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An Unforgettable Lady Reviewed for THC Reviews An Unforgettable Lady is another solid story from Jessica Bird aka J R Ward It s kind of a hybrid of a standard contemporary romance and a romantic suspense I say this because the suspense element is present but somewhat in the background as a group of high society ladies who were all featured in the same newspaper article are picked off by a serial killer one by one The heroine is one of the women from the article, so she rather reluctantly hires the hero to act as Reviewed for THC Reviews An Unforgettable Lady is another solid story from Jessica Bird aka J R Ward It s kind of a hybrid of a standard contemporary romance and a romantic suspense I say this because the suspense element is present but somewhat in the background as a group of high society ladies who were all featured in the same newspaper article are picked off by a serial killer one by one The heroine is one of the women from the article, so she rather reluctantly hires the hero to act as her personal bodyguard However, there are no direct attempts made against her until the end of the story, and I have to admit that it was pretty easy to figure out who the bad guy was In between the murders, there is a nice romance with the hero and heroine experiencing a strong, immediate attraction that eventually leads to a steamy affair Grace was a very strong woman who never backed down from John s caveman act when they first met and she subsequently hired him to protect her She was controlled most of her life, first by her parents and later her husband, and she s not about to let John waltz in and take over too She s struggling to find her footing as an independently wealthy woman who has just taken the helm of her father s charitable foundation upon his recent death, while the sexist, old school boy s club is trying to push her out I like that she runs the family foundation differently than her father and avoids spending money on frivolous things like any good charitable organization should, even though the men in power disagree with her methods Outwardly, Grace is very controlled, but inwardly, she s sometimes falling apart as she suffers from anxiety and self doubt She has a very complicated and strained relationship with her mother that obviously contributes to her self esteem issues, which I would have liked to have seen explored in a littledepth Grace also later discovers that there were things about her father she thought were true, but weren t It would have been nice to see her feelings on that subject brought out a littletoo Initially, John seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder where the rich and powerful are concerned I think this is because, although his job is to protect them, he sees into their personal lives in a way that few others do and generally doesn t like the reality of what most of these types are like It takes him a little while to figure out that Grace is different To her, John seems a little too much like her controlling parents and husband, so he has to find the delicate balance between lightening up a little in their personal dealings and still being hard nosed from the bodyguard angle in order to effectively protect her John can definitely come off as being quite arrogant at times, but Grace often surprises him and occasionally makes him smile He possesses an iron grip of self control and cares enough about Grace to not want to hurt her even though he s caught up in an intense desire for her Despite his passion though, John is still pretty closed off throughout most of the story I really would have loved to see him open up a littleHe also has a pretty tortured past that was only briefly touched upon, and I would have liked to have seen explored indetail.Grace and John have both been deeply hurt in their pasts, and I think each of them recognizes that hurt in one another as well as the need to be in control I really enjoyed the opposite sides of the track characterization and how Grace is a poised, society lady while John is a rough around the edges former special ops guy who doesn t put much stock in wealth and prestige They didn t exactly start off on the right foot, but in spite of their early bickering, the sexual tension was high from the beginning It was never a question of will they or won t they, but when And when they finally do give into their attraction, the love scenes were very sensual, though nowhere near as hot as the author writes in herrecent books The one thing I have noticed in these early books of Ms Bird s is that her heroes have a tendency to hold out on expressing their feelings until the final pages of the novel which doesn t always lend itself well to building and maintaining an emotional connection, but despite this, it was still a very good story.Although the author s website doesn t officially connect any of her contemporary books as a series, I ve seen An Unforgettable Lady grouped with Heart of Gold and An Irresistible Bachelor as The Walking Papers Trilogy, although I have no idea where that series title came from Other sites simply have An Unforgettable Lady and An Irresistible Bachelor paired as a duet In any case, all three books contain common characters Grace is best friends with Carter, the heroine of Heart of Gold, and was first introduced in that book Carter and her hero, Nick, appear in the early part of An Unforgettable Lady when Grace goes to visit them, and Nick is instrumental in Grace hiring John as her bodyguard An Unforgettable Lady also introduces Grace s good friend, Jack, and another young woman, Callie, who become the hero and heroine of An Irresistible Bachelor At the very least, I would recommend reading these latter two books in order, otherwise, readers will get one fairly significant spoiler Overall, I enjoyed reading An Unforgettable Lady I loved Ms Bird s little shout out