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Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?
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Guarded is one of those books that will have you wanting more at the end. I read it in two hours while I was at work and lord help me because I wanted more of Jackson and Vanessa AKA Vee. This story was so cute and so real for some girls that every girl who has had a broken heart should read this because there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can have a happily ever after you just have to put your guard down.
Vee is married to the scum of the earth as far as I am concerned. I dated a guy like him and all they do is verbally abuse you and make you feel like shit and treat you like shit but you have to bounce back and move on and that is what Vee did. She left his cheating ass and struggled to make a new life. What she did leaving her husband took a lot of courage and strength and she has it in spades. She took her life back but in the process she did what we all do when we are hurt or crushed by someone we love is she put up her walls around her heart and she did not let them down for anyone until that one day in the park while running someone ran into her and her life changed.
Jackson is an NBA Basketball player and he has just moved from New York to play for the Thunders. He is running when he is not really paying attention and runs into Vee and his world is turned upside down by her. He is instantly attracted to her and wants to become friends. As they become friends Jackson is determined to make her his and show her that not all men are lying cheating pigs. With time and a lot of patience Jackson slowly breaks through Vee's walls.
But will that be enough for Vee to let go and let love in again? Well you have to read it to find out! Thank you J.D. for this great Novella! Team Jackson all the way :)
J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows and little league sports. She loves Diet Mt. Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and of course reading.