Book Review: Guarded

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About Guarded

Jameson Bates

I have a secret. We all have secrets. I’m nothing special.

It just so happens, however, that my sworn enemy also knows my secret.

He’s the absolute worst person to know this, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

What he does with this information is totally out of my hands and completely in his.

This is why I’ve never let anyone in. I don’t trust easily. I keep to myself.

I’m closed off. Angry.


Garrison Dixon

I shouldn’t have seen what I did.

I shouldn’t know what I do.

But how Bates can think I would ever say anything is beyond me.

Everyone thinks I’m just a big, dumb football player with nothing more to him.

The truth is I’ll never say a word about what I witnessed. I don’t care about it the way he thinks I do. I wouldn’t hurt him.

And I’d let him know that—all of it—if he wasn’t so damn . . .


My Review

What I love the most about reading a Nicole Dykes book is the emotional feelings. She gives her characters so many emotions that you can't help but fall in love with them. Guarded is the appropriate title for this book. As both Jameson and Garrison were guarded with their emotions. Yet, they had strong reasons for being guarded. Once they were able to let their walls down, is when these two were truly able to come together. 

I felt the emotions pouring from the pages of the book. So much that my heart ached at times for Garrison and Jameson. The intimate moments between them were more than just "physical". I feel like this series is giving me more coming of age vibes. As the different characters discover themselves. Fans will really enjoy this latest addition to this series. 

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2021-06-19 09.08.03

About Nicole Dykes

Nicole Dykes is a wife and a professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she's a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance. She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee that fuels her writing.

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