As a princess of Montedoro, Rhiannon leads a quiet life,
working and fulfilling obligations. Until her sister
American rancher, and Rhiannon attends the Montana
wedding. Her assigned bodyguard is a man she'd been trying
to forget, her very unsuitable first crush... or was it
more than that?
HER HIGHNESS AND THE BODYGUARD is the latest in a
series, The Bravo Royales so coming in cold I was met
with a lot of looking-back over previous kidnaps and
references to family members. But then weddings do stir up
talk of family events! Rhiannon Bravo-Calabretti or Rhia
is custodian of the principality's museum and doesn't let
her hair down very often. Eighth in line to the throne,
she's not expecting to inherit, but still has to suffer
security. And soldier Marcus Desmarais, providing her
security, is a reminder of a time she needs to forget.
Aided by her sister she gives him the slip and drives off
looking for a bar with line-dancing where she can just be
herself. Sipping beer, learning the two-step from polite,
friendly cowboys, Rhia has a good time - until Marcus
tracks her down. Determination gets them back on the road
in the teeth of a snowstorm, and their truck spins off the
Princes Stephanie of Monaco married her bodyguard, so the
principle of being drawn together by constant proximity and
mutual trust is very real. Rhia has no intention of being
dependent but is not allowed to be independent, a
frustrating paradox. No other man measured up to her first
lover and she's had two failed engagements, when all that
kept her and Marcus apart is the fact that he's a
commoner. Rhia is a good rounded character, close to her
younger sister and responsible about her work but yearning
for the freedom of her college days. Rightly she calls
Marcus strait-laced and a snob, the lessons he's learned
from military life, and insists that they have no future
unless he unbends. Her family respects him, but is that
Christine Rimmer is a highly successful author with a
string of romance series to her credit, and her legion of
fans will enjoy this latest work, HER HIGHNESS AND THE
BODYGUARD. Love scenes are genuinely tender rather than
steamy, locations are well described and as always with
Rimmer the quality of her writing shines through the tale.
Marcus is the best man Rhia's ever known, and she's never
gotten over their breakup. Now, he's practically strapped
to her side. It's like a dream come true or a nightmare.
Because Marcus is as stubborn as ever: she's a Bravo-
Calabretti, he's a lowly security guard, and they can never
be equals. Ever.
Then a breathless night that should have brought closure
brings something else: a baby. Marcus insists that no child
of his will grow up without its own mother and father.
Well, Rhia has her own requirement: her child will be
raised on love, not the dry bread of obligation. And Marcus
has made it abundantly clear that his duty to Montedoro
comes before everythingâ€”especially his own desires.