Guarding Gwen on March 26, 2019
Pages: 312
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Lights. Camera. Action.

Gwenevere Solomon is the current "It" girl in Hollywood. The star of a dozen films, she seemingly has the world at her feet. Gwen's problem? She also has one very dangerous stalker at her door. His attacks are getting bolder, and Gwen is becoming more and more afraid. Because this stalker...he knows secrets that she's fought hard to keep buried. The kind of secrets that can destroy a woman's life.

A ghost from her past can save her.

Gwen needs protection, and she needs that protection now. So enter her new leading her man...Simon Forrest. Tall, dark, and ever-so deadly, Simon is the lover she left behind. Or rather, the lover who left her behind. He went off and became a SEAL, saving the world and riding one adrenaline high after the other. But he's back now, and as part of Wilde Securities, he's supposed to offer the best, most discreet protection service in the business. He'll pretend to be her lover so the press won't realize her life is going to hell, and Simon will stop her stalker.

He can keep his hands off her...and keep her shielded at the same time.

Simon never got over Gwen, and the fact that she's been filling the big screen with her gorgeous self? Yeah, it's just made her even more tempting...and put her even further out of his reach. Simon was never good enough for Gwen, and he knew it. But this time, he can help her. He can catch the stalker, unmask the jerk, and keep Gwen shining in her spotlight. Easy as pie. Or, it should be.

Except...Simon might not be able to stop himself from falling for her all over again.

Because when the cameras stop watching, that's when the real action begins...GUARDING GWEN, a sexy romantic suspense from New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Eden.

Author's Note: Love sexy suspense and second chance romance? Then GUARDING GWEN is for you. A stand-alone romance with no cliff-hangers, this title features one red-hot, alpha hero and a strong, funny heroine who has plenty of secrets hiding in her past.

This Romantic Suspense continues on from Protecting Piper, and this time the hero is former SEAL and CEO of Wilde Security Simon Forrest.

Simon was also Gwen’s first love.

Gwen is Hollywood’s favorite darling. At the moment she’s shooting the latest superhero movie, but something sinister is going on behind the scenes. She’s being blackmailed. Her desire to get out of her small town meant leaving behind some skeletons and her blackmailer seems to know all about them. She’s worried that the guy blackmailing her won’t leave her alone if she pays him. She goes to Wilde Security and both hopes Simon will take her case, but doesn’t know what she’ll do if he does. Maybe this is her chance to show him what he’s been missing? Maybe she’ll finally be able to close the door on the past?

Or maybe they’ll wind up burning hotter than ever before…

The scene where she sits down and tells Eric (of Protecting Piper) that she will have Simon and no one else is just the best. Eric is trying to explain to a Hollywood actress just why his CEO won’t become her personal bodyguard when Simon walks in and demands no one go near Gwen but him because he’s now her personal bodyguard was one of my favorites.

These two had off-the-charts chemistry, which is something I think Cynthia Eden always excels at. The story was fresh and kept me on my toes. And I really enjoyed the characters.

I reached out to her on Twitter to ask her if this would be a series, or not, and it is but it isn’t. Basically each book can stand alone. Even if you see previous characters in passing, you won’t feel lost or confused. I feel like Protecting Piper was one of my favorites of the year, so I highly recommend starting there, but you absolutely do not need to read in order.

I look forward to the next book Before Ben, out April 30, 2019.

***ARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley

five-stars