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Witness to Passion

(Guarding Her Body #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Under his protection and in his bed…

For Fallon Wayland, birthdays are just another reminder of her looming spinsterhood. This year is shaping up to be no different. Unfairly fired from her job, dumped by her boyfriend, and oh yes, witnessing the murder of a high-ranking lieutenant in the local crime family… Yeah, birthdays suck.

Ever since a disastrous, hot-as-hell kiss yea
Published June 16th 2015 (first published May 16th 2015)
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!!


Fallon is a twenty-five years old girl who grew all her life without love and attention from her family. She saw what marriage did to her parents, so she’s not looking to tie the knot anytime soon or to be involved in a serious relationship. She may consider a no strings attached relationship with someone, but the thing is her lust interest doesn’t seem to notice her, or more exactly he doesn’t seem to see her like a woman. The reason? He is the big brother of her best friend.

Shane R
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
DNF @ 34%

According to my trusty GR time stamp, I put this bad boy down on July 12th and have yet to pick it back up again.

And now - sadly - I have no fucking clue what this thing is even about anymore.


And, quite frankly, I find myself lacking the proper motivation required to fiddle fuck around with this thing anymore.


And rude.


So on that note, I'm tappin' out.


For now.
Claire Robinson
4 - "Put the gun down, Rambo." Stars!

If you are looking for a little action and suspense to go with a pretty stellar dirty talking hero, then Witness to Passion is definitely a book you should consider adding to your TBR. Naima Simone is an author new to me, and with the first instalment in her new Guarding Her Body series, the incentive to seek out and read more is very, very strong.

”Sometimes you have to go ‘yipee-ki-yay’ on a person.”

Having not read anything from the author prior to starting
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow!! What a ride. Naima Simone knows how to write a romantic suspense!

I got a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing LLC, in exchange of an honest review.

Fallon Wayland hates birthdays. After all nothing good has happened to her on any of her birthdays. On her tenth birthday her dad stood her up because he was on a business trip, on her fifteenth birthday, her mom took her puppy to the pound and on her eighteenth birthday she kissed her childhood crush and got rejected. If you think all
Eva Millien
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fallon Wayland’s birthday just went from bad to worst day ever when she witnesses a murder and Shane Roarke insists on protecting her despite her objections in this thrilling and sexy contemporary romance.

Shane has plenty of reasons to say away from his sister’s best friend but that won’t stop him from protecting her and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as their passions erupt and burn away their inhibitions. The attraction between Fallon and Shane has smoldered for years whi
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads Review Team*

I didn't really know what to expect in this story. I had the assumption that it would be a thrilling, suspenseful story full of erotic romance.

This book had humorous moments (the beginning was great!), it had serious moments, and it had A LOT of angst.

When a murder takes place right in front of Fallon (on her birthday, of all days), she freezes - only to be immediately threatened by the perp.
Her birthday (and subsequent
Denise Van plew
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one was like really good frosting on a scrumptious cake that when you bite into it you discover it has filling too. I already enjoyed reading this author in another genre, it was a pleasure to see she writes in another also. This also happens to be a story line I cannot get enough of with that guy that you could just eat up has to protect the girl that they have been avoiding with a ten foot pole so to speak because they desire them to no end. Fallen has the most memorable birthdays with th ...more
Elizabeth H.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read from Naima Simone and I absolutely loved it!

The story was awesome and the characters were brilliantly written. And the dialogue was hilarious! I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud. I loved Fallon’s humor and her strength, regardless of the fact that she is the unluckiest girl in the world! Fallon takes everything in stride and only wants one thing out of life: To be loved by her best friend’s older brother Shane.

