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Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner. But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner. But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are the spies after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?


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Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner. But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Prudence Hartley has the usual single mom problems: getting her kids to school on time; juggling a gazillion errands while trying to get a full day’s work done; oh, and don’t forget about dinner. But Pru’s problems become a tad more complicated and a lot more dangerous when she finds a dead man in her house. Or a dead spy to be exact. Suddenly, a federal agent named David Merrick shows up and whisks her and her kids into protective custody. Pru has so many questions spinning through her brain she doesn’t know where to begin. How is she going to keep her kids safe? What was the dead spy looking for in her house? Why are the spies after her? Oh, and there’s one more question . . . just a pesky, minor thing. Why does Merrick have to be so damn sexy and protective?

30 review for A Bodyguard to Remember (Book 1 Men in Uniform Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Owen Habel

    BOOK REVIEW "A Bodyguard to Remember" is a brilliant book that begins with a boom. It has a strong central character who has been packaged with a noble sense of hilarity and friendliness… This is the kind of book that you read, and your eyes itch to know what lies in the next page. The suspense in it will stream some sweat from the narrow openings of your arm pits. The humor that follows after, will make you bury your head in your two hands and just chuckle. There is a romantic touch that will tic BOOK REVIEW "A Bodyguard to Remember" is a brilliant book that begins with a boom. It has a strong central character who has been packaged with a noble sense of hilarity and friendliness… This is the kind of book that you read, and your eyes itch to know what lies in the next page. The suspense in it will stream some sweat from the narrow openings of your arm pits. The humor that follows after, will make you bury your head in your two hands and just chuckle. There is a romantic touch that will tickle your soul and arouse a plethora of Goosebumps on your skin The most interesting character to according to me was Pru. She caught my attention. I kept on craving to know what she was going to do next after she found a dead body in her living room. I love the level of imagery the author had when she crafted this story. The plot is clean. The plot develops. The plot has tough twists and turns. A Bodyguard to Remember is unlike the customary romance books. I did not know who Pru ended up with, until the when the story came to an end. When the story finally ended, I had a sigh of relief. Alison Bruce is in the list of my top ten storytellers. I salivate for her prowess in storytelling" http://owenhabel.blogspot.com/2015/06...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason Stuckless

    I went completely on recommendations of two authors whose work I enjoy to pick this book up. It was a fun, light read, but unlike some of the novels of this type, it was smart. I actually got caught up in the "Who Did It? Who Will She Choose?" This book came to me during a stressful time, and in the evening I would read, erasing some of the day. An excellent adventure by Ms. Bruce with a great, smart heroine. I went completely on recommendations of two authors whose work I enjoy to pick this book up. It was a fun, light read, but unlike some of the novels of this type, it was smart. I actually got caught up in the "Who Did It? Who Will She Choose?" This book came to me during a stressful time, and in the evening I would read, erasing some of the day. An excellent adventure by Ms. Bruce with a great, smart heroine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Black

