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she's distractingly Gorgeous. in my line of work, I can't afford to be Unfocused, but she is just as Alluring as she is forbidden. I should stay away, and yet I don't.// he is Ridiculously sexy. never have I ever been Drawn to a man so ardently. his touch is Everything, consuming me completely. what exists between us Deserves a chance, but he won't let me in.

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Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published September 8th 2017
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Malene
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Leo was one hot alpha and a flawed man who definitely knew how to take control. Both in his line of work and in the bedroom. He was a man I couldn't quite figure out but that's because he kept his guard up. Jill tried her best to break it down. It was a difficult task because Leo had gotten used to do it for fourteen years but she was persistent and never gave up no matter how rough it got between them. Jill was a positive and compassionate woman and I enjoyed her friendship with her cousin Cori ...more
Nicla
A standout read! I read a lot of romance and this is one I am not going to forget. Guarded took me on a captivating emotional roll coaster. Leo is a complicated hero. Definitely a caveman and protective. My feelings towards him were so up and down. I loved him and then he would make me mad and this repeated throughout the book. Jill is super sweet and instantly likeable. Their relationship is very intense and extremely hot. I knew from the previous book Backwoods Belle that they had chemistry bu ...more
Carlene Inspired
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Reading Guarded went a lot like this.
Boyfriend: "Will you make the salad for dinner?"
Me: "Yeah after this chapter."
20 minutes later
Boyfriend: "Here's your plate...and salad. Are we eating on the couch?"
Me: "Yeah, thanks, I'll eat as soon as I'm finished with this chapter."
hours later
Boyfriend: "Can I turn the light out? After the chapter, I know. Is that soon?"
Me: "I guess I'm at a good stopping point..."


There is no good stopping point in Guarded, by
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Autumn Grey
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One. Word: WOW!

Guarded was amazing!

Leo is the definition of broody, guarded, alpha, possessive. He grew up in a home that didn't give him a reason to believe in love and happily ever after. So when he meets Jill, what was meant to be a short-term sexy only turns into something more. Something deeper. No one has ever fought for him like Jill does, and despite him pushing her away, she doesn't give up. Leo and Jill are great characters. They complement each other well and their feelings for each
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Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Guarded is so much different than Backwoods Belle, but amazing none the less. Jill is a sweet and humble girl while Leo is a dark, brooding, and possessive man. Guarded is filled with passion and angst as Leo and Jill try to cope with their limited time together and the distance between them. Leo is the definition of a caveman. His main concern is protecting those he cares about and Jill is the one he cares about most of all. 

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ann Kelly-Uhryn
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC received for an honest review.

Another amazing read by R.C Martin. In this book we meet Leo (ok we may have met him before in either Background Noise or Backwood Belle because he is the body guard of none other than Ashley Hicks). We also get to know Jill (Corie's cousin).

I think I may have turned from #TeamSage to #TeamLeo after this read. If Leo was a real man I'd be making sure he was mine. The chemistry between Leo and Jill is off the charts, and there is a few times I wanted to smack L
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Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, alpha-male
I Voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book

Another first for me, and I loved this book. I love books about alpha, dark past dreamy male. And this one I loved. Because it was about a sweet 'next door type' of girl and broody alpha.

Jill meets Leo when she spends a weekend with Corie and Ashley for Corie's birthday. Immediately they were attracted to each other, but Leo didn't want a relationship and also because of him being the bodyguard to her friends fiancé he didn't want to get involved. So he
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Emma
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
5 Stars + ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Guarded, the first in a spinoff series featuring the story of the highly intriguing Jill and Leo. Readers of this author will recognise the names as Leo is the dark and broody bodyguard of Ashley Hicks. His story was told in previous releases Background Noise and Backwoods Belle. It's taken me over two days to organise my thoughts. Two days to work out what I could and couldn't say about Guarded without giving away spoilers or worse yet, to not
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KFForever
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
kfforever

5 Stars + ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Guarded, the first in a spinoff series featuring the story of the highly intriguing Jill and Leo. Readers of this author will recognise the names as Leo is the dark and broody bodyguard of Ashley Hicks. His story was told in previous releases Background Noise and Backwoods Belle. It's taken me over two days to organise my thoughts. Two days to work out what I could and couldn't say about Guarded without giving away spoilers or worse y
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
What a great book! It had a great story line that flowed well. Guarded has so much angst and sex; OMG, those sex scenes were WOW! You may need a cold shower.
The attraction was there from the very beginning for Leo and Jill. Jill was a sweet, innocent, loving woman and when she met Leo that drive came alive. Leo was a hot, domineering man that would take care of what was “his”. All the while he kept to himself because of his past. Will he be able to move forward or will he lose Jill?

