GUARDED by J.D. Rivera

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Guarded Book: Guarded
Author: JD Rivera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 17, 2013
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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?

Tbird’s Review

This was a sweet story of learning to trust again after your heart has been broken.  Vanessa’s ex husband had really done major damage to this school teachers heart and ego.  Telling her for years she was boring and didn’t deserve to be loved, that she should expect to be cheated on because she was a horrible wife, she finally had accepted his words as truth.

While waiting for her divorce to be finalized she is run over, I really mean run over, while out jogging by the super star basketball player Jackson. He fell  in love with her at the first look but she remained guarded against his concern and interest.  She believed the words of her ex husband and we all know basketball players are known for their cheating ways.  Slowly but surely Jackson was able to help Vanessa with the idea of risking her heart to him.

After a few missteps and assumptions and wanting to run from this relationship she finally let her guard down and allowed herself to be loved by Jackson.  He had hoped that this was the first step to her believing it was okay to love herself.

This book was a quick read, easy flowing and very sweet.  There wasn’t a lot of intensity to it, I would say it was a perfect read if you are wanting a sweet romantic book.  The characters were developed well for a novella, you knew enough about them to care what happens, but not as much as if you were to be reading a novel where time was on the side of character development.  The story, although romantic, didn’t fall into the every day mold of a quick romance novella, there was a new and refreshing angle to this story.  I would recommend it to others as I think the author did a great job in what she set out to do.  Give us two people who fought through old baggage to start fresh again.

Meet the Author

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.

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