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Nov 8 2017 9:30am

First Look: C.D. Reiss’s Bodyguard (November 14, 2017)

Bodyguard by CD Reiss

CD Reiss
Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List #2)
Montlake / November 14, 2017 / $12.95 print, $3.99 digital

“My name is Mandy, and I’m addicted to bodyguard romances.”  “Hiiiiii Mandy.”

Addicted? YES. Bodyguard romances are totally reader catnip for me.  I have Tara Wyatt and her absolutely fantastic Bodyguard series to blame because after reading that series, I always kept an eye out for the bodyguard/protection storyline.  Lo and behold, who hooks me with that storyline? The glorious and uber talented, CD Reiss. After reading and thoroughly enjoying Bombshell, the first book in the Hollywood A-List series, I knew I’d be reading whatever Ms. Reiss was writing next.  Luckily for me, it was a bodyguard romance! I was jumping for joy because I knew, I just knew it would be excellent. And it was.

Emily is a talented choreographer for her best friend and superstar singer, Darlene McKenna. She and Darlene left their hometown together as dancers and set off to Hollywood in search of fame and stardom. Darlene finds the fame and stardom, but Emily’s path is redirected to choreography, due to a jerk of an ex-boyfriend.  Vince, the ex, has been stalking her since they broke up. Our sweet, smart and talented Emily is a beautiful bird living in a cage.

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Oct 17 2017 8:30am

First Look: Kimberly Kincaid’s In Too Deep (October 17, 2017)

In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid

Kimberly Kincaid
In Too Deep (Station Seventeen #3)
Kimberly Kincaid / October 17,
2017 / $4.99

Romantic Suspense is a hard genre to write and to read at times. There are factors that every single one gets judged upon:

  1. Romance to suspense/mystery ratio. How much time does the author spend on the romance? How much time is spent developing the suspense/ mystery? Many times, a reader will encounter an instalove situation, and while that can be enjoyable, some readers feel that it’s just not realistic.  For me, an enjoyable romantic suspense book must have a well- developed conflict and bad guy. Otherwise, it isn’t as enjoyable.

    2. The female main character.  A strong heroine is not only desired in a compelling romantic suspense novel but absolutely necessary. However, often the heroine is labeled the damsel in distress or oft nicknamed TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). We all have read those characters, they hear a noise in the garage, go check it out, and OMG…she gets kidnapped! Once said DID (Damsel in Distress) is taken or finds herself in some kind of trouble she breaks down, cries a lot, makes very little or no effort to get herself out of the situation. In a nutshell, she waits for the hero to ride in on his white horse and rescue her. 

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