within the narrative to Gaelen Foley, another of my favorite authors Other than my few minor complaints, this book was very well written and in my opinion, reflects an earlier version of the style that Jessica Bird has developed in her highly successful J R Ward persona Anyone who has enjoyed her Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels books will probably like this one too Having read the Moorehouse Legacy series, which I ravenously devoured in a matter of days, and the first and so far only O Banyon Brothers book which I loved, I had some pretty high expectations for An Unforgettable Lady which might be part of my problem with the book Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I didn t LOVE it as I did the other Jessica Bird books that I ve read Important Message This book has been re released and included a nice note from the author explaining the evolution of Having read the Moorehouse Legacy series, which I ravenously devoured in a matter of days, and the first and so far only O Banyon Brothers book which I loved, I had some pretty high expectations for An Unforgettable Lady which might be part of my problem with the book Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I didn t LOVE it as I did the other Jessica Bird books that I ve read Important Message This book has been re released and included a nice note from the author explaining the evolution of her stories and writing style The only part I ll mention here, because I feel that it s most important and speaks volumes to her growth as a writer is that she s stopped allowing her Rice Krispies to decide the direction her stories will take She still allows them some input, but she s muchdisciplined a writer now, and she not her breakfast cereal has the final say Whew And praise the Scribe Virgin for that because comparing this book with what I find to be herprofessional, polished work found in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series written under the name, J R Ward, I have to say that I m not sure the BDB would have the same intensity if Snahp, Crahckle and Pohp were calling the shots Can you imagine what the Brothers names might be like Fibher, Whohle Grahain, Mihlk, Nutrishous, Delishous Yeah, see those just don t have the same feel, nor would they strike the same level of terror into the Lessers as names like Tohrment, Zsadist, Phury, Wrath, Tehrror, Vishous, Muhrder or even Bloodletter do.But I digress.The first half moved a bit slowly for my taste and there was an exorbitant amount of internal dialog which sounded a lot like this John Smith I want her, but I can t have her She deserves better My job is dangerous, she d never be safe She s just a job When this is over, I m walking away I have to say, that got really, really old, really, really fast And from Grace Hall we got a whole lot of So what if I m a trjillionaire socialite and he a bodyguard that shouldn t matter to him one bit Why does he care if I m a Countess, it s by marriage only and speaking of marriage, why should it matter that I m a married woman we re getting a divorceSo yeah, spending a book inside their heads like that just didn t do it for me.Then we get to the 2nd half and things finally start taking off People are being gruesomely killed by a neat freak who rips their throats out and then tidies up their clothing, a chef who is 2 eggs shy of a 3 egg omelet trying to singlehandedly take over the catering needs of most of New York City, and a disgruntled employee who is trying to overthrow the Hall Foundation s hierarchy Those things made for some interesting reading One thing that bugged me was Grace s incessant griping about not needing a body guard when clearly she did she was on the list of women featured in the newspaper article which was also the killer s checklist for who was next on his hit list Well, she wanted a body guard, but didn t want to have to alter her lifestyle at all Not exactly the brightest bulb in the box, if you ask me I didn t feel anything special for her or about her, and didn t feel that she was deserving of John as her happily ever after.Now John Smith sigh Wow What a man He was angsty, sexy, demanding, scarred, sexy, intelligent, intense, sexy whether writing as J.R Ward or Jessica Bird, this author knows how to put together one incredible hunk of male Did I mention he s one sexy guy who can guard my body any day And speaking of sexy, the sexualintensity was quite high, but there wasn t much of the act itself They wanted each other, they knew they did, but kept talking each other out of it I was like, WTH I mean, when Grace finally gave John the green light and he was getting into it, she throws on the brakes Then later, he s all hot and bothered, she s like oh, yeah, then HE puts a stop to it It worked for awhile, but then seriously, it went from being exciting sexual tension to frustration and overkill Overall, after looking past the slow start to the story and Grace s TSTL Too Stupid To Live moments, it was an enjoyable read I can t say I ll add it to my keepers shelf, but I am glad I read it, and I m looking forward to An Irresistible Bachelor Grace Hall Is A Society Beauty But Her Fortune Has Made Her The Target Of A Madman Killing Off Manhattan S Most Influential Women Her New Live In Bodyguard Is Uncompromising, Hard Hearted John Smith Moving Into Grace S Penthouse Is The Last Thing He Wants, But Saying No Isn T An Option As He Lays Down The Rules For His New Client, Angry Sparks Ignite Between Them As Does An Incendiary Desire As The Warm Nights Grow Hot, And The Killer Closes In, Grace And Smith Face A Crucial Choice Follow The Rules Or Follow Their Hearts Lover s of J R Ward will want to read this contemporary romance written under her real name, Jessica Bird.The story will not disappoint UNFORGETTABLE LADY centers around a heroine who finds herself the target of a serial killer She needs protection and hires the