Review: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

Traditional white dress with a bouquet of flowersTaken by Tuesday
(The Weekday Brides, #5)
By: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: Aug. 12, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world?if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned- bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.


1thoughtsJudy just got out of college and is interning at a architecture company near her famous brother’s place of residence. She and her friend move into his home while he’s off on location and realize that while living there, she will gain a lot of attention, which she’s managed to fly under the radar from until now. Not only that but one of his security guards, Rick, has stayed behind to ensure the safety of her brother’s house and it’s occupants. Which makes for a lot of sexual tension. However, Judy soon finds herself gaining the attention of a psychopath and needing Rick’s expertise to stay out of harms way.

This story really has two parts to it. You have the first half which is chock-full of sexual tension and Judy’s life as a post college graduate. Then you switch gears and Judy is being threatened and every person you come across in a suspect, even Rick. I liked that this story wasn’t JUST a romance.

The characters were likable and I’m glad the author didn’t play up Rick’s whole, “I’m a military vet, there for I have PTSD and psychological issues that cause me to not want to commit”. Let’s be honest here, that role has been far too over played.  Judy wasn’t a damsel in distress either. She doesn’t want a man in her life because she’s been hurt one too many times. No, she doesn’t want a man because she doesn’t want to settle down and start a family when she’s just starting her career. She wants to settle into her new life, become what she’s always dreamed of being before even thinking of settling down. Plus, when life hands her lemons, this chick squeezes the crap out of the juice right into someone’s eye. She may get knocked down but she doesn’t stay down, and I admired that about her. She wasn’t a victim.

I did read this book out of order. In fact, this is the only book I’ve read from the series and that’s because I was sent an unsolicited copy from the publisher. I put off reading it for a while and I’m sad that I did so because it was a great book. I sat down to read it and didn’t get up until it was finished. The only down side to the whole thing was that I gravitated towards Judy’s friend Meg more than I did Judy. I don’t know why, and I really hope her story is next… but I did. Any time Meg or Judy’s brother, Mike, popped into the picture I perked up. Not sure if they will be an item or it’s just me projecting my wants into the mix but I think they’d make an amazing couple. Just saying…


1favequote“I don’t want to be alone. I just don’t want to be the quicksand that keeps everyone from their lives.”


One Thought on “Review: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

  1. Sounds okay. Not my taste really.

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