Monday, February 17, 2014
The title: Executive Bodyguard
The author: Debra Webb
Publication: Harlequin Intrigue, 2005
Got it from: Library e-book
At 37, Caroline Winters is not just one of the youngest U.S. presidents, she's also the first woman president. Three months earlier, her husband Justin died in a plane crash and she's been struggling to hold it together. Her vice-president is working against her and there are unknown threats to her life. What she doesn't realize is that the threat may be coming from her own inner circle. Enter the Enforcers. They're a top-secret (even from the president) organization dedicated to protecting national security. Their agents, called Enforcers, are genetically enhanced humans trained to carry out any mission. One of them must pose as Caroline's miraculously saved husband in order to figure out who the traitor is.
As with any series, I probably shouldn't have read this out of order but it was easy to figure out what was going on anyway. This book was a mixed bag for me. On the whole I quite enjoyed it. We need more books about women in power using their intelligence to reach positions of authority. I was wondering how the whole fake husband thing would play out, but it was actually okay. As the story progresses, we find out more about Caroline and Justin's back story, such as the fact that she was in love with him but he didn't want to have anything to do with her sexually. This of course changes when Justin "returns" from the dead. My biggest disappointment with this book was that of course Caroline had to fall into the, "I need a family, I'm not complete without a baby," trope. The woman is the president of the most powerful nation in the world - I would have thought that would be fulfilling enough for anyone. Thankfully this didn't completely ruin what was otherwise an enjoyable story. I was really in the mood for a suspenseful thriller with lots of action, and this book delivered.