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Peek Inside Guardian for Hire

Sarabeth Lucking’s life is turned upside down when the couples’ retreat she works for winds up embroiled in the biggest scandal of the year. Things are bad, but when her former co-workers are rubbed out, and a bad-ass, ex-Army Ranger shows up hell-bent on protecting her, they get worse. Protecting Dr. Stick-Up-Her-Rear isn’t on Gavin McClintock bucket list, but he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep Sarabeth safe. When she finally shreds her librarian-in-mourning look in favor of a sex kitten, maybe the doc isn’t the only one in need of protection..

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He’ll protect her at any cost…

Sarabeth Lucking’s life is turned upside down when the couples’ retreat she works for winds up embroiled in the biggest scandal of the year. With her reputation in tatters, she can’t imagine things getting worse, until her former co-workers are rubbed out, and a bad-ass, ex-Army Ranger shows up hell-bent on protecting her. She shows him the door, perfectly content with letting him go find someone else to brood over. Right up until her car explodes into a ball of flames…

Gavin McClintock grew up on the streets of Edinburgh, so protecting Dr. Stick-Up-Her-Rear isn’t on his bucket list. Still, a promise is a promise, and, after her brush with death, he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep Sarabeth safe. When she finally sheds her librarian-in-mourning look in favor of a sexy new disguise, the revealing clothes and new hairdo bring out the spitfire she’s been hiding beneath that shell of propriety. Maybe the doc isn’t the only one in need of protection…


"This is romantic suspense with a fantastic dose of humour thrown in to make it an enjoyable, relatively quick read that I enjoyed escaping into." -- Elaine, Goodreads

"If you're looking for a quick, light hearted read that will make you smile, swoon and fall for a rugged Scottish hero then you can't go wrong with this book." -- Sarah, Goodreads

"Guardian For Hire is the perfect read for a lazy afternoon." -- Sandy S., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663309
Series: For Hire, Book 2
Release Date: Jan 13, 2014
Page Count: 200
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, opposites attract

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By Elaine September 14, 2017

This is romantic suspense with a fantastic dose of humour thrown in to make it an enjoyable, relatively quick read that I enjoyed escaping into. It is the second in the series but I have to say that, having not read the first, it still works well as background information for events is provided in t ...more

By Linda February 07, 2014

Dr Sarabeth finds herself next in line to a murderer targeting everyone from her former workplace. Not knowing what to do, she still doesn´t want to go with the man at her door, claiming to be there to help.
Gavin only said yes to this assignment as a favour to his friend, to help his girlfriends fr ...more

By Anita July 28, 2016

**For more thoughts on each book, see my full two-book review of the For Hire series at Ani's Book Abyss | Series Review: For Hire.

Book #1: Wife for Hire | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars
Book #2: Guardian for Hire | Goodreads | Rating:  3.5 Stars

Average Rating:  3.75 Stars

I'm going to be totally hone ...more

By Sarah January 23, 2014

After reading and loving Christine Bell's novel Dirty Tricks I jumped at the chance of reading Guardian for Hire when I saw it come up on Netgalley for review. I'm a bit annoyed with myself for not realising it was the second book in a series though because I wish I could go back in time and read th ...more

By Sandy S December 25, 2016

: GUARDIAN FOR HIRE is the second storyline in Christine Bell's adult, contemporary For Hire romance series. Although this is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Some of the previous storyline characters play a minor role in the story. This is Sarab ...more

By Nicola December 28, 2013

Close your eyes, think of Gerard Butler scaling perimeter fencing and dodging bullets whilst oozing sexy and you're not far off the mark. Guardian for Hire follows on from Wife for Hire and although there is some continuity, it could be read as a standalone.

As you may have gathered, our hero, Gavin ...more

By Cocktails and Books January 18, 2014

4.5 Cocktails

I. Loved. This. Book!!! This was my first Christine Bell story, and I can't wait to read more of her stuff. I am so impressed.

Sarabeth is in trouble. Someone's trying to kill her, but she's a bit in denial about that. Her friends have hired Gavin McClintock, a security expert, to keep h ...more

By Sandy March 07, 2014

Who doesn't love a HEA

Who doesn't love a HEA

Gavin, you big ole sexy hunka man!!! Who wouldn't want to sneak around with you. I love the chemistry between Gavin and Sarahbeth!!! Having this story unfold with all the action, drama and hotty hotness was a thrill ride I'm glad I bought a ticket too!! I' ...more

By Fizza January 14, 2014

Another amazing book. Its one of those books which hold your interest right from the beginning and until the end. There is mystery and romance, a combination which rarely goes wrong but with Bell's way of writing its even better. I had enjoyed book one as well and although that made things clearer f ...more