This is my f
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Renee Mccleary
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW!! This book was so good!! I could not put it down once I started. I loved Jill and Leo.Thier chemistry is amazing. The story was entertaining and kept me pulled in.A good portion of this book is sexy and steamy scenes that may leave you needing a cold shower!! There are a few words used during the sex scenes that made me cringe but overall very hot!! although this is a standalone I wish I would have known that the other characters Ashley and Corie had a story before this one I felt like I wa ...more
Anne Conley
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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LaDonna
I have been waiting for this from the moment we first met Ashley and Corte, and most certainly since Jill met Leo. In typical RC Martin fashion, there is not even the slightest hint of disappointment in the outcome. I fell in love with her style a few pages into the first Mountains and Men Novella (and love that Jace made an adorable appearance here - would love to see more of his parents *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*) and quickly devoured her back catalog, and look forward to each new release. Oka ...more
Peggy M
I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.


‘Guarded’ isn’t the first book that I read from R.C. Martin (I have read a few books of the ‘Made for love’ series and I liked them very much.) but ‘Guarded’ is totally different than the previous books that I read from this writer! This story was very, very hot and I liked it very much.
Leo was definitely an alpha man and he liked to be one in the bedroom too. The story had some serious hot sex scenes in it. Leo cert
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Victoria Renteria
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I weren’t already a huge fan of R.C. Martin after reading her latest novel Guarded I would be. Martin weaves a tragically spell binding tale of love, heartache, and darkness that will leave you wishing you could read it for the first time all over again once you've finished it. This story held me captive from the moment my eyes touched the page. It was pretty much impossible not to fall in love with the characters Martin created in this world, so much so that you just want to crawl into this ...more
Carrie Renteria
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guarded is a tragically spell binding tale of love and heartache that will leave you wishing for more once everything is said and done. I was held captive by this story from the moment I started reading it. It was impossible not to fall in love with the characters R.C. Martin created in this world, so much so that you just wanted to crawl into this story and never leave!

Guarded is a tale about Leo and Jill. Leo is a (scarily hot) bodyguard for the famous musician Ashley Hicks. From the time I r
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Tessa
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guarded is R.C. Martin’s best work to date in my opinion. I love how R.C. Martin creates characters that are genuine in their characteristics and their struggles.

Guarded is Jill’s story from the Tennessee Grace series however it can be read as a standalone. It is told in dual points of view and therefore, we get inside the heads of Jill and Leo. Ashley & Corie make cameos and are pretty much all over this story so do yourself a favor and enjoy this from the beginning with Background Noise a
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Gemma Pritchard
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of amo's book corner.

One word for this book and that is WOW. It had me gripped from start to finish.

Leo is a hot alpha male and oh boy is he sex on legs. Jill is sweet, kind and just the perfect main lady of the story.

Leo and Jill meet when Jill meets up with her best friend/cousin Corie, who is seeing the famous singer Ashley. When Leo who is Ashley's body guard/security is sent to pick up Jill the chemistry and attraction is instant.

When these two get together oh my.days the
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Melissa
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guarded is another gem by R.C. Martin! It's Jill and Leo's story, we met them in Backwoods Belle, but you can totally read this one as a standalone!
What can I say about this book?? Once again, these characters are greatly developed, there are lots of scorching hot scenes, a very damaged hero and a strong heroine, determined to break his walls and get the love of her man at all costs.
I loved Jill and how she didn't give up on this guarded man. He has a troubled past, which prevents him from open
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Heather Merriman
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! What a cliffhanger!! I cannot wait until the next book comes out!! I'm so hooked!!
When Leo and Jill met it was meant to be a one time thing, but one hot weekend wasn't enough! He knows he should stay away from Jill but their connection is too strong! He keeps going back and forth with himself whether he should be involved with Jill. He feels that she deserves better. Leo is such a tormented, alpha hero. I love that Jill sees all the good in him and never gives up! Leo is definitely a myst
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Crystal
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hot, hot, hot!
RC Martin really turned up the heat this time. Leo and Jill's attraction was a force to be reckoned with, but there was so much more than just the physical attraction. There was a depth to their relationship that could not be denied, no matter how hard they tried.
I loved the push and pull of these two. There was just the right amount of angst to keep you wondering if Jill and Leo will get their HEA.
I love the relationship that Jill has with her cousin and best friend Corrie. The
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Elsie Caba
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was Amazing!!!! Leo is my new favorite book boyfriend ever.