    This story takes place in Ontario Providence. Prudence Hartley, writer, proofreader and mother of twins, Boone and Hope have come home to find a dead body in there living room. Let's back it up, Prudence finds a dead body in her living room, if you find a body with hole in the back of their head laying face down on your floor, you would assume they were dead. Prudence is the mother of twin children, Hope and Boone, who will be 12 years old soon. They had been at there father's home and she had g This story takes place in Ontario Providence. Prudence Hartley, writer, proofreader and mother of twins, Boone and Hope have come home to find a dead body in there living room. Let's back it up, Prudence finds a dead body in her living room, if you find a body with hole in the back of their head laying face down on your floor, you would assume they were dead. Prudence is the mother of twin children, Hope and Boone, who will be 12 years old soon. They had been at there father's home and she had gone out to spend time with her mother who lived in an assisted living home and then picked up her children, as they had been with their father for the weekend. So she takes her son's hand and backs out of the house and goes to where her daughter is in the car and calls the OPP, which stands for the Ontario Provincial Police. The police arrive, an officer Delia Kallas and her boss Don Parrino arrived to interrogate and look over the crime scene. After a while Don Parrino let her children and her children's father Seth Webster, a professor who had come to pick them up, he let them go and told the children their mother would be onto their father's house later. Seth Webster is married to Sarah and not to Prudence. The next day Sergeant David Merrick of the RCMP and Ezekiel his assistant who was a data and forensic person showed up and began asking them questions. We come to find out that Sergeant was there to protect Pru and her children and so was Zeke aka Ezekiel. So the story is set Prudence and her children are in danger from someone, she doesn't know who and neither do the RCMP and they are there to protect and investigate why someone died in her home and is trying to get to Prudence Hartley. Other characters that are important in this story is Nate, Sergeant Merrick's son. Merrick was married at one time and they got a divorce because his wife could not handle his job. Then their is Seth's cousin Rick and Prudence's best friend Paula, and Geoff and Tim who worked in Ottawa and helped to watch over Pru while she was in Ottawa. I liked this story because it had sexual relationships and innuendoes all throughout the book but it never got much pass kissing, so it was like a romantic suspenseful mystery. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a good read. I wouldn't mind reading another book about these characters or just another book from this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    I'm not sure if I have read any other books by this author before. But I will be looking for her now. Because, wow, I loved this book. So much that I hardly know where to start. Prudence was one original main character. One that I was quick to like. As the story goes on she also seemed to be somewhat of a danger magnet. But also as person after person was added to the story, she was also a magnet for people who cared about her. I liked that each person who was added had depth to their personalit I'm not sure if I have read any other books by this author before. But I will be looking for her now. Because, wow, I loved this book. So much that I hardly know where to start. Prudence was one original main character. One that I was quick to like. As the story goes on she also seemed to be somewhat of a danger magnet. But also as person after person was added to the story, she was also a magnet for people who cared about her. I liked that each person who was added had depth to their personalities and added to the story. It was also a relief that it wasn't overwhelming either. It was a people driven story as much as it was about the suspense. At first Detective Sergeant Merrick was someone that like Pru, I didn't know what to make of. He seemed like he was probably good at his job but somewhat emotionless. He did develop into a deeper person than you expect at first and I ended up liking him a lot too. This story kept me on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was going to happen next. And plenty did, happen that is. There is also a lot of skillful sleuthing too. These are only a few of the reasons that I liked it. The romance that was brewing made me smile more than once. And I was very satisfied on how the story ended and how the romance did too. That brought about another smile for sure. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    ✴️✴️ONE PHENOMENAL ADVENTURE✴️✴️ Bashing barnacles boo! Allison knocked the brakes off this incredibly turbulent, sensational rock-my-world tempest with this tumultuous rollercoaster, delivering up some close-calls, head-ons and off-kilters, propelling all those raging emotions into play front and center, launching this bad boy to staggering heights. Sparks ignite as riveting drama, gripping intrigue, brutal tactics, spiraling danger, electrifying suspense and nailbiting situations ensue in epic ✴️✴️ONE PHENOMENAL ADVENTURE✴️✴️ Bashing barnacles boo! Allison knocked the brakes off this incredibly turbulent, sensational rock-my-world tempest with this tumultuous rollercoaster, delivering up some close-calls, head-ons and off-kilters, propelling all those raging emotions into play front and center, launching this bad boy to staggering heights. Sparks ignite as riveting drama, gripping intrigue, brutal tactics, spiraling danger, electrifying suspense and nailbiting situations ensue in epic proportions, putting our characters through their paces, wrapping this jewel up sleek shiny and tight. Perception and ingenuity in every thread you unravel with each page your drawn into this tangled web so intricately and precise, kicking this bad boy into the eye of a storm, bursting it into a tailspin with mind-blowing impacts, blasting this baby to life brilliantly. The attraction and chemistry ignites with such intoxicating intensity and boundless emotions, showcases the thrilling electricity and infinite affection, drawing our characters closer, binding them to one another perfectly. The scenes are abundantly descriptive with colorful details that blend and flow, creating a majestic backdrop that's so rich and lively it feels as though you're part of the story instead of on the sidelines, feeling everything the characters feel. Amazing job Allison, thanks for sharing this little jewel with us.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teshia Elborne

    I found this book excellent. It had everything plus kept me guessing till the very end which is fantastic. I felt bad for Prudence. She sure had bad luck with the attempts on her life but luck you have that gorgeous man protecting her. So well written, I loved reading it. It was fresh and original, with drama, humor and mystery plus the wonderful intimacy and touch of romance as well. Perfect story really! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pat Rathmann

    GREAT MYSTERY First time reading this author. Was impressed with her supporting characters, each one with very specific traits that add value to the storyline while still standing out as individuals. The main character is Prudence who is a single mom of twins. She is truly an interesting person who not only adds interest but is very capable of surprising attributes which make for an amazing character.

