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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,223 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
She thought she had everything she ever wanted...
until she met the only man she'd ever need. . . .

Forced into the spotlight by her fabulous wealth, heiress Grace Hall isn't always prepared for the consequences of her standing. When a string of attacks against the city's most prominent women leaves Grace vulnerable, the refined beauty reluctantly hires a bodyguard. Now she
Paperback, 375 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Ivy Books
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5+ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

WOW, I really loved this contemporary romance from Jessica Bird, aka J.R. Ward, about tough, cold, cynical, hardened, and emotionally detached ex Special Forces soldier turned private security specialist John Smith, who’s hired as a bodyguard by billionaire New York socialite Grace Woodward Hall, the Countess von Sharone, to protect her from a serial killer targeting her and five other high-profile society women.

Although John feels initial disdai
Jun 02, 2011 Buggy rated it really liked it
Opening line:"John Smith checked his watch and looked around the plaza Hotel's ballroom."

Originally released in 2004, An Unforgettable Lady was just recently re-issued with a fancy new and improved cover. I’ve enjoyed all of Jessica Bird aka JR Ward’s earlier writing and thankfully this was no exception. No matter the stage in her career Bird/Ward can write the desirable and initially unobtainable dark and tortured heroes like no other. As a result I fell hard for John Smith the cold, scarred, I
May 03, 2008 Ragus rated it it was amazing
Lover's of J. R. Ward will want to read this contemporary romance written under her real name, Jessica Bird.

The story will not disappoint. UNFORGETTABLE LADY centers around a heroine who finds herself the target of a serial killer. She needs protection and hires the yummy, alpha male hero. Ms. Ward brings the two together in an unusual manner which creates romantic tension that builds and becomes tangible to the reader. Although this book is not part of a series, you will meet characters from th
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Having read the Moorehouse Legacy series, which I ravenously devoured in a matter of days, and the first (and so far only) O’Banyon Brothers book which I loved, I had some pretty high expectations for An Unforgettable Lady which might be part of my problem with the book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t LOVE it as I did the other Jessica Bird books that I’ve read.

Important Message : This book has been re-released and included a nice note from the author explaining the evolution of
John Smith: a common-enough name for a dangerous man. He owned the small elite firm, Black Watch, Ltd. His employees were former Rangers, Marines and Navy Seals. He trusted them implicitly.

With his military and intelligence background, he was a personal security specialist. It was a fancy name for bodyguard. But not just any ordinary protector, he was an investigator, a champion and, if needed, a killer. He was at the top of his field and thrived on not taking a break; he always had a new job j
Jan 15, 2010 AgentScully rated it liked it
I admit I picked up this book because the author is well-known and successful in another genre, and I was curious but do not read paranormal. Judging by this 1 book, I cannot see what the fuss is about. The writing style is simple, the romance is so-so, the suspense plot is feeble with only 2 viable suspects, and the heroine pulls a couple of TSTL moves.

The plot centers around a serial killer offing prominent society women. Jhon, er John, is the bodyguard hired to protect the heroine who's on t
Apr 19, 2012 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, pt
Primeiro que tudo: odeio o título do livro! «Diz-me quem és' não dá com nada! O original é An Unforgettable Lady e penso que ficava melhor 'Uma mulher inesquecível'...ficava mais giro. 'Diz-me quem és' ficava bem num livro em que houvesse algum problema de identidade ou assim...o que não acontece neste caso.

