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This installment of the Bodyguard series finds protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain self-employed and happily involved with her former boss, Jonce Striker. Natasha's first case centers around Chumley, a champion show dog. The squat Pug has been sent a death threat regarding his participation in an upcoming event. Although Natasha sees little danger in protecting a canine, she discovers that isn't the case when she ends up in the emergency room several times. If that isn't bad enough, she's finding it ...
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This installment of the Bodyguard series finds protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain self-employed and happily involved with her former boss, Jonce Striker. Natasha's first case centers around Chumley, a champion show dog. The squat Pug has been sent a death threat regarding his participation in an upcoming event. Although Natasha sees little danger in protecting a canine, she discovers that isn't the case when she ends up in the emergency room several times. If that isn't bad enough, she's finding it difficult to balance her new business with her increasing love for Striker. Meanwhile, Striker sees the investigation growing wackier and more dangerous by the day. His time is spent between trying to convince Natasha that the bodyguard business is too dangerous and deciding how he can persuade her to marry him.
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Brenda Edde
"Natasha Chamberlain is starting up her own bodyguard business and her first case is guarding a show dog. Ok, it is a dog, however, Natasha knows she has to start somewhere and after her last case working for her ex-boss Jonce Striker, where she ran into some trouble she believes this case will be a lot safer. WRONG! Natasha is excited about starting her own business despite the complaints from Striker and her family that it is too dangerous for her. Her first case guarding Chumley, a champion show dog should be a piece of cake. However, whether it s Natasha's style or just the fact that the case is jinxed she runs into trouble at every turn. Jonce Striker, her ex-boss, now lover is having to pull her out of trouble almost daily and is not happy about it. Will this case cause a serious rift in their building relationship or will Natasha and Jonce manage to balance their individual needs for independence. As Natasha follows the clues to who has threatened she runs into an animal abuser, lands in the hospital and is thrown into jail, no wonder Jonce is a bit worried for her safety. Who would have thought guarding a dog would be such a challenge? THE BODYGUARD AND THE SHOW DOG is a laugh a minute story in the best Janet Evanovich style. The situations that Natasha finds herself in are hilarious, her attempts to balance her career and her relationship are the makings of an Emmy winning sitcom. Ms. Tillery French's Bodyguard series is one that will have you laughing and cheering Natasha's bid for independence even as you feel complete sympathy for Jonce's quest to keep her safe from herself. A wonderful book for an afternoon read."
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Donna Zapf
"Christy Tillery French masterfully adds to The Bodyguard Series with Book 2: THE BODYGUARD AND THE SHOWDOG. Natasha Chamberlain has broken away and formed her own bodyguard company despite the pleadings of her mother and insistence of her life mate, former boss Jonce Striker. But Natasha is strong willed, stubborn and wants to pay her own way so she is quite happy when an elderly lady hires her to guard her champion show dog that received a death threat. Just how much trouble could she get into watching a dog, even an ugly, stinky, little thing like Chumley? Jonce Striker is the ultimate dream man: handsome, strong, a supreme lover and his weakness is Natasha. He rescues her from one disaster after another and tries to protect her from herself while at the same time giving her room to do it her way. The only trouble is Natasha's way lands her in jail, the emergency room and a biker bar among other tight places. Will Stiker be able to keep her in one piece long enough to convince her to marry him? Will Natasha find out who is threatening Chumley and save his life? You must read Ms. French's uproariously funny book THE BODYGUARD AND THE SHOWDOG to find out. I laughed till I cried and still chuckle when I muse back over this riotously entertaining book. Christy Tillery French has such a witty twist to her words that I could not help but devour the whole book in one sitting. You will absolutely love her characters, all of them, primary and secondary. And Jonce Striker is to die for. I adored the interaction between Jonce and Natasha and the love scenes will make your heart race. THE BODYGUARD AND THE SHOWDOG is this summer's beach read for sure so make plans to buy your copy."
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Laurel Johnson
"One of my favorite writers is back. This second book in The Bodyguard series reprises characters fans loved in the first, and throws a few new ones into the mix. Along with the action, suspense, and romance we expect from Ms. French, this book is liberally laced with humor. Back for another round of action and danger are Natasha Chamberlain, the feisty bodyguard with a hair-trigger temper; Jonce Striker, her enigmatic half-Cherokee boss turned lover; Roger Valentine, a client in the first book and now a friend; Pit and Bigun, Valentine's Samoan bodyguards who spend half their time keeping Natasha out of trouble. This time Natasha is hired to guard Myrtle Galbreath's prize-winning show dog, Chumley. Chumley is ill-mannered and obnoxious but takes a shine to Natasha. Someone has threatened the dog's life if Myrtle enters him in an upcoming championship. Before too long the fur begins to fly in more ways than one as first Chumley and then Natasha are stalked by bad guys bent on eliminating them both. Natasha's unorthodox style as a bodyguard throws her into one scrape after another while Jonce works frantically behind the scenes to keep her alive. He plans to marry this infuriating woman and, one way or another, she's getting to the altar in one piece! Natasha's list of suspects adds intriguing dimensions to the mystery. Is it the seedy owner of a strip club, a lecherous Senator, a gang of vicious bikers, or a crazed State employee out to end her life? I suggest you read the book to find out. Christy Tillery French excels at creating very human characters, intense action, provocative storylines, and sizzling romance. Established fans and new readers will want more of this series. I hope book number three is in the offing, Ms. French. "
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"Ms. French creates a wonderful cast of colorful characters in this, the second book of her Bodyguard Series, and Striker is a perfectly yummy hero. Some of the situations Natasha involves herself and others in positively encourage laughing out loud. Frankly, The Bodyguard and the Show Dog is rollicking good fun."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933016375
  • Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Bodyguard Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Natasha strikes again!

