Title: Up Close and Personal
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Published on: 12 June 2020
Zac Edwards a British actor, might have won the heart of many ladies but there is someone who wants more from him. This person has been sending him notes for the past six months. Things take a turn for worse when one such note is found at his door one day. UK securities is hired to follow Zac everywhere. Kat, an ex-army personnel, is assigned to be Zac’s bodyguard.
Zac is amused by the idea of a ‘female’ bodyguard. Kat draws a line between her fan-girl moment with Zac and protecting him as her client. Zac has the hots for Kat but Kat pushes him away, more than once. Ouchy!
I really liked the concept of this story. A renowned actor stalked, a female bodyguard is assigned to protect him and finally, sparks fly between the two. Doesn’t this sound like a perfect plot for a movie? This plot reminds me of the Bollywood movie ‘Bodyguard’ featuring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Well, I do not have to tell you guys how the story ends, do I? 😉
Up Close and Personal starts on a good note. Oops, I mean ‘Stalker’s note’ on Zac’s front door. He is amused that the girl he was flirting with the previous night is going to be his bodyguard until the stalker is caught.
Zac is used to ladies going gaga over him so when Kat gives him a cold shoulder or two, he cannot seem to digest the fact that she’s not interested in him. Hmm!! But the truth is, Kat is trying hard not to fall for Zac. The story alternates between Zac trying to woo Kat and Kat trying to protect him no matter what – an incident halfway through the story leads the readers to believe there’s more to the stalking scenario.
We are given gists of Zac’s secretive past. Kat seems to have troubles of her own and this is why she prefers to remain in her cocoon when it comes to the matters of the heart.
Overall, this was a good story. It did get a little dragged in the middle – with Zac trying to impress Kat – but I liked the story. Zac’s secret and the stalker scenario gave the story a touch of mystery. The romance angle is well explored too. Up Close and Personal is a well-written story with interesting and likeable characters.
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