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(Guarding Her #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  152 reviews
She was off limits. Too young. The boss’s daughter. Forbidden.

I knew it all along, but it didn’t change the absolute possession I felt when it came to her… nothing would change how I felt about her.

So I did what I had to; I waited until the time was right to make her mine, only to find out there is one thing that could ruin it all.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 11th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 9th 2018)
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


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I had high hopes for this one. It sounded like it was going to be a perfect insta-love over the top alpha male book. Alas, it turned out to be just OK. It started out really good but as soon as I found out the hero was f-cking around with OW while claiming to always want the heroine, not to mention keeping any guy that was interested in her away, the story lost some of its luster. Not to mention I hate time jumps and we get a couple in this book (two months later -- five
Stories in Review
I absolutely loved this. It never specifies if the H was with anyone else after the first kiss., so not sure if he was celibate or not until the meet again. Tad om drama, but didn't last long. Love how they loved each other.
Island Girl Romance Reads
This is the first book in the Guarding Her series and it was so good!! loved it.
Royce wanted Paisley since she was 16 but since he was older and works for her dad, he went away.
but after a few years he came back and all bets were of when she was in danger and he claimed her as his.
Loved this book so much. Royce was a possessive and protective Alpha. Loved him.
Paisley was a bit young, but i liked her.
The story was good and lots of side characters that I can't wait to read about.
Loved it very mu
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Anna Brooks writing and I did enjoy this story, but the age difference had me tripping. Once I let that go, the story did flow for me more and more. The alpha tendencies are always a turn on for me, and the building of a series was appreciated. I am always down to read another Ms Brooks story. Thanks girl!! xo
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Surface by Anna Brooks is the First book in the Guarding Her Series. This is the story of Royce and Paisley.
When Royce first meets Paisley he knows she is off limits being 7 years younger but it didn't stop him from know that she will be his one day. Royce went to working out of town more until the time was right for him to claim what was his. Paisley always had a crush on Royce but when he started staying away she felt that he didn't feel the same.
But now Royce is back and things are starting
Loved how Royce waited patiently for Paisley to be of legal age before he revealed how much he wanted her. Also since he is her bodyguard; Eric, his boss and Paisley's father, will probably kill Royce if he touches her. ERRR-too late! lol My problem now is finding the time to read the rest of this series because it's just that delicious.! I loved how close the guys are that work for Royal Ace Security and how they protect one another. Royce's father and "his family" was a little shocking, to me, ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
2.5 stars at most. I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. What I did like was how the H, faded into the shadows when she was too young, but now she's of age, he's back to protect her. And to claim her, she's his. He was super alpha, and the steamy scenes were good, but the plot was lacking, and the backward and forward between her family and him was tedious. The h was still too young, completely dependent on others. It made her seem too childish for a grown man, I wanted more depth ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Royce!! SWOON! I loved how much he loved Paisley. He knew he couldn't be with her while she was younger...since he was 7 years older. He went away because she was too much of a temptation to him. But all bets were off when he came home. He pursued her, won her, and loved her hard. She loved him since she was a young girl so it didn't take her long to fall for him. She worried because he worked for her father. This story was so wonderfully written. I happy-cried my way through the whole last p ...more
Nov 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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She was off limits. Too young. The boss’s daughter. Forbidden.

I knew it all along, but it didn’t change the absolute possession I felt when it came to her… nothing would change how I felt about her.

So I did what I had to; I waited until the time was right to make her mine, only to find out there is one thing that could ruin it all.
Stories in Review
I absolutely loved this. It never specifies if the H was with anyone else after the first kiss., so not sure if he was celibate or not until the meet again. Tad om drama, but didn't last long. Love how they loved each other.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
It's been a minute since I read this.. I liked it, but just didn't love it. Didn't get invested in anything. It could also be a "its me, not the book" thing. That's been going on a little lately.
Sara Oxton
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surface by Anna Brooks a five-star read that will bring your emotions to the surface. This is the first book in the Guarding her series and its kicks off with a bang, I can’t wait for more. Royce King will melt your heart, he meets Paisley when she is still young but as he knows he’s wrong he takes jobs away to avoid her, I liked this, and you could see the struggle he was facing it made him that much more an admirable man, especially when faced with Paisleys teenage behaviour. Paisley is a swee ...more
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
Wow. Surface is my first Anna Brooks story and I loved it. This is a great start to a new series.

Royce is an over the top alpha man that loves his woman and will do anything for her.

Paisley is a sweet girl that is very well protected girl since her dad owns a security firm. Royce just happens to work for him.

These two have great chemistry and I love this storyline. I liked all the secondary characters also and can't wait to read their stories.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my h
Bobbi Wagner
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surface (Guarding Her #1) by Anna Brooks is her first book in her Guarding Her series. This is not my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. It is not my favorite of hers but I did find it to engaging until the end. Her writing style is such that she makes her story and characters understandable and easy to follow. She jumped back and forth a little bit and I usually get lost when authors do this but I didn't get lost in this book. I enjoyed her characters for the most part. They are lovabl ...more
Jelena Bosh
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I don’t know how I finished this book within 2 days. I literally blinked and found myself at the end of the last page...

Can it be that it was that addictive? Fast paced? Yup and hell yes!!

Literally from the first chapter I got triggered into that amazing feeling of connecting with the character. Sigh. That’s one thing that I don’t find often in books and when I don’t I treasure it.

