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Publisher:  L&L Dreamspell ISBN-10:  1603180346
Pages: 

300

Copyright:  1/1/08 ISBN-13:  9781603180344

Protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain thinks guarding popular English rock star Giki during a tour of the Southern states will be easy and fun. She couldn’t be more wrong. In no time at all, she finds herself bogged down in Giki’s crazy world of sex, drugs, shoplifting and an uncontrollable sweet tooth. If that's not bad enough, Giki is being hunted by a ruthless cyber- stalker intent on putting an end to her career.

When Natasha is shot after the first concert, her fiancé, Jonce Striker, steps in. Determined to keep Natasha safe, he sends his best men, Pitt and Bigun, to watch over her. Striker wants Natasha to marry him and give up her dangerous line of work,but he's having trouble convincing her of that fact.

Natasha's torn between her love for Striker and her desire to do her job. Will she give in to Striker’s demands and forget about her profession? Or will she stay with Giki and do whatever it takes to protect her? The choice is obvious to Natasha, but will she live to regret it?

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Excerpt

For even as love crowns you
so shall he crucify you. Even as
he is for your growth so is he for
your pruning.
Kahlil Gibran


Chapter 1

Fragrant flowers pelted the clustered group as they made their way toward the idling bus. Behind wooden barriers, fans chanted, “Giki,” the name of the rock star they had paid precious dollars to watch perform that night’s concert. Natasha walked close to the rock star, her eyes scanning all directions in search of potential threats to her client. She fought the urge to duck her head, hoping any roses thrown would be thornless. Although the screaming voices conveyed frenzy, the crowd remained behind the posted barricade, and Natasha allowed herself a moment’s relief. So far, the concert had gone smoothly and it looked like this gig was going to be not only easy, but fun.

White, cottony fabric smacked into her face, entangled in her hair and around her neck. Natasha peeled it away, trying not to breathe in. What was that smell? Bile rose in her throat when she realized she held a large pair of men’s jockeys in her hands. With a shriek, she dropped the underwear and swiped her face with her jacket sleeve, making phhht noises with her mouth. She froze when she noticed the others stuttering to a halt—watching her. This was not how a professional bodyguard reacted. She should be ready for anything.

“Keep moving.” Natasha gestured for the group to close rank, continue onward. She thrust out one hand as she strode along. “Somebody give me some liquor.” A silver flask slapped into her palm. She unscrewed the top, tilted her head back, and splashed the contents of the phial over her face. She held her breath to keep from inhaling the fumes as the sour odor of whiskey wafted over her. Damn, as potent as this stuff smelled, it had to have some heavy alcohol content, should kill any living germs. She poured the brown liquid on her hands and scrubbed her lips with her fingers. She swallowed hard, her stomach churning at the thought of what might have been on the underwear. No way was she going to do such a sissy-ass thing as throw up. A bodyguard never displayed weakness in front of others. She shoved the flask in her jacket pocket and picked up her pace.

Heat pierced her thigh a fraction of a second before a loud pop sounded nearby. Her leg gave way beneath her and she lurched to the side. She reached out to steady herself, locked onto Giki’s arm. The rock star stumbled and both went down, Natasha landing on top.

Warm fluid trickled down Natasha’s leg, pain flared along her thigh. Her hand explored her jeans, where a jagged hole oozed blood. Shock surged through her body like a jolt of electricity. She needed to get Giki out of here—now! The hard, rigid feel of her firearm as she pulled it free helped calm her rising panic. She struggled to stand, forcing her leg to move, and bit down hard on the inside of her cheek when the world began to tilt beneath her. The coppery taste of blood filled her mouth, but it worked: images sharpened and her mind cleared. Using her body as a shield, she helped Giki to her feet.

One hand gripped her gun pointed at the ground, the other clutched Giki’s arm. “Move.” Cameras strobed in the darkness, fans converged on them in a rush. “Now!” She pushed Giki toward the bus.

Once inside, Natasha collapsed on the floor. Her eyes could not maintain focus,a buzzing sound filled her head. A man yelled, “Call 911,” his voice bleeding pitch, fading away. Blackness descended over her, as dark and impenetrable as an executioner’s hood.




