Book Title: Guarded
Author: JD Rivera
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?
Guarded is a novella that introduces us to Vanessa and Jackson. She is still healing from her ex’s harsh words and “extra-curricular activities.” Jackson is the newest player for the basketball team. He’s famous, gorgeous and has a reputation given to him by the tabloids.
While running one day, Jackson literally runs into Vanessa. It’s when she rolls over to let him know that she’s alright that she takes all thoughts out of his head. He’s really not ready for her to leave and he asks her to lunch. It’s not until then does she figure out who he is. But he wants to see her again. He likes her immediately; he knows she isn’t there just to have her picture taken. She didn’t even know who he was. Vanessa puts her guards up as soon as she finds out what he does for a living. Aren’t sports stars known for their exploits? She’s just getting away from that mess. Why would she want to start something else with someone she knows will more than likely be untrustworthy?
All Jackson asks for is a chance. Since his words might not be enough for her, he wants to prove that they will work, as a couple. But it’s not always fun and games. Can he really be faithful to Vanessa when there are plenty of available, gorgeous women out there? Thanks to her douche of an ex, her self-esteem is non-existent.
Guarded was an enjoyable read. Quick and easy but, I felt it lacked a little…something. Their story is just getting started and will continue in Defensive. Good thing is, I’m already invested in Jackson and Vanessa and will read their next book.
J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.