Shane was delicious! He’s strong and fiercely pr
Shirley Williamson
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Loved this book! Naima Simone is the kind of writer who keeps you captivated from the beginning to end.
Fallon is a sassy girl who doesn't believe in love or happy endings. She grew up without love or attention and besides her best friends family and her crush on her besties brother, she was alone. And her disastrous first kiss with Shane, well the kiss was amazing but his reaction afterwards...not so much. So when she witnesses a Gang shooting and then the shooter threatens her, her life is on t
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book pace was fast from the beginning to end. The suspense is high, lust was steamy, story line was right on. Story line kept the pages turning and the couple Shane and Fallon history was developed well along the way. It was one of those books that I was sad to see it end. The "I cannot have you because it goes against the rules" headache or heartache was was well played out. This will bring back all your memories of the kiss that made your tummy flutter, the ones that got away and the crush tha ...more
Blessie (Mischievous Reads)
*ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

Review to come
This book had everything I love in a romantic suspense – lots of action, a great plot with twists and turns that kept me guessing, a hot, alpha hero who protects what’s his (even if it takes a while for him to admit to and act on it!), and a sassy and smart heroine who is independent, but knows when to take the help offered – especially when it comes to keeping herself alive! Throw in the fact that we are dealing with the little sister’s best friend (and yes, there is a little bit of history bet ...more
April Symes
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
*****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review******

Fallon Wayland is having a very bad birthday. Her boyfriend dumped her via Twitter which means she is not gonna be getting married this year…and oh yea, then minutes later she saw a hit go down on a high-ranking lieutenant in the local crime family and to top off her really BAD BAD day she was fired for not showing up at work. –SEE there is that being fired unjustly thing going on. Fallon is a sassy , spirted, independent
Book Gannet
Want something hot and sexy where people get shot at a lot? Looking for a heroine who is smart and independent, but also clever enough to know when to trust the protective sexy guy? Then this book should tick all the right boxes. Also, if you think you have a good reason to hate birthdays, you’ll definitely have something in common with Fallon.

I really enjoyed this story, especially how it could go from making me laugh one moment to heart-in-mouth speed reading the next. The action is swift and
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Witness to Passion is the first book in the new romantic suspense Guarding Her Body series from Naima Simone. Fallon Wayland and Shane Roarke have known each other for many years, Fallon being Shane's sister's best friend and they've kissed once--a kiss that was filled with pent-up want and passion but ended with Shane pushing Fallon away. In the years si
Rosemary K
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fallon Wayland should be celebrating her birthday. Instead she an eye witness to a gangland hit. Now she has a target on her back and her life is in danger. Could her life get any worse? Unfortunately it can and does. Shane Roarke, her best friend's brother, is back in her life. He's a security expert. He vows to keep her safe. Fallon has wanted him forever but he rejected her. What's going to happen when they are constantly together? Fallon is a feisty woman who wants to stand on her own two fe ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Witness to Passion is a great take on forbidden love! Sloane has tried hard to keep Fallon at arms length because she's his sister's best friend...

But when Sloane finds out Fallon is in grave danger, he'll do what ever it takes to protect her. Even if it means spending a lot of time in close quarters with just her. He can control himself, right? Being close to Fallon soon proves too much for his resolve, and even as he strives to keep her safe, the chemistry between them is impossible to ignore.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Witness to Passion" by Naima Simone is a romance that has suspense, action and some really, really hot and steamy scenes! Shane and Fallon are off the charts smoking hot together! Their chemistry is amazing! Yes, the sex scenes in the book that had me breaking out the fan, but when the two of them just sat and talked, I melted. Ms. Simone did a terrific job of writing those scenes so that the reader could actually feel the electricity between the two! I liked both characters - I loved Fallon's ...more
Melissa Mendoza
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“It’s taken every scrap of control he tenuously possessed not to tangle his hand into those gorgeous curls, drag her aroud, crush his mouth to hers, and taste the sweet flavor he’d spent seven years trying to forget.”

This book was hot from the beginning to end! I loved Fallon, she was such a hard @ss and funny! And don’t get me started on Shane!!