Professional Reviews

Midwest Book Review, Laurel Johnson, Senior Reviewer
Bodyguard Natasha Chamberlain is back, and to quote her, "Dang!" Book Three in the series is quite a thrill ride and may just be Christy Tillery French's best book yet. Her distinctive writing style gains strength with each new book. Fans will be happy to know that Natasha hasn't changed a bit this time around. She's still feisty, stubborn, strong willed and wildly in love with her delicious fiance, Jonce Striker.

When Natasha contracts to protect Giki, an English rock star touring the southern U.S., she thinks the job will be fun and easy. What could go wrong on a bus tour through the south? Well, for one thing, Natasha didn't consider that she and Striker would be separated for weeks at a time. (Uh oh! Fireworks!) For another, she didn't expect to be shot after the first concert; she didn't expect to be guarding a rock icon who shoplifts, does drugs, needs candy like air to survive, and has unusual sexual appetites. She didn't anticipate a crazed cyber-stalker and a gang of southern rednecks bent on kidnapping, murder, and God knows what else. As always, Striker has his hands full protecting the only woman he will ever love. He sends in his best operatives Pit and Bigun to protect her, but even those two huge, loyal bodyguards can't keep Natasha safe this time. It will take all Striker's skill to keep his woman alive. If only Natasha would cooperate
and make his job easier, but fans know she won't, and that's part of the fun and excitement. Striker wants her to marry him and stop putting herself in danger. He means it this time and Natasha's headstrong ways put their relationship at risk.

What do you think, fans? No one does action adventure and fiery romance better than Christy Tillery French. We already know that. But will Natasha knuckle under and agree to marry Striker? Will Pit, Bigun, and Striker keep her in one piece long enough to reach the altar? Will Giki forsake her wayward life and settle down? And what sort of a cliff hanger will French come up with this time to leave us eager for the next book in this series? You're in for a few shocks and a big surprise but you'll have to read the book to find out. This is a fast, fun, exciting read.

Laurel Johnson
Senior Reviewer


Cata Single Titles, Donna Knopf, Reviewer
Natasha Chamberlain enjoys her latest gig as bodyguard for Giki, an English rock star on tour of the southern United States. Natasha’s fiancé, Jonce Striker, is not happy with her decision to continue working as a bodyguard but she is a determined independent woman and despite her passion for Striker she will not back down. Besides, what could go wrong?
Everything goes wrong for Natasha, starting with a stalker that has targeted Giki and Natasha as well. If that isn’t enough, Giki involves Natasha in her bizarre lifestyle of anything goes, including shoplifting, drugs, and insatiable sex. Natasha soon learns that she has to protect Giki not only from her fans and stalkers but also from herself, especially her obsession for sweets. Finally, after Natasha is shot and wounded; Striker lays down the law and brings in Pit and Bigun to look out for her. But even they have a hard time keeping up with her and things become even more dangerous for Giki and Natasha.
THE BODYGUARD AND THE ROCK STAR is a stand alone book but why deprive yourself of a single amusing word from the talented pen of Christy Tillery French? We learn more about the relationship of fun-loving Natasha and hunky mysterious Striker in this book and the pages are in danger of spontaneous combustion. Ms French weaves familiar characters into a fresh storyline with humor and wit that will snag readers immediately and send them into gales of laughter. From the cat fight between Natasha and Giki over a sinfully yummy doughnut to finding Giki in bed with Bigun and Pit; readers indeed have a treat in store with THE BODYGUARD AND ROCK STAR BY Christy Tillery French.


The Long and the Short of It, Snapdragon, Reviewer
The Bodyguard and the Rockstar, by Christy Tillery French is full of fast action and fun, witty Dialoque. The storyline is unpredictable, often hilarious, and includes intrigue, love, adventure, and a fair dose of frustration.

That action starts abruptly with an assault. Bodyguard Natasha, a serious professional and very logical person, must cope not only with standard security issues, but a more pressing threat, as well. Events are plausible, but very unexpected. Giki, the 'star' starts out seeming to be the cliche'd everything one expects in a rockstar - but the white powder she is into is her clandestine powdered donuts! Woe to the evil paparazzi that catch her indulging! Likable Natasha must contend not only with Giki's issues - and concerns - but the interference (er...help) of the well-meaning and very very delicious Jonce Striker, as well.

