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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: Direct Threat Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson --- On tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Direct Threat

Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 1 2020

One little girl.

Two bodyguards.

Only one chance to guard their hearts.

Protection Inc. co-owner, Carissa Jones, an ex-cop turned bodyguard, has one goal—keep her young client safe. When her business partner brings in a new guy to help, she discovers her heart desires more. Can she still do her job and follow her heart without compromising her client’s safety?

Marc Olsen, a former Military Police officer, struggles to find his way as a civilian. He agrees to help out an old friend for the summer. He gets more than he bargained for when he’s assigned to work with the feisty co-owner of Protection Inc.

When sparks fly faster than bullets, will the bodyguards be distracted from their task, or will they work together as an even stronger team?


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About the Author

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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More from Kimberly

Direct Threat is the first book in the Protection Inc. series. The series follows a group of bodyguards who are all either former cops or military police. They are on location in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast in book one, but their business is based out of Seattle.


I’ve been to Lincoln City more times than I can remember, but I took a research trip there with my husband, specifically for this book.


While in Lincoln City my husband and I walked the same beach my characters walk. I studied the access points to the cliffside homes from the vantage point of the beach, as this was an important aspect in the story. We also visited the ice cream shop mentioned in the book. You’ll understand significance of the shop when you read the story.


My writing career has taken some twists and turns. When I first began writing in 2006 I wrote romantic suspense. Then switched over to writing contemporary romance, which turned out to be the genre of my first contracted book and many more after that. After writing several romantic mystery novels for my publisher, I decided to dust off my romantic suspense manuscripts and publish them. Direct Threat is one of those manuscripts.


I absolutely love reading and writing suspense as well as romance, so joining the two together comes naturally for me. I hope you will read and enjoy this story.


You can learn more about Kimberly Rose Johnson and her books at

My Thoughts

One of the best things about being a book blogger, is the opportunity to discover authors that I may not have discovered on my own. This author, is new to me. Once I started this book, I went and looked up her other books available to see if I had heard any of them. This will be an author to keep an eye on. 

This is the first book in the Protector Inc Series. It starts out with shots fired, lots of action and does not stop until the end. I started this book about an hour before the normal bed time one night - and had to pull my self away so that I could get a decent amount of sleep. Carve out a chunk of time to read this book. 

In the first book of the series, we meet Carissa and Marc. They are part of a group of bodyguards that are tasked with protecting the life of a 10 year old girl. The girls father has been working on some top secret stuff - that someone else wants. They will stop at nothing to try and get the project. 

Olivia, has no idea what kind of danger she is in. She is sent to her grandparents home to spend her summer. Carissa is tagging along as her "nanny". Carissa is a former police officer who has some amazing surveillance skills. Olivia's grand parents are not thrilled with having bodyguards on the property and make it known they feel she is safe.... However, on the day that they fly to the grandparents home, Olivia's home is shot at. 

Marc is former military. He worked with Carissa's partner and they go way back. He does not think he has what it takes to be a body guard. He doubts that he will do a good job. Carissa is not aware at first that Marc will be joining their team. However, when they meet - sparks fly. 

Can they keep their budding romance under wraps? Can they keep focus on Olivia? Will they survive by the end of the book? 
Read to find out. 

I cannot wait until the next book in the series. This will be an author I will look for her new releases. The storyline keeps your adrenaline going. The characters are so real feeling. This story is full of faith, suspense, romance and so much action. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Beautiful cover, thanks for the review.

  2. This sounds like a really good read.

  3. Wonderful review! "Direct Threat" sounds like a page-turner. Thank you for sharing.