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Book Review: Bombshell



**Bombshell generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

C.D. Reiss provides another engagingly warm and lovely story with Bombshell. It sounds cliche the A-list bad boy, reckless man thrust into a situation he didn't know was coming couples with the nanny he never knew he'd need however Reiss made it perfectly unique pulling out all stops in this slow burning, angsty, sexy, and sweet book. As always her unique and fresh writing kept me glued to the pages and cultivated a story I found refreshing in the ways it defined family within the manic world of Hollywood.

"You know no woman can resist you."

Brad Sinclair, Hollywood heartthrob, gets the surprise of his life. His little bombshell uproots his party boy ways and poor Brad hasn't a clue what to do about it. He's sweet underneath the layers of carelessness he shields himself with and has a big heart he himself doesn't even understand. Brad's sense of loyalty and depth of love is an untapped keg. I thought he was smoking hot in body and sexy action but there were times I wanted to throttle him too. Holding himself back and casting himself in the limelight of uncaring party boy feels easier for him then expanding his core. His roots are solid but when he found his wings in the spotlight they flew him a little off course.

Enter Nicole Garcia - one of the sweetest child characters I've had the pleasure of reading. Nicole steals the show in Bombshell totally with her sweet little lines and unfailing adoration for her Daddy and her nanny. I loved how Nicole humanized two people who so heavily guarded their feelings. I loved her wants and needs and I love watching Brad fall in love with her.

"Let me take you for a ride."

And since every single Hollywood parent can't function without a nanny, we meet Cara Dumont and falling doesn't stop. Cara lives in a tightly wound ball of rules and capped feelings while doing her job as a nanny to the wealthy. Happenstance pulls her into Nicole's realm and then Brad's. With Cara's steadfast ability to leave her feelings at the door for Brad's charms we still see her flourish in a relationship with Nicole. The two understand each other on a primal level and as that relationship develops between nanny and child, a steel backbone against Brad starts loosening Cara's rules. Cara is a formidable opponent against Brad. She challenges him with her beliefs in how to raise a child and she challenges him to show everyone he's the better man she's come to know all the while keeping the scarred circumstances of her past sealed around her heart.

The romance is a slow burn, angsty style development. The two become friends of a sort. But the attraction and chemistry between the two is electric. As a reader you'll feel it simmering from the moment they first meet and forward. The beauty of this relationship for me was how they manage it and then feed it through the love of this unexpected little gift, Nicole. With much turmoil in their pasts their presents start merging into something that needs nurtured and understood for a beautiful future. There were a few times when I wished Brad had done some things differently, his thoughts didn't always match up to his actions, in my opinion. Cara and Nicole were shining stars.

C.D. Reiss has a very distinct style of writing that I can't ever get enough of. Her clipped sentences are layered with intelligence and sass. She's able to pack so much punch and flair in her writing without weighing you down with superfluous details. The way she presents ideas and thoughts build a structure of depth, understanding, poignancy, and romance. There's passion in her writing that's undeniable and allows you to fall for her characters easily.

"You're never going to forget me."

Bombshell proved to be quite different, catching, and full of love. It's an atypical romance in that there's way more at stake then just the two main characters thanks a very special little girl in Nicole. I enjoyed reading this story and seeing how these three people take on the world together even if together means something different for a while than what you're expecting. It redefines falling in love in front of the whole world not only with an interesting partner but with an exuberant, thoughtful child. And that epilogue - one of the best ever - so satisfying in wrapping up the story. I'm a sucker for an epilogue and this one was just perfect.

Bombshell by CD Reiss
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

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…

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