. This love story will go down in history as one of my favorites ever! Highly, highly recommend preordering this one!”
“This is one of my favorite rom coms of all time.”
“In a world sadly devoid of rom-coms, Center is the queen. Not only do I get all the feel good romance that my girly heart desires, but she also absolutely nails the comedy half of the equation. Sarcastic and witty, concise and punchy, Center’s books never fail to make me laugh out loud.”
“Hot damn this could not have been any more perfect than it was. My ideal romance. 10/10.”
“I am continuously in awe of the way Katherine Center can write characters that you want to root for and want to know in real life. Another book she knocked out of the park. If she wrote an instruction manual on how to put together a piece of furniture, I am quite certain I would read and enjoy it.”
“Two words…READ IT! Oh, my! This book is a perfect rom com! I loved Hannah and Jack and every minute of their story!”
“Holy crap this book was AMAZING!!! I went into this one not knowing what I was getting myself into, I really loved the cover, but did not read much of the synopsis. WOW was this so good. This book had everything I would ever want in a romance novel. AHHH I cannot rave about this one enough. 5/5″
“I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. Wow. Seriously you need to add this one to your TBR immediately.”
“This was adorable, and entertaining, and just so much fun! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was simply fabulous. I listened every spare second. I turned down watching my favorite show with my husband, didn’t make dinner, and the kids had to come and pause the book when they wanted to talk to me. I tried to turn it up and listen while I showered, but that didn’t work very well. I really loved Jack and Hannah and would love to revisit the ranch.”
“Funny. Relatable. Heartbreaking. Swoonworthy. Honestly one of the best and most realistic love stories I’ve read.”
“A MUST summer read.”
“I don’t know what kind of crack Katherine Center put into this book, but I want some more.”
“How much did I love this book? So much that I just finished it and am sitting in a weird contortion in bed to write this review while everything is still fresh in my mind. So much that I want to give myself the gift of finishing it by reading it again. So much that if I was going on the hiking adventure in Happiness for Beginners, the one book I’d bring would be this one. The Bodyguard is the most enjoyable book I’ve read in years! I mean laugh-out-loud-but-also-ugly-cry enjoyable. I loved Hannah’s and Jack’s authenticity and decency. I loved their banter and push-me-pull-you relationship. I love that Katherine Center addresses the insecurities that ALL women feel, reminding us that we’re worthy and deserving of great friendships, families, and a loving partner that makes us feel beautiful every day.”
“SCREAMING CRYING!!!! This is my all time favorite romance. I cant say too much, but goddamn I cried when they got together. 💓 I genuinely can’t with how much I enjoyed it 😩”
“Oh my God, I have to grab all the books this author’s written and gobble them up! She’s fantastic! This was such an entertaining read! I loved the author’s voice, funny in a very subtle way, injects the humor in the turn of the phrase so you’re surprised into chuckles when you least expect it, smile because the heroine is so droll. I was so riveted that I couldn’t put this book down.”
“Katherine Center can do no wrong.”
“Katherine Center’s writing was so good that I could vividly see every scene in my head as I read it. This story could be easily be made into a movie and be the best romance movie of the year. The Bodyguard was so beautifully written that it is my most favorite romance novel of 2022.”
Hannah is one of my all-time favorite Katherine Center heroines (and that’s saying something.) I loved how emotionally she was a mess but professionally she defied expectations and excelled. I’m going to be talking about this book all summer and beyond. And I’m going to work to be a Katherine Center completist too because I like every one of her books even more than the last. I read this book in my free time (and a little at work- shhhh) in under 24 hours. I just couldn’t put it down. The humor and the lovely characters, flaws and all, make this a great book to escape into.”
“I loved this book! Like love with all of my heart and soul! Relatable, genuine, believable characters, adorable clean romance, entertaining plot and I laughed out loud so many times. Witty banter, awesome MC, great supporting characters…I just can’t say enough good about this book.”
“I love Katherine Center!! She can make you laugh, swoon, and get teary eyed.”
“Gosh dang it. This book was just so good. I rarely get through a book in a single day, partly due to the timing of a busy life but mostly because even when a book is REALLY good I still find it easy to put it down. This book could not have been more opposite. Such a sweet book with a lovable and relatable protagonist. I was rooting for her every second of the book. I think I experienced every emotion while reading this book. Absolutely will be recommending this to everyone I know.”
“Are you kidding me? Easiest 5 stars i’ve ever given a book. Possibly my new favorite. No spice either. I was hoping a book like this existed. And it does. Miss congeniality vibes—go read this book asap.”
“This was so stinking funny. I haven’t laughed out loud like this in a long time. I have only read two other books of hers. This one is by far the best. I highly recommend this book.”
“Katherine Center called this book “pure sunshine” and I couldn’t agree more. Mentally put it in my ‘favorites’ category before finishing the first chapter.”
“Every time I read a new Katherine Center book, it becomes my new favorite. This was no exception. She infuses so much warmth and heart into her comedy and lighthearted romances that make them so delightfully sweet and memorable. Jack and Hannah are so utterly lovable, and I know this story will stick with me for a long time, just like all Center’s stories do.”
“I LOVE KATHERINE CENTER! I listened to this audiobook in like 1.5 days, pretty much just ignored my family to listen any chance I got. Am I surprised? No. I will read (and/or listen to) anything this woman writes!”
“Ok….I AM OBSESSED…in the best possible way! This book is EASILY my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. It gave me all the feels! It made me laugh out loud, shed a few tears, absolutely giddy, and the list goes on. I couldn’t get through it fast enough, but also the thought of it being over made me sad so I was trying to cherish every moment. I’m already wanting to reread it & I will be buying a copy for my collection. I highlighted what felt like half the book on my Kindle, so I can’t wait to tab the pages of the physical copy too.”
“Wow! She did it again. This was a totally heart warming romance that I would recommend to anyone. Katherine Center is one of my favorite authors and this is totally why.”
“Irresistible, witty, light-hearted and absolutely filled with wonderful charm. The Bodyguard captures you into a fun romance that puts a delightful spin on a bodyguard romance. A strong female lead who’s the bodyguard is a twist I absolutely adored. I could not put down this book. Katherine Center just gained another reader and I will be recommending this book to everyone. Run to your TBR list and write this title down. You will not want to miss it.”
“Let me start by saying I love me some Katherine Center. The writing was immaculate and kept me laughing, sobbing, happy and mad all in a few chapters. I could not put this down, devoured it in a few hours and was cheering for Hannah from the jump. Add this one to your TBR and you won’t regret it.”
“I didn’t like this book…I LOVED IT!! I love that Hannah and I were talking things through out the whole book, it made me really feel part of the story. I laughed so much during this book. This book has been one of my absolute favorites this year. For an amazing feel good, funny story The Bodyguard checks all this boxes and then some.”
“I once saw someone say that Katherine Center can do no wrong, and honestly they are correct. This book was so good. It brought me through all the emotions, and I fell in love with the characters. I couldn’t help but root for them.”
“This book! Katherine Center writes such interesting female protagonists. I loved Hannah. She’s complex – strong but insecure, capable but a klutz in relationships. And funny! I laughed out loud a number of times, but there were just as many lines that I highlighted for insight. This book made me feel all the right things. Highly recommend!”
“Best Katherine Center book ever! I will read anything Katherine writes. I loved everything about this book. It was laugh out loud funny. I was reading lines out loud to my husband, who also laughed out loud. This has to be my favorite book of the year so far. Please, do yourself a favor and buy this book as soon as it’s available.”
“5 / 5 ⭐️ Whew, it’s been a minute since I read a book in one sitting and for that to happen it has to be worth it. This one was SO WORTH IT. I loved it all. It’s the rom-com I’ve been waiting for, for what feels like forever. I giggled the whole way through, I cried, I smiled. I loved every character, the ranch, the family, the story. I need someone to make this into a movie—like yesterday.”
“An absolute DELIGHT. I did not want this book to end & could not put it down. I loved it so much. Katherine Center has such a gift for writing a mix of light and deep in the same book. I loved the characters in this book but also the story. It was the perfect Rom-Com and read completely like a movie. If you love movies like “Miss Congeniality” & “The Proposal”—do not wait to grab this book. It will make you laugh out loud, it will make you wish you could read it again for the first time. Truly one of my favorite books, the perfect vacation read—or when you just need something GOOD.”
“This book slayed me! So funny, so sad, so romantic. I loved it from beginning to end. Pardon me while I just sit around waiting until the next Katherine Center book comes out.”
“Katherine Center does it again—The Bodyguard is another of Center’s five-star novels. This author holds our hands down unfamiliar paths, makes us laugh and cringe, and when we think we might have arrived, she takes to a place of hope. And don’t we all need more hope right now? Bring on the next one!”
“Look no further, because this book stands high above all the rest. The Bodyguard is such a good read that sheds light on how loving others truly is a form of loving ourselves. I can’t wait for more people to read it! I highly recommend it!”
“Katherine Center continues to be one of my favorite authors and this book is now my favorite written by her. I loved Hannah and Jack and the way their story played out. I hate to admit this but I think I had tears in my eyes through most of the second half the book. I truly believe it’s because I connected with Hannah and the fact that she struggled with knowing if she was lovable (I know I struggle with this sometimes as I’m sure many of us do). If you get the chance to read this book, please do as it’s excellent!”
“The Bodyguard genuinely blew me away. I loved every second.”
“This one just gives you the warm and fuzzy feels, and is also really funny and Katherine’s wit shines through. You’ll want to grab this one before you head to the beach! Trust me, you won’t regret this fun sunshiney book.”
“The Bodyguard was absolutely precious and I loved every second of it. It’s not often a book can capture my attention so fully that I’d rather not do other tasks because I’d rather finish the story.”
“A Hollywood hunk and a regular yet kick-ass security guard form a pretend relationship in order to keep him safe—the premise of Katherine Center’s newest novel is just as much fun as it sounds. As always, Center creates a world with characters you can’t help but love (or despise), and turning to the last page was bittersweet. Center is one of my favorite authors for a reason.”
“This book was AMAZING. It is my new favorite book of all time. I loved the romance and I absolutely fell in love with the characters. I loved the playful banter and read most of it in one sitting. I highly recommend, it kept me on my toes and entertained all the time and was a very quick and fast paced read.”
“Absolutely loved this! Couldn’t put it down. Equal parts hilarious and swoony.”
“This book! It filled me with such joy! Reading Katherine Center’s words are like talking to an old friend: it’s easy, fun and you want it to last forever! I literally laughed out loud quite a few times. I just love how her words flow so effortlessly. I hope this is THE BOOK OF SUMMER 2022! I can’t wait until her next one. She’s one of my favorite authors! Be sure to follow her on Instagram. Her stories and posts will bring you even more joy and happiness, plus insights into her writing.”
