Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW!
Bodyguard by CD Reiss
Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Excerpt:"Are we going to have another 'about last night' conversation?" I asked. "If you want to." What did I want to say? Everything. but mostly, I wanted to tell him how much I liked kissing him and how conflicted I was. I wanted to demand answers immediately and give him space at the same time. All the words tried to jump forward, but when he stopped at a light, our eyes met in the rearview. The words landed in a tangle, unsaid. He tapped the steering wheel when he turned it, using both hands for the first time since I'd gotten in. "Hey," I said. "Yeah?" He briefly looked at me in the mirror. "What happened to your hand?" "Burn." he brushed his left hand over the bandage at the top of his palm, right where you'd burn it if you were picking up a hot pot handle. He caught my eye in the rearview again. I didn't know if I believed him. "What were you cooking?" "Breakfast." "And you still went to get a Danish?" He rubbed his upper lip with his left hand and tapped the wheel with the bandaged one. "I burned my eggs." Right. Hot pot. Burned hand. Smoke-filled kitchen. "You know what's funny?" I said. "The Three Stooges." "I don't know anything about you. You could live in your mother's basement." "That's just where I bury the bodies." Blatant avoidance. It had been cute before; now it was getting on my nerves. "Are you married?" "No!" He could have been lying, buy lying liars always lied. There wasn't a thing I could do about that except make sure I asked. Something was wrong. We'd kissed twice, and twice he'd shut down. I should have been the one shutting down. I was the one with all the ex-boyfriend baggage. Why was I the one who was always so willing? But there he was in the front seat, driving with both hands on the wheel, glancing at me once in a while to make sure I wasn't choking on my tongue in the back seat. Discomfort radiated out of him. Here I was with my hands in my lap thinking about ways to kiss him again. He pulled into the little lot and wedged into a space. He turned off the car, popped his seat belt, and stared at the wheel for a split second too long. I was about to open the car door myself when he turned all the way around, arm over the back of his seat, bandaged hand on the back of the passenger side. "Kissing you..." He stopped and looked at my lips so intensely I folded them back and bit them. "You're dangerous. I can't even see your lips, but I can taste them. I couldn't brush the taste of you out of my mouth this morning. Right now. The honey. I can taste it but not enough. I want to kiss you again, and I can't. I lose my shit around you. I can't do it. My job is control. Do you understand what I'm saying?" My jaw loosened, and I let my lips go. "No, I don't. I've met bodyguards before. You're a stoic bunch, but you're not all celibate. And if you think this is easy for me, you're wrong. I'm afraid too. I'm afraid you're going to get hurt because of me. last night..." I put my fingertips to my lips as if that would keep the choking sob from coming. I kept it back. "Last night he showed me he's back, and if he'll hurt me, he'll hurt you." If I thought seats would be a barrier between us, I was wrong. He launched himself between them and placed his lips on mine. Our third kiss was unexpected, uncomfortable with him stretched between front and back. I wove my fingers in his hair, giving him my mouth, and taking his. I wanted that kiss to tell him it was all right. He could lose control. He could bemore than a protector. He was as safe with me as I was with him. But I couldn't without lying to both of us. He yanked his lips away. "Trust me." He leaned his forehead against mine.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second book in the Hollywood A-List series and it is a complete standalone. Two of the previous books characters get a short mention being in the Hollywood scene, but this time we have a choreographer with a crazy ex boyfriend and a bodyguard to protector her from the creep.
Carter Kincaid was it for me. He was the type of male lead that keeps me turning the pages to learn more about him. He was the best father, in every sense of the word, and I loved his commitment with his son. That same commitment and passion flows throw when he meets and falls for the Tiny Dancer.
Emily was dedicated to her craft and her best friend. Which happened to be one and the same. She worked for her bestie Darlene as her choreographer on her tours with the band. Truth be known, she could have been a star too, but her ex didn’t like sharing. I felt for her because even though she was happy with her job, she was lonely and a little lost.
There were a couple of secondary characters and my favorite was Phin. He was a delight and just gorgeous! But what let it down for me was I felt this story was a little disjointed at times, it didn’t flow as well as the first book. That also made it hard for me to feel the chemistry between the two leads. It took me a while to connect, but once I did, I was fully invested. This is definitely worth the read.
*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
**Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooksBlog.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List Book 2) by CD Reiss
I haven't read many books by Reiss book and to be honest, the ones I have read, I didn't really feel anything more than mere like. That was until I absolutely devoured the two books in her Hollywood A-List series - Bombshell and Bodyguard. Both were fantastic and Bodyguard was just perfect. While I'm calling this a series, you can absolutely read the books independent of each other.
Emily is choreographer to her best friend and superstar, Darlene. Carter Kincaid (I'm sorry, but can his name be any sexier? No. No, it can't) is Darlene's newest (and yeah, sexiest) bodyguard. When things with Emily's stalker escalate, Carter is assigned to her and the attraction between them cannot be denied, consequences be damned.
I loved Emily. Loved her. She'd gone through so much and continued to do so with strength and confidence. I felt for her, truly I did. I think her past would have broken so many people yet she was resilient and forthcoming, unwilling to hide. Carter was wonderful as our hero. Stoic, strong, dedicated. Adored him, not in spite of his secrets, but because of them and his handling of them. Huge heart, carries a gun, sexy AF. What more could one want?!
I absolutely loved their first meeting and it only went up from there. I smiled, I cried, I swooned. I wished that I was graphically inclined because there was one particular scene that deserves to be on teasers everywhere! Bodyguard is officially my favorite CD Reiss book and I won't hesitate to recommend it.
*arc received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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