Simple Treasures by Alexa Bourne

December 24, 2012 Reviews 0

What’s more important than life’s Simple Treasures? All her life American Joanna Grainger has dreamed of the Hogmany, New Year’s Eve celebration in Edinburgh. Finally on her way to experience it, her dream turns into a nightmare. She witnesses a man being beaten on a train, but when she returns with help all signs of the altercation are gone and no one seems to believe her story. No one but her best friend. Who enlists the help of the International Protective Agency and sends a body guard to keep her safe.
Take-charge bodyguard Colin Munro believes working for the International Protective Network will be the perfect occupation for him. Unfortunately, his trial assignment is protecting a woman who has no intention of blindly following orders. Aye, he’ll bring the bonnie lass in line because there’s no way he’ll allow her to ruin his chance of securing his dream job. Physically and emotionally scarred during her stint as a U.S. soldier, Joanna Grainger wants nothing more than to enjoy life. New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh marks the beginning of her transformation. But when she witnesses a crime no one believes occurred, her plans come to a screeching halt. To make matters worse, her sexy but headstrong bodyguard has no compassion for her or the victim. As danger hunts them during one of the busiest times of the year, Joanna must convince Colin she’s a worthy partner. But first, can she convince herself?

Colin Munroe has been a soldier for too long. He is ready for a change. When the IPA sends him on a last minute assignment, a final test before hiring him, he is determined to protect his charge, no matter the hardships. Little does he know, he’s bit off maybe more than he can chew, with the feisty Joanna. From their fist meeting, involving two knives and some body parts he is intent on keeping, Joanna makes him crazy. She fires his blood, both in anger and passion. How will he keep this little spitfire safe, from both the bad guys and his own desire?

I loved Joanna. She is such a contradiction. Tough one minute, and a blubbering mess the next. I liked her spirit, her heart, and her sense of humor. Colin was a harder sell for me. He is so closed off emotionally, and it took me a while to warm up to him. But you gotta love a man with a Scottish brogue! Although, I did think he said “lass” a bit too often.

I loved the look Simple Treasures gave us of the Hogmany celebration and the culture and history of Edinburgh. And I can see definite possibilities for continuing stories revolving around the IPA. I loved Rachel at the home office and would like to see her get a chance to tell her story. I also loved the fact that the “home office” seemed to be run by woman, a really great switch on a typically male field.

Simple Treasures also kept the suspense level high, with some interesting twists and unexpected turns. The new Honor Guard Line from Decadent publishing shows a lot of promise and I look forward to reading more in this series.

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