yummy, alpha male hero Ms Ward brings the two together in an unusual manner which creates romantic tension that builds and becomes tangible to the reader Although this book is not part of a series, you will meet characters from th Lover s of J R Ward will want to read this contemporary romance written under her real name, Jessica Bird.The story will not disappoint UNFORGETTABLE LADY centers around a heroine who finds herself the target of a serial killer She needs protection and hires the yummy, alpha male hero Ms Ward brings the two together in an unusual manner which creates romantic tension that builds and becomes tangible to the reader Although this book is not part of a series, you will meet characters from this book in succeeding stories written by Ms Ward The book is great Read it Enjoy it I admit I picked up this book because the author is well known and successful in another genre, and I was curious but do not read paranormal Judging by this 1 book, I cannot see what the fuss is about The writing style is simple, the romance is so so, the suspense plot is feeble with only 2 viable suspects, and the heroine pulls a couple of TSTL moves The plot centers around a serial killer offing prominent society women Jhon, er John, is the bodyguard hired to protect the heroine who s on t I admit I picked up this book because the author is well known and successful in another genre, and I was curious but do not read paranormal Judging by this 1 book, I cannot see what the fuss is about The writing style is simple, the romance is so so, the suspense plot is feeble with only 2 viable suspects, and the heroine pulls a couple of TSTL moves The plot centers around a serial killer offing prominent society women Jhon, er John, is the bodyguard hired to protect the heroine who s on the list Unfortunately the author doesn t build or sustain suspense very well I never felt any creeping menace or sense of inexorable approaching doom Huge chunks of pages went by with nary a mention of the killings And with only 2 suspects I guessed correctly if anyone s interested , there s not much mystery either Grace was an okay heroine She just seemed overwhelmed for a large portion of the book, trod on by everyone from her mother to her employees She starts to get it together towards the end but then ruins things with the aforementioned TSTL stunts Why must heroines who know there s a killer after them elude their bodyguards to go jogging alone Why do heroines have Mace handy to use on said bodyguards but never on the actual villain To add to the cliches in the plot, the police arrest the wrong man and the heroine is unprotected when the real killer strikes Of course the hero arrives at the last second John didn t really grab me because I never felt that I got to know him well There was some good banter between him and Grace in the beginning, but it got tiresome as they refused to give in to their attraction or were conveniently interrupted while groping The unresolved sexual tension led to frustration bordering on cruelty, with the hero getting mean and flinging the whre word at Grace Ughh At least when they finally gave in, after a couple of hundred pages of frustration, I expected fireworks to go off Instead we get only 2 pages of to the point lovemaking And subsequent sex is all behind closed doors Now I don t demand graphic sex scenes in every book really , but when an author builds up the lust so much there needs to be some payoff The whole subplot with Callie felt tacked on and didn t interest me at all I could see that it helped strengthen Grace by removing the weight of her father s shadow, but it occurred too late in the book to be totally successful with that It also distracted from the serial killer plot just when it should have been rising to its climax and dissipated whatever tension the author had managed to build It got increasingly obvious too that Callie was being set up as the heroine in a sequel and the space devoted to that proved annoying Plus I didn t think it showed the heroine in a great light either, that she seemed most concerned whether Callie was a golddigger who would try to claim a part of her father s estate Nor did she offer to share any of her inheritance with this close relative who was clearly down on her luck In short, this book had a lot of problems If the romance wasconvincing, I might still have given it 4 stars But it felt too much like lust rather than love to me I didn t like that John abandoned his job of guarding Grace near the end even if he did arrange a substitute Would a man in love do that when the woman he loved was in danger Also there weren t enough or hardly any scenes of the hero and heroine being actually happy together A longer epilogue with some loving scenes would have gone far toward painting a convincing HEA here At least my curiosity about this author has been satisfied I won t be picking up any of her other books any time soon and this one goes on the swap shelf John Smith a common enough name for a dangerous man He owned the small elite firm, Black Watch, Ltd His employees were former Rangers, Marines and Navy Seals He trusted them implicitly With his military and intelligence background, he was a personal security specialist It was a fancy name for bodyguard But not just any ordinary protector, he was an investigator, a champion and, if needed, a killer He was at the top of his field and thrived on not taking a break he always had a new job j John Smith a common enough name for a dangerous man He owned the small elite firm, Black Watch, Ltd His employees were former Rangers, Marines and Navy Seals He trusted them implicitly With his military and intelligence background, he was a personal security specialist It was a fancy name for bodyguard But not just any ordinary protector, he was an investigator, a champion and, if needed, a killer He was at the top of his field and thrived on not taking a