Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance

October 23, 2015 Contemporary Romance, Erotica 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah BallanceGambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance
Series: What Happens in Vegas #8
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 154
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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four-stars
He'll guard her body all night long...

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams...only, the man of her dreams isn't the cover model she's there to see. He's the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet, and he seems more than ready to do what it takes to prove he's twice the man her pretty boy crush could ever be.

Jax Mathis couldn't resist snagging a date with Ellie, but he didn't count on the attraction being more than physical. They connect on a level he didn't think possible--and he can't run fast enough. She makes him want things he thought he'd never have, and maybe, just maybe, they're within reach. But to have it, he'll have to face the one mountain he swore he'd never climb...and with no guarantee she'll be waiting on the other side.

Ellie Montgomery’s love life is stagnated, caught up in the fantasy of finding Mr. Perfect like the heroes in the romance novels she reads.  When she wins a ticket for an “intimate affair” with her favorite cover model, she’s off to Las Vegas and the local romance novel convention.  But when her ticket to excitement goes down the toilet – literally – Ellie is determined to still meet her cover model hero.  Instead, she’s met with a wall of muscle while attempting to sneak in the back door – Jax Mathis.  With a little blackmail, some bacon, and a lot of false confidence, Ellie and Jax soon create an intimate affair of their own.  What happens in Vegas, right?  Wrong!

This novel was a fun-filled fantasy from start to (a very sweet and satisfying) finish.  The plot is engaging, the characters witty, and the romantic sizzle an absolutely perfect balance between lust and love.  Ellie and Jax connect suddenly, but deeply and though their love develops in about three days (this is a suspend-your-belief-and-enjoy-the-fantasy type novel), it’s clear they are soul mates whose love will last a lifetime.

Ms. Ballance does an excellent job packing a lot of drama, action, and romance into one short, entertaining novel.  I’m excited to see what she comes up with next!

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