  8. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    This was an enjoyable book. The characters were well done and the mystery wasn't easily solvable. The only problem I had was with Hartley not wanting to marry the man she loved. I know not getting married is a trend in Canada now, but as a Canadian myself who has been happily married for 25+ years, I don't understand it. Other than that personal quirk, this was a good book. This was an enjoyable book. The characters were well done and the mystery wasn't easily solvable. The only problem I had was with Hartley not wanting to marry the man she loved. I know not getting married is a trend in Canada now, but as a Canadian myself who has been happily married for 25+ years, I don't understand it. Other than that personal quirk, this was a good book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meryl

    Rollercoaster of a read! Such a well written story. Full of intrigue, action and suspense. Poor Pru, she spent a lot of the story with the paramedics and in hospital with all the attempts on her life. I loved the characters and appreciate that I never even suspected the Ring Leader!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Moser

    This is a well written book with a cast of strong characters and an interesting story line. The author brings a bit of everything .. mystery ,humor and romance and moves the story quickly and smoothly with her detailed writing. It's an enjoyable book and I would recommend reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given. This is a well written book with a cast of strong characters and an interesting story line. The author brings a bit of everything .. mystery ,humor and romance and moves the story quickly and smoothly with her detailed writing. It's an enjoyable book and I would recommend reading. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.

  11. 4 out of 5

    M W

    Good book! Loved getting to know the characters as they developed. Pru was a hoot & took all the events as well as the multiple suitors in stride. I'm hoping there will be more books, in this series. Good book! Loved getting to know the characters as they developed. Pru was a hoot & took all the events as well as the multiple suitors in stride. I'm hoping there will be more books, in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen C. Gaudry

    Unusual twist to a spy story Unwed mother of twins gets involved with spies. Her antics keep this fast paced story going. There is some romance to spice up the pages. Thoroughly enjoyable read--looking forward to more books from this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan Locke

    New-to-me author Smooth, engaging writing style with humor, romance & action to keep you turning the page. Kind of real life fantasy & fun to read! Great characters, definitely a memorable bodyguard!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Spangler

    Reading for second time...enjoyed it more. Kept me reading, which is always the sign of a good book. Wrote my note on wrong line. Good reading🎉 Love interests but no hot overly descripted sex scenes. Thanks for that

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia M Lewis

    Absolutely loved this book!! 💞 So much intrigue, so many suspects at every turn! I can't believe one woman survived so much! And all the men in her life were falling for her. She had her pick but eyes 👀 for just one. Absolutely loved this book!! 💞 So much intrigue, so many suspects at every turn! I can't believe one woman survived so much! And all the men in her life were falling for her. She had her pick but eyes 👀 for just one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarosz

    Keep you guessing was definitely the theme. I changed my mind so often as to who was the villain. Love a story that keeps you so engaged . Don't start just before bedtime or sleep won't be soon. Keep you guessing was definitely the theme. I changed my mind so often as to who was the villain. Love a story that keeps you so engaged . Don't start just before bedtime or sleep won't be soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Finlayson

    Cozy, with a side of humor and lots of twists This my first time reading anything by the author, but not the last. The characters are likeable,and most importantly you probably won't see the ending coming. Highly recommend this book. Cozy, with a side of humor and lots of twists This my first time reading anything by the author, but not the last. The characters are likeable,and most importantly you probably won't see the ending coming. Highly recommend this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marie Evans

    This was an awesome read!! If you love a book with a mixture of mystery and suspense, as well as a romance brewing then I highly recommend Pru and David’s story! Hooked me in from the very beginning! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mum

    3.5 Stars. The beginning was really engaging. As the tale went on, the plot became more nebulous. Good but not great. I would give this author another chance.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Gernet

    Unexpected This book is nothing like you would expect. Good story, romance and mystery. Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute. Unexpected This book is nothing like you would expect. Good story, romance and mystery. Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rice

    Really Good. Not who I thought for the Villain.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judith B. Gates

    Loved it! The story moved along and held my interest start to finish. I will look for more books by this author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The title is cheesy but the book is pretty good. More of a mystery and suspense story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lynn Morris

    Good read I enjoyed this book . It wasn't too racy, to creepy, or full in places. It was just a good book. Good read I enjoyed this book . It wasn't too racy, to creepy, or full in places. It was just a good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    E.