break he always had a new job just around the corner Grace Woodward Hall, Countess von Sharone, had discovered after her brief marriage that her husband was not up to par He was unafraid of using her inheritance to fund his lifestyle He was also verbally abusive they had separated and she had applied for a divorce but she was keeping everything under wraps She was afraid of what the publicity would do to the family name The stress of this was bad enough but then she found herself included in a list of prominent women that were being murdered Somehow she was connected but neither Grace nor the police understood why John Smith was her answer John was everything that Grace was not He accepted the job with the understanding that she would follow his directions at all times But neither one was prepared for the chemistry that thrummed whenever they were near each other This story was written in typical Jessica Bird aka J R Ward fashion with an uber alpha male, a strong heroine and intense emotional turmoil The bulk of this romance concerned their friction and tension Each of them spent a lot of time arguing in spite of their own internal dialogue Have any lovers loved as these lovers loved Only Jessica Bird knows for sure I don t normally read contemporary romance novels In fact, it seems rare that I read books without any paranormal beings I had heard about this book from the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group and I have to admit that I was curious I didn t know that J.R Ward had used another pen name Jessica Bird I must say that I like this incarnation of J.R Ward This is definitely a nice break from all those vampires, werewolves, and other assorted paranormal creatures I had been reading about I don t normally read contemporary romance novels In fact, it seems rare that I read books without any paranormal beings I had heard about this book from the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group and I have to admit that I was curious I didn t know that J.R Ward had used another pen name Jessica Bird I must say that I like this incarnation of J.R Ward This is definitely a nice break from all those vampires, werewolves, and other assorted paranormal creatures I had been reading about The edition I read was a reissue published in 2010 I would recommend reading the author s note at the beginning of the book It does give you some added insights into the characters and the writer s frame of mind while writing this book An Unforgettable Lady is the story of Grace Woodward Hall or the Countess von Sharone and her bodyguard John Smith Grace is a wonderful character She is from a wealthy society family she is beautiful, smart, and a genuinely caring person Grace is married, but she is separated from her good for nothing playboy husband One word can describe John Smith hawt He is handsome, protective, dangerous, and sexy John has a special ops background John enters Grace s life during a gala event where he is responsible for the security of an ambassador There is an instant chemistry between John and Grace and they share a very hot kiss When Grace s life is threatened later on in the book, John comes highly recommended as a body guard Grace decides to hire John and the delicious sexual tension begins.There is a long, long build up in this relationship The sexual tension is exquisite At times, I felt like I needed a cold shower I really liked John s character John is conflicted His military background made him aloof at times Due to the nature of his chosen career, he has never had a long term relationship with a woman He offers Grace a sexual relationship where he would satisfy her needs, but with no strings attached When his job was finished, he would leave John lets Grace ponder this situation to decide what she would like to do Interestingly enough, this is where we see a little of the Wardisms come out the possessiveness, the mine , the need to possess John can not commit to Grace, yet he can not stand the thought of any man being interested in her I found that I had guessed who the culprit was about 2 3 of the way through And no, it wasn t the butler My only criticism of this book was the lack of any kind of showdown between Grace and her estranged husband, Ranulf I find it odd that an estranged husband would not do anything once his wife s life was threatened Odder still, that they didn t have a shouting match or any kind of confrontation at the end of the marriage It seemed to all be handled rather impersonally by the lawyers The novel had an entirely different feel from J.R Ward s Black Dagger Brotherhood books, yet in a way, some of her Wardisms did manage to slip in I didn t mind I liked that series I think I like this bookI really enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to getting my hands on An Irresistible Bachelor forof this side of J.R Ward i enjoyed this book alot the H H are complete opposites he is a strong alpha type guy ex military no past no planned future and whilst at times i wanted john to open to Grace and tell herabout his past etc i came to the conclusion that this kind of strong alpha guy just wouldn t do that what you get in the book would be exactly true to character and probably if he had suddenly become Mr Mushy it d have killed the story for me as it would then be to predictable the heroine is kind i enjoyed this book alot the H H are complete opposites he is a strong alpha type guy ex military no past no planned future and whilst at times i wanted john to open to Grace and tell herabout his past etc i came to the conclusion that this kind of strong alpha guy just wouldn t do that what you get in the book would be exactly true to character and probably if he had suddenly become Mr Mushy it d have killed the story for me as it would then be to predictable the heroine is kind considerate and somewhat dominated by her family and their reputation but she s no walk over