“Everything Katherine Center writes is gold. So fun and heart-warming and all around perfect.”
“Have you been waiting for that perfect book that you just want to wrap up in the tightest hug and hold it close to your chest and tell it thank you because it made you laugh out loud endless times, and then made your heart happy?? I wasn’t particularly…..but this book did that for me 10x over. I love Katherine Center novels, they always give you the warm fuzzy feelings inside when you finish them…but this book in particular just left me so . . . joyful.”
“This is definitely going in my favorite romance books of all time. That might sound excessive but I adored this novel. I read it in one day and that never happens for me.”
“New fav read of 2022!! Love this book so much.”
“Katherine’s books always make me laugh and usually make me cry! This book was no exception. The reader gets to experience love, doubt, fear, bravery and courage. The characters seem like friends by the end of the book and I also found myself in this book, several different times. A book too good to miss!”
“This book made me laugh out loud so many times I couldn’t count!!! Definitely a feel good read.”
“Katherine’s writing is like a warm hug. The smell of fresh bread. It’s cozy, comforting and welcoming. Her humor comes through the pages. The characters literally jump off the page and into your heart. I absolutely ADORED this book!”
“Loveedddd loved loved this. It was so cute and funny. I loved the banter between Hannah and Jack. Hannah’s view of herself and the question of being lovable really got to me. I think we all kind of ask ourselves that question throughout life, but specifically I know I have. This book is my first of Katherine Centers but definitely not my last. I love her writing style and the TWIST that this took (iykyk) like realllly got me. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this.”
“Rating: 5 star (Can I give it more??) This is hands down Katherine Center’s best book. I LOVE LOVED this book. I definitely see this as a movie! I will say that this book has more romance than some of her other books.”
“This book was f*cking amazing and i loved it so much. Amazing concept, great plot, great characters and just overall loved it!!!! 5/5 for sure!!!”
“There is nothing I love more than a new book from Katherine Center! Katherine’s books are always an autobuy and auto recommend from me – and when I think she’s written her best yet – she goes and writes a new book that I love more than the next. This was the case with her newest, The Bodyguard.”
“I have read two other books by the same author, and have thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one takes the win. The writing is witty and funny, the plot is original, and the characters are amazing. This just became one of my favorite contemporary romances ever. Drop what you’re doing, and read it—you will NOT regret it.”
“Fantastic. While this book is full of humor, it also addresses the heavy topic of grief. Two characters who are from different worlds are pulled together through personal heartbreaks and tragedies. You get to follow their journey as they find their happily ever after. Truly a charming, addictive, joyous read!
“I am calling it now, this is going to be all over BookTok this summer! So refreshing, heartwarming, and downright fun! I really fell in love with Hannah, Jack, and the whole family. It has been a long time since I read a book that I truly loved start to finish like this one. I honestly didn’t want it to end.”
“I was not at all expecting how deadpan hilarious this book was! Every line, every page, just a complete gloriousness of adorable grumpy/sunshine with a super hot but believably down to earth actor. I also loved his family, and the Texas ranch, and the circus horse, and the crotchety bodyguard boss, and the shortness of the black moment at the end, and how the experience of reading this whole book was like having your body be made of butterflies. Many stars, would read again.”
“This book was outstanding. Katherine Center has done it again, but even better than ever.”
“I love everything Katherine Center has written and her newest book is just as good if not better. The banter between Hannah and Jack is so enjoyable to read and the book had such a good overwhelming theme of loving and forgiving yourself that it left me with a warm feeling in my heart when I was done.”
“THE BODYGUARD is Katherine Center at her best. She once again delivers a story that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. You will laugh, you will most certainly cheesy smile, you will ache for the characters, and without doubt you will be reminded that even though life can really kick you in the gut sometimes – you always have the choice to turn your days into something wonderful.”
“The Bodyguard is not only Katherine Center’s best and newest book, it’s the best romantic fiction book that I have ever read!”
“You know that question that you see ‘What is the last book that kept you up late at night reading?’ THIS. THIS IS THAT BOOK. I have really enjoyed all of Katherine Center’s books that I have previously read. This one is a little different as in it is a bit lighter. There isn’t an underlying heavy topic. This book is like being on vacation with good friends. This book made me smile. This book made me laugh. This book gives my heart a glowy-feeling.”
“The perfect summer read!”
“Katherine Center has a way of sneaking in life lessons for us all. She did so beautifully with The Bodyguard—almost made me teary. If you are need of a light, yet warm and ‘substantial-in-its-way’ novel to help you recover from something heavy, join me in my happy place and pick up a Katherine Center novel.”
“I freakin’ LOVED this one! The banter, the romance, everything was brilliant. I love Hannah and Jack’s whole dynamic was perfect. I can’t wait to read more of her books!”
—HONEY DUKES BOOKS
“This book truly surprised me. I expected to enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to take it in as heartily as I did. I simply could not put the book down. I devoured it from start to finish. It’s a lovely story of connection, self-growth, and searching for what is truly real in this world. I absolutely recommend.”
“OMG this was adorable and I love love loved it! Pre-order this one !”
“Pick up this book for a fake-dating/celebrity/badass woman story with lots of romance and a bit of suspense. This is a 2022 MUST-READ and you won’t regret it! I knew from the second chapter that it was going to be a 5 star read for me. And then I met Jack and I was a COMPLETE GONER for this book! I usually take notes about reactions to books and things I love about them as I read and my notes for this book ended up being about four times as long as they usually are. I loved it so much! This book is about love, but not necessarily in the way you think. Yes, there is a love story where two people find love with each other. It’s also about finding a way to love yourself despite your flaws and the bad things you’ve done and allowing people to love you. It’s about putting your love out in the world so you get love back.”
“You CAN judge Katherine Center’s books by their covers. They’re bright and bold and full of life! Center has such a unique voice. I adore the way her characters interact. But, most of all, I love the messages she infuses into her stories. I honestly didn’t want this one to end.”
“The Bodyguard more than delivered the sugar and sunshine I was craving. Call it a fictional refresher, if you will. A romantic reset for those of us who are in need of a bowl-full “oh, so this is love” sweetness. If I had to characterize this book in one word, I’d call it welcoming. There’s something warm and colorful and inviting about it. A lot of that has to do with Jack’s family, who had a While You Were Sleeping energy about them since they ushered Hannah into their ranks as if she already belonged there, but it also has to do with the slow burn trust and realness that grows between the main pairing. Jack becomes a safe space for Hannah to rest her head, to lay down her baggage, and she is someone who can see beyond his celebrity to see him for who he truly is: just a man . . . So cute and fluffy. Full of emotional self-discovery. Exactly what the love doctor ordered!
“The Bodyguard has everything! It is going to be the perfect beach reach this summer!! Fun, romance, suspense and an amazing story! I will always recommend Katherine Center but this is my favorite of her books to date.”
“Want to sit down and read a book that will make you laugh and smile to yourself because of fantastic character interactions that you can clearly see as if the rom-com movie was playing in front of you your television? Then read The Bodyguard.”
“This was such a fun read!! Laughed a lot. Grinned like an idiot a lot. Felt the love between the characters a lot. LOVED this book! And for me, this book was the right amount of rom-com and feel good! I could not put it down and would, in a heartbeat, see this movie!”
“HOLY HECK?? Fake dating?? Sunshine boy?? Grumpy girl?? Found family vibes? Ranch in the country vibes?? Girl who’s a bodyguard but scared of horses and cows?! Hot actor who is a genuine person and throws up over bridges? This book had me smiling the whole time!! Please preorder this book now!! I loved it. Well-written and relatable characters. Evil ex-boyfriend and the ending was AMAZING.”
“I absolutely loved this book and gave up all my Saturday plans so I could finish it in one sitting.”
“This book is everything I could have ever wanted in a rom-com! It was absolutely so funny and never had a dull moment! Hannah and Jack are probs one of my favorite book couples ever! Now I just have to go binge all Katherine Center’s other books.”
“This book is everything I could have ever wanted in a rom-com! It was absolutely so funny and never had a dull moment! Hannah and Jack are probs one of my favorite book couples ever! Also that Unhoneymooners reference, I literally loved that! I absolutely NEED a book two about Hank ASAP. Now I just have to go binge all Katherine Center’s other books.”
“This book was just pure sunshine.”
“This was an utter delight, start to finish. A genuinely funny, sweet romcom. I LOVED how voice-y it was. Hannah is hilarious, and so real. Even though she’s this strong, intelligent person, she’s still a person, and as prone to making mistakes as the rest of us. I gotta go read all of Center’s books because this was so fun, and such a breath of fresh air.”
“Katherine Center’s bold and brave characters never cease to enthrall me. She hits it out of the park again with the unlikely superstar and bodyguard combination. The Bodyguard was a quick, easy read which easily took me out of my world and into someone else’s. I loved every minute.”
“This book was fabulous and so fun! I’m convinced that Katherine Center has some sort of magical fairy dust that she sprinkles on her books as she uses her amazing writing skills so that they’re absolutely captivating. The Bodyguard drew me in from the start and it was an absolute joy to read. I did not want to put it down! I felt attached to the characters from the start and the pacing was perfect. I look forward to ordering this book and thoroughly enjoying reading it several times!”
“Ok—I have a book hangover. I feel so attached to these characters and I am so sad that this story is over! I want this book to be a movie because of the fantastic dialogue! Jack Stapleton is my new book character crush. Between stalkers, Hannah’s ex-boyfriend, cows, horses, an angry brother and the fun cast of characters that we encounter in this story, you will read this one in one sitting and you will be left wanting more. This one will be the hit of Summer 2022. 5 stars!”
“I read it in a day! This is my 4th Katherine Center book. She is author I didn’t know I needed!”
“I want to expand my rating system to give this more stars. All of the stars. A GALAXY OF STARS. The premise of The Bodyguard had me intrigued, but within a few pages I was 100% hooked. I read this in a single sitting, felt bereft that it was over, and then did what any normal person would do and immediately started Happiness for Beginners . . . and then finished THAT before bed. I officially have Katherine Center problem and I’m not mad. The Bodyguard is sweet, hilarious, and SO much FUN. Hands down my favorite book of 2022 so far. I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long while.”
“Block out your day when you pick this one up, because you won’t be able to put it down. It’s so stinkin’ cute!”
“This book is a ray of sunshine! This author has the ability to tell a romance story with unique characters that is jam packed with humor and heart. This book is laugh out loud funny. From the cow whose lick had intentions to the Hollywood heartthrob who moonlights as a horse trick cowboy, I giggled with delight. Though this book has a fantasy premise, the characters were grounded and ordinary in the best way possible. This book is such a delightful read, full of heart and endless laughter.”
