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Muscle For Hire

(Heart of Fame #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Protecting her was never going to be easy.

After sixteen years as the personal bodyguard to the world’s biggest rock star, ex-SAS commando Aslin Rhodes excels in the role of intimidating protector, oozing threatening menace. Now that the singer has retired, Aslin takes a new assignment as a military consultant on a blockbuster film. But just as he’s getting comfortable in
ebook, 253 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit I'm a big fan of Lexxie Couper. I love her writing style, I love the images her words make in my mind, I love her hunky, sexy, heroes, and I love that she's not afraid to write strong kick ass women. In Muscle for Hire she gives it all to us and in addition we get to hear conversations between Nick Blackthorn (be still my heart) and his bodyguard Aslin Rhodes. Just imagining Nick with his sexy accent talking to Aslin with his sexy accent is enough to put all kinds of kinky thoughts in ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
*SIGH* Aslin... you were EVERYTHING i remembered from Love's Rhythm and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Oh Lordy.... please will you just growl MY WAY...

Suffice to say i LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book; sweet, sexy and humorous, and did i already say that Aslin was a freakin' WET DREAM???!!! Lexxie you are a GENIUS!!!
This is Aslin and Rowan's story. Aslin we met in book 1(which I hated) as the bodyguard of Rockstar Nick. As Nick is now a retired family man Aslin goes to help out movie star Chris as an action advisor. He's soon put on his ass, literally,by martial arts champion Rowan who is Chris's sister. Sparks fly between them immediately but someone is trying to hurt the stubborn American and Aslin is determined to stop them.

When Rowan was younger her family were victims of a house breaking. Her parents w
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Hoo boy...this book

After reading and loving Love's Rhythm, I was so excited to see that Aslin would be getting his own book. I mean a book about a sexy British bodyguard?

Unfortunately, this book just did not deliver. At least not for me.

It started out pretty good. I loved how Aslin and Rowan first meet (view spoiler) I thought I'd really enjoy reading about a heroine like Rowan; she is a martial arts expert after all. Ultimately, I found her character to be vul
Michele Realitybitesblog
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Aslin is a man with few words. After protecting a famous rock star for years, Aslin can handle Hollywood…right?? Or more importantly, can he handle the hot sister of the film star?? Aslin has seen well, everything following around Nick Blackstone and his wild ways. What he hasn’t seen before is Rowan, who he is instantly entranced with.
I freaking loved their initial meeting! Her spunk and swiftness had me in awe! I l
Didn't read the 1st bk in this series (Love's Rhythm) but I'm sure I will since there's quite a bit Nick and Aslin mentioned in this bk. Liked Muscle for Hire, steamy hot with a little romantic suspense however there were a couple of WTH/unbelievable moments. One of course was the almost sex on Aslin's Ducati at night in an open hospital parking lot...Hot, YES, but REALLY?!? Another where Rowan has a major concussion and 2 broken ribs checks herself out of the hospital weak and barely able to wa ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
This is the first book I have read of this author and I note it is linked to a previous book so not sure if my reading out of sequence has impacted on my enjoyment of it.

The story centres on Aslin Rhodes – an ex special forces soldier from the UK who for the last 16 years has been the personal bodyguard in the US for a rock star who has now retired. Hence Aslin finds himself at a moot point in his career when his boss offers his services to an actor out in Australia.

Rowan Hemsworth is the sist
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5 Stars

We first got to meet Aslin Rhodes in Love’s Rhythm as Nick Blackthorne’s bodyguard, and I didn’t think I could love him more than I did Nick. But LAWD!! In my opinion this bodyguard trumps his longtime boss!! His all-around sexiness pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go of you till the end!!

For sixteen years Aslin has been the bodyguard to the world’s biggest rock star, but now that rock star has retired. He didn’t believe
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Easily 4 1/2 star read.

