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?
Guarded is #FREE
The follow-up novel to the novella Guarded
Once you find the love of your life, it’s all sunshine and roses, right?
Not for most relationships and definitely not for Vanessa Smith and Jackson Berrios.
Vanessa Smith is finally divorced from her awful ex-husband and is in a committed relationship with basketball star, Jackson Berrios.
Vanessa’s ex-husband has come back into her life just when she needs a friend. The friendship could complicate the relationship between her and Jackson. Will the couple be able to get through their pasts coming back to the surface? Can two different circumstances tear them apart or sear them together? Will they iron out their problems and have a happily ever after…?
Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3
I feel in love with Jackson Berrios in Guarded, but what’s not to love about a hot, perfectly chiseled body of an OCK Thunder basketball player? Oh, I might add that he is a really good guy as well… or at least tries to be. 🙂
One thing I might need to add is that you defiantly need to read Guarded first. In fact, that’s what made me fall for all of these characters, and have a strong dislike for Shane. In Guarded, we are hit with a major bombshell from the get go. I just knew this was going to tear Vanessa and Jackson apart.
Vanessa is as stubborn as they come. She has a major bombshell herself and chooses to keep quiet because she believe that is what’s best for Jackson. Truth be told, it only makes it harder on all of them.
Defensive was the perfect novel to follow up Guarded. I love how each of the characters are real, what you see is what you get, and had me questioning other people’s motives.
In Defensive, you will fall in love with Amanda. She honestly is my favorite. Even over smoking’ hot Jackson! She’s spunky, a true bff, and keeps it real with Vanessa. You will also get to know Shane. He’s not my favorite, and I just kept waiting to see if their was something he wasn’t telling. Jackson and I both have mutual feelings for him. He did keep this story interesting to say the least.
If you are looking for a quick read that will have you wanting to be a part of their world, Guarded & Defensive are for you! Get your copy today!
About the Author
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 Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.
**Cover design by E.M. Tippetts**