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Brier's Bargain

(Bodyguards in Love #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,244 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Book one in the Bodyguards in Love Series

Love is always special, but when you're a thirty-six year old man experiencing it for the first time, it's everything.

After spending his entire life in a hospital, Brier Blackstone is finally free to become the person he's always wanted to be. With the men of Three Partners Protection Agency as role models, how can he go wrong? And

ebook, 91 pages
Published October 19th 2009 by Total-E-Bound
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Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who had read the book BEFORE this one was written
Recommended to Daisiemae by: The author is a guilty pleasure for me

There are several things that went through my mind when I read Brier’s Bargain by Carol Lynne. I was excited to see that it wasn’t going to be a ménage based relationship, and the premise looked interesting because Brier is mentally challenged. I hate to admit that Carol does stick her neck out there when it comes to writing about less than perfect heroes. She has a way of making me feel for them and have a special place in my heart for them because they are so unique and heartfelt.

The story was
Erotic Horizon
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another new series from one of my must read authors, BRIER’S BARGAIN is the first book in the Bodyguard In Love series and I am totally loving this book.

This book is a spin off of the Men In Love series and it starts off with Brier’s crack at love and happiness. If you have not read any of the series before you will definitely be at a disadvantage – because Brier comes with baggage and issues and without going into too much detail lets just say Brier is emotionally challenged and as big and lova
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I loved loved this book. I read it too fast...I loved Brier he was too sweet...
It was an OK read, but nothing special...

It was a little bit hard to follow the story sometimes. Generally it took off as if in the middle of the action... :(
Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I later learnt that you should read at least 2 last books in another series by this author: to be able to fully enjoy this one. I guess the MCs of Brier's Bargain were already introduced in Tortured Souls as some minor characters.

Nevertheless, it was't so dif
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook
What a sweet story about a man who is a little mentally disabled from childhood abuse and his boyfriend who is disabled in the line of duty. I loved Brier from the start. He is such a sweetheart and kind soul. I was happy to see they way he and Jackie were together. They make a nice couple and Jackie really seems to appreciate and love Brier.

As I read this, I remembered hearing there was another series I should have read previously. All along, I felt as though I was missing part of the story and
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I am very very conflicted about this one. On one hand I think it was interesting to see a character with a disability trying to handle with it - I'm thinking of Brier, obviously. There was a sort of Forrest-Gump-ness that was cute at times. On the other hand the author made him super-gorgeous, and I don't think it was needed to make us love the character or understand why Jackie was in love with him. I think the slowness of the writing was a reflection of Brier's way of grasping what was happeni ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Josephine Myles
I have mixed feelings about this story for reasons outlined in other reviews. What really kept me reading, though, was the character of Brier. It’s rare to find a character with serious learning difficulties and mental health issues as the hero in a romance, and I was touched by Carol Lynne’s portrait of a man trying to prove to the world that he was an adult and capable of making his own decisions. Brier has a simple outlook on life, but takes an infectious joy in the little details, and it was ...more
Feb 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook

My problem with Carol's stories is that she has fabulous ideas, but never takes the time to flesh out the stories. These could be great, but they end up being frustrating and make me feel mad I spent money on them.

The book is too dependent on a huge series of back stories. To the point of being almost an unintelligible mess without having knowledge of what has gone before. The characters tip between angsty and melodramatic and not in a good way. I wanted to love Brier but was so confused a
Karen K
A short read but it still it captivated me right away. I really fell for Brier and though I cringed every once and a while at some of the things he said, I think he was written well and he definitely pulled at every single motherly instinct and heartstring that I have. I just wanted to scoop him up and put him in my pocket to keep him safe, much the same way Bram and Jackie wanted to. I think he and Jackie are fantastic together and putting aside his mental difficulties, he has to be one of the ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I just Loved Brier...

He was a great character and I hope he is in the rest of the series
I loved Brier. His struggle to work past his mental challenges and be the best man he could be, made him a hero that I'll never forget.
Roger - president of NBR United -
This book was excellent I am alway careful when I read/hear anything about a relationship between a "normal" person and one who is mentally challenged. Carol Lynne met the challenges needed to make this story work as it is clear that Jackie loves brier and wants what is best for Brier.

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Stacey Jo
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Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaymance
This was such an endearing read. It was almost painful at times, to see how his disability affected him and the way people acted and treated him (not with cruelty, but rather, as if he wouldn't understand), but Brier is such a pure, beautiful soul, I found my heart aching almost with pride even at the way he acted at times. He's such an exquisitely drawn character, with a wonderful attitude, heart and soul and I love the people surrounding him as well.