Aslin Rhodes, ex-SOS commando and bodyguard to retired rock star Nick Blackthorne, has been loaned out to a movie production as some extra muscle and to consult on the fight scenes in the movie. Now that Nick has retired and is living quietly with his wife Lauren and their son Josh there just really isn't any imminent danger for him to be on the lookout for. Funny that in his first few hours on the job he is knocked on his ass by the star of the film's sister. Rowan Hemswo
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely loving this series and I was so excited to read Aslin's story after reading Love's Rhythm. Lexxie did a fantastic job by pairing him up with Rowan (who I have to say is such a refreshingly strong female character) and the two of them are just beyond cute together! The dynamics between the two of them really made them such a fantastic couple, and I enjoyed the well written dialog as well as the engaging plot. I was kind of surprised with Aslin being a bodyguard one would expect him ...more
Aslin Rhodes has seen, done, and lived it all as an ex-SAS commando and bodyguard to a notorious rock star. Hired for his skills in the military to assist in making a film, Aslin finds himself going head to toe with the most unlikely person he ever met a martrial arts expert who has no problem getting in his face.

Rowan Hemsworth vowed to herself never to be a victim again after witnessing her parents murder and raising her brother, who is now a famous actor. Everything about Aslin makes Rowan pr
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Personal bodyguard Aslin takes on an extra assignment as a favor to his boss, switching the music scene for film. He never expected his new assignment would have a sister ready to knock him on his ass.
Rowan is used to take care of herself, multiple black belts and skin on her nose, but this english hunk of a man is making her ready to lean on someone else.. When accidents start to happen they´ll have to care for each other, and try to solve the puzzle of who´s targeting who.
Action, suspense and
Alex is The Romance Fox
This was an enjoyable read but not as much as book #1.

I liked Aislin & Rowan (what's with the Rowie thing!!!!!!). They had a nice chemistry together.

I must admit that I was more interested in Rowan's brother, Chris and I can't wait to read his book.

Michelle the Romance Witch
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars. wow crazy as hell but i loved Aslin's story and that epilogue about made me squeal like a schoolgirl. can't wait for the next story.
This hot and sexy series set in Australia is a favorite by Aussie author Lexxie Couper and one that you should most definitely grab.

Egos clash in this 2nd book in the Heart of Fame series by Lexxie Couper. Lexxie does not disappoint when she gives us even more of Nick Blackthorne and his sexy bodyguard Aslin Rhodes. A knee weakening hero with a British accent along with one badass martial arts heroine and there is so much to love about this story.

A former British SAS commando vs an American mar
Sort of a disappointment. I really thought Ailin’s story would be different.
FV Angela
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After fifteen years as a bodyguard to a rock star Aslin Rhodes has pretty much seen it all and is happy with his life, but with his boss’s retirement he is suddenly at loose ends. When his boss, Nick, asks him to help out on the set of a movie as a sort of fight scene expert to movie star Chris Huntley, he agrees. But this bodyguard/ex-soldier can’t keep his instincts put away, especially when he spies what he thinks is someone
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What does the bodyguard to one of the most famous rock stars do when that rock star retires to a small town with the love of his life? In Aslin Rhodes’ case, he becomes the military consultant for a big budget action movie. Using his experience to make the film more realistic, he becomes friends with the star, Chris Huntley, and starts to notice that things are happening around him. When the star’s sister, American martial arts expert
The Smutty Kitty
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Wicked Whiskers

4 out of 5 Licks

Muscle for Hire by Lexxie Couper was a first for me since I never read anything by her prior to Heart of Fame series. When I read the title it automatically captured my attention but not in the context I was thinking … insert dirty thoughts here … LoL! After further details into this book I discovered it was the second in a series so naturally before I could dive into Muscle for Fire I had to read the first book Love’s Rhyt
Originally reviewed at http://scorchingbookreviews.blogspot....

OK, I’ll admit that whenever Lexxie Couper writes a new book, it goes on the wish list. She writes fabulously smutty books without slacking on the plotlines. This one may be the hottest one yet with the entire thing making me need a cold shower!

Aslin was introduced to us as Nick’s bodyguard in Love’s Rhythm and I’m pretty sure I begged for his book in that review. A hot, ex-military man who happens to be a Brit?? I see James Bond imm
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Aslin Rhodes has been a bodyguard for a rock star for 16 years. When his boss gets married and settles down to family life, Rhodes at loose ends. He ends up going to Australia as a favor and guarding a rising Hollywood actor. While there he meets the actors sister and the sparks start to fly. Rowan Hemsworth is a champion martial artist with multiple wins under her belt. She is visiting her brother when she meets Aslin and promptly falls into lust with him.

