Witness Pursuit by Joanne Wadsworth (Bodyguards #1)

Witness Pursuit by Joanne WadsworthAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

One witness…one bodyguard…one life. Twenty-one-year-old New Zealander Lydia Sands witnessed the hit-and-run of a powerful man’s son. Her bodyguard is shot when the killer returns to dispose of her and The Program puts her in hiding. A year later, the case remains unsolved and her handler needs to get her further from the killer’s reach. Lydia detests the thought of being close enough to endanger the man who nearly died protecting her, even if it’s aboard a super-yacht traveling the south Pacific.

Tyler Whitehall’s shooting stole weeks from his memory. Physically recovered, he oversees security for Whitehall Shipping. While on a family holiday, Tyler is suspicious of the woman accompanying them without notice or security clearance, as his nephew’s caregiver. Stronger than suspicion is his incomprehensible attraction to her, and his instinct to protect her.

Once sensitive information is leaked, Lydia undergoes re-identification to evade a killer and protect the man who’d die to save her. Her bodyguard has just begun his pursuit, and she may have underestimated his abilities.

Witness Pursuit is the first book in the Bodyguards series; a suspense laden romance with action, adventure and sexy scenes between the hero and heroine.

Lydia has been hiding for over a year; she witnessed a murder and is now in protective custody. Ben, her current bodyguard has been watching over both Lydia and her twin sister, Saria, but knows that Lydia needs a change of scenery. Ben got her a job with the Whitehall family watching a small boy named Nico. She is nervous about the assignment because a year ago Tyler Whitehall was badly injured while protecting her and is unable to remember the incident.

At the time, Tyler worked with Ben as a bodyguard, but after he was shot he left the field and is now working with his brothers in their shipping business. When he sees Lydia he realizes he knows her from somewhere but both Ben and Lydia keep the events from him, for now. It is only after someone leaks information to the press and Lydia is again in danger that he remembers everything, including what she means to him.

Witness Pursuit is a fun filled suspenseful romp with a lot of sex, adventures on tropical islands and alpha heroes that want to protect others. I like Lydia; she accepts the fact she has to hide because she is in danger and wants to protect others around her. In fact she goes a little too far at one point and causes chaos; I want her to trust those that are hired to protect her. I also like Tyler; he does his job well and is perfect for the role. The two together sizzle, there was an attraction a year ago and although nothing happened, this time there are no limits and the scenes are hot.

The plot progression is fast pace, there is a lot going on and things move quickly causing my only problem, I thought Lydia made decisions too hastily; she did not wait to solve the issue, just acts, which causes more trouble, the story is short and with so many scenarios it is hard to keep up. I know she feels responsible and does not want anyone else to suffer the way Tyler did, but she needs to help others do their job, not hamper it. I did enjoy the secondary characters, and especially like the way Lydia and Saria are together, they are loving and playful, as sisters can be, and since this is the start of a series I am hopeful that many of the men and women we met will have their own story, I know that Ben and Saria’s story is next and I am looking forward to hearing about their adventures.

I give Witness Pursuit by Joanne Wadsworth 3.5 stars!

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