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Peek Inside Muscle for Hire

Nothing prepared Rowan for the mountain of muscle who makes her knees go uncharacteristically weak. She doesn’t believe she needs the bodyguard’s help, but keeping her close is his top priority. And there’s nowhere closer than in his arms.

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Aslin Rhodes spent years as an SAS commando and then personal bodyguard. But his new career as a military consultant on a blockbuster film has put him slap bang in the middle of Hollyweird, where an American martial arts expert no taller than his chin promptly puts him on his arse.

Rowan Hemsworth is determined to protect herself and those she loves, especially her little brother as he navigates his newfound fame, but nothing prepared her for the British mountain of muscle who makes her knees go uncharacteristically weak.

When a string of “accidents” convinces Aslin that Rowan—and not her brother—is the target, things get tricky. Stubborn Rowan doesn’t believe she needs his protection, and keeping her close becomes his top priority. And there’s nowhere closer than right in his arms.

Each book in the The Heart of Fame series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Love’s Rhythm
Book #2 Muscle for Hire
Book #3 Guarded Desires
Book #4 Steady Beat
Book #5 Lead Me On
Book #6 Blame it on the Bass
Book #7 Blackthorne
Book #8 Getting Played


"I love her writing style, I love the images her words make in my mind, I love her hunky, sexy, heroes, and I love that she's not afraid to write strong kick ass women." --Slick, Goodreads

"Read this one with a fan peeps!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!!" --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"I'm absolutely loving this series and I was so excited to read Aslin's story after reading Love's Rhythm. Lexxie did a fantastic job by pairing him up with Rowan (who I have to say is such a refreshingly strong female character) and the two of them are just beyond cute together!" --Tabatha, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759763
Series: Heart of Fame, Book 2
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Page Count: 262
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits

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By Slick November 18, 2012

I'll admit I'm a big fan of Lexxie Couper. I love her writing style, I love the images her words make in my mind, I love her hunky, sexy, heroes, and I love that she's not afraid to write strong kick ass women. In Muscle for Hire she gives it all to us and in addition we get to hear conversations be ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash January 28, 2013

*SIGH* Aslin... you were EVERYTHING i remembered from Love's Rhythm and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Oh Lordy.... please will you just growl MY WAY...

Suffice to say i LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book; sweet, sexy and humorous, and did i already say that Aslin was a freakin' WET DREAM???!!! Lexxie you are a GENIUS

By Michele Realitybitesblog January 26, 2013

For more reviews check out http://realitybites-letsgetlost.blogs...

My Thoughts:
Aslin is a man with few words. After protecting a famous rock star for years, Aslin can handle Hollywood…right?? Or more importantly, can he handle the hot sister of the film star?? Aslin has seen well, everything followi ...more

Easily 4 1/2 star read.

Aslin Rhodes, ex-SOS commando and bodyguard to retired rock star Nick Blackthorne, has been loaned out to a movie production as some extra muscle and to consult on the fight scenes in the movie. Now that Nick has retired and is living quietly with his wife Lauren and their son ...more

By Tabatha September 10, 2016

I'm absolutely loving this series and I was so excited to read Aslin's story after reading Love's Rhythm. Lexxie did a fantastic job by pairing him up with Rowan (who I have to say is such a refreshingly strong female character) and the two of them are just beyond cute together! The dynamics between ...more

By Emily December 27, 2012

Aslin Rhodes has seen, done, and lived it all as an ex-SAS commando and bodyguard to a notorious rock star. Hired for his skills in the military to assist in making a film, Aslin finds himself going head to toe with the most unlikely person he ever met a martrial arts expert who has no problem getti ...more

By Linda October 05, 2015

Personal bodyguard Aslin takes on an extra assignment as a favor to his boss, switching the music scene for film. He never expected his new assignment would have a sister ready to knock him on his ass.
Rowan is used to take care of herself, multiple black belts and skin on her nose, but this english ...more

By Michelle the Romance Witch January 26, 2015

4.25 stars. wow crazy as hell but i loved Aslin's story and that epilogue about made me squeal like a schoolgirl. can't wait for the next story. ...more

By Renee September 29, 2019

This hot and sexy series set in Australia is a favorite by Aussie author Lexxie Couper and one that you should most definitely grab.

