I began 2020 with reading Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith. I received this book through NetGalley (thank you so much!). So far I’m a quarter of the way through, and I’m really liking it. It’s a YA novel that revolves around the gaming world, and how players react when trolls disrupt a peaceful pasttime.
The format of the digital copy came out a bit scattered in the first chapter, but I can understand that publishers have their unique way of distributing digital copies. I pre-ordered the final copy on Amazon, so I’ll love going through the finished product on the 28th!
I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge.
I’m happy to be reviewing ‘Keeping Her Close’ for Prism Book Tours! Many thanks to Carol Ross for sending me a complimentary copy!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…
Keeping Her Close tells the story of Kyle Frasier, a former Navy SEAL hired by a wealthy environmentalist to guard his daughter Harper Jansen after an attempted attack on his life. Kyle and Harper’s first encounters were uneasy, but they soon form a deep connection that grew intimate as time went on, much to Kyle’s discomfort. To make matters even more complicated, Kyle is also tasked to uncover the mystery of his friend Owen’s death, who happened to be Harper’s ex-fiancee.
One thing that I enjoyed about this novel is the healthy tension between Kyle and Harper. Their decent into coupledom wasn’t immediate, which I appreciated! They both endured some experiences that caused them to learn more about each other.
We also learn that Kyle is a complicated figure, one who’s in a constant state of insecurity. He feels like he’s never living up to his family’s expectations, which flows into his circumstances with Harper as the story progresses. Kyle’s family serves as a welcoming respite among the tension brought from Kyle and Harper dealing with the ‘less-than-ideal’ situation of being supervised every minute of the day. The Frasier family radiates a loving dynamic, something that both Kyle and Harper were without for a long time. For Harper, a large family introduced an only child to a sense of community. For Kyle, it reinforces the fact that a strong family unit is always present, ready to accept and overcome any obstacle. The notion of inclusion and forgiveness is a recurrent theme throughout the book: Love and family will always prevail despite struggle.
If you love a romantic story with trust, community, and family as a focal point, then this is the book for you!