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Book: Guarded Author: JD Rivera Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Day: September 17, 2013 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?

  Meet the Author 

 J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.

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Indie Brits was lucky enough to do a review for Guarded and this is what our reviewer thought:

Vanessa is on the verge of getting a divorce from her cheating & verbally abusive husband Shane. For four years she was made to believe by her husband that she was worthless and not beautiful or sexy, just plain. Vanessa had been separated from Shane for 9 months when she was knocked down by Jackson. Literally, she was running and he wasn't paying attention and ended up running into her knocking her on her face. From the moment they locked eyes you could just tell there was going to be something special between them. However, Vanessa is very guarded and not wanting to have anything to do with him. However like Jackson she is drawn to him. She is wondering what in the world he sees in her (remember she has low self-esteem due to her douche of a husband) so she questions literally everything! Even though Jackson makes her feel things she's never felt before with Shane. 

Vanessa: She's guarded that's for sure. She's a fifth grade teacher, driving a beat up focus, and living in a pretty questionable apartment complex. Although this is all she can afford since separating from Shane. I have to hand it to her it takes a lot of strength to leave a mean that's abusive, verbally or physically. She left his cheating ass and I couldn't be more proud! 

Jackson: Boy oh Boy. This man can be my friend any day!  Jackson just moved to Oklahoma from New York to play basketball. You see he's an NBA player. He's sweet, honest, understanding, and just plain GORGEOUS! He's a great book boyfriend to swoon over. I love me some Jackson even though he does have quite the stalker side. 

Amanda: This lovely lady is Vanessa's best friend. She's been there for Vanessa through everything and just wants to see her happy. After Vanessa met Jackson Amanda called to invite her out to dinner...and from the moment sensed a change in her best friend. It's crazy how best friends can do that. She's everything I would want in a friend. 

J.D. Rivera did a great job writing. I loved how I got to read from both their points of view. For a short read it packs quite the punch. It's fast paced which I love. You get enough background on the characters so your not left questioning anything. I know Vanessa had been through a lot, but I did get pretty frustrated with her jumping to conclusions. She should give people the benefit of the doubt. Does she give Jackson a chance? Does Shane weasel his way back in? That's something you'll have to find out for yourself. It's a great read. 

With all that being said I rate this a 4 out of 5 stars.


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