she s a strong lady and ultimately finds happiness but not thru being manipulative its when John realizes what he needs that it all comes together Opening lineJohn Smith checked his watch and looked around the plaza Hotel s ballroom Originally released in 2004, An Unforgettable Lady was just recently re issued with a fancy new and improved cover I ve enjoyed all of Jessica Bird aka JR Ward s earlier writing and thankfully this was no exception No matter the stage in her career Bird Ward can write the desirable and initially unobtainable dark and tortured heroes like no other As a result I fell hard for John Smith the cold, scarred, I Opening lineJohn Smith checked his watch and looked around the plaza Hotel s ballroom Originally released in 2004, An Unforgettable Lady was just recently re issued with a fancy new and improved cover I ve enjoyed all of Jessica Bird aka JR Ward s earlier writing and thankfully this was no exception No matter the stage in her career Bird Ward can write the desirable and initially unobtainable dark and tortured heroes like no other As a result I fell hard for John Smith the cold, scarred, I am an island, and everybody back the hell off bodyguard Yup he s all kinds of ways yummy And if any of you BDB fans need a littleencouragement he reminds me very much of an early Zsadist prototype, here s why from page 147 His first instinct was to yell He was infuriated that she had challenged him, exposed him That she was near enough so he could smell her That she was offering compassion and understanding and warmth when he was battle scarred, hard and ugly I think you re beautiful she said softly, looking up at him Then your f ing blind She shook her head slowly I see you, all of you Clearly I should also mention that the sexual tension in this story is off the chart hot While I had trouble relating on any level to our glamorous billionaire heroine, Countess Grace blah biddy blah and all her fancy galas, gowns, gems and uppity social status the palpable sexual tension and opposites attract theme between our couplethan made up for it And I just have to say again John Smith well his character is reason alone to read this book Forced into the spotlight by her considerable wealth, soon to be divorced heiress Grace Hall has just found herself the target of a serial killer Following the publication of a Times article showcasing the 6 most prominent women in New York, one by one those women, her friends have started turning up dead Reluctantly Grace is forced to hire a bodyguard, now however she finds herself subject to the ironclad rules of her captivating protector Oh and did I mention he s moved into her Penthouse In spite of their differences and his cold demeanour Grace is drawn to him in ways she can t explain or stop herself from acting on.John Smith is a ghost As a military trained assassin, professional bodyguard and all round badass John hasn t heard his real name spoken in so long now that he s almost forgotten who he used to be With no fixed address, social insurance number or ties to anyone he moves from one job to the next, content in his solitary life Meeting Grace changes everything though and with the attraction between them growing stronger and harder to ignore with each passing day, John may be forced to break his own rule Never get personal with the client For John she was just meant to be another assignment how is it that she s managed to get so thoroughly embedded in his skin And how is he going to leave the only women he s ever loved when the jobs over Oh I forgot to mention, anyone that s read Bird s Moorehouse Legacy series will be thrilled with a brief cameo from another awesome tortured hero Alex Moorehouse the sailing champion from.From The First I just love how Ward ties all her books together this way Cheers Was this actually written by J.R.Ward I guess considering this is among the first few books she wrote I m gonna give this a pass Not that it is a bad book but something that screams J.R Ward is missing in this for me I guess for me the bad ass vampire lords areappealing than the bodyguards XD


About the Author: Jessica Bird

Jessica Bird also writes as J.R WardJessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA She is the daughter of Maxine F and W Gillette Bird, Jr She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens She was hooked immediately By the time she went to college, she had boxes and boxes of Harlequins and Silhouettes Every year, her mother would ask why all those books had to live in the house and Jess would reply that if even one of them disappeared she would know She d catalogued them Jess finished her first romance manuscript the summer before her freshman year of college She attended Smith College and graduated with a double major in history and art history She then received a law degree from Albany Law School Shortly after that, she began working in the healthcare industry in Boston She spent many years as one of the premier medical center s Chief of Staff While working as a lawyer in Boston, she completed two novelsand started a number of partials In 2001, Bird married John Neville Blake III Both her mother and her new husband kept telling her to send something in to an agent, a publisher, the Tooth Fairy, anyone She thought they were nuts, but eventually got her nerve up and bought a lot of stamps Since getting published, she has written contemporary romances as Jessica Bird and paranormal romances as J R Ward She has been a Rita Award finalist, received two Romantic Times Reviewer s Choice nominations and has been a HOLT medallion finalist.New England born and bred, Jess is surprised to find herself living south of the Mason Dixon line But that s what happens when you marry a Southern gentleman She and her husband live with their golden retriever, who oversees her writing in a supervisory role.


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