Review: Gambling on the Bodyguard

cover-gambling on the bodyguardTitle: Gambling on the Bodyguard
Author: Sarah Ballance
Series: What Happens in Vegas #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Oct 12th

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He’ll guard her body all night long…

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams…only, the man of her dreams isn’t the cover model she’s there to see. He’s the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet, and he seems more than ready to do what it takes to prove he’s twice the man her pretty boy crush could ever be.

Jax Mathis couldn’t resist snagging a date with Ellie, but he didn’t count on the attraction being more than physical. They connect on a level he didn’t think possible—and he can’t run fast enough. She makes him want things he thought he’d never have, and maybe, just maybe, they’re within reach. But to have it, he’ll have to face the one mountain he swore he’d never climb…and with no guarantee she’ll be waiting on the other side.


Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley

Like most of the stories in this fun What Happens in Vegas series this is a quick-fire romance with plenty of heat and lots of coincidences – but it’s still enjoyable if you can suspend your disbelief enough. Essentially this is a fun wish-fulfillment tale that veers from meeting the hot cover model to falling for the sexy bodyguard, complete with a totally wild weekend and enough emotional hangups to derail the entire Trans-Siberian railway, with additional flirting and Vegas lights.

For a quiet wallflower, Ellie sure loses her inhibitions swiftly in this tale. Sure, when in Vegas and all, but there’s nothing shy or retiring about her from start to finish. However, I didn’t mind too much because she’s a nice woman who is making the most out of her weekend away. Jax on the other hand was all kinds of messed up. Sexy, most definitely, but his whole “I’m not good enough for this kind of life” patter did get old rather fast. And likewise vanished a bit quick towards the end.

In fact the ending itself was pretty swift as well, tying the romance up into far too neat a bow considering all the issues that went before it. But that’s not what this book is about. The romance, the emotions, the motivations of the characters are all really just window-dressing for a dirty weekend in Vegas. It’s hot and fun and enjoyable, as long as you don’t dig too deep or expect too much. Overall it’s not my favourite story that I’ve read from this series, but for a quick, easy escape it definitely fit the bill.


Gambling on the Bodyguard is out October 12th!
Visit Sarah Ballance for more details.

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