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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Security by Mandy Baggot/ Review

Good Afternoon Peeps!!  I am excited to share with you my review of the book SECURITY  by Mandy Baggot.   First though, the synopsis from GoodReads:

Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.
Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?
As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?
Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

from my perspective: 

I will give this author credit, she can develop characters well and make you feel very attached to them.  I didn't care much for Autumn when the story began.   She was self centered, self absorbed, demanding and showed very little concern for those around her.    As the story progressed however, we saw a change in the main character.    She began to care for others and realized what a diva she had become and she really didn't care for the image she had created for herself.    My favorite character had to be Tawanda, the practical cook and body guard assistant who provided balance for both Autumn and her body guard, Nathan.

People and characters do strange things when placed in situations where they feel there is no way out.   Autumn found herself in the middle of a terrorist abduction, a willing participant fearing for her own life and for Nathan's.   Quite a plot line that provided suspense and sharply inhaled breaths as I read.

I enjoyed the read.   It was certainly filled with liars and people Autumn found to be undependable and not looking out for her.  The storyline was a tad unbelievable, but the love story between the diva and the bodyguard, certainly redeemed the unbelievable bits and made it easy to accept and love the story as a whole.

I'm rating it four out of five winks!    A truly enjoyable read!    Thanks Mandy, I look forward to much more from you!


Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Mandy said...

Thank you so much for this great review Beth!

Mandy :)

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

Can't wait to read it myself! Thanks for sharing Beth!

Nicky Wells said...

Woohoo, fabulous review ~ congrats to Mandy and thanks to Beth for sharing her thoughts. Rock on, ladies, I can't wait to get me some SECURITY!