The Bodyguard

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What is it Taylor Swift says about August? “It slipped away like a moment in time…” I feel that today! August has flown by and here we are, ready to discuss the month’s book, The Bodyguard by Katherine Center.

I adored the book and the flip-the-script nature of a female bodyguard looking after a male client and superstar. It also made me want to throw on some boots and head to Texas, if I’m honest. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below… I’ll meet you there!

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Both Jack and Hannah have jobs that can be romanticized—did you find the portrayal of bodyguard and movie star accurate? What, if anything, surprised you?

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This book employs the “fake dating” trope and I loved it! And it had me thinking about rom-com tropes… I would love to know your favorite and why.

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Jack and Hannah are both dealing with family trauma. How do you think their different upbringings impacted the other as their relationship grew?

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  1. 1.
    Both Jack and Hannah have jobs that can be romanticized—did you find the portrayal of bodyguard and movie star accurate? What, if anything, surprised you?

    The bodyguard image is always “Secret Service” type men in suits. I loved how this book broke the stereotype and called out Hannah’s differences and success as a bodyguard from her training. Jack fit the standard movie star mold – I pictured him as a Chris Evans/Chris Pratt hybrid.

    2.
    This book employs the “fake dating” trope and I loved it! And it had me thinking about rom-com tropes… I would love to know your favorite and why.

    I love the “meet cute” trope. The cliché meet in a coffee shop or a chance encounter on a plane are my favorite.

    3.
    Jack and Hannah are both dealing with family trauma. How do you think their different upbringings impacted the other as their relationship grew?

    Hannah losing her mom and Jack’s mom going through cancer treatments allowed them to grow closer as Hannah could empathize with Jack’s situation. It was so nice for Jack’s family to embrace Hannah from the beginning. It allowed their “fake dating” to blossom into real love.

  2. 1.

    Both Jack and Hannah have jobs that can be romanticized—did you find the portrayal of bodyguard and movie star accurate? What, if anything, surprised you?

    I absolutely think it was accurate. I think you sort of know the life of a movie star, but the life of a bodyguard and their job duties seems less public. It was refreshing to read a book where the female was the “male depicted job“. And of course who doesn’t love a good romance

    2.

    This book employs the “fake dating” trope and I loved it! And it had me thinking about rom-com tropes… I would love to know your favorite and why.
    I truthfully only read romcom books and movies so we could spend all day debating on who my favorite is and why

    3.

    Jack and Hannah are both dealing with family trauma. How do you think their different upbringings impacted the other as their relationship grew?

    I feel like when you read these types of books and one of the characters has a perfect upbringing and the other has a challenging upbringing it just completely pulls at your heart strings. I live for a storyline Where one family adopts the other just like they are their own. I think Hannah’s trepidation with the relationship just proves her trauma but the fact that she took a bullet for the one she loves showed me she didn’t want loose anyone else. With Jack I felt like you could sense the anxiety he faced with the accident in almost every aspect of the book.

  3. Absolutely fell in love with this book!! Great selection!

    1. Author did an amazing job setting up the characters background & job descriptions. Was most surprised by how Hannah described being a bodyguard. Never imagined all the prep, thought, pre-work, analytics that play into the career.

    2. I think my favorite troupe is the enemies to lovers. Or hard to get girl.

    3. They helped each other deal with the grief they each were carrying. They both had broken families & carried tremendous pain. Love the relationship Hannah developed with Jack’s mom.

  4. 1. Both Jack and Hannah have jobs that can be romanticized—did you find the portrayal of bodyguard and movie star accurate? What, if anything, surprised you?

    I read a book a while back about a movie star that very accurately described their contractual agreements and how bound they are to their studio, so I wasn’t surprised about Jack being asked to make a sequel or the amount of movies he described making in a short time. I think that’s a profession that’s glorified, but very misunderstood. The lack of privacy and autonomy, the legal and contractual obligations and the persona that has to be kept up for the public can’t be easy.

    I hadn’t really thought about the role of a female bodyguard, but the adage “work smarter, not harder” came to mind when Hannah was talking about not necessarily being the tallest or strongest, but not needing to get to the point of a physical altercation if she had done her job correctly. All in all, I thought it was a good representation of both professions.

    2. This book employs the “fake dating” trope and I loved it! And it had me thinking about rom-com tropes… I would love to know your favorite and why.
    So many favorites…but the one that came to mind first was Sweet Home Alabama…small town girl makes it big, falls in love with a city boy, but still loves her boy back home.

    3. Jack and Hannah are both dealing with family trauma. How do you think their different upbringings impacted the other as their relationship grew?
    I think Hannah couldn’t get past her mother’s abusive past to trust a man could be trustworthy and good. Jack had a positive marriage model with his parents, but still felt so much guilt from his brother’s death, I don’t think he felt worthy of happiness or joy.

    It took me a few chapters to get into this one, but when I did I absolutely loved it!

    • 1. I really appreciated how Hannah’s viewpoint of Jack changed from movie star extraordinaire to the more “real life” difficulties that come with the job, like avoiding paparazzi at the hospital or your address leaking online/extreme fans. I also loved that Hannah’s perspective of her own role was that if it came to physical confrontation that she hadn’t done her job correctly. It really brought the bodyguard role into a different, calmer, light for me.

      2. Ugh I’m a sucker for the “it’s been the best friend all along” trope where the lead actress is obsessed with some guy who turns out to be not so stellar but the boy best friend shows her that he values her and they fall in love, ie 13 going on 30. Matty and Jenna forever!

      3. Hannah was instantly attracted to the love Jack’s mom gave her own boys and how she welcomed Hannah as a guest. I think that, and even Jack looking for her necklace pin, were both huge notions that the way she grew up didn’t have to define what her future held in terms of love/family/etc. Similarly for Jack, I think he had closed himself off to reality after his brother passed and interacting with Hannah, as grounded as she was, helped him step back into himself, his familial relationships, and participate in his own life more, including scaled back terms for work and being able to drive across the bridge too!

      Living in Texas and having experienced the drive from San Antonio to Houston/Katy etc, I could just picture the landscape and how insane it would be to see anyone, let alone a movie star, walking across the highway bridge. Crazy! Loved this book and so glad I was introduced to it through this book club!

  5. 1.
    Both Jack and Hannah have jobs that can be romanticized—did you find the portrayal of bodyguard and movie star accurate? What, if anything, surprised you?

    Truthfully I had never really given the whole “what’s it like to be a body guard” thing any brain power before this book, but it definitely sounds like an incredibly lonely and hard job.

    2.
    This book employs the “fake dating” trope and I loved it! And it had me thinking about rom-com tropes… I would love to know your favorite and why.

    I also love enemies turned lovers. I’m a sucker for a slow burn!

    3.
    Jack and Hannah are both dealing with family trauma. How do you think their different upbringings impacted the other as their relationship grew?

    My heart just melted for Hannah. She so badly wanted to be a part of a family and I love that Jack’s family scooped her up from the minute they met. She obviously struggled to feel like she was worthy, but I love how Jack’s family never thought she was anything other than worthy. The sweetest.

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