Fallon has always hated birthdays. And her current birthday isn’t any different from the previous years
Bambi Unbridled
The start of the Guarding Her Body series started off with a bang, literally, when our heroine, Fallon, witnesses a gang hit. The hitman warns her not to open her mouth or he will come after her, but Fallon does her civic duty and reports everything to the cops. As you can imagine, this does not go over well with the gang and her life is in immediate danger. Fallon doesn't ask anyone for help, which leads her best friend to ask her brother, Shane, to step in and protect Fallon. Shane came home f ...more
Oh geez - I thought I hate my birthdays, but Fallon wins. Fallon was a great heroine - strong, sassy and determined to prove she can make it on her own. I found myself immediately rooting for her after her response to the boyfriend who broke up with her on her birthday via Twitter. Oh, and then minutes later she witnessed a murder and got fired for not showing up at work. It took Shane a looong time to face the fact she wasn't the pampered princess he wanted to believe so he wouldn't have to fac ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Witness to Passion starts off with a bang and barely slows down! It's certainly intriguing getting to experience everything that happens to Fallon, especially because of the things that happen to her. She's just not very lucky. I loved Fallon, she was fun, protective and loyal. What more do you need in a female character? Shane was hawt, and admittedly an alpha male. He knows how to protect those he considers his own. There was some
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh how this book sizzles! Fallon and Shane were HOT! They were forbidden to be together but still had that "I want, even though I shouldn't" vibe going on. I loved the instantaneous fierce protectiveness Shane showed for Fallon. He was just so strong in his sense of duty. Fallon brought out his tender side and vulnerability. I thoroughly enjoyed their game they played and what it lead to. So many steamy scenes. So good.

The suspenseful part of this story was pretty intense. I kept trying to guess
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fallon is having a rough 25th birthday, she is running late for work, her boyfriend just broke up with her on Twitter and then she witnesses a gang shooting.
Now she is being guarded by Shane , her best friends big brother. The one she has crushed on forever but who has avoided her since she kissed him on her 18th birthday. Yep birthdays suck.
There is a lot going on in this story. There is the past they share and the past they don’t share to get behind them so they can have a future. Shane has
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Witness to Passion has everything I love in a book and more. A sexy heroine who knows what she wants, a seriously hot alpha male determined to do the right thing, and a sizzling situation that pushes their passion past the boiling point.

Naima Simone combines her signature style of drama, adventure, humor and romance into a contemporary story that I loved to love. I have a weakness for my best friend's brother romances to begin with and this one more than met my expectations. Flowing seamlessly f
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This had all the elements I look for in a good book.
The heat and denial Shane exhibits toward Fallon. The alpha male who takes charge and protects. A great cast of characters along with strong supporting characters and last a complete story with lots of detail.

When Fallon witnesses a murder her best friend calls her brother to help protect her. These two have a type of history along with some deep rooted chemistry. Fallon has wanted him for years and Shane has fought his attraction to his sister
Barrie Mac
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fallon is having the worst birthday on record. Her boyfriend breaks up with her via twitter and she witnesses a murder. Despite being threatened by the gang member who did the killing, she goes to the police. When the gang tries to kill her outside her apartment, her best friend's brother, Shane, steps in to keep her safe. Fallon has had a crush on Shane for years and isn't too happy of the close quarters with him. Little does she know that Shane is having difficulty too. This was a great, HOT r ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is a smoking hot read! I loved it! Naima is such a great storyteller. The passion between Fallon and Shane is off the charts. Fallon is on the run from some really bad guys, and Shane is just the guy to protect her. Sure all he wants to do is stay far away from his little sisters' best friend but when it comes down to it he's the only one that can save her. The last person Fallon wants to be around is Shane after he rejected her all those years ago but he's the only one that she can tru ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: NetGalley
5 blazing hot stars for this guns loaded, action packed romance!

This book started with action packed drama and didn't let up till the end. Mix that with a sexy ex-soldier turned security specialist and a fiery, independent woman who and you have one explosive package. Shane and Fallon have excellent chemistry together and enough passion to set the sheets on fire, that is if they can ever make it to a bed. Don't miss out on this first installment in a thrilling new series!

I received this book com
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This book didn't blow me away as I expected it to. I liked the banter between the characters but I was not crazy about Fallon. Her whole "I-don't-want-marriage" thing was mentioned to death throughout the book and then just like that, at the end it became a none issue!!!!.

I liked the secondary characters of the GDG team, I hope we get more books based on them.

Overall an easy read not too much tension, the shooting scenes where well written. A good book
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USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—a ...more

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