Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: 'The Rules' by Mark Troy


Ava Rome is a professional bodyguard, one with rules. And Paul, handsome, sexy Paul, broke quite a few of them. But as the son of a prominent businessman, a wealthy and powerful one with many enemies, Ava finds herself drawn to the situation. This is an interesting short story, written in a procedural tone about a bodyguard and her client.
While there is certainly an attraction between Ava and Paul, there is no mistaking this quick tale for a typical romance. It’s told in a gritty no-nonsense manner like the old-school, hard-boiled detective novels. The author managed to surprise me with a few twists and drew me in with Ava’s professional, almost dispassionate, descriptive manner. Readers looking for a romantic, rose-tinted view of the protection business likely won’t enjoy this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, pleased with the hard as nails heroine and delighted by the twists the author added into the story, some which I could guess at, some which took me completely by surprise.
A fresh outlook on the rules and tests one would encounter being a bodyguard, this is an interesting book that captured my attention and held it throughout the short story. A part of me wished there’d been a few more chapters (even an epilogue to explain what happened to Ava and Paul afterwards) to give complete closure, but the story itself was very well written. Recommended.

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