by Rachelle McCalla
Release Date: March 5th 2013 by Love Inspired
Series: Protecting the Crown #1
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He'll keep her safe—at any cost. Protecting the royal family is Linus Murati's job. So when the queen's younger sister is attacked, the devoted Lydian royal guardsman goes into action and saves her life. But this was no random occurrence. Danger has followed Julia Miller across the Atlantic from Seattle. Now Linus has two missions: to keep the maddeningly independent future duchess in his sights at all times, and to catch the culprit who threatens the woman whose trust—and love—he desires above all others.
Protecting the Crown: The royal guardsmen serve their country with honor and integrity.
(Summary from Goodreads)
*ARC courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley*
I absolutely love this book! It's sweet and full of mystery. I like the place that Rachelle creates in the story and how an ordinary person can be sister to a Queen. Defending the Duchess is a story filled with twists that made me want to read everything at once. It was hard to put down, specially when the Queen's sister is giving a bodyguard to protect her. At first it was just his duty to protect her and the royal family, but it became so much more when Julia (Queen's sister) got herself in trouble when she decided to leave the palace by herself. After attacks made to the palace and the royal family, it was crucial for the royal guards to protect the entire royal family, (including Julia). But it became evident that the threats were specially for Julia, Linus (her bodyguard) was set to protect her no matter what. With a mysterious past, and threats happening around Julia and Linus, the story becomes a page turner. The romance in the story left me wanting for more. Overall, it was a well written story, full of suspense and romance.