Review: Rock Me by Carly Phillips

Received from Social Butterfly PR

Title: Rock Me
Series: Bodyguard Bad Boys #1
Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 19 Sept 2017
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Bodyguard Bad Boys… Sexy, Hot, and oh so protective!

A pop star in danger.

Her reluctant bodyguard.

A past they can’t deny.

Summer Michelle is on the verge of ultimate fame.

Ben Hollander has sworn off mixing business with pleasure.

But keeping his hands off of the sexy songstress is easier said than done and once the threat is neutralized, will she choose fame over love?

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A security firm filled with hot single guys run by the equivalent of a fairy godmother matchmaker – oh yes please.

The first of the bodyguards to take the spotlight is Ben, he prides himself on his career and the role he plays within the firm. Although he has a smudge on his record from a relationship he had with one of the people he was guarding during a reality tv music show, resulting in him losing his position along with the relationship. Ben has managed to put the bad experience behind him and move on with his professional life, however, he hasn’t moved on completely from the relationship. Fate plays a hand in bringing his dream woman back into his life when she is competing for a place on a huge world tour.

Summer has dreamed of preforming from a young age, sacrificing a normal life and the ability to create a circle of friends in her pursuit of her dream. She has had to sacrifice a lot in the process, from her relationship with Ben and the connection to her parents when they were unable to separate their role in her success from that of a parent. Summer is a wonderful character, never losing her innate niceness even in such a cutthroat industry where back-stabbing is the norm. However, Summer realises the price her career is costing her by the loneliness she feels. Summer does a fabulous job of remaining optimistic and putting on a brave front in of adversity. Genuinely kind and caring, it is obvious the role Ben thought she played in the termination of his previous employment was incorrect. Summer is very easy to love, as shown by the resurgence of the feelings Ben previously held for her.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just the demise of their previous relationship that prevents Ben from taking a chance with Summer for the second time. While he can’t deny his physical attraction to her, Ben valiantly tries to keep his emotions on lock-down. The break-up of his parents marriage and his father’s alcohol addiction as a result have left lasting scars on Ben. Scars he is afraid to confront due to the vulnerability he feels as a result.

Ben and Summer belong together, as each problem they face can be eased by the other. Alongside the battle for their relationship, Ben and Summer have to deal with the threats placed on Summer as a result of the singing competition and the constant pressure of life in the public eye.

Carly does a fantastic job of keeping all of the plot threads tightly woven while maintaining the fast pace of the plot. I really liked the way in which the plot played out, and the use of a different character to deliver the epilogue in order to lay the foundation for the next book in the series. A fantastic start to the series.

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