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Vulnerable: (McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series - Book 1) Kindle Edition
"I freaking loved it. I NEED book 2 now!!!" - 5 stars
"This series keeps getting better and better!" - 5 stars
Welcome to the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series! Vulnerable is the first in a series of closely interrelated books that focus on the McIntyre family and their friends. If you love romance novels featuring strong alpha protectors, bodyguards, and slightly damaged characters, with a little suspense and action thrown in, you'll love this ongoing series! No cliffhangers.
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Beth Jamison had a rough start in life. She survived a childhood abduction, but her emotionally traumatic past still haunts her, and she suffers from anxiety and issues with intimacy. Beth doesn't know it, but the man who kidnapped her has just been released early from prison. When Beth’s brother hires McIntyre Security, Inc. to protect Beth and conduct surveillance on her kidnapper, Beth has no idea she has secret bodyguards keeping her safe 24/7. With his money and good looks, CEO Shane McIntyre has never been short on feminine company, and he’s developed a reputation as a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of guy. But everything changes when Shane meets Beth. Their mutual attraction is instant and intense, and Shane falls hard for Beth. Shane has his work cut out for him if he’s going to gain her trust and get past her fears before it’s too late. This heroic protector is determined to keep Beth safe, but he’s also determined to make her his.
The McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series, in order:
Shane (book 2.5)
With this Ring
... and lots more to come!
"Sometimes there are books you like, and sometimes there are books that make all other books pale in comparison. Vulnerable is definitely the latter! April Wilson is now firmly at the top of my authors to watch out for list. I can't recommend this book enough i absolutely adored this book and i can't wait for the sequel. It is such a beautiful story and had me staying up all night reading as i literally couldn't put my kindle down." - Lunalandbooks
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- ASIN : B0115PUJCM
- Publisher : Wilson Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (July 6, 2015)
- Publication date : July 6, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 899 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 452 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2021
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I find myself quite often disappointed by erotic romance though. Too often people try to imitate 50 Shades by slapping together a first person style, an alpha male, an "independent" woman who is a borderlined bitch and/or schizo, and call it done.
Happily, Vulnerable (the first erotic romance I have read in at least a month) did not do this. Oh, it was cliche. Definitely cliche. The guy saves the girl and they fall in love. But there is nothing wrong with cliche and I happily like this cliche.
The technical aspects weren't astounding either. They weren't BAD - don't get me wrong. It is a solid book. No misspellings, no jarring sentences that don't fit. But neither is it wonderfully written. I guess the best way I can put it is that I wish there was a more...graceful style of writing. The best books are books that you get so lost in you never once think "Oh, this is a book." It's not a book to you then, it's this amazing story that is so vibrantly real you never think of it as a story. This was a story written in a book. It was never so real I got lost in it. There were too many "forced" aspects of the characters for me to ever lose myself - for example the spanking scene felt very forced. Not organic at all. Like the author demanded the characters engage in it and they did because they had too, but were rather embarrassed about the whole thing.
I hated the cliff hanger. It was especially irritating when I read the author saying she doesn't have cliff hangers. That little lie there lost you a star - this would have been an easy five star otherwise. Don't lie to your readers - this was a cliff hanger at it's finest. If the book wasn't so enjoyable I would have been so irritated at this I wouldn't have read anything else.
So those were the worst things I had to say about the book.
Other people might complain about the heroine, saying she is too weak and lifeless. I don't know, I haven't read other reviews of this book. But I have noticed a lot of readers of erotic romance seem to WANT a bitchy, too-independent female lead. I do not. In fact, I tend to dislike those types of books. I like the white knight style heroes that save the day. I like the sweet-tempered but a bit fiesty female leads that try to stand on their own (and often succeed for a time) but quickly allow for the strong helping hand of a man. I love that. Nor will I apologize to the frothing at the mouth feminists for it. I think you can still believe in equality for women and enjoy a good romance where a woman is helped by a man too.
I loved this book. The heroine is sweet tempered, the hero is capable, and I love the interplay between her, him, and the brother. I LOVE he actually gets to help her. There is nothing more irritating to me than an alpha male character not allowed by the author to actually help his lady.
In fact, I loved this book so much I did a rarity and followed the author on goodreads AND signed up for her newsletters so I won't miss the next book. But I am still annoyed by that no cliffhanger lie.
Beth was kidnapped and rescued as a very young child. Kidnapper gets patrolled early and is up to something nefarious concerning Beth. Beth, now an adult 18 years later, needs protection.
Shane owns an international security company. Hired by Beth’s brother, Shane is captivated by Beth’s picture.
The romance is on.
