Your personal information is secure! Read our privacy statement

« Back to Login
By creating an account, you agree to abide by Entangled’s Terms of Use.
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
"Email" is not a valid hostname!
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Email or Password is wrong!

Peek Inside Gambling on the Bodyguard

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams...and finds Jax Mathis, the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet. Jax didn’t count on the attraction being more than physical. She makes him want things he thought he’d never have. Maybe, just maybe, they’re within reach. But to find out, he’ll have to face the one mountain he swore he’d never climb...and with no guarantee she’ll be waiting on the other side.

Availability: In stock

USD Buy today and earn 299 points!
Get your e-book automatically
delivered to your Kindle™ or
open directly on your iPad™,
phone, or computer.

He’ll guard her body all night long…

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams…only, the man of her dreams isn’t the cover model she’s there to see. He’s the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet, and he seems more than ready to do what it takes to prove he’s twice the man her pretty boy crush could ever be.

Jax Mathis couldn’t resist snagging a date with Ellie, but he didn’t count on the attraction being more than physical. They connect on a level he didn’t think possible–and he can’t run fast enough. She makes him want things he thought he’d never have, and maybe, just maybe, they’re within reach. But to have it, he’ll have to face the one mountain he swore he’d never climb…and with no guarantee she’ll be waiting on the other side.



"This is a quick light read but the author packed a fabulous story on to the pages. This is one I highly recommend." - Bette H.

"This book had it all for me - laughs, tears, an atmosphere that sucked me right in, and so many swoon moments." - Kira Archer, author of Driving Her Crazy
"Sarah Ballance does an amazing job burning up the pages in this book."- Toni, Goodreads review

"Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance is my favorite book so far this year." - Rhonda, Goodreads review
"A must read book that will pull at your heartstrings one minute and laughing the next." - Shelly, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754188
Series: What Happens in Vegas, Book 8
Release Date: Oct 12, 2015
Page Count: 154
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: across the tracks, bodyguard/protector

Select Featured Reviews

See All Reviews on
By Elaine October 11, 2015

This is the eighth ‘What Happen in Vegas’ story but works well as a standalone. A chance win to meet the hot romance cover model who appears on so many of the books she loves is just too good to resist for ski instructor, Ellie Montgomery but when she literally flushes her winning ticket she’s in a ...more

By Bette October 03, 2015

Ready to meet the "man of her dreams" Ellie Montgomery can't believe her bad luck when her invitation to the invite only get together falls in the toilet. She's lusted after the man gracing the cover of her romance novels forever and now it seems her only chance might have literally just gone down t ...more

By Brittany October 04, 2015

I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review. Now, this book kind of makes you need to suspend reality in order to enjoy it. The couple falls in love in less than a week and in Vegas. It was a sweet story and idea but kind of hard to believe at times. enjoyab ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) October 28, 2015

I'm not usually a fan of insta-love stories but have been known to enjoy one that's well done and GAMBLING ON THE BODYGUARD was. But then again, I enjoy Ms. Ballance's writing so I may be biased.

Ellie Montgomery is in Vegas at a romance convention to meet her dream man, romance novel cover model Wil ...more

By Toni September 27, 2015

Sarah Ballance does an amazing job burning up the pages in this book. What I really liked was that there was more to the story than girl meets hot guy in Vegas and has amazing sex, the end. The author develops the characters and their back-story over the course of the book that kept me turning pages ...more

By Amy October 02, 2015

Ellie had headed to Vegas after winning a meet-and-greet with her favorite book model she is obsessed with. After an unfortunate and funny encounter with a toilet, her invitation now lies in the Las Vegas sewer system. She is desperate to meet the sexy cover model, Willie Focker (lol – that’s really ...more

By Maria Rose October 12, 2015

When Ellie comes to Vegas intent on meeting the romance book cover model of her dreams, to her surprise it's his bodyguard Jax that captures her attention and gives her a weekend to remember. But while a sexy weekend of 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' might be something some people can do, fo ...more

By Sara October 12, 2015

Gambling on the Bodyguard is a fantastic read, I sat down with it and before I knew it, I had finished reading it. It read so quickly and smoothly that I was able to get completely engrossed in the story, and who wouldn't, Jax...WOW! I pretty much fell in love with him from the moment we met him. He ...more

By Angel May 06, 2016

Ellie is a ski instructor who had won a ticket for an intimate meeting with her favorite romance book cover model. So Ellie is on her way to Vegas for a romance convention to see her crush. Jax worked as a bodyguard in Vegas. Ellie accidentally flushes her ticket into the convention and tries to sne ...more