Here we meet Jill, a beautiful girl with a pretty personality who goes out to see her cousin and best friend for a weekend. Once there she meets Leo, gorgeous looking, a man of a few words and extremely passionate when he stops fighting his feelings.

The author takes on the journey of the making of a long distance relationship, we grow with the characters, we fall in love with them. They are a hot couple, once Leo leaves h
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Wit & Wonder Books
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

Wonderful, refreshing tale by R.C. Martin in Guarded!

Leo has never known what love has felt like even though he is a gorgeous alpha male in every way. All that changes when Jill stumbles into his life and spins his world upside down. Even though he tries to push her away at every turn due to the strange emotions he feels towards her, Jill is determined to find a way past Leo’s walls. She seeks her inner tigress and fights past his
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Guarded is good read. This is my first book that I read by R.C. Martin. In the beginning of the book Jill is visiting Corrie and Ashley. I have to admit I was a little more interested in Corrie and Ashley's story and took a break from this book to see if those two had a book. After I got that out of the way, I full storm ahead with Jill and Leo's story. Jill is a gorgeous and down to earth girl. Leo is a a sexy bodyguard. He's all alpha and broody. He and Jill have a connection and great chemist ...more
Denise Anderson
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow just Wow!! I am already a huge fan of RC's. I have read all of her books, so I have had the privilege of watching her writing career bloom. Guarded is by far my favorite. RC has little by little come out of her shell and with Guarded she thru that shell in the trash. Leo reminds me of RC with how Jill little by little has to break his shell to be let in with why and how she can get in to his heart. No this book is not a quick I love you, you love me book. Which is very realistic from my poin ...more
Louise
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK wow very intense. Leo is an alpha with issues and I'm not sure if I should like him or be wary. Jill is a fierce and so brave. She faces everything that Leo throws at her and does it beautifully. Jill is one of my favourite female characters I have read in a while.
We meet this two characters in Ashley and Corie's stoey. The start of this book runs parallel to Backwoods Belle and I am so glad we got the inside look to what happened that weekend.
It is also nice to see a bit more or Ashley and
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Sharing
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book from RC Martin! Sexy, Emotional, Fierce, and a whole lot more! I loved broody Leo and stubborn Jill! Leo may be guarded and tries to push Jill away, but Jill is determined to fight for her man. There were many times I wanted to slap Leo, but then he would do something to make it better. The chemistry between this pair is electrifying and so hot! Corie says it best, "you create this electric current that everyone can't help but notice". There were quite a few moments where I ...more
Cassie
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Raw Stars!

This Author has a way of writing a story that makes you feel each and every emotion, makes you become a part of the characters lives, make you want to get in the middle and fight for them. I like the way she links her Colorado roots to her books and we get to see glimpses of previous characters. But what really gets me every time is the amazing LOVE story she is always able to spin....

Leo & Jill's relationship was so rough & raw, but it worked for them. Jill is the ultimate
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Tanz
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

I loved Jill & Leo in Backwoods Belle so I was very excited to hear they were getting their own book! They are a perfect match! Leo is just as the title says 'Guarded' but with good reason (you'll have to read it to find out why!). Jill slowly makes her way into his heart but not without leaving us worried about what will happen!
A very different story to Backwoods Belle but I absolutely loved it!!! I can't wait for the next one ... yes there is another
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Andrea
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guarded is my first read by R.C. Martin and I enjoyed it very much! The writing is strong; it hooked me right away. The characters are well written and developed and there are some extremely steamy scenes. You meet Leo, who is alpha and sexy as heck, and Jill is just a great heroine. She's loyal and definitely the perfect match for Leo. This story is definitely an emotional rollercoaster that will you ride willingly until the very end! I highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced co ...more
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