Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bodyguard by CD Reiss

From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss: Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve brought her back to 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 hitting all the right notes. 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 both of them, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I picked it up to read the first chapter before bed... and read until I couldn't keep my eyes open, only to wake up and get right back to reading.


I absolutely LOVED this book. It was amazing. I loved the characters. I loved the push-pull thing they had going on. I loved the need for privacy at the same time they each wanted to share their hearts. *dreamy sigh* It was just... fantastic.

There were a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming, but really, the chemistry between these two was so hot I couldn't stop wanting to know more about them and be cheering them on as they dealt with everything they went through. I have to admit I kind of wasn't surprised at most of the twists, but that was okay because I loved every single other thing about the book, I didn't need to be surprised. There was so much that was pulling the book forward I didn't need those to be the things that kept me interested.

I really enjoyed this story! I thought this series was going to revolve completely around A-listers' nannies but this was a different take. Emily and her best friend move to LA to "make it." They both have the chops, but when Emily meets a man who hates her in the spotlight, she gives up the dream of singing to choreograph her celebrity friend's show instead. Turns out Emily's love turns to stalker and she and her A-list friend end up needing full time bodyguards. In walks our main man, Carter. Carter is assigned to Emily after her ex sends her a little gift, despite the court order.

Carter is everything I enjoy in a male character. He's alpha, take charge, a little dominant but a lot supportive. Emily is the stalked victim turned heroine, I loved her becoming her own person again under the watchful but encouraging eye of Carter. Coming out of her abused self and finding love and her dream again. The two really had me squirming in my seat when they'd get together! Emily liking that he holds her still and firm and Carter enjoying her submission. Reiss knows how to write a good male lead in my opinion and they all have a little need to exert dominance in the bedroom, which I must love because they certainly do the trick for me! No set up for book three, so I’m under the impression they will all be standalones.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

There is a lot going on in this book. Stalkers, secrets, and unfulfilled dreams. There were times when I felt exhausted because of the various plot twists but I am glad that finished the book.

Carter's character is well written, but we had to wait until almost the end of the book to find out the major secret the he was holding close to his heart. I suspected early on and the author kept dangling little clues that all was not as it seemed.

Things are more straightforward with her angst and pain. She dated a loser and let that loser control her life to the point that she gave up her dreams to keep him happy. When he hit her – for the first and last time – she left him and is trying to put her life back together. However, the ex doesn't believe in letting go and has been stalking her for the better part of two years.

As Carter and Emily fight the attraction between them, they do so for different reasons. Carter just wants his son to be happy and makes sure that he knows he's Carter's first priority. Emily, well, she doesn't believe she deserves happiness since she picked the loser that continues to sabotage her life.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

This was the second story in this series. I really liked how it was more than just the story about the "side kick." It was more about friends who support each other, love each other, and want what is best for each other.

Carter is living his life and just trying to keep his head down. He knows why he is working and why he doesn't share a ton about his personal life. He's protecting Phin. I loved their relationship – it was genuine and hard, loving and real. Carter already has a protective side and when he meets Emily, he finds that protective instinct kicking in to high gear.

Emily was once on her way to the big time. Emily and Darlene are sisters through and through – no matter where their paths have taken them and I really enjoyed watching their relationship. Despite Emily's not so great past with choosing men, the most recent takes the cake – he stalks her, threatens her, and is just an overall horrible person. I thought that she handled it as best she could, but also found myself thinking that even though she seems so strong, she was still so vulnerable too.

The relationship between Emily and Carter was complicated. Both were trying to put their best face forward, but both were also hiding past hurts from each other and at times, from themselves too. When those come to light, it will take all they both have to figure out whether or not they want to make their relationship more or leave it where it is comfortable.

It was a sweet love story with great dynamics.

Also Available in the Hollywood A-List Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Bombshell post.

CD Reiss shot up the USA Today bestseller list with sizzling works like Hardball and Shuttergirl, but 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 answer, she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, Reiss moved to Hollywood to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Unfortunately, her screenwriting went nowhere, but it did give her enough confidence to write novels.

Today she’s adoringly referred to as the “Shakespeare of Smut,” which she thinks is flattering, but it hasn’t gotten her out of chopping a single piece of wood.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List #2) by CD Reiss to read and review.

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