“The Bodyguard was just pure joy to read. I laughed, I cried, I gasped. I felt all the things. There is so much wit to Center’s writing and the story feels so immersive. I know this is a story that will stay with me just as other works of hers have.”
“This book was just swoon, I was smiling the whole time while I read this book. The banter between Jack and Hannah is unmatched and it was so sweet it almost hurt my teeth. I loved the concept and the family dynamics, definitely a perfect summer and beach read book. I can’t wait to re-read it.”
“I LOVED this book! I laughed out loud, I cried, and I even got goosebumps. It was fun and sad and uplifting and awesome. It’s everything I ever want in a story.”
“My sister-in-law introduced me to Katherine Center a year ago and since then I have read and LOVED every book she’s written. The Bodyguard was everything I hoped it would be and more. I adored every page and wish it could have been 200+ more pages as I loved the characters and story.…it’s that good. It’s easy for me to fly through her books, but their impression on me lasts much longer. They always stick with me and make me think!”
“Her books just feel like free therapy, and I can’t explain it any other way.”
“There are not enough good things I can say about Katherine Center’s writing. Her books make my heart happy and The Bodyguard just might be my favorite to date. The characters were deeply complex and undeniably lovable. Hannah is an absolute badass and she and Jack both break stereotypes around their perceived personas. The storyline was perfectly paced between character building and excitement. There isn’t a single thing I didn’t love about this book.”
“Can I give this one fifteen stars? Because I really want to! I mean, I just fell head over heels for this book. Hannah?! ADORABLE. Jack?! SWOON! Doc & Connie?! I mean come onnnn. Katherine absolutely crushed it with this character lineup! From start to finish, The Bodyguard is a five star read!”
“The Bodyguard was just what I needed! Couple of teary-eyed “awhh’s” and “is this seriously happening??” moments, with enough witty banter to keep my cheek muscles at work, this book stole my heart from the beginning. A big five stars from me.”
“I have a new favorite Katherine Center book! This one was fantastic. I laughed out loud, I teared up – all the things! I found the characters so lovable – even the supporting characters. Deeper than a “typical” rom com, this storyline involved depth – healing from family trauma, learning to love yourself. Center brilliantly weaves it all in. Don’t miss this book!”
“This book was an absolutely joy to read.”
“Jack and Hannah are some of the most lovable and vivacious characters I’ve ever met. Katherine Center’s writing is so authentic, you forget you’re reading a fictional story. “You’re hired with great fanfare!” was one of my favorite lines of the book. Center created so many funny one-liners, banter that made me grin obnoxiously at my phone, and extremely insightful reflections about life and grief and love. She naturally incorporates some classic romance tropes while also creating a story that is entirely unique.
“The best yet . . . amazingly talented author.”
“LOVE Katherine Center!! Her writing style is so natural and even stories that I would normally think of as ‘No way would this happen’ seem to be totally realistic and possible! This storyline is no different. I love the take on the stereotypical ‘Bodyguard.’ It makes so much sense when she writes it. The details and descriptions are so well crafted that now I want to see EVERY Jack Stapleton movie! If you’ve loved Katherine Center’s previous works, you’ll love this one. If you’ve never read her books, then do yourself a favor and start now with this one! Another Win!”
“This book gets all the stars!! Pre-order this NOW!!”
“This book was a super cute, pg-13, rom-com. I laughed out loud countless times during this book. I loved the fake dating trope. The drama, the romance, character growth, forgiveness, the family problems, the tension and chemistry—AMAZING.”
“Y’all, this book is DELIGHTFUL. I loved every minute with the feisty bodyguard and her Hollywood hunk.”
“The only reason I didn’t finish this in one sitting is because I made the mistake of planning to just read one chapter right before bed and accidentally staying up until 2:30 am. A girl’s gotta sleep. This was my first Katherine Center book, but it won’t be my last! I fell in love with the characters almost immediately. There’s no way this won’t become a movie one day. It was a familiar storyline told in a fresh way. Absolutely delightful. Loved every page.”
“Words cannot express how much I love The Bodyguard! Katherine Center has created an absolutely perfect romantic comedy.”
“Wow. Honestly, wow! What an incredibly compelling, fun, emotional, and encompassing love story! I have never read anything by this author before, but now I’m a HUGE fan! I love the way she approaches dealing with grief, betrayal, mental health, guilt, obsession, all of the things real life humans go through during the course of our lives, but so often get completely glossed over in romance. She didn’t let it drag her into a dark depressing sob story either, she did everyone justice and made it something you WANT to read! I’ve already recommended this book to multiple people because I absolutely LOVED it! Well written, great story line, and I FELT what these two felt, I ached with them, worried with them, yearned with them, grieved with them, loved and hoped with them! Absolutely well done!”
“Katherine Center writes the perfect rom coms, always a compulsively readable mix of romance with drama thrown in. This is the perfect beach read, and is the best upcoming summer release I’ve read this year.”
“All in all, one of my fave books of 2022. I can’t wait to have a copy on my book shelf.”
“I’ve heard Katherine Center described as a great gateway to romance. I would agree. Her books have low steam and unique premises, and they are bursting with the heart that romance readers long for. This book in particular felt like sunshine and joy.”
“Someday I will finish a book by Katherine Center and not be crying like a baby at the end; today was not that day. Look, this book has everything: bodyguard heroine! Sunshine hero! Fake dating! Forced proximity! Only one bed! A piggyback ride because you’re wearing the wrong shoes! I love this book, and I can’t wait to make a bunch of people read it.”
“I loved it!! I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. I was at the edge of my seat. It has been a while since I’ve read a book that I haven’t been able to put down.”
“Katherine Center is such a beautiful author. This is the second book of hers that I’ve read and so I think I can say with confidence that she writes amazing stories about bad things happening to good people. I always find plenty of sound if not simple advice in her books. She writes about genuinely good people that have just been through a rough time, and that’s most of us. Life is hard but Katherine has a way of making the ugly beautiful and bringing us out the other side intact. Love this author, loved this book!”
“To me, this story is like a hug. Comforting. Reassuring. Tender. And the longer it lasts, the more it warms your heart.”
“Reading a Katherine Center book is like eating comfort food…it just makes you feel good! I loved this book & skipped it up my reading list because I really wanted to read it. Jack & Hannah are great characters and their chemistry was amazing. I appreciated the healing that the characters do in this story and the message that even in your darkest hour things can turn around. That’s one thing I appreciate about Center’s stories: that they may seem like fun rom coms but there is always an underlying strong, positive message for readers.”
“The Bodyguard is absolutely perfect! The chemistry between characters, the details that make you become invested in the story, the twist not being the twist I thought it would be—all perfect!”
“What a gift this turned out to be! This book is a pure delight. I ripped through this book because the journey to the end was an absolute romp, magically engineered by the author. I could not love this more! Bravo.”
“I’ve had a string of really good books lately and this one is at the top! It’s the perfect beach read and my absolute favorite Katherine Center book I’ve read! Highly recommend this one – run and grab it when it releases in July! ”
“I 👏 love 👏 this 👏 book!! It’s so light and fun. It made me laugh, it made me swoon—I could literally feel my heart bursting at times. I just adore these characters. Center’s author’s note at the end hits the nail on the head, talking about how much laughter, love, and joy matter and how a right story at the right time can be so uplifting and nourishing. I could have spent 1000 more pages with Hannah and Jack and it wouldn’t have been enough. Loved it. A million times over.”
“This was one of my favorite reads lately!!! Katherine Center always hits the mark for me. I love her storytelling and her outlook on love. If you want a heartwarming contemporary romance that will both make you laugh and pull on your heartstrings, The Bodyguard is it!”
“Oh my actual adorable-ness. In a crowd of cheesy, poorly-written, trope-filled rom-com beach reads, The Bodyguard stands head and shoulders above the rest of its genre neighbors. Does it have tropes?? Honey, it does! This is Win A Date With Tad Hamilton meets The Wedding Date meets Miss Congeniality, but Katherine Center manages to make it all work, and in such a charming, artfully-done way that I didn’t even realize it was happening until I was tearing up over the final pages. This book hits all the good notes, with humor, sincerity and just enough suspense. THIS is your beach read for 2022!”
“I absolutely adored this book! I lost count of how many times I laughed out-loud and smiled to myself. The pacing of the story was wonderful and I found myself not wanting to put it down.”
This book was everything I needed. In true KC fashion, will make you swoon, kick you in the teeth, and go through a box of tissues all in one! It’s the kind of book you can’t put down because it just makes your heart feel good. Katherine Center, you never disappoint. This was my favorite book of the year.”
“This book had me laughing out loud so many times. I love it when an author is smart and witty with dialogue. It’s a hard thing to be great at and Katherine Center nailed it.”
“Katherine Center knocked it out of the park with The Bodyguard. Witty, funny, quick, and smart are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe the protagonist Hannah and this book. I sat down and read this in one sitting and could not have loved it more. Definitely add this to your summer TBR. I fully expect this to be turned into a rom com movie ASAP!”
“It’s such a thrill that Katherine Center has written an unpredictable story about a-typical MCs. After reading about a million books thus far, it’s hard to get surprised by a novel, harder still to fall completely in love with the story and the characters. And yet, Center has done it again … made me laugh and cry and gasp in surprise. Hands down one of my favorite reads this year.”
“I love a good rom-com, and The Bodyguard by Katherine Center is just perfection. Sweet, charming and absolutely amazing.”
“This was such a delight! Hannah Brooks is your not-so-typical bodyguard, and after a terrible week, finds herself on a not-so-typical assignment to protect actor Jack Stapleton. Great banter ensues! I loved getting to know these characters, and the dialogue was *chef’s kiss.* I could totally see this adapted as Netflix’s new rom-com; it didn’t even feel like I was reading!”
“This book is perfect. Simply perfect.”
“I absolutely LOVED this book! I was so excited to win an advanced reader’s copy! I loved the fake dating trope between the two main characters, Hannah and Jack. The ending was a shock but in the best way possible! I’m going to recommend this book to everyone I know!”
“DELIGHTFUL! MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD MULTIPLE TIMES. First Katherine Center I’ve ever read and it won’t be my last!”
“Katherine Center does it AGAIN! I crushed this in less than 24 hours and I didn’t want it to end. I was hooked from the very beginning and could not put this book down. I encourage you to pre-order this and read all of Center’s other books while you wait!!!”
“The Bodyguard by Katherine Center might just be my new favourite comfort read. It is absolutely everything I was looking for in a romance book. Hannah is an executive protection agent assigned to protect Jack, a famous movie star. Already, I am swooning. Jack does not want his family to know he’s in danger so Hannah has to pretend to be his girlfriend. Let me tell you, I am obsessed with this book!”