Striker is a strong, take-charge type man, and predictably, Natasha both admires and loves him. He is, after all, exactly the sort to set any pulse racing. Natasha is her own woman though, and when it comes to her profession, no one else gets to 'take charge.' The pressing danger, crazy rockstar, the battle of wills in the moment-by-moment changes in the romance will keep readers guessing right through. The background of the tour, Natasha's strange array of assistance - and even the oversized photographer (Lumpy) all add quality and character. This is an absolute page-turner, but be warned; if you attempt to read it in your cubicle at work, people will wonder why you are laughing so hard.

The only negative thing I can find to say is that this does have a rather unfortunate title; not because it is inaccurate, but because of that hint of Kevin Costner's epic - and - far from my dark-hearted suspicions, this is a totally original story, with far different characters and story line. This is the third in French's 'Bodyguard Series.' (No need to read the earlier to understand this.)

The Bodyguard and the Rockstar is a delightful blend of humor, action, and affection. I give this one as many books as we've got, and just want to know if I can nominate it for some kind of award.



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Reader Reviews for "The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, Book 3 of the Bodyguard Series"

Reviewed by Maggie Bishop 1/29/2009
Pretty Natasha likes a good fight and fits right in with the rough and tumble lifestyle of the rock star she's contracted to protect. In Christy Tillery French's "The Bodyguard and the Rock Star," sometimes Natasha is her own worst enemy in tracking down a cyberstalker and her finance, Striker, constantly drops his business to visit Natasha in different Southern cities on the tour. Half romance and half suspense, Christy French keeps the reader guessing at what comes next in this delightful romantic comedy.
5 star!
Reviewed by Beverly Scott 5/22/2008
From first page to last, Christy Tillery French has penned a heart-stopping, fast-paced novel; her third in the series, titled THE BODYGUARD AND THE ROCK STAR. French is an accomplished author with several published works of fiction. With the stroke of each key, French involves her readers in the center of one fracas after another. Using picturesque characters, French draws on reader’s imagination to introduce multifaceted three-dimensional individuals that add humor and reality to every plot.
In “The Bodyguard and the Rock Star” Natasha hires on to protect a quaint but vividly unpredictable and often childlike, rock star. Chapter after chapter, Christy Tillery French holds readers captive using unexpected intrigue, scorching romance and rapidly moving excitement. From gut-wrenching laughter to sudden tears, this author presents readers with a drama-filled tale that satisfies all your emotions. Readers will applaud Natasha’s ingenuity as she proves repeatedly, to her soul mate and her client, that she is good at her chosen profession.
If you are looking for something to distract you from today’s stress or entertain you for a brief period of time, grab a copy of ‘The Bodyguard and the Rock Star’ by Christy Tillery French. I predict Mrs. French will soon top the bestseller list with this third title in her thrilling ‘The Bodyguard’ series.
Beverly J Scott is the author of ‘Righteous Revenge’, ‘Ruth Fever’ and ‘Jena’s Choice’.

Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 1/23/2008


At last, talented author, Christy French, has presented the reader with another anxiously awaited, delightfully entertaining and amusing book in the Bodyguard Series, titled The Bodyguard and the Rock Star. Once again, we find our heroine, Natasha Chamberlain caught up in a web of events that takes the reader on a merry-go-round and a roller coaster ride of thrills, excitement, and adventures that keep us up late into the evening in a page-turning mystery filled with abrupt changes and a list of characters of ill repute intent on harming our bumbling, but well-meaning bodyguard Natasha, for she has taken on the assignment of protecting Giki, a rock star who is touring the Southern states. Unfortunately, for Natasha and her work as a bodyguard, Gigi's personal world includes drugs, sex, and shoplifting among other uncontrollable needs.

The reader wonders whether Natasha's long-suffering and patient fiance, Jonce Striker will be able to come to her rescue in her most imminent and dangerous moments, after she has put her faith and trust in characters that are found to be shady and of ill repute. In time, a dangerous stalker shows an interest in Natasha, causing Jonce even more serious concern. Other characters adding to the confusion and mayhem are Natasha's menopausal mother and a gay cousin, thinking of themselves as investigators, who continue to interfere with Natasha's plans. But, ever undaunted, Natasha plunges on and on into more difficulties and unexpected dangerous adventures.

Will successful, bodyguard, Jonce Striker ever come to support the desires of his well-meaning fiance in her career decision to succeed on her own as a bodyguard? That is the question that can be answered when you read this wonderfully, fun-filled adventure mystery, The Bodyguard and The Rock Star. It is a great read, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you follow Natasha from one adventurous escapade to another--a winning book sure to please everyone!
Evelyn Horan - author
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