Bodyguard Mass Market Paperback – 2004
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Once again, the movie projector in my mind chose people to star in this novel, most noticeably Gary Sinise as Harry. (Love Gary, he's got passion and talent. Here's looking at you, kid.) I couldn't think of someone to play Alessandra, and I didn't warm to her very well because I'm not classically gorgeous nor have I ever lived in a mansion on Long Island, but I have had some pretty awful haircuts.
I think I felt the most for Shawn, Harry's son, and his friendship with Mindy. That was poignant and so true to life. I was glad to get that little lift at the end when the two of them come face-to-face five years later. Brockmann needed a little more tact when handling the question of Shaun's sexuality. Not bad for a sophomore attempt, but it needed a little more delicacy.
The high points are the sex scenes, which Brockmann nailed (excuse the expression) perfectly. I love getting inside of her male character's heads instead of the usual women's reactions. Sex seems to be a much more primal instinct for men according to my observations, but Brockmann's characterizations go to a different level when her men are engaged in intercourse.
One thing that should be said here, though: french kissing in the morning pre-toothbrushing is not for the faint-hearted.Read more ›
This book fails to get five stars only because a secondary character should have received a whole lot more comeuppance, and the epilogue, unlike the tone of the rest of the book, was a little too Barney for my taste ("And what did you learn today, Timmy?") Brockmann has written a book that takes the romance novel to previously unscaled heights by combining extraordinary circumstances with realistic character responses. P.S. If Detective Harry O'Dell's rumpled suit makes you think of Peter Falk, try substituting George Clooney. Worked for me. Very well, actually. And anyway, seeing Peter Falk is not enough reason to stop reading a well-crafted book. There are too few out there these days.
Oh, there's a sympathetic teenage boy and a poor wronged woman of ill repute, but with Harry and his girlfriend and Harry's mule of a partner and the latter's messy love triangle causing a spillover of unpleasantness over every page, I just stop caring.
I wonder what's wrong with this story - I mean, everyone loves it but me! But upon some introsprective thinking, I decide that "Bodyguard" fails where "Heartthrob" succeeds because the former never actually succeeds in convincing me that the two main characters are in for real. Was it Sandra Bullock's character in the movie "Speed" that said shared dire circumstances isn't the best way to start a relationship?
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Stop reading the reviews and read the book! These characters behave as their flesh and blood counterparts would. You feel what they feel, you crave what they crave. Ms. Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by Classy Romantic
This book is the perfect love story, Harry and Alessandra, both having their own problems, family, money, etc. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003 by Jorge Frid
Great story and the leading woman is likeable. I love body gaurd stories. Brockmann is a very good writer, I have yet to be disappointed.Published on Jan. 15 2003
Unlike the other reader in this review, I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the hero, Harry, was having a difficult time emotionally with the loss of his son and he felt a... Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Jan Reardon
Not SB's best but certainly worth your time. I love all of her books. This one is slightly off beat and fast paced. Love the interaction between the hero and heroine. Read morePublished on June 27 2001
Peter Falk is definitely not who I picture as Harry. I prefer to think of a brown-eyed Mel Gibson. Mmmm... Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by Mary G Williams
BODY GUARD is a winner!
Readers love Suz Brockmann's books, and so do her fellow writers!! Suz won the coverted RITA award ( in fact she won TWO! Read more
I found this book dull, and had no familar elements of romance (perhaps is wasn't suppose to be a romance?). Read morePublished on June 19 2000
Try as I would, I couldn't get up much enthusiasm for Alessandra and Harry. She wasn't convincing. He was, but I was a lot more interested in the rest of his life than I was in... Read morePublished on May 22 2000