“The Bodyguard is my new favorite Katherine Center book! It was the feel good story I didn’t know I needed. I smiled, laughed and fell in love with all the characters. Highly recommend!”
“Well Katherine Center does it again. How she manages to write these endearing sweet love stories with just enough of real life peppered in is beyond me. I am not a big romance reader but I cannot get enough of her books. They are low steam, but the kisses are enough to have you fanning yourself. In this one I kept being delightfully surprised at the twists and turns of the plot. And the main characters were *chef’s kiss* perfection.”
“I absolutely adored this book. It is feel-good, laugh and swoon and smile and stay up late to finish five-star quality rom com greatness.”
“I’m calling it! This will be the feel-good film… I mean book… of the summer! The cover is adorable, the premise is so much fun, and Jack Stapleton is the man candy we all need right now. The Bodyguard was a delightful read that had me laughing and swooning with every word.”
“I love Katherine Center; her books always have a way of sucking you in. The writing is smart, and funny, and completely engaging. It was a riveting read. I didn’t want to stop reading because I was so desperate to know what happened next.”
“‘The Bodyguard’ is perhaps one of my favorite reads of the entire year. I laughed out loud with the characters and felt their emotions so strongly because of how amazing this book was written. I absolutely adored this book and I cannot say it enough. I will be raving about this book for months to come and forcing all of my friends to read it once it comes out!”
“What a treat, like a box of candy that was an unexpected gift. While contemporary romance is not my go-to, this book was a delight. Center gives us the characters I’ve come to expect from her, a multitude of laugh-out-loud moments, and a story that I finished in two days.”
“Sweet and happy endings all around. Katherine Center writes the perfect rom-com every time.”
“The Bodyguard was the most addictive book I have read in a long time. I could not put it down. I wanted to stay up late to keep reading it and ditch all of my plans until I had finished it. I loved Hannah. I loved Jack. My husband caught me smiling while reading this and I even laughed out loud. The book did get a little deeper and pull at my heart strings as Jack revealed a big family secret. I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in a LONG time. It was perfect!”
“I absolutely loved everything about this book and highly recommend. I just finished reading and I just want to read it again!”
“The Bodyguard had ALL the Feels! This book dug deep and examined the painful parts of its characters’ lives and was all about accepting people for who they are. Kudos to Katherine Center for going there! The Bodyguard also had lots of witty banter, and many laugh-out-loud moments as well. This is yet another winner from Katherine Center.”
“I laughed, I gasped, I got mad, I was surprised and I cried. I can’t believe the emotion this book brought out in me. I loved it so much and I related to Hannah in a way I’ve never connected to a character in a book. I felt like I was her experiencing the things she did. I felt like I knew each character because the author made them real people to me. The story was unique and well written. I have loved every book written by Katherine Center. Add this to your book shelf. You won’t be disappointed.”
“This was utterly delightful! really enjoyed the protagonist’s narration—approachable and genuinely funny. These characters were so tender and heartfelt and I loved them. 10/10 pitch perfect romcom.”
“This was so good! I couldn’t stop smiling the whole book because it was so cute and I really like the characters. Katherine Center books are always a sure thing and I think this book is her best work yet!”
“I would give this way more than 5 stars if I could! This author is amazing! I know I am reading fiction but she brings the characters and story alive. That is her unique talent. The story is magical and unputdownable! I simply adored it and it is added to my ‘best ever books’ list.”
“This book was exactly what I needed!!! I devoured this book—I couldn’t put it down. I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!!! If you’re looking for a truly amazing book you will want this one because it’s filled with:
Page turning moments
Amazing family (Jack’s = one of a kind!)
FUNNY moments (COW COW COW and More COW) HAHAHAHA
I highly recommend this book! As it also deals with self acceptance! What a wonderful book all the way around. Can’t stress enough how much I loved this book from start to finish!!! 6 stars from me! (Can I give 6? Idk… but I just did!!)”
“The Bodyguard is Katherine Center at her best. This book has so much heart. It made me laugh out loud at some points and tear up at others. It manages to be emotional, romantic, light hearted and poignant all at the same time. Absolutely fantastic!”
“Wow this book was amazing!! Honestly such a refreshing read that had me crying, laughing and swooning.The perfect mix of seriousness and rom com sweetness.”
“I absolutely LOVED this book! Hannah and Jack are great- completely different from what I went in thinking they would be. I loved the story, the characters, the humor, the character development, everything.”
“I’m not sure what makes Katherine’s books so compulsively readable, but this was a reading at 3am and then waking up early to finish book.”
“Why, yes, I did in fact squeal when I received an advance copy of The Bodyguard. Why? Because Katherine Center writes the best couples ever. Every single time. Forget all those great, classic couples of history because once you read a story with Margaret and Ian, Cassie and Owen, Jake and Helen, Duncan and Sam—and now Hannah and Jack—all those other couples will fade into boring nothingness. It’s the descriptions of the feelings. Oh, those feelings. Center describes indescribable feelings and makes you feel them. They grab you and hold you tight, page after page after page. Katherine Center is a master when it comes to writing a story that feels so real you forget it’s fiction. Her books are the gift that keeps giving. As soon as you finish the most, most, most satisfying story you sigh, put your hand over your heart, and read the book all over again – or at least the good parts! Which really means the entire book because they are all good parts. If you want a story that will make you laugh, cry and think, with amazing characters and a good, solid plot The Bodyguard is for you. I recommend it and anything else by this fabulous author without hesitation.”
“When I pick up a Katherine Center book, I know exactly what I’m getting: a perfectly executed plot with character self discovery and growth and low/moderate smut. Her low smut rating is 100% forgiven because her books are just so damn good! I really loved this one—as I do all @katherinecenter books. Center is able to tell a great love story with humor, empathy, and fantastic characters. While low on smut, it’s high on love. This book was so good, I really have no snark to give. Def recommend!”
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“This is a ‘breath of fresh air’ story, that will have you smiling, laughing and maybe even tearing up a time or two!”
“This was such a fantastic laugh-out-loud read. I devoured it in a single afternoon and would recommend it to all rom-com fans out there. If you’re a fan of badass ladies who can jujitsu and lovable golden retriever love interests, this is the rom-com for you! Plus, I love the family aspect and lesson behind it too. Can’t recommend this enough, probably one of my favorite rom-com reads of the year!”
“This was a delight. Seriously an adorable delight! I loved the twist on gender roles, the adorable banter, and the interpersonal friend/work dynamics. Basically I loved everything about this book. Katherine Center did a delightful job with this book. I was rooting for Hannah and Jack before they even spoke a word to each other. I completely devoured this book in one sitting. No seriously, I could not put it down. From this day forward I will read everything she writes.”
“I loved it! And I’m now totally certain I’ll read anything Katherine Center writes.”
“The story contains everything a great novel should and you feel so many emotions: sorrow, anger, joy, pain, and happiness. Center writes beautifully and shows us flawed characters who learn about each other and themselves as their relationship grows and changes. This book is so immersive and you get really invested in Hannah’s story because she is so well written and so real that you really care about what happens to her.”
“I absolutely love Katherine Center’s writing style and books! She makes it so easy to fall in love with her main characters (which I did). Solid 5 stars! I would give it 10 if it was an option.”
“Made me sooo happy! I was laughing out loud (my 3 year old thinks I’m crazy!) definitely recommending this to anyone who want to feel good and feel allll the feels!”
“Katherine Center books always help me escape reality. I turn to her stories for true escapism from our troubled world. The Bodyguard made me literally laugh out loud at parts! Especially during the cow scene (IYKYK). This book makes a wonderful beachside or poolside read. Super lighthearted and just all around great book! If you love carefree, laidback reads check this one out. Katherine is definitely now an auto buy author for me.”
“As usual, Katherine Center knocked it out of the park. I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the characters and the story so much. I laughed, I cried, I swooned.”
“Both Hannah and Jack are dealing with their own complexities of family, identity, self image, guilt, worth, and more. This is what this author does well in that she touches on themes that many of us wrestle with and works through them honestly and believably with her characters. Together Jack and Hannah find a way to navigate through what they are told and believe about themselves while finding a way toward each other.”
“Katherine Center has been called the Queen of Comfort Reads and I couldn’t agree more. Her books are like a warm hug. It’s easy to get lost in her stories for a whole day or two of binge-reading (I wish they lasted longer, honestly)! There’s always a moral in the story that leaves me feeling warm and tingly inside, wishing to see the world in a more positive light. This story was simply a delight to read and I highly recommend putting it on your summer to-read list!”
“I loved everything about this book. From beginning to end. It was so much fun! Everything you’ e come to expect from a Katherine Center book. Five huge stars.”
“My favorite Katherine Center book yet. It could not put it down, I read it in a day. The story swept you along just like the Brazos river, with unexpected twists and turns. The story takes you from feeling heartbreak to laughing over and over. The story has complex characters who develop through the story. I appreciate that we see characters in crisis and having mental health issues being treated with compassion and getting help. The author gives us a satisfying ending.”
“This is one of the best books I have read this year. In fact, I read it in one day because I couldn’t put it down.”
“The tension was so good, the setting was amazing, and the characters were amazing. I LOVED that the third act drama MADE sense and wasn’t just through immaturity of the characters. SO GOOD.”
“This book was amazing!! I normally read super slow on my kindle but I blew right through this one! The storyline was so put together and well written and I felt so connected to all the characters. Hannah is one of the best heroines I have seen and I love that she is so strong and independent despite all her loses. Also a female bodygaurd?? YES PLEASE.”
“If Katherine Center writes it, I’ll read it. No questions asked.”
“This author’s intentionally joyful outlook on life is apparent in this story, and if I want a romantic read that is fun, poignant, and overflowing with genuine joy, I only need to pick up a Katherine Center book.”
“THE BODYGUARD, within pages, had me not only giggling and totally swooning for Jack Stapleton, but also falling completely in love with these outrageously entertaining characters. I loved this book. It was hilarious, heartwarming AND heartbreaking, and the steady growth of affection between Hannah and Jack was so absolutely perfect that I immediately want to reread just to experience it all again.”
“I absolutely loved this book.”
I loved this. Like, I was honestly surprised just how hooked I was when I started this book. I do read the occasional romance, though it isn’t my favorite genre, but it’s books like this one that remind me why I pick up romances.”
“Katherine Center writes in a way that makes you want to sit down and not get back up until you get to the very end of the book. I LOVED the Bodyguard. I loved everything about it. Jack and Hannah were such well written characters and I adored the storyline, it was so different! I loved the growth of the two main characters and the supporting characters were a fun bunch too (minus Bobby). Katherine Center knocked it out of the park yet again. She could write an instruction manual and I would sit down and read it and love every single second. Her books are incredible!!”