    3.75 stars "A Bodyguard to Remember" by Alison Bruce is the first in her ‘Men in Uniform’ series and features a single mother of twins named Prudence Hartley who gets embroiled in a murder investigation that turns her life topsy-turvy and brings her to the attention of RCMP Detective Sergeant Merrick and his team. Keeping Prudence safe during the investigation gets more and more challenging and it becomes virtually impossible to determine who is out to harm her, but an extended surveillance and p 3.75 stars "A Bodyguard to Remember" by Alison Bruce is the first in her ‘Men in Uniform’ series and features a single mother of twins named Prudence Hartley who gets embroiled in a murder investigation that turns her life topsy-turvy and brings her to the attention of RCMP Detective Sergeant Merrick and his team. Keeping Prudence safe during the investigation gets more and more challenging and it becomes virtually impossible to determine who is out to harm her, but an extended surveillance and protection detail not only complicates her life but also threatens to disrupt it permanently. This was a entertaining contemporary romantic suspense that combined mystery and geeky references that will be a delight to fans of Star Trek and its offshoots. The action builds in fits and starts and there is a preponderance of men in uniform who seem to insert themselves into the heroine’s life and then become oddly possessive of her. For me, the story went on a little long, but I think there are great twists and turns with unexpected scenarios. The imagery of various locations in Canada and the glimpses of branches of law enforcement provide a nice novelty for me and I enjoyed the wry humor and interweaving of a writer’s life into the tale. This is the beginning of the series, which may be the reason some threads were not tied off as neatly as I would have liked but I enjoyed the author’s style and will be interested in seeing what other tales add to the series. A copy of this title was provide to me for review

  26. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock sent me "A Bodyguard To Remember," an enjoyable book about a single mother who finds herself in the midst of police investigation after finding a dead man in her home. And of course, the protective Sergeant, who could be doing more then just protecting! Good read and kept me reined in, but seemed very long and detailed. The author keeps you on your toes with suspects and guessing until the very end. Its three fangs from me! Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock sent me "A Bodyguard To Remember," an enjoyable book about a single mother who finds herself in the midst of police investigation after finding a dead man in her home. And of course, the protective Sergeant, who could be doing more then just protecting! Good read and kept me reined in, but seemed very long and detailed. The author keeps you on your toes with suspects and guessing until the very end. Its three fangs from me!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Could not finish. I got 60% through and just could not go on any longer. The initial set up seemed promising, there was a little action, a hint of romance and then, it just goes NOWHERE. This should have been seriously edited. At the 60% marker, I realized that I just didn't care if they ever found out what happened (even though I kinda already figured it out) or if the guy gets the girl. Way too much nothingness and meaningless details for way too long. Could not finish. I got 60% through and just could not go on any longer. The initial set up seemed promising, there was a little action, a hint of romance and then, it just goes NOWHERE. This should have been seriously edited. At the 60% marker, I realized that I just didn't care if they ever found out what happened (even though I kinda already figured it out) or if the guy gets the girl. Way too much nothingness and meaningless details for way too long.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula Harp

    The author did a great job with the characters in this book. I loved Pru and Merrick and all the supporting characters made it hard to guess who was the protagonist in the story. This book will keep you guessing and turning pages to the very end. All the makings of a great story teller! I received this book as an arc for a honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette Y

    Very Little Romance I got the book because of the storyline and I finished it in one reading. There's hardly any romance in the story. It's just hinted towards the ending of the story. This story received great rating but I honestly don't see it. Very Little Romance I got the book because of the storyline and I finished it in one reading. There's hardly any romance in the story. It's just hinted towards the ending of the story. This story received great rating but I honestly don't see it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hawks

    Great read. This was a great book to read. What I liked about the story was, it could have been a true story. Details were good and ever thing that happened was possible. Looking forward to the next book in the series

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