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Bombshell by CD Reiss
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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…
The front door opened. I expected a housekeeper or butler, but it was the actor himself.
I hadn’t forgotten how beautiful he was; I’d just chosen not to think about it.
“Ma’am,” he said. Southern boy. Parents together. Christian elementary. Public secondary. Two years at USC Drama. Dates his costars for a month after the wrap party, then moves on. Poring through the trades and making calls, I’d discovered he’d spend at least eight of the next twelve months overseas doing action movies, but most had postproduction in town.
“Mr. Sinclair,” I said, holding my hand out. “Nice to see you outside a bathroom.”
He shook my hand.
I’d shaken plenty of famous hands attached to gorgeous men, but my imagination was sparked by the way his fingers slid against mine to grasp them and the way our palms pressed together. My mind clouded over with ripped sheets, hard muscles, and soft skin.
“Pleasure’s mine,” he said and my brain skipped like a trip on a cracked sidewalk over the word pleasure.
He didn’t give me the oversincere hand-over-clasp to show me how damn happy he was to see me, but there was something intimate about that half a second.
Just a consultation.
I followed him into the house. Dora Donovan had designed it. Looked like her with her faux-midcentury white couch and shag rug. That wasn’t going to work with playdates unless he wanted to keep an upholsterer on staff.
We went through the living room to a smaller room with a pool table smack in the middle. It had a stained glass Budweiser lamp over it and was racked for nine-ball. Dora Donovan had nothing to do with this room, for sure.
“Wanna sit?” He held a chair out for me. The glass-topped table was just inside the open patio doors and was set with iced tea.
“I’m not a date,” I said kindly, indicating the iced tea setup. “Just so you know. You don’t have to do things like hold the chair for me.”
“Habit, I guess.”
He sat opposite me.
“Chivalry is nice. But with the nanny, whomever you hire, it can be misconstrued.”
He smirked a little, as if misconstruing his own thoughts. I cleared my throat and pulled my jacket closed.
Reviewed by Klaire on behalf of KFF
~ Five Stars ~
Having read this author before and loving her work I was excited to get this title early as a Kindle First pick and then asked to review. I wasn’t saying no to that, thank you very much. I haven’t read Shuttergirl and I don’t believe it’s necessary to read it before Bombshell but if this book is anything to go by, you might want to catapult it to the top of your reading list like I have. (*edited to note – have since read Shuttergirl and I’m correct in the assumption that you don’t have to read it beforehand) I absolutely love the fact that CD Reiss took another author’s comment on a thread – “Brad needs a baby,” – and ran with it because my word, this book was everything. Bombshell gets my coveted 5 star rating all day long! This type of genre isn’t usually my typical read but when an author I love puts out such a title naturally I’m curious and want to read it, if you’re sitting on the fence I’d urge you to jump down and climb into the pages of Christine’s latest offering. You won’t be disappointed. Although a very, very different book, when reading Bombshell it put me in mind of Alessandre Tores’ Hollywood Dirt, giving off feel good emotions amongst the angst and trouble that bestows both Brad Sinclair and Cara DuMont. It has a very Maid in Manhattan feel – but better.
“I’d gotten distracted from my distractions by my favourite distraction.”
In all fairness, Brad Sinclair needed a kick in the pants and he certainly got it, whether that came in the form of cold as ice Cara ‘Teacup’ DuMont or his little Bombshell of a daughter, I’m not quite sure. Both have an irreversible impact on his life, one he isn’t so sure he wants initially. Liked Cara’s no nonsense approach, she comes across as extremely professional but very much closed to emotions other than those she feels for the children she looks after. Brad is just a hot mess, living the playboy bachelor lifestyle he feels he’s entitled to. Their worlds collide when little Nicole is thrust into Brad’s hands and needs a Nanny. He makes no secret that he has a soft spot for the elusive Cara DuMont who would never be caught with her pants down – literally. Professional suicide for sure yet she can’t quite get Brad Sinclair out of her head. That feeling goes both ways. Brad’s character is a lot more complex than we’re initially led to believe, these things don’t come to light until quite late on but they certainly explain a little of him.
“This building was the storage space for his greatest fears.”
The writing from this author is top notch, I had many highlights throughout this book and that’s something I haven’t done in a while. I found some of the writing clipped, concerning Cara’s character, thus giving off that cold emotionless vibe that I’m sure Christine intended. I think it worked very well, I liked that I could differentiate between the tones in such a way. Clearly with the unfolding of the plot that tone slips away eventually and a rather different Cara comes to the fore. Again, with Brad, he changes throughout the course of the book, again whether that’s down to Cara or Nicole, I’m not so sure. I think the storyline peaks and troughs in places, it’s not all smooth sailing and drama, could be considered there’s small lulls in the plot along the way and at times a little fantastical. And of course, as happens when you’re reading a single parent story – the little one always steals the show – this is no exception. Little Nicole Garcia Sinclair was the icing on the cake.
“We fit like tablespoons nesting in the teaspoon slot.”
I loved this book, just what I needed to bring my spirits up. Bombshell had everything a good romance novel should have; there was a little sexy going on, a lot of love, some indecision, some humour. Highly recommended and would urge you to read both Shuttergirl and Bombshell – you won’t be disappointed.
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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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