Title: Battle of the Bulge
Series: OhHellNo #4
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 14 Feb 2019

Synopsis from GoodReads

“Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.”

MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things: my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem—bulky equipment. Let’s just say there’s a reason my nickname is “the Bulge.” 

But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life-or-death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who distracts me at every turn and hates my guts…

MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk. 

Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice—guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might strangle him myself. 

Still, something about the way Mitch keeps looking at me makes me think there’s more to his story. It’s almost as if he’s trying to drive me away. But why?

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Review

I love how Mimi mixes together new characters with previous characters in the series; in Battle of the Bulge, we literally get to catch up with all of them, YAY.

Adorkable heroines and douche to darling heroes make up the OhHellNo series with lots of sass to accompany the steam, Battle of the Bulge is no exception. However, Mimi takes it a step further with the addition of thriller elements when Mitch is life is threatened and a bounty placed on his head!!! With Abi’s new career as a bodyguard in order to help her mother financially, Mitch and Abi are thrown together under tense circumstances exasperated by their previous encounter which ended epically awfully.

Abi is blind to who she truly is but with the help of Bodyguard Bootcamp alongside the need to prove herself to Mitch who is adamant that women cannot be bodyguards, Abi is soon embracing her kickass nature. Loyal friend, amazing daughter and all around good person, Abi deserves respect and thankfully, does not put up with being treated badly. Although I will say she does forgive easily, personally I would have tortured Mitch a little before granting forgiveness 😉

Mitch is a swinging pendulum where his emotions are concerned. Despite his attraction to Abi he is determined to resist her because of the danger he currently faces. Causing Mitch to act out of character in order to push Abi away. Add in his dedication to his sport and his belief that it should be his only focus and you have a very complex situation for Mitch to work through.

The historical elements of the plot added depth to the story and an interesting plus topical aspect to the story, providing credibility to the thriller components included in the narrative. This was balanced by the colourful imagery of the swimsuit sponsors Mitch is contracted to – the fashion show was a hilarious part of the proceedings.