    Picture the nuttiness of Cameron Diaz and the hard kick of Angelina Jolie and you get Natasha Chamberlain. In ¿The Bodyguard and the Show Dog,¿ Christy Tillery French¿s main character Natasha is as messy and off-putting as the Pug show dog she¿s hired to protect. Somehow both are endearing in the escapades that romp through the pages. Who would think the competition of a dog show would be fierce enough to threaten harm to the award-winning Pug? Natasha reluctantly takes her first case as a protection specialist and finds the bite worse than expected once she starts investigating. When Striker, Natasha¿s mentor and lover, tries to protect her, she demands the space to make mistakes. Returning minor characters Pit, Bigun and Roger are a delight when they try to help. French weaves action, romance, and mystery into this comedic novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    A Delightfully Humorous Second Book in the Bodyguard Series!

    Christy French has become one of my favorite authors. Why? She creates novels that titillate, educate, and keep you up late. French has mastered the art of writing novels readers can't put down. The BodyGuard and the Show Dog brings back familiar characters I enjoyed getting to know in The BodyGuard. Main character Natasha is a bodyguard with attitude who always gets hurt but won't give up or give in, ever.The offensive pug Chumley made me giggle. The return of love interest Striker made me sizzle. And the wonderful way French is able to describe a variety of people we've all known in every community is impressive. A must read for those who like adventure, quirky misadventures, and adventures of the heart. Get ready for another roller coaster, wild ride! In this fast-paced and zany, humorous second adventure of sincere, but bumbling, female bodyguard, protection specialist, Natasha Chamberlain, heroine of The Bodyguard and the Show Dog , there are continuous chuckles and smiles, caused by a whirlwind of bungling mishaps, unfortunately, created by well-meaning and conscientious efforts, that often lead to the brink of disaster, as Natasha becomes bodyguard to Chumley, a small champion show dog, whose life is threatened by mail from an unknown assailant should Chumley participate in an upcoming dog show. In numerous, unorthodox attempts to discover the culprit threatening Chumlely's life, to continuously frustrating the love of her life, Jonce Striker, her sensible and capable boss, Natasha leads the reader on a constant series of humorous adventures. Some of her escapades include being thrown out of a strip club, being mistaken for a prostitute, and an untimely visit to a nudist colony, as she continues her ambitious search for the one promising harm to Chumley. Many times Natasha faces great physical danger, but with providential good luck, she somehow manages to escape deadly harm. Author Christy French has put together a delightfully, humorous adventure with this second book in the Bodyguard Series. These are the mishaps of an irresistible, flighty heroine whom we all love for her personality qualities, reminding us of Lucy in the entertaining I Love Lucy television show. For satisfying entertainment and a delightful reading experience filled with laugh out- loud escapades, I heartily recommend The Bodyguard and the Show Dog as a delightful read. Promising, another fun-filled reading adventure, the third book of the series, The Bodyguard and the Rock Star will soon be available. In addition, The Bodyguard series of talented author, Christy French, is being compared to popular author, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, a high honor and rightly so. Christy French has entered the ranks of being a talented author of exciting and humorous, comedic adventures. Keep up the good work, Christy! Evelyn Horan, Author Jeannie, A Texas Frontier Girl, Books One to Four Rain on My Wings, (a teen problem novel) Inspirational Fun Stories and Articles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Action, romance, and fun......

