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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…
This book really surprised me! Not that I would ever really doubt CD Reiss’s incredible writing, but in the way that I didn’t expect the characters and story to have as much depth to them as they did. You know what I mean, light-hearted story… bad boy movie star realizes he has a child…falls for the nanny…seems pretty simple right? Color me so-over-the-top-happy-that-I-was-wrong surprised, there is so much more to both these characters and this story! CD Reiss once again delivers these, along with lots of slow burning passion and romance, and a show stopping performance from her characters who will simply melt your heart!
Cara DuMont is a planner, worrier, and nanny extraordinaire. All she wants in life is to be a wonderful nanny, and nurturing children and making them feel loved means the world to her. She has perfectly defined her boundaries and expectations in life, which do not include men – especially celebrities that live in spotlights and cameras. Brad Sinclair is dealt an unexpected hand or ‘bombshell,’ while just reaching the pinnacle of success in his movie career. She is a five-year-old named Nicole, and although adorable, she is mourning the loss of her mother and difficult to deal with. Cara is wonderful with Nicole, and Brad knows this attractive Nanny Whisperer is the answer to his prayers. He also realizes that he needs her in more ways than one, but can he convince her to stay?
I absolutely adored these characters, and each of their personal stories really touched my heart. I loved that underneath Brad’s playboy and movie star demeanor was a wholesome southern boy. Although his stardom had gone to his head a bit and he admittedly had his flaws, he was charming, sweet, and genuine, and really wanted to be a better man and great father to Nicole. Cara had such an incredibly caring heart, and her walls were in place to protect it at all costs. In doing so, she limited herself to living only for the children she cared for and not really for herself. I could tell she wanted to so badly to be part of a true family and felt bad for her inability to just let go. I really enjoyed the fun banter and push and pull between Brad and Cara, as they both battled and tried to fight off their feelings for each other. They just could not resist their attraction, which grew more intense throughout the story. Seriously, these two had such an incredible amount of sizzling and slow burning passion between them, and it really kept me guessing at what was in store for their relationship!
And then there was little miss ‘zip it, lock it, and put it in your pocket.’ Nicole was simply adorable, and I really enjoyed following all the transitions in each of their relationships with her in the story. She was a complete doll, and just like every child wanted to have a family and a home. Cara was so nurturing, and Brad was just so darn sweet in trying to be a good father. There were so many touching moments throughout, and I just loved how both Brad and Cara were so totally smitten with her!
The writing was simply beautiful! CD Reiss is so talented and has such an eloquence with her words, which really bring her stories to life.
He tasted like a bad decision. He tasted like that thing you always said you shouldn’t have done, but didn’t regret it anyway. A little bit of starlight. The tart sting of the forbidden and the sweetness of a sin you think you’re getting away with.
She also has a such a great sense of humor in her writing as well and genuinely makes me want to laugh out loud with her funny moments! Her creative plot and characters have so many unique layers, and there are unexpected turns of course along the way. This is a truly sweet romance and journey of finding yourself, accepting who you are, and taking risks for love and happiness in all forms. There was just so much heart to this story, and I simply ate every bit of it up!
The cover was perfect and certainly eye catching! I have really been looking forward to Brad’s story, since he was originally introduced in Shuttergirl, which features his friend, Michael, and Laine’s story. It is a standalone and doesn’t need to be read prior to this, but I highly recommend it as it is also a fantastic read! I am certainly curious about what is next in store for this duet, and simply cannot wait!
*** 5 Stars for Me! ***
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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.
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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