“This book brought tears to my eyes. Katherine Center writes the interactions so sweetly. It is also a page turner, I did NOT want to set this book down.”
“I almost read this in two sittings which is astoundingly rare for me. I just enjoyed this so much from page one as the story just continuously moved every page until the very end. My favorite thing about this book was there was no lag time. Pure enjoyment! I always think the latest book from this author is my favorite, and she just keeps stepping it up another notch.”
“5 sparkling stars! I was over-the-moon to have won an advanced copy! But then, this story. It just took me for this incredible ride. I smiled, I laughed, I cried. I loved being a part of Hannah and Jack’s world! Thank you, Katherine Center!”
“Another knockout book!”
“Ok I lovedddd this book! I read it in one day. I’m sad it’s over. I want Netflix to pick it up as a movie with Anna Kendrick as Hannah. Running to read more by Katherine Center as this was my first but definitely won’t be my last!!”
“Ahhhh-mazing!!!! I haven’t read anything by Katherine before but I was blown away. I read this in just one day. I loved everything about this. I love me some flirty fighting as well as badass heroines. The writing was so smooth and easy. I loved the character development and depth. Make sure to pick this one up when it comes out. You won’t regret it.”
“The ending was divine. A must read.”
“This was the first book I’ve ever read by Katherine Center and I have to tell you when they say she writes comfort reads they are not lying. I received an advanced copy of this book and sat down to read it wrapped in my electric blanket and stayed there until I finished it. This book is everything it says it is in the description but it is even more. The characters are so likable. I think what really sold me was how impressed Jack was of Hannah. He was not intimidated by her or the fact that she could beat him up if she wanted to. Normally I am a romance novel reader, and while this had plenty of swoony moments, it wasn’t your typical romance read. This was two people finding their way through grief together but separately. They genuinely care for one another and are just so stinking cute. I laughed out loud at several parts and will for sure reread this one again.”
“Loved this book from start to finish! Top read of 2021!!! Jack is my new book boyfriend and I loved Hannah! This book has put me in a total book hangover! “
“The Bodyguard is a great read which will make you laugh out loud. The characters are brilliantly written whether you love them, like them or dislike them. She places a few perfect plot twists which keep you turning the pages in another fabulous book by Katherine Center. I have read all of Center’s book and it doesn’t matter which one you choose they are all fabulous!”
“ALL THE FEELS with this book. Katherine Center is one of my very most favorite authors and her latest is hands down, my favorite book by her. This could quite possibly be my favorite book of the year. I loved every second, the story, the characters, the plot and the setting. Highly recommend!”
“I loved this story! I have adored all of Katherine Center’s books, but I think this one is my favorite.”
“I had to read this feel-good story in one sitting. A delight! I absolutely adore this novel and I can’t praise this book enough! I was smiling and laughing to myself while reading. I found it fascinating from start to finish with such a unique storyline. I love the vulnerability that was presented in the writing. This book was exhilarating, romantic, charming, fun, and swoon worthy.”
“I have yet to come across a book from Katherine Center, and not love it. The Bodyguard was no exception.”
“HOLY COW I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Katherine Center writes the best characters. I loved the whole ensemble of Glenn’s crew and Jack’s family. Jack and Hannah were both just wonderful. This book was laugh out loud funny, sweet, and touching. I didn’t want it to end!”
“It was a fun and unique plot, filled with heartwarming moments (I loved how Hannah found a family in Jack’s family), healing journey for both of them and a sweet romance. Katherine Center makes me laugh one minute and cry the other minute. She always leaves me with hope, a smile on my face and a more confident view of humanity. She didn’t disappoint here! Just read it!”
“I give out 5 star reviews sparingly so I am delighted to whip one out for this absolute darling of a book. I flew through this in two days, and will be recommending it to everyone looking for a sweet and gentle book to get them through these hard times.”
“This ain’t your mother’s bodyguard! (If you were hoping for Kevin Costner check out Yellowstone). Here The Bodyguard is a woman, the client she is assigned to protect a superstar (and super sexy) actor. All right, this is a gender-bending take on the 1992 Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner classic, but the only thing they have in common is the title (and in a sentimental nod to the late singer, the story takes place in Houston). While The Bodyguard movie was all divas, drama, and darkness, Katherine Center’s novel is sweet, simple, sunny. Even the stalker Hannah Brooks is trying to keep away from Jack Stapleton is more charming than chilling. But the storyline of an overzealous fan sending handknit sweaters and nude photos to a man she’s never met is really the subplot. The Bodyguard is more about family, loyalty, and dealing with devastating loss—things that transcend fame and fortune. The Bodyguard is the feel good novel of 2022. And we’re all ready for more feel good moments in the coming year.”
“If you want a gem of a rom-com that takes you exactly where you want to go, THE BODYGUARD is it.”
“‘I feel like I’ve been lost all my life until now—and somehow with you I’m just . . . found.’
Katherine Center just does something to me. She has a way with words and what she writes just . . . works. I loved Hannah and her fear of being unlovable. I swooned over Jack Stapleton and his crooked glasses and broken heart. And together they were just wonderful. Like being home. It was such a privilege to see Hannah fall in love with his family and let her guard down. This book was adorable.”
“Read it in a day and it was exactly what I needed. So sweet, uplifting, funny, and charming. Add this to your summer TBR! And in the meantime, go read her entire backlist, if you haven’t yet! Each one of them is so special!”
“I have now completed every Katherine Center book in the universe. MUHAHA This one is on my top two (The first one, Happiness for Beginners, was excellent.) Not to mention I binged the HELL out of it. I felt compelled to do it and you will too, trust me . . . This is the best feel good book of 2022. Run to the library to request it or sprint to your nearest bookseller. This one is going to be BIG!”
“Just read the book. I guarantee, if you have a heart, you will love it. I highly recommend this book and everything Katherine Center writes.”
“Ever since I read my first Katherine Center book, she became a must-read, drop everything author for me. So when The Bodyguard made its way into my hands eight months before publication, naturally, I dropped everything. As with all the other KC books I have read, The Bodyguard was everything I hoped for and more. All the feels in the all the right places, emotional where I needed it to be, heartwarming where appropriate and of course, the charm I’ve come to love from each and every one of Center’s novels.”
“Hands down now one of my top three favorite romance novels. It’s a funny, sweet and steamy love story before there’s sex, or even a single kiss. The dialogue is the foreplay. You can ‘hear’ them falling in love with each other. I found myself rereading the dialogue between Hannah and Jack aloud just to hear it again, which I never do. The dialogue alone is worth the read.”
“OMG I just died from the cute.”
“I was already a Katherine Center fan, and just reading a few pages of this book reminded me why. I love her writing and ability to draw me in instantly. And I fell head over heels for The Bodyguard. It’s a happy, funny, feel-good breath of fresh air! There is strong chemistry, witty banter, and some laugh-out-loud moments. But also really poignant moments where Hannah and Jack deal with their struggles, family issues, and emotional growth.”
“This might be my new favorite Katherine Center book. I laughed out loud, I smiled so many times and I highlighted a ton of quotes. I kept wanting to stop everything else.”
“Katherine Center kills me with every book. One minute I am just bopping along, reading a sweet and fun romance, and then BOOM I am sobbing because I’ve been smacked in the face with a beautiful and much-needed life lesson. How does she do it every time!??? Reading a KC book is like having the best, soul-filling conversation with your dearest friend.”
“This book was Katherine Center at her finest, once again. Laughs, romance, action, and drama all rolled into one all at the right time and right doses. For some reason I kept picturing Jack as Ryan Reynolds (which didn’t hurt things one bit) and I loved how Hannah and Jack’s relationship evolved throughout the book. The only thing I didn’t like, besides Robby and his douchebag ways, was that I read the book so fast and now it’s over.”
“I found my new favorite Katherine Center novel! I devoured this story in two evenings, fully invested in the transition from fake dating to love. Add to that, the badass female bodyguard main character!”
“Don’t let the cover fool you, The Bodyguard is absolutely a romance but it’s not a light romance. or just a romcom. Katherine Center has a talent for not just giving great story, but also finding a way to incorporate universal themes like loving one’s self and managing grief into her tales, always leaving a lasting impact on the reader. I couldn’t help but fall for Hannah Brooks and Jack Stapleton, and I think you will too.”
“5 Stars!!Have you ever read a book and thought—”This was exactly what I needed at this time”? That was The Bodyguard for me. I am so happy this was one of my first reads of 2022 and I absolutely fell in love with it. What unfolds is a heartwarming story of learning to heal old wounds and finding love in unexpected places. You can’t help but smile at Hannah’s wit and determination and you will 100000% be swooning over Jack. Beautiful, feel good, must read of 2022! Officially “The book I needed this year.”
“What a wonderful book! Just loved it! Once I started reading, I finished the next day. Such a feel good book with lovable characters. Katherine Center’s books are just perfect. I see this a being on the GoodReads Choice awards for 2022, it will have my vote.”
“Pick this one up. You won’t be sorry.”
“I’ve loved all of Katherine Center’s books (my forever favorite is Happiness for Beginners) and this one was no exception. It was wonderful! So well written, so emotional at times, funny at other times, it made my heart clench and soar and it just felt like a cozy hug coming home to brand new but somehow still familiar-feeling characters. How does she manage to accomplish this through her writing?! I know this will be a big hit for this author next summer and I can’t wait to witness all of this book’s success.”
“Once again, Katherine Center does not disappoint! The Bodyguard is a breath of fresh air that delivers romance, comedy, hurt and healing all at once.”
“I related so much to Hannah and her feelings about being ordinary and unlovable that it almost felt like reading my own thoughts in certain spots. I think that’s what drew me in the most – feeling seen, in a sense. All in all I thought this book was very well written and super romantic in the end. I just love Jack and Hannah together so much. This was an easy 5 stars for me.”
“How freakin fun was this book?! 😁 I would give it six stars if I could! This book checked all the boxes for me. I could not put it down!
✔️life lessons on self acceptance
I will definitely be buying this book for my personal library and lending it out to everyone I know! 😁 Well done @katherinecenter 💜 Now go pre-order this book and thank me later!”
“This book had me from the first chapter! The main characters were lovable and fun, the banter was great, and I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book (which I finished in less than 24 hours), and of course since this is a Katherine Center book- I cried too! I finished this book a few days ago and it is the kind of story that stays with you.”
“I love that this book is the embodiment of what I love about the novels Katherine Center writes, and the worlds that she creates. I love that there is sparkling, bantering dialogue; I love the humor mixed in with the heartache; I love that I laugh the most when I’m crying the hardest; I love that I read each and every page with my whole heart. Mostly, I love that The Bodyguard is hopeful and uplifting. I love that there is wisdom and poignancy. I love that we can believe, as Hannah and the others do, that even in the worst of times, the times when you feel your worst, the times that you believe that you will never recover from tragedy and heartache; that someway, somehow, with love and support, you will be okay. As Hannah says, ‘And I guess there really is something profoundly healing about letting somebody love you.’ I love that my big takeaway from this book is the unshakable belief that loving others is a way, maybe the only way and the best way, of having it for yourself.”