Royce and Paisley are added on my OTP list <3

From their first moments when Paisley was just a young and blossi
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Surface is book 1 in the Royal Ace Security series. Paisley is a college student living in New York, while her family is in California. While out doing photography (which is her major), she is attacked by a crack head and ends up in the hospital. Imagine her shock when she wakes up and finds her longtime crush, Royce, in her hospital room.

Paisley first met Royce when she was 14 and he was 21. Paisley felt she was meant to be with Royce, despite their age difference. Royce wor
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anna Brooks delivers a fast paced first installment of her Guarding Her Series. She combined one of my favorite tropes with interesting characters and a story line that pulled me in.

Royce was an over the top alpha, sometimes, a little too over the top for me. But the times he was the perfect amount, he was great! Fans of super possessive and protective alphas will really love him. While I enjoyed a great deal of this story, I wasn’t happy how Royce’s issue with his dad played out. I don’t want t
Alecia ~☆~The Staircase Reader~☆~

About Surface:

Surface is a novel about a bodyguard falling in love with the person he's supposed to be protecting, this wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that Paisley is only sixteen. Royce does what any normal man would do, he decides to step away and asks for a relocation.

For years Paisley has wondered where Royce went. For years her heart breaks at just the thought of him up and leaving. For years, she has felt eyes on her at all times.

After she's assaulted, she wakes up in a hospit
Wow. I really liked this book. h is 19 and H is 26, he's been her body guard since she was 14. It's not at all creepy, it is truly that they are soul mates. I loved them together. I will definately read more by this author.
There were some (small) things, it seemed to jump time where I felt there needed to be some more conversation or detail and suddenly it was a week or even months later but small quibbles. Royce is my new book boyfriend.
Jackie Ashmead
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a 5 star read!! I loved it and finished it in a day!! There were lots of surprise twists and turns that I didn't see coming! I loved the chemistry between the two and could tell right from the start that they were meant to be together. This was my first book by Anna and I cannot wait to read another by her! I love love loved it!!! I'm definitely starting book 2 in this series ASAP!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I read a book in one sitting, but I could not put my kindle down! I absolutely love Royce & Paisley's story! This was my first book of Ms. Brooks' but certainly will not be the last. If you need me I'll be binge reading her other titles.
Tracy Fritts
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I thought these was a really good story. I loved reading about Royce and Paisley story. These is the first time I have read anything by these author. I look forward to reading more of these series.
Three Chicks
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review by Lisa Kane

Paisley has had a crush on Royce King for years. He works for her adopted father’s security agency. She’s 16, he’s 23. He may be in charge of making sure no one messes with her, but he has some feelings of his own. There are lines not to be crossed and he’s not going there.
Fast forward a couple of years. Paisley has seen very little of Royce. He took lots of out of town assignments to keep his distance. She figures she wanted him while he thought of her as a his boss’ daughte
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Surface is the first book in the Guarding Her series by Anna Brooks. This is the start of a new series and if this book is anything to go by, the series is set to be superb. I have loved Ms. Brooks Pleasant Valley series, but I must admit that the thought did cross my mind that she probably wouldn’t dazzle me as much with this new book/series. Well, I am happy to say that I was completely wrong. Ms. Brooks definitely got the recipe right with this fantastic story. After all, it is a bit o
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

I am not new to Anna Brooks writing, and have been a fan of her easy flowing, well thought out characterization, and vivid plot lines, for a while now. This is the first book in her new series called Guarding Her. Surface is book one and it looks as if Anna has plans in place to release four more in this series by the end of the year. I personally am looking forward to finding out more about the characters that are going to get their own books. I imagine most of them are introduced in this novel
Chantelle Smith
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surface is book 1 in the Guarding her series from author Anna Brooks. This is my third read from this author and she continues to captivate me with her storylines, and incredible characters. I will most defiantly be looking forward to reading more of her reads and what else is to come from this series.
She continues to have an incredible writing style and an amazing attention to detail that you feel as though you are living the story as though you are there. She has made this book easy to read,
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A contemporary romance, Surface is the first book in the Guarding Her series. Written in dual points of view, we follow Paisley and Royce’s story as they reconnect after a dramatic and terrifying event. Having loved some of the author’s other work, I was excited to read this one. It did not disappoint and I can safely say this is a five-star read!

Who doesn’t love a bit of a forbidden romance? In this case, Royce is older than Paisley and also happens to work for her dad. Awkward. The opening cha
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surface was a great story to kick off a new series that I believe will be AWESOME, especially since I loved this first book in said new series. I've read Anna Brooks before, and while I've really enjoyed everything that she's put out, this one is my favorite to date! Paisley was adopted when she was a teenager by a couple who owns their own security company, so she was definitely over protected while growing up with them. That included Royce, who she's had a thing for since the first time she sa ...more
Rebecca Austin
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Royce King is 23 years old when he first kisses Paisley, his boss's 16 year old daughter and he knows he needs to keep his distance.

Two and a half years later Royce is secretly guarding Paisley when she is attacked and his cover is blown. Royce knows he still needs to keep a distance from Paisley but he can't help his feelings for her and Paisley begins to hang out with a guy from school, Chad.

Will Royce be able to watch Paisley move on or will he finally claim her for himself?

This was a great b
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