Passando ao livro, resumidamente temos Grace Hall, herdeira de uma grande fortuna, que depois da morte do pai, o substitui na fundação de património que este geria e tenta provar, numa série
I don’t normally read contemporary romance novels. In fact, it seems rare that I read books without any paranormal beings. I had heard about this book from the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group and I have to admit that I was curious. I didn’t know that J.R. Ward had used another pen name -- Jessica Bird. I must say that I like this incarnation of J.R. Ward. This is definitely a nice break from all those vampires, werewolves, and other assorted paranormal creatures I had been reading about ...more
May 25, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this book alot::the H/H are complete opposites::he is a strong alpha type guy. ex-military::no past::no planned future::and whilst at times i wanted john to open to Grace and tell her more about his past etc i came to the conclusion that this kind of strong alpha guy just wouldn't do that:what you get in the book would be exactly true to character::and probably if he had suddenly become Mr Mushy it'd have killed the story for me as it would then be to predictable::the heroine is kind:: ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of J.R. Ward, BDB
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An Unforgettable Lady is another solid story from Jessica Bird aka J. R. Ward. It's kind of a hybrid of a standard contemporary romance and a romantic suspense. I say this because the suspense element is present but somewhat in the background as a group of high society ladies who were all featured in the same newspaper article are picked off by a serial killer one-by-one. The heroine is one of the women from the article, so she rather reluctantly hires the hero to act as
Jul 08, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2read2, fv-review
You know when you want to love something so bad, but no matter how hard your try, you just can't? You like it, but it doesn't blow you away? Yes, the synopsis of the book brought back early 90's memories and had me involuntarily singing Whitney Houston's "And I Will Always Love You," reminiscing about her days on screen with Kevin Costner in "The Bodyguard." While the movie, to my recollection lacked suspense, I unfortunately felt a lot of the same with An Unforgettable Lady.

John Smith is all ha
Lucy Ibn al-Rashid

When you read books under the name Jessica Bird you can really see how much J.R.Ward's writing has evolved and I'm so happy that happened, because, frankly, her writing is much better now.

I don't think I would have kept reading her works if her writing had stayed the same. Not that it was bad. It was pretty unremarkable when you compare it to her Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Let us all be thankful that she has sharpened her skills and created something wonderfully unique and engaging.

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Elphaba J
May 04, 2012 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A aparência de perfeição começa a perder o seu encanto com a chegada do medo, da morte.
A segurança, uma nova prioridade, transforma-se no novo comandante da sua vida e, aquele que oferece um pouco de estabilidade, tende a tornar-se, a pouco e pouco, o senhor do seu coração.

Diz-me Quem És é uma narrativa repleta de momentos tensos com paixão e suspense em que, as suas personagens cuidadas, se vêm envolvidas nas hesitações próprias do amor e de um mistério que ultrapassa os precedentes habituais,
When Grace Hall socialite friends are being stalked and murdered in their homes, she knows she maybe next on the list. Taking a chance and hiring the best bodyguard, John Smith is the only option.

For the first itme in John's career he has a problem with his client, he finds her attractive and the more he gets to know the real Grace Hall, the more he imagines all the delicious ways he could please her.

Grace is vulnerable when it comes to John, she wants him, he wants her, but each time they sha
Aug 17, 2016 Nefise rated it it was ok
I don't know why but in no way I could get into the book. Althoug, it has an intriguing plot, whenever I tried to read it, I felt sleepy and lost fight at last and fell a sleep. I think, either story development or pacing is not right for my taste.
So here I am, I gave up finishing it, unfortunatelly, marking it another DNF. :(
A minha classificação seria 3,5 mas o goodreads não permite classificar meias.. Então aqui ficam 3 estrelas.
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Oct 27, 2010 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.R Ward is always a winner. No matter if she writing as herself or under Jessica Bird, her books are killer, 100 percent gold. I have yet to read a book by her that I did not like, which is saying something pretty big, since she has so many novels under her belt.

An Unforgettable Lady is a book that romance lovers cannot miss. Especially is your a suspense and mystery lover also.

Wealthy, gorgeous sophisticated woman meets a hard, wounded and unchangeable male.
At first you think, "okay, this is
Aug 24, 2011 MsRomanticReads rated it it was amazing
During a special event, Grace (Countess von Sharone) catches the eye of an intense and brooding stranger. Fascinated, she goes after him and corners him. She pushes his buttons until the stranger startles her with a fiery kiss full of passion, then he leaves. The next day she finds out that one of her close friends has been brutally murdered and the only thing the killer left behind was a newspaper article with a lineup of high society women. Grace is among those women mentioned. On edge and wor ...more
This is my first Jessica Bird book, but I'm a J.R. Ward fan so I thought I'd give it a shot. This is not the author I've come to like. If you are looking for more J.R. Ward, this isn't the place. I could easily have been reading Julie Kenner or Meg Cabot. This is a chick-lit romance, with a murder mystery subplot. I suspected who the murderer was around page 100 and was definite by page 150, but maybe that was just me. There were very few suspects introduced and there was very little done to cre ...more