The sexual tension between Aslin and R
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and sexy read and I loved everything about it! I received this book as an ARC for review and I hadn’t yet read the first book in the series so I wasn’t familiar with the characters or anything when starting this book but it didn’t take away from it at all. Lexxie included all of the important details without overwhelming me and I was still able to follow perfectly, though I do plan to go back and read Love’s Rhythm because it sounds pretty good too! ;)
I loved these characters! Row
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Series, and I loved it.
This is the story of Nick's bodyguard, Aslin Rhodes and Rowan Hemsworth..Aslin is hired to be her brother's bodyguard and he has clearly met his match with Rowan who is a martial arts champion and doesn't really feel like his services are required since she can do the job herself.

Where the first book lacked this one came to the rescue! Their story was built on instant attraction and trying to fight the lust, but obviously they don't - but you get to feel that
P.A. Lupton
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it

Muscle for Hire was just okay for me. Honestly, I just finished it and I had to look up the names of the characters to write this review. I forgot them already. It’s not that it’s a bad book, I didn’t dislike it. I just didn’t like it all that much either. I also found something a bit confusing—the way some of the characters called Aslin by his first name sometimes and last name (Rhodes) other times. And his last name was so close to the heroine’s name (Rowan) and her nickname was Rowie. It seem
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book #2 in the Hearts of Fame series did not disappoint! Aslin has just taken on the job of military consultant for a movie being filmed in Australia. His job is to keep the scenes real and train the actors in proper fight skills. What he doesn't expect is Rowan Hemsworth. A feisty five foot nothing martial artist and older sister to the lead actor. Rowan's job is to keep her brother grounded and not get taken advantage of. Accidents begin to happen on set and Rowan is sure someone is trying to ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm going to be really honest here and say that I bought this book for two reasons (not good reasons but reasons none the less). First, the cover is amazing or at least the guy is and second, I'm a sucker for bodyguard stories. I enjoyed the book and the main characters but I did have issues. I hated the terms used to describe lust and sex. I also started this book, not knowing that it was a second book in the series.(I never start a book into a series if it's not the first one). So people who w ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Aslin and Rowan's story.

For sixteen years Aslin has been the bodyguard to the world's biggest rock star, but now that rock star has retired. So Nick loans Aslin to one of America's big TV stars as he films an action movie in Australia. What is supposed to be an easy assignment knocks Aslin for a loop and literally on his ass when he meets Chris's big sister Rowan. She has been taking care of her brother since her parents were murdered during a home invasion.

Now it's time to let
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am an idiot I tell ya! I didn't realize until the very end of the book that Aslin worked for Nick Blackthorn from Love's Rhythm. I will tell you they are stand alone books so you will get a tiny morsel about Nick's life after Love's rhythm it's nothing to jump for joy over.

Lots of action is this book. First just trying to figure out how in the world Aslin and Rowan could possibly fall in love with their controlled stubborn ways is a lot to wrap your head around. Luckily we get to read how thei
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought it was a decent book. Fairly well written. The only thing that annoyed me was these two sentences in the last chapter:
“Sure. I’ll help. It’s kinda embarrassing I’ve been in Australia for a week and haven’t visited its most famous beach, I guess.” She chuckled”


“He nodded. “This is just a flesh wound. A bloody stubborn American put me on my arse a week ago and I still haven’t recovered."

So does that mean all the events, including them falling in love happened over a weeks time? Th
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! After meeting Aslin in Love’s Rhythm I was excited to read more about him. What’s not to love about a big, badass former SAS commando (“so the Commando goes commando.” *snort*) and Rowan, she’s seriously kick-ass. I also really liked the suspense element in their story. There were just enough suspects that it kept you guessing. I hate when I can figure out the mysterious bad guy too soon. As I have come to expect from Lexxie the love scenes are scorching hot! This is a shorter ...more
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Other books in the series

Heart of Fame (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Love's Rhythm (Heart of Fame #1)
  • Guarded Desires
  • Steady Beat
  • Lead Me On (Heart Of Fame #5)
  • Blame It on the Bass (Heart Of Fame #6)
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