Guarded by J.D Rivera
Series: Guarded Heart Book .5 (novella)
Author: J.D Rivera
Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?
Review: Guarded is a very cute, sweet, feel-good romance that I enjoyed very much. I would have enjoyed it even more had it been a longer length book rather than a novella. Usually I don’t enjoy them because I feel the length doesn’t usually give you enough time to get the full story behind the plot or the characters – and even less so when they are used as a prelude to a full length novel, with really dramatic cliff hangers. That is not the case with this one – while this one is novella length, it is a complete story, and doesn’t leave you frustrated.
I loved the characters! Vanessa is a gorgeous girl that is not really fully aware of how beautiful she is thanks to her lovely ex-husband. While it sucks that we went through all this, it also makes her more relatable as a character. I loved her honesty and frankness, and that is what really made me love her! Jackson is amazing in his own way – he’s your typical playboy, but with a good heart. And he certainly has his work cut out for him when it comes to wooing Vanessa!
While some readers might think it is too much of a ‘typical’ storyline, that it’s a shade to predictable, that it has nothing that really stands out, I have to say that I can see where they may feel that way. However, that shouldn’t take anything away from this story. There is nothing wrong with a good, solid romance – and the characters alone are enough to really a joy to read, and the way the writer tells it gives a nice interesting take on it. If you’re a fan of a good romance, and in the mood for something that’s quick to read, you really can’t go wrong with this one.