“What unfolds is a heartwarming story of learning to heal old wounds and finding love in unexpected places. It manages to be emotional, romantic, light hearted and poignant all at the same time. This was an easy read. It was entertaining, and I just loved the way it made me feel as I was reading it.”
“I loved this book. It’s just what I needed. I laughed & cried. I couldn’t put it down. Katherine Center wrote another great book!”
“I have read all of Katherine Center’s books. I have loved them all. And this is no exception. She writes witty and skillful dialogue that ensures me knowing I’d be happy reading her grocery list. You can read the book synopsis anywhere so I won’t blather on about that but let me just say: it’s laugh out loud funny, smart, and readable as heck. I stayed up past my bedtime reading this even though I didn’t want it to end.”
“Oh how I adore this author. Every time a new book comes out by Katherine Center I think it’s her best one yet, but this time I truly think she has outdone herself. I just love her writing, her warm and uplifting style and of course the story itself. I have close to a thousand books on my kindle but The Bodyguard is the only one that I actually highlighted some passages as they are just incredibly meaningful. A wonderful read and I’m just sad that now the wait begins for her next. Well done!”
“This is my first read from Katherine Center and I was absolutely charmed!”
“If someone asked me to name one thing about this story that I didn’t like, I couldn’t. Just could not do it. Because this was such a fantastic book. Just everything I need from a great story to elate and excite me. I’m just sitting here smiling while typing thinking about my adoration for the characters and their plight. Katherine Center took a tried and true romance trope and gave readers a story that takes that trope, gives a few unique twists to make it her very own and the end result just soars. Her first person POV writing flows so beautifully, never lingering, allowing the reader to feel as though they’re an intimate part of the journey. Pure escapism and fun even though there were cloudy and murky tribulations to deal with—it just felt so good and so full of hope. I’m really, very excited about this book and think all women’s fiction/romance lovers have something special to look forward to and will love it so much too.”
“This was such a feel-good story! I haven’t met a Katherine Center story that I didn’t absolutely love, and The Bodyguard did not disappoint! I read this in 2 sittings, over a 2-day period. In that time, I felt all the feels!”
“Love! So as always Katherine Center does a fantastic job of building a female main character who has grit and determination and is tough as nails, all while being fragile and big hearted. This was a sweet , perfectly developed story of friendship in an unexpected place. And you never know when friendship may actually be something else. Funny and endearing, it is a must read for all fans of Katherine Center, Rom-com, romance and family relationship stories.”
“Katherine Center has her own unique style of immersing readers in her never-fail enchanting romance stories.”
“Reading a new Katherine Center book feels like putting on your favorite pair of jeans-cozy, familiar. and oh, so joyful. The Bodyguard was written with her signature warmth, and the romance had me grinning and squealing the whole way through! The Bodyguard was fabulous—full of a swoon-worthy romance, a side of action, and a message of what it means to love and be loved in return. This is a book that you read in one sitting, and then pass it on to everyone you know. In other words, it’s a book by Katherine Center.”
“I just love Katherine Center’s books! The characters are charming and flawed and believable! Locations become characters in their own right. Grab your boots and saddle up for a romance that will warm your heart and have you laughing out loud!”
“Yet again Katherine Center kept me engaged from the first sentence. I didn’t want to put it down! I devoured the book and can’t wait for her next one! Needless to say, I loved everything about it . . . the writing, the plot, the side stories, the little scenes that add to everything so perfectly (like with Robbie at the end). This was the perfect book at the perfect time for me. Thank you Katherine!!!”
“So good! I devoured The Bodyguard in one day and couldn’t get enough of it! I think I fell in love with Jack just as quickly as Hannah did! I loved the humor between them and how they dealt with difficult situations that happen to many of us. This will go down as one of my favorites of 2022!
“Her best one yet!”
“Five amazing, spectacular stars!! I always know when I pick up a book by Katherine Center, I’ll find unforgettable characters: a strong female lead, a swoon-worthy love interest, and fleshed-out supporting characters that only enhance the story. Her storytelling is always joyful, even when it’s serious, and she always has something new and refreshing to say. The Bodyguard is the feel-good story I didn’t know I was needing! I loved EVERY WORD.”
“This is a cannot-put-down, make-your-own-dinner novel. Witty with great banter and excellent characters and plot. Do not bypass this novel if you see it. It will make your day better.”
“This new novel by Katherine Center is a fantastic romantic read with depth and heart. I loved reading Hannah and Jack’s story. I’m a huge fan of Center and she is a must read author for me. This new book took all the things I love about her books and added a little more rom-com vibes than ever before, but also held true to her serious, introspective moments for the reader.”
“Love, love, love!”
“This is light contemporary romance done right.”
“This is the third Katherine Center book I’ve read, and I have loved every one of them. She’s a master at developing characters and relationships that are enjoyable and believable without being cheesy. If you enjoy a good rom-com (and actually even if you don’t), I think you’ll love this book too!”
“I’ve been really striking out with novels recently and The Bodyguard fixed that! I stayed up well into the night to finish reading it. I couldn’t put it down. The characters are fun, the banter is enjoyable, and the sizzle is hot. The way these two find ways to get to know one another is pure joy to read within the pages of this book. I highly recommend it!”
“This book was everything I love in women’s fiction and romance.”
—Moder Miss Granger
“‘Love is something you do. Love is something you generate.’
I so needed this book in my life! I don’t think I have laughed out loud so much while loving everything about this book. Jack and Hannah have so much chemistry that it oozes off the pages. Both characters are interesting alone but together is a dynamic that isn’t seen often. All the feels, all the laughter, love, and warmth we have come to expect from this author and she definitely does not disappoint! This is a must read!! I am so glad I did and you won’t want to miss this book!”
“When I learned that I had won a copy of Katherine Center’s new book, I actually jumped for joy. I was so in need of something to lift my spirits! But then I thought, maybe my enthusiasm is too high…can she really punch out another story to equal her last three? HA…I shouldn’t have worried. The Bodyguard is just too excellent and Katherine is just an amazing author. The story of Hannah and Jack hit all of my emotions…l was sad, annoyed, jealous, disappointed, happy…it made me tear up (easy to do) and laugh out loud (extremely hard to do). Katherine’s style of writing gets me every time. And she always sends a thoughtful message: “Every chance you take is a choice. A choice to decide who you are.” The Bodyguard will not be released until the summer, and I’m already undergoing withdrawal. Please Katherine Center…never stop writing!!”
“I love, love, love Katherine Center’s writing — the emotional intelligence of it, the honesty about the realities of life but also its hope, and the rhythm of the staccato sentences.”
“Katherine Center does it again! I smiled straight through reading this book. It’s that happy and swoonworthy. And the best sign of a good book? I want to reread it immediately!”
“What a DELIGHT!!! Katherine Center is one of my absolute favorite authors and I was beyond ecstatic to receive an early copy of The Bodyguard!! I wish I could end every day with a Katherine Center book! This was an adorable, light, fun read that I could not put down. I love how Katherine Center brings lightness and fun to all of her stories while still weaving in heart-wrenching (and ultimately heartwarming) themes. The Bodyguard was a true pleasure to read and I absolutely loved it!”
“What a great book. This is a sweet, funny, heartwarming story.”
” ‘And, in the end, do you ever truly know for sure if you’re lovable?’ Sharing the journey with Hannah as she struggles to find the answer to this question was a true experience. From the very first page, the reader is drawn into this story—I literally didn’t stop until the last page (at 4:30 am!). Anger, sadness, betrayal, fear, love, and happiness—The Bodyguard has it all! Katherine Center has outdone herself once again with extremely relatable characters that you’ll both love and hate, a storyline that is almost unbelievable yet so very real, and a plot with a few twists and turns that you might not expect. It’s definitely my new favorite of hers, and I couldn’t recommend it more!”
“This book was adorable. I read it in a day and do not regret it AT ALL! You definitely need to add this to your preorder list!”
“Absolutely perfection! Another reason why Katherine Center is my go-to, favorite author!! This book was no exception. The perfectly cozy, heart-wrenching story with a fiercely independent strong female character learning who she is and what’s important to her, surprising herself and staying true to who she is. I loved this book, I loved Hannah and her journey from workaholic bodyguard ‘shark’ to contentment in her self, her life, and a new future she never would have imagined. Katherine Center’s books always give me all the feels and this one is a new favorite. I loved every page.”
“Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. It warmed my heart in the best way.”
“What a fantastic read! This is my first book by Katherine Center and this one blew me away. Centers writing and storytelling has this ability to draw me in and her books become instant favorites for me. After reading this, my heart was so full and I couldn’t stop smiling.”
“Adored this book!!! It was funny, heartbreaking, silly and sweet! I sped through this read because it was JUST THAT GOOD! I love that Center’s books are emotionally gripping and you barely even notice the lack of romantic / bedroom scenes! The chemistry between the characters was a slow burn and on another level of tension! So much angst!”
“I must say that Katherine Center is my all-time favorite romance author. I have never read a book from her that I didn’t absolutely love, and this was no exception. I read this beauty of a romance in less than 24 hours because I simply could not put it down—it was that good. Katherine Center will forever be an auto-buy author for me and I encourage everyone to pick this book up regardless if you’re a romance reader or not!”
“Oh my goodness . . . put this one at the top of your to read pile! It is simply fantastic! This would make for a fantastic Rom-Com on the big screen…. I wish it wasn’t over…. Thanks to NetGalley for this book hangover!”
“Katherine Center is an auto read author for me. Her books are always warm and inviting. This one did not disappoint.”
“I haven’t been reading as much as I like lately, but this sweet gem of a romance sprinkled with kindness, hope, and forgiveness has shown me what I’ve been missing in my life. I always look forward to reading Katherine Center’s books because they have a way of showing you that things are never as bad as you think they are.”
“A book where the female lead is a bodyguard?! Yes, please! I love anything Katherine Center writes and her newest book (out July 2022) is no exception! I always love all of her books. This one might be my favorite! I couldn’t put it down.”
“Katherine Center has delivered the full riotous, awww-worthy package! I truly needed this wonderful, hilarious, hopelessly romantic bird’s eye view of the epic love story between a much stalked and beleaguered movie star and his pint-sized bodyguard. I loved it and never wanted their story to end. Five out of five well-deserved stars! Highly, highly recommended if you need a good laugh . . . or ten!”
