Not Really Mr Smith

Not Really Mr Smith

by Katri Cardew


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Not Really Mr Smith by Katri Cardew

After an accident made the family lawyer suspicious, ex-soldier James Geraghty was hired as a replacement bodyguard for the heiress Aden Barrington. Broken by a relationship that wound up with a suicide James had determined that love was never to be a part of his life and lived as a man on the outside. What he didn't expect was to be renamed by the strange girl while she dragged him all over the countryside.
Damaged by the death of her mother Aden Barrington had a strange defence mechanism and that was to rename the people around her. While she managed to find a place in the world as a respected landscape artist, she was well known for her reclusive and odd behaviour. Finding herself in danger from a cousin wishing to inherit her estate she escapes with James in a whirlwind adventure. Unexpectedly attracted to James, Aden slowly withdraws from her fantasy world to accept the responsibility of her inheritance. While James struggles to keep Aden safe while coping with her strange and deadly family.
He had given up on love-she had given up on life. Not Really Mr. Smith-a unique love story.

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ISBN-13: 9780987320476
Publisher: Breedles Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Not Really Mr. Smith 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pamkaye More than 1 year ago
Not Really Mr. Smith is a well-written & engaging tale. I found myself smiling at the playfulness portrayed at times. The romance was there, but it didn't overwhelm the rest of the story. After Aden's mother's death, unable to cope she withdraws from reality. So much so that she even feels the need to rename everyone she meets. When a young man is hired to protect her from a imminent threat, Aden is intrigued by him, and therefore comes slowly back to her true self through love and fear. I found a few typos in my version of the book, which pulled me out of the story for a second, but otherwise it was thoroughly enjoyable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different kind of love story with enough twists to keep the reader guessing.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Not Always Mr. Smith” takes a fairly common plot thread in mystery/suspense novels—the bodyguard falling for the woman he’s hired to protect—and gives it a unique spin. Aden, a childlike artist, has been protected her whole life—when her mother falls to her death from the roof (or jumps, the situation is unclear), Aden retreats into a world of her own. In an effort to control her own life story, she renames everyone she meets and refuses to call them by their given names. Her rich father hires numerous caretakers to watch over her and assist her, and she loses herself in painting, becoming an in-demand landscape artist. When her father dies, though, the future of the family fortune is precarious—and the villainous Witt is angling to inherit it, even if it means killing Aden. Enter James Geraghty, a hardened man whose broken heart has left him disconnected from his emotions—his old major has called in a favor, and he wants James to watch over Aden until she inherits. Though Aden and James fight their attraction to one another and their growing feelings of affection, it’s soon apparent they bring back out the best in each other and may even allow each other to start healing from their emotional wounds. I enjoyed these two characters, and was rooting both for Aden and James to overcome their fears of being fully present in the world. Though the bulk of the book focuses on their budding romance and interactions (many of which are playful and a delight to read), the suspense at the heart of the book is what propels the reader through the narrative. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy romance and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this contemporary romance novel we meet our damaged hero and unconventional heroine with individual pasts perpetually haunted by tragedy.  Thrown together under the guise of work, the wealthy recluse Aden Barrington, and decorated ex solider James Geraghty - the man hired to be her protection from the underhand ways of her wily cousin, Witt – the two struggle to strike an initial accord with each other due to Aden’s quirky coping mechanism to ‘re-name’ anyone who enters her fragile world, and James’ hardened heart from a lingering heartbreak and the scourges of war. However, as the threat to Aden’s wellbeing escalates, along with the soldier’s feelings for this eccentric millionaire, suddenly what he has been tasked to do takes on a whole new level of consequence. And while his somewhat stubborn charge doesn’t take too kindly to change in the bubble of a world she exists in, the two grow together in the face of imminent danger.   Though some questions remain unanswered for some of the characters we meet, and the grammar in places needs some polishing, overall it is an engaging and heart-warming tale of romance that brings together two tortured souls who secretly feared they might never know normalcy or love in their lives, with a few twists to tantalise the reader along the way.