Saturday 10 July 2021

Book Review: Bodyguard by Dassy Bernhard (Contemporary/Fantasy MM)

Title: Bodyguard
Author: Dassy Bernhard
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 14 June 2021
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy MM
Source: ARC via NetGalley 

How was he supposed to know that the real-life chairman looked like an actor playing one on TV?

When bodyguard Tang Jun-young saves his clients, a world-famous K-pop boyband, from being kidnapped by stopping the getaway van with his own body, he's worried that his secret—well, one of them—will be out in the open. Fortunately, everyone's focus is on the idols, and nobody looks at him too closely—or so he thinks.

Kyo Seung-hyun, the new chairman of the Kyo Group, is looking for a trusted confidant while working on his eccentric playboy billionaire image (he's got the “eccentric” part down cold). When he meets Jun-young, he knows he’s found his man—in more ways than one. Jun-young is too honest for his own good, more intelligent than he lets on, and too attractive for Seung-hyun's peace of mind. The superpowers are a bonus, really.

When Seung-hyun tries to correct his deceased father's past misdeeds, the corruption the two of them unearth is the kind many would prefer to be kept quiet. Jun-young would do anything to keep Seung-hyun safe, but this situation might be more than even he can handle.

Bodyguard is a pleasing MM slow-burn contemporary romance between a bodyguard and a young chairman. Together they have to deal with an assortment of company plotters and external bad guys, while also trying to find out the truth behind Tang Jun-young's superior skills and healing abilities. This is essentially a contemporary romance with a fantasy/sci-fi twist. I liked both characters and enjoyed their interactions. However, I found myself wishing for two things: 1) to get to see things from Kyo Seung-hyun's perspective too at times; and 2) to have a bit more time to explore the fantasy/sci-fi elements, which felt a little rushed and tacked on, especially in the way they affected the finale. I believe this is the first book in a series, but I don't know if that series will continue with these same characters or introduce new ones in each book, so I can't say for sure if it's likely my questions on the sci-fi elements will be answered in the future or not. Nonetheless, I still had fun reading this tale, so it gets 3.5 stars from me. I ummed and ahhed, but I think I will round that up to a four, rather than down to a three in this case, because the story was entertaining and the Korean characters and setting fit in with my K-drama love.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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