Blog Tour (Book Review): Bombshell by CD Reiss

Title: Bombshell
Author: CD Reiss
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Publisher: Montlake
Rating: 3.5 stars
Bombshell, an all-new sexy and swoony standalone from CD Reiss is now LIVE!

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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When I read the blurb for Bombshell, I knew I had to read it. Who doesn’t love reading about the glamourous life of movie stars especially a hot commodity like Brad Sinclair. Before I get ahead of myself, if you read Shuttergirl, you already met Brad, if you didn’t, that’s ok. An adorable precocious 5-year-old was dropped onto his lap, one he didn’t know he fathered. After losing her mother in a car accident, Nicole was taken to Los Angeles after it was found out that her dad is none other than Brad Sinclair. Brad needs a nanny like now, and the only one he wants is the one that’s has calmed his sweet daughter down and that would be Cara Dumont.

Cara is nanny extraordinaire to the rich elite. She loves her job and taking care of children but after having been let go from her previous employer, she had asked her agency for a normal couple without the hangups of a wife being intimidated by her good looks. She DOES NOT want to care for another actor or actresses’ kids, but what Brad wants, Brad gets. After a game of nine ball, she said she would help him out for 30 days only if he took on her best friend Blakely since she’s has been basically blacklisted in getting any nanny gigs and also any acting gigs (think Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck situation).

As you may already know just by the blurb so this isn’t much of a spoiler, the mutual attraction between Brad and Cara was pretty intense, but Cara just wanted to stay under the radar from anyone alluding to any inappropriateness between her and her employer. Cara also wanted for Brad to grow up, stop his partying ways, especially with his 5-year-old around. Ah Ms. Nicole, I loved her, but like most kids around her age, she manipulated these two to her advantage. Kids are anything but relentless in their pursuits of getting what they want, that’s for sure.

So why my low rating? I adore Ms. Reiss and her writing, that’s never going to change, but I wasn’t a fan of Brad, shocker. Although his southern good boy charm was nice at times, I felt he felt a sense of entitlement and sometimes lies can lead to a big bite you in the ass, whether unintentional. Also, I really liked Cara and especially loved how she would get up on Brad’s face regarding his parenting skills, and I’m not even upset she fell for Brad because the heart wants what the heart wants. Her upbringing, although adventurous since her family moved around a lot, she was still so lonely. She had a great relationship with Nicole, although as I mentioned, I did feel Nicole would manipulate the situation. I cannot complain about the sexy times, tamer for what we all expect from Ms. Reiss, yet this is a more contemporary type read, so that was fine for this book. I guess I was expecting more angst in the plot of the story. It got good towards the end especially the epilogues. Another case of “it’s not you, it’s probably me” scenario for this book for me.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided via Net Galley for an honest review.

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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