While there were parts of Bodyguard I really enjoyed overall there was too much manufactured drama and angst and not near enough character and relationship development to make it a great romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!
Bodyguard by CD Reiss
Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.
As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.
Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.
Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.
Bodyguard is the second book in C.D. Reiss’ Hollywood A-List series, but it is a complete standalone. I loved the first book in this series and while I enjoyed this one, it didn’t hold my attention very well and the characters weren’t as endearing.
Emily was on a path to be noticed as a singing sensation when her boyfriend derailed it. While her friend Darlene goes on to make it big, Emily eventually ditches the guy and becomes the choreographer for Darlene’s shows. After threats are made and her creepy, stalker ex comes calling again, Darlene’s bodyguard, Carter, is assigned to Emily but the chemistry between them presents major problems.
I did admire Emily for getting away from her ex even if she let the relationship go on too long and for trying to take back her life and not be afraid. Honestly she was a very likeable character, happy for her friend who made it big, thankful for the job she had, and home she was able to purchase. Where I had issues with Emily was that she repeatedly put herself in danger by not following her bodyguard’s rules and being somewhat of a petulant brat including basically stalking her bodyguard because he didn’t share every aspect of his life with her. To me that was totally not cool.
Carter was an ex-copy turned bodyguard and overall he was a pretty selfless guy. A single dad who also had his mother living with him, Carter valued his privacy for the safety of his loved ones. Carter was harboring secrets but I was also not surprised by the revelations that came forward because there was enough foreshadowing in this story to knock the reader over the head. I liked Carter, at times he was a bit over the top, but his instincts were spot on and he had a good heart. He made some mistakes, getting involved with his principal for one, but he owned up to them and did his best to make things right immediately.
I did like Emily and Carter together, but I wanted to see them really get to know one another on more than a physical level and that really didn’t happen. The bright spot in this book was Carter’s 13 year old son, Phin, who was intuitive, smart, and wise beyond his years yet was still a typical young teenager.
While there were parts of Bodyguard I really enjoyed overall there was too much manufactured drama and angst and not near enough character and relationship development to make it a great romance.
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About the Author
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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