By Nikita October 12, 2015

Ellie Montgomery’s love life is stagnated, caught up in the fantasy of finding Mr. Perfect like the heroes in the romance novels she reads. When she wins a ticket for an “intimate affair” with her favorite cover model, she’s off to Las Vegas and the local romance novel convention. But when her ticke ...more

By Kira September 11, 2015

Sarah Ballance has been on my auto-buy list since I read her very first book and this one just reinforces why. I received an ARC but ended up pre-ordering a copy so I can keep the final version for my library. LOVED! Can you say fun with a capital F? I read this in the middle of a crazy, stressful w ...more

By Sue October 13, 2015

Ellie Montgomery (ski instructor from Colorado) wins 1 of 10 tickets to see her favorite romance cover model Willie Focke ...more

By Denise October 03, 2015

This is my first time in reading this author, part of a series this one is that I have read a couple from. She definitely wrote one that fight perfectly in it too. They all seem to certain the ones I have read somehow around my favorite-romance novels. In this one it is the opportunity to see the co ...more

By Jessica October 09, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

These What Happens in Vegas stories are the best! I picked this one up after enjoying Sarah Ballance's Five Things I Love About You and expected another cute story. What I got was so much more!

Ellie went to Vegas with one m ...more

By Paris November 22, 2015

Actual Rating: 4.5/5

I’m really enjoying this series and how it revolves around a romance convention in Vegas. While the books have a varying degree of involvement with the convention, the little bits and pieces we get are fun and funny. This one revolves around Ellie and her one sided love affair wi ...more

By Julianne October 12, 2015

Loved it! The story was fun and fast-paced. Interesting twist on the whole "What happens in Vegas..." scenario.

The characters were very normal people to me. Like I could strike up a conversation with them at any time. I love it when it feels like I could be friends with the characters outside of th ...more

By Niki October 12, 2015

This was an interesting storyline geared to us the fans of hot cover models. Who here doesn't drool over the sexy hot men on the cover of all those books we love to read. Also, who would not love to win a trip to meet one of those sexy bad boys. With that said, it was easy to relate to Ellie the fem ...more

By Lori October 12, 2015

Have you ever held your breath while reading a book and not really realize it? That was me during several places of this book. It is a story of two people who quickly get together and fall hard. But for me, the difference from others like this, was the intense feel of it. The way it was written was ...more

By Sassy Beta Reading & Review October 16, 2015

4 1/2 stars.

This was another great read by Sarah Ballance. This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. Written as a multi pov.

We are introduced to Jax (who is a body guard for a famous book model) and Ellie (who has come to Vegas to meet and drool over said model). After an inci ...more

By Geri October 11, 2015

I loved this story! If you love to read books and love the cover models on a lot of them then you sure can relate to winning a trip to meet the hottest cover model of the time. Ellie wins a chance of a lifetime and even though she is usually not very forward she is forced to step out of her shell an ...more

By Melissa October 12, 2015

If you want to read a good relaxing romantic book, then this is the book! Ellie is a good girl, who does everything by the book. She goes to Las Vegas to meet a book model since she won a ticket. It turns out that "the man of her dreams" isn't who she thought he would be. Ellie has eyes on the book ...more

By Rhonda October 13, 2015

Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance is my favorite book so far this year. The two main characters Ellie and Jax were so well written, I felt like they are in my circle of friends. Ellie is a beautiful fit ski instructor in Colorado and Jax is a hot perfect bodyguard. Ellie went to Vegas for ...more

By Karlee October 05, 2015

When Ellie wins a contest to meet book cover model Willie Focker, love was the last thing she expected to find. Before meeting her crush of a model, she dropped her only access, the ticket, down the toilet. Knowing you can't get in the convention without a ticket, she decides to see if she can sneak ...more

By Shannon October 12, 2015

I LOVED this book :). It drew me in from the beginning (hello, hot cover model mention is always an instant draw) and I had a hard time putting it down. "Vegas" is supposed to be protecting said hot cover model when "Colorado" decides to crash the exclusive invitation only party.

The sparks between t ...more

By Shelly October 12, 2015

This book gets you sucked in from the beginning. Ellie is a girl infatuated with a book cover model, who won a chance to meet him personally with a few other fans. Jax is the extra security needed for the model due to threats. In a strange turn of events Ellie meets Jax before meeting the model. All ...more

Showing 1 to 25 of 25
3.83 avg rating
Sarah Ballance

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. To sign-up for Sarah's newsletter, sign-up here:

entangled reward points