With The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, Christy Tillery French has once again taken me on a enjoyable roller coaster ride of heart-stopping thrills and...moreWith The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, Christy Tillery French has once again taken me on a enjoyable roller coaster ride of heart-stopping thrills and rib-tickling humor.
In the third installment of Ms. French’s Bodyguard series, Natasha Chamberlain eagerly takes on her latest assignment—guarding English rock star, Giki, on a tour of the Southern United States. Natasha is convinced this will be an easy job. True, Giki has a wild streak, and at times she’s uncontrollable in her desire to experience every facet of being a rock star, from sex to concerts to…sweets? Yes, Giki has a sweet tooth that is sometimes irrepressible, along with several other bad habits, and Natasha soon feels more like a babysitter than a bodyguard. No problem, she can handle the aggravation of that, but Giki has a secret; a cyber-stalker who is willing to do whatever it takes to end the rock star’s career. And Natasha is suddenly caught up in a job that’s far more dangerous than she first assumed.
When she’s shot at the first concert, her fiancé, Jonce Striker, shows up at the hospital, and the battle is on as single-minded alpha male clashes with strong-minded, determined woman, adding another delightful twist to the thrilling plot. Natasha loves Striker and would do just about anything for him, but the one thing she’s not willing to do is give up her job. She knows she can protect Giki, and she’s going to prove it to Striker once and for all. Jonce, however, is worried and despite her protests brings in the competent, but completely adorable duo of Pit and Bigun to safeguard her.
And well, let’s just say, chaos ensues as Natasha struggles to find her balance between Striker and her chosen profession and, as she always does, manages to get her man. No spoilers here, I'm not going to tell you which one she gets, you'll have to read it for yourself to find out!
As with all the books in her Bodyguard Series, Ms. French has peppered this one with laugh-out-loud humor, nail-biting suspense, familiar, lovable characters as well as a few new, quirky ones, and dialogue so realistic it practically leaps off the page. Then there’s the constant and stimulating tug-of-war between a strong man and an even-stronger woman. Throw in a delightful tour of the cities of the South, which Ms. French writes about with obvious love and pleasure, and you have a very satisfying read that will keep you glued to the pages until the end.
Needless to say, The Bodyguard and the Rock Star is going to join the other books by Ms. French on my keeper shelf! (less)
How can I say something new about a book that first came into my life when I was a young girl and has never left me? A book that changed my view of li...moreHow can I say something new about a book that first came into my life when I was a young girl and has never left me? A book that changed my view of life, changed my feelings about growing up in the South? A book I've read more than 30 times, a book that touches me every single time I read it.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the book responsible for all of the above...and more. When I'm suffering from writer's block, it's the book I pull out for inspiration. When I want to reconnect with my Southern roots, all I need is a few passages of To Kill a Mockingbird. When I need to be reminded of the values I was raised with, I can pick up my copy of the book, open it at random and read a few pages of Atticus's wisdom and common sense.
And if I don't feel like reading, I can always watch the movie which has the added treat of Gregory Peck's wonderful portrayal of Atticus Finch and the narrator's lovely Southern voice.
Harper Lee's poignant story is the book I judge all others by. Will it ever be bested? I don't think so, unless of course, Ms. Lee decides to pick up her pen again. (less)
Quite possibly the best children's book ever. I used to read it every year to my students and they all loved it! Don't know if that was because I enjo...moreQuite possibly the best children's book ever. I used to read it every year to my students and they all loved it! Don't know if that was because I enjoyed reading it so much, but I suspect my enjoyment had little to do with it. Without fail, when I finished reading the book to them and moved on to another one, they would beg me to read Lafcadio again.
I'd recommend this book to any young reader--although the younger ones may need to have it read to them, I guarantee both the child and the reader will have a rollicking good time. Laugh-out-loud funny, and it teaches a few valuable lessons too.(less)