    This second book in The Bodyguard series delivers the action, suspense, and romance readers expect from Christy Tillery French. The plot is humorous, fast moving, and exciting. Back for another round of action and danger are Natasha Chamberlain, the feisty bodyguard with a hair-trigger temper Jonce Striker, her enigmatic half-Cherokee boss turned lover Roger Valentine, a client in the first book and now a friend Pit and Bigun, Valentine's Samoan bodyguards who spend half their time keeping Natasha out of trouble. This time Natasha is hired to guard Myrtle Galbreath's prize-winning show dog, Chumley. Chumley is ill-mannered and obnoxious but takes a shine to Natasha. Someone has threatened the dog's life if Myrtle enters him in an upcoming championship. Before too long the fur begins to fly in more ways than one as first Chumley and then Natasha are stalked by bad guys bent on eliminating them both. Natasha's unorthodox style as a bodyguard throws her into one scrape after another while Jonce works frantically behind the scenes to keep her alive. He plans to marry this infuriating woman and, one way or another, she's getting to the altar in one piece! Natasha's list of suspects adds intriguing dimensions to the mystery. Is it the seedy owner of a strip club, a lecherous Senator, a gang of vicious bikers, or a crazed State employee out to end her life? I suggest you read the book to find out. Ms. French excels at creating very human characters, intense action, provocative storylines, and sizzling romance. Established fans and new readers will want more of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Ms French does it again!

    I had the pleasure of reading Ms French's book, The Bodyguard. The Bodyguard and the Showdog is the second book of the series. I knew I was in for another ride of pure entertainment with the madcap antics of the heroine Natasha. Every story needs a hook to draw the reader in. Natasha is truly a character that would draw anybody in. The fact that she thinks she is capable of being a bodyguard is amusing enough. Going along for the ride with her as one mishap after another occurs is humorous as well as enjoyable. Natasha is a character that is slowly evolving. She is madly in love with Striker and finds herself at a crossroad. Should she do what he wants or do what is in her heart? What transpires is usually a bit of a disaster and not exactly true to either. But she is forever in the game, toting a gun and unafraid to use her skills to physically bring someone to their knees. The reader never knows what will happen next to Natasha. Her love for animals seems to get her in as many scrapes as her love of being a bodyguard. It doesn't matter if she is only guarding a little pug dog she in in the game 100%. This is a fast moving, often comical read. I highly recommend it for readers that need an escape from reality. Natasha is a character one can honestly love. I cannot wait to read more of this series.

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