Nas ruas de Manhattan, um sociopata anda à solta e o seu alvo são as mulheres ricas, poderosas e influentes, que possuem grande fortuna. Grace Hall, Condessa von Sharone é uma destas mulheres que pertence ao círculo das individualidades mais influentes desta cidade. E a sua riqueza fá-la ser um alvo para o louco que utiliza Manhattan como seu território de caça.
Por causa destes eventos, Grace Hall decidi contratar o melhor especialista de segurança alg
Aug 06, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
Picked this one up yesterday at Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised to see it re released. I had previously tried to obtain a copy at my library but they didn't have a copy.

I was excited to see what the Warden was up to before the Brothers!
Well Mr. John Smith is no Wrath that's for sure but he was entertaining enough that I found myself whizzing to the end of this tale.

It could have been a 4 or even 5 star book but she took it just there and then backed off with everything, the hero was slightl
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Grace Hall is a rich blue blood. John Smith is a retired special forces/Army ranger/assassin killer turned bodyguard. She hires him and they fall in love. Think this is original and groundbreaking? You'd be wrong on both counts. However, don't let that stop you. Just because somebody painted a woman before doesn't mean an artist couldn't paint the same woman and make something special. I don't know as though I'd elevate this to such a lofty status, but it was certainly entertaining.

Grace is jus
Wendy F
Hmmm, well there were aspects I liked about this book. I mean, there's nothing like a good ole dose of a fluffy shallow romance novel. They sure do make you feel good.

I chuckled a few times, enjoyed myself when I was reading it. The thing is, it won't stick with me. The characters didn't resonate, and the story wasn't all that original. In fact, even though it was stated in the authors note, I couldn't get past the similarities to Butch and Marissa. And unfortunately, when compared, Grace and Jo
Jul 08, 2010 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went in to this with REALLY low expectations. I was pleased to find that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The plot fell short, but it was fun to read. I did find myself able to pull some of her out of this book, mostly in her character development. Anyway, being a J.R. Ward fan, I enjoyed the opportunity. For a really great review from a friend of mine go to
Nov 20, 2010 Jenn rated it it was ok
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Apr 16, 2012 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este foi, para mim, um dos livros mais esperados do mês. Tinha uma enorme curiosidade em saber como Ward se sairia com romances policiais e mais uma vez não fui decepcionada. Habituada aos seus famosos livros da “Irmandade da Adaga Negra”, não pude deixar de comparar John Smith com a personagem ZSadist dessa mesma saga. É difícil de chamar esta autora pelo seu nome, ela é e sempre será para nós J.R. Ward, mas a verdade é que Jessica Bird é o seu verdadeiro nome. Este livro foi publicado pela pri ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

As a fanatic – almost rabid- fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I cannot help but gush over J.R. Ward writing. So, in the effort to cover my bases a little more, I decided to pick AN UNFORGETTABLE LADY off my bookshelf and read it. I was pleasantly surprised because I thought that this was a strictly contemporary romance, but I soon found out that it’s a romantic suspense.

Bird captured my attention with the first sizzling hot kiss between the hero and heroine
Jul 19, 2011 BookFiend rated it it was ok
Shelves: jr-ward
Grace Hall is an influential figure in Manhattan's society. She comes from a wealthy Manhattan family, is a countess by marriage, and now is the head of the Hall Foundation, an organization founded by her father. Grace was one of six women featured in an article that ended up as a serial killer's hit list. Grace turns to John Smith, a securities expert with a murky past, to protect her.

The book is short, a little over 300 pages. Perhaps partly due to its length, I felt the characters were not fu
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)
Traduzido para Português sob o título "Diz-me quem és"

Este romance de J R Ward , sob o pseudónimo Jessica Bird, traz-nos a escritora de fantasia num género que não era ainda conhecido do público Português.

Um romance sensual soft, que nos dá a conhecer Grace Hall - uma milionária que busca protecção ao ver as suas melhores amigas serem assassinadas por um misterioso assassino.

Grace acaba por contratar os serviços de segurança de John Smith, um perito na segurança de celebridades e membros da alta
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Jéssica Bird also writes as J.R. Ward

Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to
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