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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?
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Chelly’s Thoughts <3:
Vanessa Smith has had bad luck with men. Thankfully her 4-year-marriage to Shane, the verbally abusive a-hole cheater, is almost over…well, it’s been over for quite some time, but at least now the divorce is almost finalized. She decides she doesn’t need a man in her life, besides, who would want her? She looks plain, she’s boring, and she’s a worthless wife, at least that’s what she’s been told for the last 4 years.
Jackson Berrios is new in town, he is the new star player for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, and he is H-O-T! He has a reputation of being a ladies man, but his life is changed the day he literally runs into Vanessa. He is immediately taken in by how breathtakingly beautiful she is and convinces her to let him take her to lunch to make up for knocking her down. At first Vanessa doesn’t recognize Jackson, but after seeing him on TV during their lunch, she is surprised. How can someone as beautiful and famous as him be interested in plain ol’ her? Surely he’s just being friendly.
Can Vanessa let her guard down and trust Jackson? Can Jackson convince Vanessa that she really is beautiful and that he is not the person the gossip magazines make him out to be? Or can one misunderstanding ruin everything?
Guarded is short and sweet, exactly what you expect from a novella, but it is jam packed with feels! I felt like some situations were sort of rushed through, but despite being a novella, the characters were well-developed and you can’t help but fall in love with them. I would love to see more of Vanessa and Jackson and where their relationship takes them.
J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows and little league sports. She loves Diet Mt. Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and of course reading.