By Ayekah January 13, 2017

This one has a bit of a twist as Sarabeth who runs couples retreats finds herself in danger and to her dismay ends up with a panty melting Army Ranger who is hell bent on protecting her and together trying to figure out why she is in danger. This is one steamy read.
Yes you need to read this. ...more

By Victoria October 07, 2017

Please note I received a copy of GUARDIAN FOR HIRE on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Five stars and here's why:

I LOVED IT! This romantic suspense is full of humor and the pacing is fantastic. It's a very quick and satisfying read. This book is the second in a series by Christine Bell, a ...more

By Becky September 11, 2016

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

I love Christine Bell's writing! It's quirky and fun and hot and romantic all at the same time. I don't know how she does it--one minute I'm laughing, and the next I have to fan myself. Guardian for Hire showcases her talents well.

Sarabeth and Gavin both come into ...more

By Tracey September 23, 2017

*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*
This is the story of Sarabeth Lucking psychologist at a couple’s retreat, but the retreat comes under scandal and is closed down. After some of the other employees of the retreat have been murdered Sarabeth’s best friend decides that she needs ...more

By Victoria January 21, 2014

“I’m not going to let anything happen to you.”

The sincerity in his voice rang clear and true, and she turned to face him.

“You’re safe with me.”

Oddly enough, those four simply spoken words instantly calmed her. He was rough around the edges, but there was something solid and real about him that par

By Sara February 05, 2014

I think what upset me most about this one? Is that it's the second in a series! Damn! Where have I been?? Fortunately, you didn't need to read the first one, they are all stand alone. In fact, I didn't even know this was the second in a series until I went looking for the book synopsis on GoodReads ...more

By Monica July 25, 2015

A man to protect her of danger but she doesn’t need it at least until her car goes kuboom.

This was a short read that I enjoyed. I know it has been awhile since this book was released but hey at least I was finally able to read it. I love reading stories that have suspense, action and the most import ...more

By Rachel January 21, 2014

Let me start by saying I want a Gavin in my life, like yesterday. If you are looking for a super hot ex soldier turned security expert then this is the man for you.

This is the second book in the For Hire series but can be read as a stand alone. It will just make you do what I'm going to do and buy ...more

By Kim Reads January 11, 2014

Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Guardian for Hire is the second book in Christine Bell’s For Hire Series. This is a contemporary romance with suspense elements. Heavy focus on the romance part! While it is the second book in the series, it is completely stand alone.

Christine brings h ...more

By Babel January 15, 2014

With 200 pages, this is a full-fledged novel that tackles love between opposites in the most discouraging circumstances. Sarabeth is a prissy lady and Gavin is a tough brute. Their worlds collide when a threat to her life forces them to spend every minute of the day together. That's when their true ...more

By Angie October 02, 2014

This book involves Sarabeth the therapist from the first book - Wife for Hire. It continues to pick up the storyline thread about the couples retreat and the fallout. Although I did enjoy Wife for Hire, I definitely liked this one more. Gavin was broody and very protective most of the time and Sarab ...more

By Romance Between The Sheets August 03, 2015

Please note this review may contain spoilers.

First thing I have to say is that the cover is hot. Very simple yet very, very effective. Damn.

Sarabeth’s life is in danger after her perfect job turned out to be nothing more than a scam that was revealed by Owen and Lindy is the previous book, WIFE FOR ...more

By Monique January 13, 2014

full review to come on release day

This review also appears on my blog All The Bookish Love

Disclaimer: I received this book fromm the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own

Well, well, well. This was not what I was expecting from this book at all. I was so i ...more

By Phuong January 13, 2014

I really enjoyed reading Guardian For Hire written by author Christine Bell whose books are a must-read for me. This is book 2 in her For Hire series and I love the suspense element in this story since I'm a huge fan of romantic suspense.
The story continues from book 1, Wife For Hire, when suspicio ...more

By Audra January 10, 2014

Take a hot bodyguard hero and a smart, sassy therapist, mix in an explosion or two and some hi-tech gadgets, and you'll end up with Christine Bell's sexy, fast-paced Guardian for Hire.

I was really into this book from the start because of the hero, Gavin. The way he was described sounded like he was ...more

By Miranda August 11, 2016

You can’t be an ex-Army Ranger swooping in to save the girl in need! That is exactly what Bell is giving us in Guardian For Hire. Yum!

Sarabeth’s friends hire Gavin to drive to Chicago to pick her up and keep her safe because she might be next on a hit list. Sarabeth politely refuses his services unt ...more

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Christine Bell

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Christine Bell

Christine Bell is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances, and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She doesn't like clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but loves movies, football, and playing Texas Hold 'Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she'd be a wizard. She loves writing fun, sexy romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

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