This is a great romance story. Great suspense. Sex scenes. The added bonus of Shane’s family …which I could have seen more of and less of the sex scenes because the family interaction is so great.
The book does not bring closure at the end and that is the reason it is missing a star in its rating.
The h: Holy guacamole. She's written as a childhood kidnapping victim who apparently hasn't ever seen the inside of a therapist's office. She's surrounded by the worst kind of enablers, she's staggeringly unaware of her personal safety and surroundings, and she's a VIRGIN. You don't find that part out until well into the 3rd or 4th sex scene, and I gotta call Not Fair on that. But and switch, anyone? I should have stopped reading when it noted she also 24. Eeeek. You get the idea she's an uber-pale tiny, childlike slip of a girl, barely physically mature enough for sex, frankly. She's clearly a substitute for a child, which makes her interactions with the H more than a little creepifying.
The H: Good Lord a-mighty. He's a brawny, sexual playboy, rich as Mr. Darcy, running a super successful security firm, and a little over 30. He's a whole lotta tropes. Of course, the nano-second they meet, he knows she's The One. He literally sniffs after her constantly, and it is not romantic. His behavior is almost as creepy as the pedophile after her, and the deranged student who tracks her as well. She has a hyper protective brother who also behaves borderline inappropriately. Where do these types of characters in romances come from? They aren't sexy or attractive. The H works continually to have sex with the innocent girl, so much so that it feels all the world like grooming. He's also super rich, owns a family compound, and slept with a ton of the city-wide female population. There's a good deal of fodder for the h's poor self image there.
There's virtually no chemistry between the H and h. She's overwhelmed by his masculinity and continual presence. He can't keep his hands off her and constantly pushes for sex, while insisting it's all "up to her."
The plot is that the pedophile who kidnapped her as a child, but never assaulted her, has been released from prison, and seems bent on something nefarious. Her weirdly over-thr-top protective bro hires the H's top security firm to guard her, but insists she's not to know as it will freak her out. That's not really believable. Her brother and the H are so busy measuring manhoods that they both miss ANOTHER psycho who beats her up at her job. Things hit the fan on a couple of other events at the same time. Oh, you say, did they catch the pedophile then, too? Why no, you'll have to read THE NEXT BOOK to see how that plays out. I can guess how that goes. No thanks.
I don't get the many glowing reviews here.
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Shane is actually a bit creepy. There's no evidence of the strong protective alpha male that I believe we're supposed to think he is. In some ways, he's a bit weak himself. In others, he seems to be a creepy stalker taking advantage of Beth. For me, there's nothing believable about their "connection".
I was going to give this three stars, but then I got to the end and discovered the story isn't actually complete. The entire main point of the "plot" (what little there is of it) is not resolved at all. There is no way I'm slogging through another book to get the end of this story.
Beth is a young woman with horrific past experiences and a wounded soul. When she meets Shane, a confident, self-assured and drop dead gorgeous billionaire CEO of security company, she is swept off her feet but struggles to let him in. She suffers from panic attacks, doesn’t date, and always sleeps with a nightlight on. Shane breaks down her walls, makes her feel safe and sneaks into her heart before she realizes what’s happening. But is he all he says he is? With secrets to keep, Shane struggles with his conscience. Telling her the truth could break her, not telling her the truth will break them, because there’s no way she won’t find out eventually. This is a great story that will keep you turning the pages till the very end. It deals with childhood trauma, PTSD, and mental disorders in a very sensitive but honest way. Shane sometimes comes across as overbearing, possessive and overprotective, but I feel that the author described their relationship perfectly. He has a need to control, to protect and possess the one he loves but it is exactly what Beth needs. She allows him to be that way as it makes her feel safe but she still has all the freedom and control over her life that she wants. It’s a compromise that works perfectly for them.
Read it — you won’t regret it.
To my mind he turns himself into stalker. He pushes Beth into things she doesn’t really want to do. Go for dinner, go to his apartment ect. And so it goes…..
I found Shane to be completely overbearing and pushy to the point of bullying. And Beth has no redeeming features other than that she is pretty.
I really wouldn’t waste time of money on this
Shane is called in by Beth's brother to protect her, although Beth isn't allowed to know about this. You can see that this is where things get complicated for this lovely couple as Shane has to keep secrets from Beth at the same time as keeping her safe from a number of different bad guys. The obstacles they have to overcome are many but sometimes there are loves that are completely worth the trails.
I can't recommend this book enough i absolutely adored this book and i can't wait for the sequel. It is such a beautiful story and had me staying up all night reading as i literally couldn't put my kindle down. You can purchase Vulnerable now on Amazon and I sincerely hope you do because i promise you won't regret it.