The story itself wasn't exactly heart throbb
Serena Yates
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
I loved this book which tells the story of two of the characters in Men in Love: Brier and Jackie.

They don't have an easy relationship and need to deal with their past (and Brier's promise) before they can explore their future. The emotional intensity of their love and the uncomplicated way Brier has of looking at the world fascinated me.

A real winner, as far as I am concerned, and a great start for this new series!
Ale Rivero
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brier me ha parecido un personaje super tierno!!! Y por eso mismo es que se ve que su amor es tan verdadero, se ve que su compañero, Jackie, es todo para él y sucede lo mismo al revés, ya que Jackie lo ama más que a nada, aunque a veces es un poquito protector demás.
La narrativa de Carol siempre me ha gustado y este libro no ha sido la excepción, a pesar de que no me haya encantado completamente, creo que es una saga totalmente recomendable para los amantes del género.
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book!
I loved how Brier's mental handicap was portrayed: without glossing out some issues, but still like it isn't something determining his character and his entire life.

I'd like to read about how Brier and Jackie first met and started their relationship, but since it's not strictly m/m, I won't :/
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I must confess that I am a *wee* bit uncomfortable with the romance here, because of Brier's mental capacity. It does make me squirm a little, and not in a good way. That said, Brier is a total sweetheart and absolutley deserves the best in life and love. A sweet tale.
I didn't get very far in this, because reading a romance from the point of view of someone who seems to have a mental age of about 6 makes me seriously uncomfortable. Possibly the author does something really wonderful with it, but I just can't go there.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Re-reading: 18 February 2016

Who couldn't help but love Brier? Nice story; I really enjoyed it. I liked Brier's strength in standing up to his abuser to protect another victim.

Now, I have another series to read. [happy sigh]
I gave 4 Stars because it's a great premise and I really love Brier. I should have taken off a star (but I didn't) because I was lost occasionally since there apparently is an intense back story in another series - Men in Love. Wish I'd known that going in.
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Giving the rating I had should tell you already what I thought of the book. I was impressed. So this is more of a request than a rating... I want to read Seb's and Jarod's story. I know they're going to end up together. Call it a hunch :laughs:
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
I seem to be on the outer here, but I just didn't take to this one
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Another great price drop! 81% off, only $0.99 at Amazon and ARe!
Elisa Rolle
More than one year ago I read Bram’s story; it was part of the first series by Carol Lynne, one she started with Ellora’s Cave and then continued with Total-e-Bound. Brier was the evil twin of Bram, but in reality he was an abused child, turned in an abused young man. Brier was the product of lack of love, and so he didn’t learn what love is. In another book by Carol Lynne, Reunion, Brier has his first taste of love with Jackie, a colleague of his brother Bram, but also he looses also this love ...more
Ike Rose
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although this is marked as Book #1 of a series, it is obviously a continuation of another series.

I'll confess - I got the book as a Free Read from the publisher. Hey - I'm on a fixed income, don't judge me.

I loved this book. As a person with physical c=and emotional challenges, who grew up with a very close friend who was severely developmentally delayed (practically my twin - Born the same week in the same small Navy Base, our mother's best friends, then growing up across the street from each o
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I picked this one up as a giveaway ages ago and it's languished in my TBR pile for so long I'd forgotten what it was about. This meant the whole thing was a surprise and not a particularly bad one. The narrator, Brier, has learning difficulties caused by a head injury early in life. We are never told the specifics of how this happened, other than parental abuse, which is part of the major niggle I had with the book - that we are fed lots of bits of information about the characters, Brier especia ...more
Jimmy Hanson
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2011
Although an interesting novella, I can't help but feel like I was constantly playing catch-up through the whole story. It was primarily told third-person POV from Brier, who is a character that not many writers would dare to make primary, let alone be a part of a previously-established m/m relationship. He was physically abused as an infant and developed a mild form of retardation because of it - not stupid by any means, just a little slower and easier to confuse than others. His lover, Jacki
Wendy Ann
Even though this is the first book in a series, it clearly has some predecessors from a different series that undoubtedly give more background information. Brier and Jackie are already in an established relationship at the start of this book, but Jackie is away on an assignment where he gets injured and has a prolonged hospital stay. Brier’s twin brother Bram was keeping this information from Brier, but he finds out accidentally from someone else and gets very upset with his brother for not trea ...more
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