Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Book Review for Bombshell by CD Reiss

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…

REVIEW: 2-3 STARS, it's wavering
"I have to be with her. I have to. She's like glue. She holds everything together."

First and foremost, this pains me to rate this book so low and I mean that in every sense of the word. I hate writing low ratings. Hate. It. I have never read CD, so this was not my favorite first impression. Having said that, I will most definitely read another of her books because what I really did enjoy from this one, I look forward to more of in her other books. 

I will say this much: SHE CAN WRITE SOME HOT SCENES. Yes, I know it's sad that I am referencing that first on a book I didn't particularly care for. But, that chemistry she was able to share between Brad and Cara was seriously sexy. It took a little while to get there, but I finally felt it.

I probably have more negative to say about this book than positive, but I want to explain my rating. I found myself very bored with most of this book. It read like a nanny's reference guide to the stars and how to treat their kids. I realize she was trying to set up the story, and can even recognize it for what it was, but there was SO much of it and it was SO often that it felt like filler. I know she tried really hard to give us "truths" and the reality behind the whole world she was portraying in this book because the book was full of these truths, but I don't feel like a lot of it was pertinent to the actual storyline or their relationship. It didn't necessarily register as relevant because I didn't need to know half of that info to enjoy Brad and Cara's story. 

Because, let's be honest, when we finally got to read their story and their scenes together, that was when the book picked up for me. Brad and Cara were combustible together....they really were. I enjoyed it when they were together and we got to see the relationship blossom; that kept me reading. But I felt that the in-between parts dragged on. I didn't need the continual discussions about her fantasy with him, or the masturbation scenes, or the pool table dreams on repeat. I didn't need to know how to take care of kids and what was necessary to keep them entertained while their oh-so-important parents were too busy for them. I didn't. I just didn't need any of that. I just think that was, again, just added filler. 

If the beginning/buildup to their relationship was supposed to be forbidden mixed with hot, it didn't register that way for me. I *read* the words, but I just didn't feel it. She was instantly having fantasies, but immediately denying them. Their build up was more of a battle the entire time, with her fighting her own feelings and constantly talking herself out of the whys and why nots of a relationship with him. I didn't feel their spark in the beginning....but then BAM! Chemistry and sexy times! I feel like the best part of the story was told from 80% on. It was then a story that was moving and it wasn't stagnant for me anymore. It was at that point that I got more to savor while the actual drama and activity picked up -- that's when I felt involved in their story. There were some meaningful conversations between Brad and Cara that I enjoyed as well, centering around the seriousness of their actions and the implications they could have had on her career. 

The most aggravating part for me was at the end. The epilogue and the 'people' involved. No sense. None. It made absolutely NO sense to me and threw a "WTF" into the book for me. I think that ending made me more mad than to just step away at the end of the book. After all the drama with this particular person, that ending felt contrived and way too easy of a "quick-fix" for me. It just didn't add to the story at all.

I look forward to reading some other recommended books from CD's library so I can have a better experience than this one. I hate that I didn't enjoy this one, because who doesn't love reading about an actor falling in love with an unknown person?? Forbidden, no less....

"I loved her. I needed her. She couldn't turn her back on me over this. I wouldn't allow it."


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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. 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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