“I’m not typically one to read an advance copy so far in advance, but I’ll always jump to read what Katherine Center puts out. . . . Seeing Jack and Hannah slowly work their way towards each other is near magical. I really enjoyed this one, and I look forward to revisiting it closer to publication. Katherine Center is an auto-read for me on a normal day, if you’re new to her as an author, hurry now and pick up everything she’s ever written.”
“A page turner.”
“Such a lovely book! First of all, I loved reading this from a woman bodyguard’s perspective. When I saw that SHE was the bodyguard, I was like: SIGN ME UP! This story is hilarious and our main couple has a ton of chemistry. At the same time, it address some difficult family conflict, death of a family member from both sides of the couple, and searching for the answer of: am I worthy of love? Will I ever find it?”
“I wanted/needed a fun, breezy novel and this was just the thing.”
“This is my favorite Katherine Center book to date. I absolutely loved Jack and Hannah and wish I could read this again for the first time already because of how beautiful it was. I spent my time wanting to read it quickly because I wanted to see how their romance played out, yet I wanted to read slowly and savor this story. Hannah is unexpected, hilarious, and trying to figure out what love and family mean. Jack struggles with being famous, past trauma, and fitting into his family. They complemented each other so well in this story. I laughed so many times. I got teary at a couple other parts. Center knows how to create such well rounded characters with lively personalities, and I love getting to know her characters. I could keep gushing, but I would recommend going into this one without reading the synopsis, so the characters can surprise you. I already can’t wait to reread this one.”
“This is a perfect comfort read with a great mix of humor and romance. It’s a must-read for fans of Katherine Center.”
“Katherine Center does it again! I was feeling a little “book slumpy” when it comes to reading books on my Kindle, and this was just the kind of book I needed. First off, my favorite thing was the banter. The banter between the lead and the love interest was like catnip for me. I also really loved the gender role reversal of a female bodyguard, and enjoyed all of the background talking about her job. This was a book that had that “just one more chapter” propulsion for me, and I stayed up late reading this on more than one occasion.”
“Loved, loved, loved!!! I would tell all of you to run out and buy this book and read it right now, but it doesn’t come out to July. So put it on your TBR for next summer! I loved every moment of this book – great storyline, great characters, great dialogue, and oh, the romance! New favorite!”
“You will have a hard time not falling in love with the characters. The dialogue is delightful and humorous. Katherine Center has a way of writing that is both witty and uplifting. I feel the best kind of story can make you laugh, cry, and get angry. The Bodyguard had me laughing in moments and crying in others. I didn’t want the story to end.”
“This book is phenomenal! I absolutely loved it. I love all of her books but this one is special. I will be thinking about the story for many years to come! An outstanding book. I’ll never forget this.”
“When you pick up a Katherine Center story you know you’re in for a treat. Her writing is infused with just the right amounts of humor and heart, and this book . . . this one is all of that and SO MUCH more! This story is like sunshine, reaching all the dark corners and spreading joy. The characters were fantastic: Hannah is an endearing workaholic with an unconventional job. Jack is an affable hunky movie star, the one every girl fantasizes about. From their first meeting, the banter between these characters is engaging and their chemistry comes alive. My favorite parts of the book are the scenes set on the ranch. The vivid descriptions bring that setting to life. I laughed until I cried (more than once!)! But it’s not all light and fluffy, sprinkled in are also thought provoking, emotional moments focused on forgiveness, family, and love that brought tears to my eyes. A must read!”
“Will make you laugh from start to finish.”
“I could not put this book down. I love Hannah and all her quirky skills. I found myself cheering at some parts and gasping at others. I got all the feels. Never a disappointment when you read one of her books, but this one may turn out as my favorite.”
“I couldn’t wait to pick it back up every time I had to put it down.”
“LOVED LOVED LOVED!!! I finished this book in a matter of hours. It was so good I couldn’t put it down. Compared to the two other books I read by Center, this was more of a romance than a women’s fiction. Still, there were emotional moments, laugh out loud moments, and suspenseful moments. Honestly, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like. I literally was not ready to say goodbye to Hannah, Jack, Glenn, Connie and the rest of the supporting characters. My heart is so full!”
“How much do I love Center’s novels? So much that I request them right away! This one was a bittersweet love story that captured my heart and mind. Lots of great characters, scenes, twists, and turns . . . just what you’ve come to love with Center’s bestselling novels! Don’t miss this one as you will love it too!”
“I love Katherine Center books. I read it over the holiday and it was everything I wanted in her books. I love how her characters are able to learn and grow in themselves and in their relationships. I enjoyed this one thoroughly!”
“This book gave me all of the feels! I was smiling, laughing, crying, and even had a bout of anger in all of the good ways. Hannah will break the 4th wall and talk to the reader, which really had me hooked and engaged. It felt like a girlfriend hanging out with some wine and telling a story. It had all of those classic 2000 rom-com vibes. Many times it actually reminded me of the Miss Congeniality movies. It delivered a romance story with the humor and cuteness, but also handled difficult topics. If you like romance and Katherine Center, you are not going to want to miss this release in July. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you again when it’s released! 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”
“This novel was quite delightful.”
“Katherine Center is a romcom queen! I loved this book so much from beginning to end. It had a great romance story of course, but there was so much more to it than that. I loved the spunky humour and the unique storyline of a female bodyguard having to watch over a hunky movie star. I loved Hannah and Jack so much together. I loved Hannah as a main character. (I mean, a female bodyguard? Total badass.) I’m not exaggerating. I really did love it all.”
“So here’s what Katherine Center does. She gives you a strong woman, romance, comedy, and life lessons all in one. It’s impossible to read one of her books without having smiled, laughed, and learned something. And she does this effortlessly.”
—FULL OF LIT
“I zipped through the book in a day, eesh, and I loved every second of it.”
“I AM a sucker for a grumpy sunshine bodyguard romance, and this book delivers everything I love about the trope, plus it’s a fun role-reversal with Hannah, the protagonist as the serious bodyguard protecting the movie star love interest. And speaking of the love interest, I adored him! Jack Stapleton, A-list movie star, is delightful—approachable and endearing, with complex family dynamics, barely-buried past trauma, and a great sense of humor, and just the right amount of charm. I really enjoyed their banter and how their relationship unfolds, and I was rooting for them all the way.”
“I never review a book more than five months before its publication time because it just seems like anyone who reads my review might forget about the book by the time it makes its appearance. But, if you hand me a Katherine Center book, well, all bets are off. Like all of the Katherine Center novels I have read, The Bodyguard is filled with heart and love and optimism. It’s the kind of book that feels like a warm hug while also giving you laughs and tears. Yes, we need more hugging books. I just wish Katherine wrote faster, but who would want to mess up her writing by pressuring her? Not me. A definite must read and enjoy.”
“I truly enjoy all of Katherine Center’s work, and this was exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.”
“Typically, romances don’t keep me up reading through the night. I mean, we know how they are going to end, right? But, I could not put The Bodyguard down. A female bodyguard with a male love interest? Perfection. Definitely add this book to your list of things to read.”
“What a fun, cute, quick read! Like other Katherine Center books, The Bodyguard is a perfect blend of hilarious banter, insightful personal growth, and mostly-sweet romance. I enjoyed the fun twist on a classic rom-com trope, the pretend girlfriend, by making her a bodyguard and him an actor — so you never quite know what is real and what is just an act!”
“This was such a cute rom-com and could be easily adapted to one of your favorite Netflix movies. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
“I loved this book. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, and the dialogue was witty and highly possible. I have to wonder who Center was imagining in the role of Jack because the longing in the slow burn was very realistic 😛 The casting off of an old boyfriend was very satisfying, and Center took the trope of fake dating to another level, along with the one bed setting.”
“This is not your typical fake relationship book. There were a lot of cute moments throughout the book and I couldn’t put this book down.”
“I LOVED THIS BOOK! I feel like I need to shout about it so everyone can hear and and fall as deeply in love with this story as I did. The chemistry between Hannah and Jake poured out of this book. Every stolen glance, every caught breath, every whisper of a touch had me wanting more and more. The strength of Hannah was just incredible. She knew her boyfriend was trash and not only did she move on immediately, she never let him get the better of her. She was confident and charismatic without being a know it all. Jake and his entire family were wonderful. The ascention to the conflict was perfectly done. I just loved absolutely everything about it.”
—Garden of REden
“It was my first Katherine Center and won’t be my last. I was hooked from page one!”
“I loved this book! I’ll admit when I first saw the cover, I assumed HE would be the bodyguard, but it was HER! Which just made it so much better. The fake dating relationship was hilarious and perfect. This book had drama, family problems, romance, forgiveness, comedy and life lessons. The banter was witty, the tension and chemistry was strong and the romance . . . Well let’s just say it doesn’t stay fake forever. Fun, funny and emotional, this is contemporary romance you won’t want to miss!”
“I really, really, really loved this book! Why? It is a light, romantic, happy story that had the best characters that I adored! It is a perfect read at any time. Definitely do yourself the favor of taking a seat, reading, laughing and just enjoying this novel. I highly recommend it!!”
“I couldn’t stop smiling while reading. Jack and Hannah had such a sweet relationship and I loved the message about love and being loved. The setting at a Texas ranch made me want to be part of Jack’s family. What a fabulous first read of the new year!”
“Absolutely loved it.”
“Ahhh, I want to rave on and on about this book and point out every moment I loved, but if I do that we’re going to be here forever, so let me try to sum up the vibe of this book . . . What makes this book so damn enjoyable is simply the author’s writing style. Yes, I loved all the tropes in this book, and am shocked the author managed to include so many I love, but it never felt like the were forced into the story. They were simply extra positive elements that were casually incorporated into the story, whereas the characters and their connection was the highlight. Even when they were just first meeting and everything was platonic, the main characters had such a great dynamic, it really built the foundation for their relationship (as should be the case for any good romance). I’ll probably buy it just so I can own a physical copy (yes, it was that good).”
“Well, that was delightful! Definitely one of my favorite Center books due to the unique premise and adorable relationship. I loved Jack’s family and the ranch setting as well.”
“Just as with other Center books, this one did not disappoint! A very fun read!”
“The Bodyguard is the perfect mix of humor and romance for I dare say the ‘perfect romcom.’ Jack and Hannah quickly worm their way into your heart and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling when they get their HEA. The Bodyguard is another warm, feeling romcom with memorable characters that you love.”
“I read this in one day. It was adorable.”
“This was a really cute rom-com that I was able to tear through in half a day. The main characters were really easy to fall for—I liked that the female lead was the badass one with the elite job and wasn’t someone who was classically beautiful. And while the male lead doesn’t quite qualify as a himbo, he definitely has major golden retriever energy. Plus, I love a sunshine/grump trope where *she’s* the grump and *he’s* the sunshine.”
