by Julie Kavanagh
Gwen is a self-absorbed renowned Romance Writer and likes things her way, all the time. Rob, a security specialist, has been assigned to look after her for a weekend when both her agent and PA have other places to be. Both of them think they are right when it comes to what Gwen should so and where she should go. Unfortunately, only one of them can win the battles between them.
When I started to write ‘The Bodyguard’, I wanted Gwen to be a gentle, naïve woman but she had ideas of her own. She turned out to be self-obsessed, sometimes cruel and determined to get her own way in everything.
I started to wonder how someone who excelled at writing romance could be so unromantic and if the very handsome Rob could actually fall in love with her.
But Rob saw something in her from the start and I decided to let him lead the way. He noticed things about Gwen which he liked and made him feel very protective toward her. He noticed how defensive she was and began to realise how her fierce manner and self-absorbency were the way she hid her soft side from the world. Could he uncover the real Gwen underneath the layers of cold emotions she used to protect herself from the world?
I won’t reveal the ending, although my personal love of happy endings hasn’t been denied, but I just loved how the ever calm Rob gets under Gwen’s many prickly layers and countermands everything she tries to get rid of him.
I loved writing this story although I knew where I wanted these two people to end up. I just didn’t know how they were going to do it. I like to think Gwen Lancaster would have been proud of this romance.
An extract from The Bodyguard:-
“Do you want to get married?”
“To you?” Gwen’s head shot up. Why was he asking her to marry him? In her current state of mind, it didn’t seem such a bad idea. He was kind and caring, had a strong loving family behind him and a lovely home to live in. Wasn’t that everything she’d ever dreamed of?
“To Jeremy Winters, aren’t you meant to be engaged or something?”
Gwen dropped her eyes, a hot flush crossing her cheeks. He hadn’t been asking her, only asking if she was to marry Jeremy. How embarrassing would it have been if she’d said yes?
“Jeremy isn’t the marrying kind.”
“He must be mad, you’re beautiful.”
The hot flush rushed across her cheeks again. She looked up into his eyes.
“You don’t have to say that,” she frowned, not understanding the earnest look he gave in return.
“No, I don’t have to say it but I want to. Tu sei la donna piu bella del mondo ed io voglio spendere il resto della mia vita con te. ”
“What does that mean?”
“It means you are the most beautiful woman in the world and I could spend the rest of my life looking at you.”
Gwen stood, not willing to listen to anything else. She’d never liked being the butt of anyone’s jokes.
“I’m going home now. Give me my keys. I can drive my own car.” Gwen swayed a little, grabbing hold on the edge of the wooden table as the room lurched around her.
“Whoa.” Rob leapt up and immediately regretted it. The last batch of Luigi’s homemade brew was more lethal than usual. “Look, I’m sorry. I seem to be constantly putting my big foot right in it. Please don’t be angry at me for saying that you’re beautiful. I just said what I thought, but I don’t want you to take it the wrong way. I promised you’d be safe here and you are, even from me and my stupid mouth.”
Gwen stared at Rob’s mouth, she couldn’t help herself and she didn’t think it looked stupid at all. It looked firm and determined, and yet soft and oh so tempting all at the same time.
“I promised Mrs. Devereaux that I wouldn’t leave you on your own but neither of us can drive. So, let’s make a deal, we both stay here and we can go back in the morning.”
“Stay here … with you?” What was he suggesting? Gwen didn’t know whether to be offended or excited.
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