Review: Her Honor's Bodyguard by Johnny Ray

Title: Her Honor’s Bodyguard 
Author: Johnny Ray
Publisher: Sir John Publishing
Release Date: May 21st 2012
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Mystery / Thriller
Size:  323 kb
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Do first loves ever really die? While reunions can take many forms, there is always one question that has to be answered sooner or later—what happened?

Vance had always been extremely proud of Noella, and just because his life had been ruined, he saw no reason why she had to have the same faith. When his dad died, leaving him and his mother penniless, he dropped out of law school and ended his relationship with Noella, but in doing so, he stopped a scandal that could have ruined her family. These secrets he would never let her know. Ironically, years later, he would have never guessed she would be instrumental in ruining his career with the Tampa police force.

After Noella finished law school and started pursuing her goal of working up the ranks in judgeships, she never considered inviting another guy into her life. As such, when someone attempts to threaten her into vacating her seat on the bench, and by force if necessary, she knows of no one else she really trust as much as Vance, who now has a successful bodyguard and private detective business.

She knows that Vance might hate her for her part in having him dismissed from the police force, but what he will never know is that she actually saved him from going to prison. Additionally, she now thinks he was framed, and perhaps by the same people who are threatening her. She had to talk him into taking her on as a client . . . but would he agree to her request?

As the number of attacks on her life increases, Vance soon has no choice but to offer her his protection, and in spite of everything, when they see each other again their old attraction for each other returns. She wants the truth. He wants the truth. However, making the ultimate sacrifice is not always easy to understand, whether given or received. Ultimately . . . could they now trust each other with these secrets? While their lives depend on discovering the truth to their past, these truths are locked in deep secrets that could also destroy them.

Her Honor’s Bodyguard is a gripping cross between mystery and romance that had me hooked from the very beginning. You quickly come to care about Vance and Noella and as the story progresses you find out about both their secrets and why they each hurt the other.

The idea that each did what they thought best for the other, while appearing to hurt or betray the one they loved (for their own good) is too true to life to not affect the reader. I’ve personally witnessed such things in real life, sadly. However, watching as they work through the threats and their past was a joy. At times you want to throw things at people in the book and others you want to pull them into a hug, sheltering them from the pain / emptiness they suffer. Oh, and before you assume who the baddies are… patience is the best idea – it’s not who you think. 😉

Her Honor’s Bodyguard is an eBook that I heartily recommend to any that love a bit of love with their suspense. I gave this book 3 1/2 drops only because of some of the editing issues. The story itself is a solid 4+ drops!

To someone else, the letter might have seemed a simple piece of correspondence—but when Amy reads the rejection letter from the latest agent to whom she had sent her unpublished novel, it is perceived as a declaration of war. FIRST, RAPED—IMPREGNATED—DISGRACED. NEXT, A KILLER WANTS TO STOP THE BABY FROM BEING BORN AND DISCLOSING THE FATHER. FINALLY, A WEDDING—A BABY—A HERITAGE. HOW, PREPARE FOR SOME PLOT TWIST IN ONE OF THE BEST ROMANTIC THRILLER OF THE YEAR Have you ever had love slip between your fingers? When was the last time you had a hero and heroine that you could really pulled for? This is a love story blossoming inside the world of modeling. In spite of the glamor and intrigue of this high fashion world, love is really about one guy and one girl finding each other. But wait, there is one more condition--they have to admit it to each other.

Johnny has a passion, a thirst, for life and adventure that he loves to share with his readers. He has owned and operated several real estate companies, several insurance companies and a stock brokerage company.

He is a graduate of Auburn University with post graduate work at the Birmingham School of Law, The University of Alabama, The University of Tennessee, UCLA, New York University, Wil-Var Institute and The American College. He has received the following certifications: Certified International Property Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Managerial Accountant, Certified Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.

He lives in St Petersburg, Florida where he works full time as a writer. He belongs to the Florida Writer Association, the Romantic Writers of America, the Mystery Writers Association, and can be found attending various national conventions as well as supporting several local writing groups. His novel THE SALSA CONNECTION won the Royal Palm Literary award for best thriller. 

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    • Maria D on June 8th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Her Honor’s Bodyguard sounds just like the kind of romantic suspense/second chance romance I would enjoy reading. Good review!

  1. Sounds like an interesting read. Hate those editing problems.

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