“This is a lovely, frothy romance with a decidedly ‘girl power’ bent: great characters, a wonderfully written plot and a book I freaking adored every word of. I will highly recommend this to friends, family, patrons and strangers on mass transit!!! Take this book to the beach (or your back yard, porch or balcony) and enjoy it – just wear a tonne of SPF110 as you will lose track of time as you read this.”
“I always love Katherine Centers books and The Bodyguard is no exception. This is an excellent, fast read and if you’ve loved Katherine Centers other books you will absolutely love this one too.”
“Katherine Center has done it again! The Bodyguard is most definitely another bestseller from one of the most talented authors. This was a wonderfully entertaining story that made me laugh while also rooting for the romance. This is a must read, unputdownable book by the unforgettable Katherine Center.”
“A surprise ending adds a delightful twist to this funny, heartwarming read. Katherine Center is at the top of my list of favorite authors and this book will make her a top read for you, as well!”
“Something about a Katherine Center book just draws me in. I’d had issues staying interested in books lately. The Bodyguard hooked me and never let go.”
“The Bodyguard is such a fun and engrossing contemporary romance! I loved that the female protagonist is the bodyguard, and the male protagonist is the one who needs protection. It’s a role reversal that I haven’t often seen in romance novels . . . I really enjoyed this story. It’s fun and funny at times and emotional and moving at others, and the characters are layered and interesting. The story includes themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness, the need to belong to something bigger than yourself, and taking a chance on love, and there are some incredibly poignant and touching moments, especially as Hannah gets to know Jack and his family.”
“Loved the characters and the story!!”
“All her books—while different—have moments of raw emotion that bring me to tears, and give me all the feels. This one is no different. I enjoyed the characters and their development throughout the story, and I loved the subtle shoutout to Christina Lauren (fans will understand). This may be a light book, but there are deeper emotions at play, and definitely a must-read.”
“Katherine Center does it again!! I love her books, her characters . . . everything!”
“Oh how I love Katherine Center’s books. The Bodyguard is a great rom com that has so much heart and depth that you will fall in love with Hannah and Jack. Both Hannah and Jack are a bit broken from issues in their past, but they are resilient in spirit. A joy to read. Uplifting and hopeful. A fabulous read.”
“I’ve loved all of Center’s last three books, but this is my new favourite. I loved this story. I found it a lot more light hearted than Center’s other stories, with a comedic twist which kept me laughing. There were difficult topics in the story, but it was presented lightly enough without overtaking the story. I love the relationship between Jack and Hannah and the slow build. If anything I wish it was longer!”
“A super fun twist on the bodyguard romance, with a tough cookie at the heart of the book. I enjoyed the no-nonsense badass main gal as much as the protagonist in another one of my Katherine Center faves, Things You Save in a Fire. The pacing is great — never a dull moment — and the repartee is classic. I am excited to read more by this author!”
“Katherine Center has done it again! I loved The Bodyguard! Hannah is a badass. She is fun and witty. She is stubborn. Jack Stapleton sounds like Hollywood’s number one man. I loved their back and forth banter, and they had such chemistry. This book made me laugh and it had heart.”
“There was never a dull moment, but I also didn’t feel overwhelmed with too much story. Even at the end, I wanted to slap Jack until I realized what was going on. That man is full of surprises. This was a great read that kept me entertained. Another wonderful book from Katherine Center.”
“Katherine Center writes amazing stories.”
“I love Katherine Center’s books, and could not wait to read this one. It did not disappoint! This story is sweet, funny, and engaging, and I was enchanted. The pages flew by and I was sad when I realized that it was over.”
“Katherine Center just gets better and better. The romance and banter is perfect and Jack’s parents are adorable.”
“Imo this is the best Katherine Center book I’ve read, and I really liked her others! Hannah is a bodyguard for a famous actor, but has to pose as his girlfriend. I never expected such a fun book to keep me guessing and have such interesting twists. I really loved it and can’t wait for it to hit the shelves so I can force all my friends to read it!”
“This will no doubt be one of the top beach reads of the summer.”
“Five stars. What I loved about this book was the aspect of Hannah’s emotional self-discovery. Hannah learns to love herself as she is. There was humor, sadness, forgiveness and an unexpected twist that threw me for a serious loop!”
“Wow… what an addictive book! I blame Katherine Center for my lack of sleep last night. I don’t know how she does it, but she’s made some very sad, serious issues, hopeful. That life will go on, if you can choose to be happy and make the most of what you have. I really loved Jack, and his and Hannah’s interactions. I enjoyed every minute of them getting to know each other. It definitely felt different to other novels written by the author, but that just shows how talented she is.”
“I went into this book blind—I requested it on NetGalley just because it was Katherine Center. Nothing else mattered. I loved it. When I realized the ‘bodyguard’ was a female . . . I thought ‘hell yes!’ This was such a quick read that had a little bit of everything in it! Loved all the characters so much! Highly recommend this one!”
“I love Katherine Center books, they just have the perfect amount of romance and life lessons with a dash of sugar. The Bodyguard did not disappoint. I was laughing and enjoying every moment of Jack and Hannah. Now what would make it better? If it was made into a movie. Hello Netflix! Here’s your next hit.”
“I have read several of the author’s novels, and this one was my favorite! I highly recommend this book!”
“I’m already planning a reread. The Bodyguard gives you fully developed, enoyable characters who will make you laugh out loud. The banter, flirting, and prospect of romance will have you quickly turning pages. A summer read that will have you smiling.”
“This book settles in your heart like moonshine does in your stomach, leaving both all nice and toasty warm. I did need to take a few breaks in-between to wait for my face to cool down but my sister can attest that this book left me blushy and smiley.”
“I so enjoyed this book. It just drew me in and wrapped me around its little finger and kept me there the whole way through. Which rarely happens to me anymore. Nothing much holds my attention these Covid days, but this book sure did. It was so lovely to be carried away into someone else’s life, and get caught up in someone else’s problems and solutions and love story. There were some moments that made me laugh, some that produced some anxiety, and in the end there was a smile on my face which I love.”
“I highly recommend this book.”
“Bodyguard Hannah and famous actor Jack present the perfect duo in this novel, and I enjoyed every minute of their mishaps together and sweet love.”
“I typically do not enjoy books where there is a ‘rockstar/actor’ falls in love with a ‘normal’ person trope. But gosh darn it I LOVED THIS ONE so much! Katherine Center is just mesmerizing with her writing and skills. This one drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. I needed more of Hannah and Jack. Super sweet, swoony moments, laugh out loud funny, closed door romance – highly recommend this one!”
“I absolutely loved it.”
“Katherine Center’s new novel The Bodyguard is being billed by its publisher as ‘the perfect summer read,’ but I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy in November, and dare I say that it’s the perfect WINTER read as well? Center’s books are as cozy as a cashmere sweater, as warming as a cup of tea. Any time of year is a fine time to pick up one of her novels! Center has managed once again to create characters capable of melting my cynical heart. “
“Hannah was such a witty and strong yet vulnerable character, I enjoyed following the story development via her point of view. And Jack, while ‘silent’ doesn’t disappoint either. Low on the steam, interesting plot, great humor. I am definitely loading this author’s other books onto my reader!”
“I LOVED this one so much! What a pleasure it was to read! I could have read this in one sitting if I had that much time. It was that good and that engaging. I loved Hannah’s character. She’s funny without trying, can kick any man’s butt, and she’s not full of herself. Jack was just adorable, looking for her lost necklace, and giving her piggybacks to save her bare ankles from snake bites. The two of them together made my heart melt. I think those two are my new favorite fictional couple.”
“It was a lovely, welcome diversion. I’ll be buying copies for friends.”
“Hannah’s inner voice really ~makes~ the book. She’s hilarious and strong, but also open and vulnerable. It’s like chatting with your best friend—delightful, entertaining, relatable, and ‘cup filling.’ I love her repeated (and often failed) attempts at nonchalance and her frequent direct asides. This is a book I know I’m going to recommend to people all the time and will probably re-read myself soon!”
“How much do I love Center’s novels? So much that I request them right away! This one was a bittersweet love story that captured my heart and mind. Lots of great characters, scenes, twists, and turns . . . just what you’ve come to love with Center’s bestselling novels! Don’t miss this one, as you will love it too!”
“Katherine Center just has a way of writing that warms my heart. I have enjoyed all her books. This one was no exception. I loved the characters and the plot. Learning about security detail was fun. Even though it was a cheerful book, there was sad back history the characters had to work through. There was even a small twist I wasn’t expecting!
‘I blame the sunshine. And the long grass. And that endless, gentle breeze over the pasture.'”
“Importantly (to me), I started this book when I was mostly recovered from a mostly mild case of COVID. I found out pretty quickly that reading made my headache worse, but I got sucked in and kept reading anyway. So this five-star review is from a cranky, sort-of sick person who still loved this book. It was genuinely funny in places—not goofy, overhyped funny. The main characters were well developed and likable. And the plot moved just enough. I really enjoyed it, and I’m sad that I finished it!”
“Nice to read a book about an atypical, non-sterotypical woman for once. This was a charming book and I am so glad I asked Netgalley for an advance copy to read it.”
“In addition to being a great story, this book is filled with moments about the big questions of life: how we see ourselves, how that shapes what we expect in relationships with others, and (most importantly) our human capacity to grow when given the chance. This was an excellent read and well worth the investment of time.”
“The Bodyguard was such a good read and I’m already envisioning this as a movie. This was a wonderful read and definitely something that many people will enjoy. If you like fun, enemies to lovers, and the tugging of heartstrings, this book is for you.”
—BIG TIME BOOK JUNKIE
“I love Katherine Center and will read anything that she writes. Lucky for me, she writes fantastic stories. I loved this book. It has a bit of everything, drama, death, suspense, romance, loser exes., complicated friendships, strained family relationships. This book was fun to read and was heart-warming. It made me laugh, cry, and had me on the edge of my seat. It is a quick read that you won’t want to put down.”
“Five stars for Katherine Center’s book, The Bodyguard! I enjoyed this book from start to finish. This book gave me all the feels: from happiness to sadness and many others. I will definitely look for other books by this author.”
“Katherine Center has a fantastic way of weaving a story that’s full of personality, humor, and emotion. Her characters are always a hit with me, as they are relatable in one way or another. ‘The Bodyguard’ is full of healing, love, and kindness – something we all need a little more of in 2021. Center is such a wonderful writer. I am always so eager to get my hands on her work.”
“Thank you, Katherine Center! This book was an absolute joy to read from beginning to end! I laughed out loud so hard, I swooned, and I fell in love with all of these characters! Like all of this authors books, this was joyful, hopeful, funny smart , and sexy.”