Egos clash in this 2nd book in the Heart of Fame series by Lexxie Couper. Lexxie does not disappoint when she gives us even more of Nick Blackthorne and his sexy bodygu ...more

By Daniela November 20, 2017

(Explícito) Bien. Se me hizo algo precipitada la relación de ellos dos. No me gustó que ella fuera supuestamente tannn desconfiada de él y que cuando las cosas subían de nivel ella fuera toda una experta, osea, de donde vino eso. Muy raro. Pero la trama en la que se basa el misterio está muy bien, e ...more

By Judy & Marianne from February 25, 2013

Originally posted at:

What does the bodyguard to one of the most famous rock stars do when that rock star retires to a small town with the love of his life? In Aslin Rhodes’ case, he becomes the military consultant for a big budget action movie. Using his expe ...more

By The Smutty Kitty August 09, 2013

As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Wicked Whiskers

4 out of 5 Licks

Muscle for Hire by Lexxie Couper was a first for me since I never read anything by her prior to Heart of Fame series. When I read the title it automatically captured my attention but not in the context I was thinking … insert d ...more

By Ni_kii March 02, 2013

Originally reviewed at http://scorchingbookreviews.blogspot....

OK, I’ll admit that whenever Lexxie Couper writes a new book, it goes on the wish list. She writes fabulously smutty books without slacking on the plotlines. This one may be the hottest one yet with the entire thing making me need a cold ...more

By AnnaBanana August 06, 2016

This was a fun and sexy read and I loved everything about it! I received this book as an ARC for review and I hadn’t yet read the first book in the series so I wasn’t familiar with the characters or anything when starting this book but it didn’t take away from it at all. Lexxie included all of the i ...more

By Cece July 31, 2013

Book 2 in the Series, and I loved it.
This is the story of Nick's bodyguard, Aslin Rhodes and Rowan Hemsworth..Aslin is hired to be her brother's bodyguard and he has clearly met his match with Rowan who is a martial arts champion and doesn't really feel like his services are required since she can d ...more

By Schellie December 27, 2015

Book #2 in the Hearts of Fame series did not disappoint! Aslin has just taken on the job of military consultant for a movie being filmed in Australia. His job is to keep the scenes real and train the actors in proper fight skills. What he doesn't expect is Rowan Hemsworth. A feisty five foot nothing ...more

By Dawn December 02, 2013

I really enjoyed Aslin and Rowan's story.

For sixteen years Aslin has been the bodyguard to the world's biggest rock star, but now that rock star has retired. So Nick loans Aslin to one of America's big TV stars as he films an action movie in Australia. What is supposed to be an easy assignment knoc ...more

By iloveladyporn February 14, 2013

I am an idiot I tell ya! I didn't realize until the very end of the book that Aslin worked for Nick Blackthorn from Love's Rhythm. I will tell you they are stand alone books so you will get a tiny morsel about Nick's life after Love's rhythm it's nothing to jump for joy over.

Lots of action is this b ...more

By Lea September 09, 2013

I loved this book! After meeting Aslin in Love’s Rhythm I was excited to read more about him. What’s not to love about a big, badass former SAS commando (“so the Commando goes commando.” *snort*) and Rowan, she’s seriously kick-ass. I also really liked the suspense element in their story. There were ...more

By Addie August 16, 2014

This series gets better and better! Lexxie Couper, you little minx.

Aslin, Nick Blackthorne's bodyguard, is an alpha male who's never wanted a woman more than he does Rowan. What better partner for an alpha male than a reluctant, independent martial arts world champion, Rowan Hemsworth?

You have got t ...more

By Donna January 29, 2013

I loved Aslin from the very beginning, when he was first introduced as Nick's bodyguard in Love's Rhythm, and was very excited to learn Lexxie Couper was giving him his own story. In fact I was very impatient for it. Well it was worth the wait, a wonderful story I enjoyed every moment. Rowan was the ...more

By Hollie August 12, 2016

3.5 stars

I have to admit I had no idea Pom was a degrading term until reading this story. I enjoyed this story and the suspense behind it. Although Uncle As's badassness was implied. He didn't do much in the first book and in this book while I don't doubt he's a badass, there was nothing he did in e ...more

By Kim October 18, 2014

What more could you ask for than a bodyguard with a heart! Aslin is definately one of my favorite characters of late. Rowan is a strong, intelligent character. It's nice to see a well written, strong female lead character that doesn't come off as untouchable and is human, it was awesome! The mystery ...more

By MaggieReadsRom March 18, 2013

Trademark Lexxie Couper: dry wit, fast-paced, emotionally gripping, and enough no-holds-barred heat to warm a small country!
She always delivers and never disappoints with her unapologetic unembellished writing that oozes sexiness! ...more

By Connie January 29, 2013

I loved this book! Having Aslin's story come to life was fantastic. Gotta love it when a tough guy falls in love! I also loved Rowan's character, her strength, perfect match for Aslin!

Lexxie Couper can WRITE! You have to read this book! Its a must read. ...more

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Lexxie Couper

About the author

Lexxie Couper

Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once. When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever. Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It’s the best of both worlds – old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly. Lexxie lives by two simple rules – measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.

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