Bombshell by C.D. Reiss

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…

Christina’s 5 Star Review

Up and coming A-lister Brad has become box office gold, and as such, he’s become the playboy that you might expect when fame and fortune comes his way. But when a bombshell, a daughter he didn’t know he had, is literally dropped on his doorstep, things change in a heartbeat. This little secret could become major Hollywood gossip that could put his image at risk, and coupled with an even bigger secret, his future is up in the air. He needs someone to help him out with his predicament, so he turns to professional nanny Cara, to help him sort it all out.

Cara is done with the rich and famous. Well, not the rich at least, she just wants to a quiet, scandal-free job doing what she loves to do, take care of kids. She has no desire to work for Brad, but when Brad insists on her and her alone, she takes the job temporarily. But she soon becomes attached not only to Brad’s daughter, but Brad himself. Both deal with feelings they never though they would have, and soon they start a trial relationship. But when someone threatens to come forward with possibly career-ending info on Brad, the two must deal with not only the challenges to their relationship, but how to deal with Brad’s career as well.

It looks like the latest trend in romance is steering toward single dad and I love this trope. Reiss’s characters coupled with a storyline that was engaging made for a great read that I loved from the very first page. The story is told in the first person from a dual POV and the ability to get into the heads of each character made it very easy to connect and fall in love. The chemistry between Brad and Cara was awesome, and it was one of those books that I would have read in one sitting given the opportunity. I’ve read several of Reiss’s previous releases and Bombshell is my favorite by far. This is a great start to this standalone series!

Julie’s 4 Star Review

Brad didn’t expect a 5 year old daughter. He didn’t expect to hear that her mother died and she is now all his. Nicole, his daughter he knew nothing about is in such a state of grief all she can do is cry. No, an up and coming A list star wouldn’t have expected such a bombshell dropped in his lap. He needs help and fast.

Cara is an excellent nanny. A professional, and she holds herself to the highest standard. Precisely why she has avoided celebrity dads and the rumors, paparazzi, and tabloid headlines that her good friend already suffered through. Those rumors happened to be true and Cara is determined to avoid that situation as well. She can’t avoid a certain football player or his daughter after she helps them both out of a bathroom fiasco and Brad sees how well she is able to calm little Nicole down, Brad knows he won’t survive without her help.

Brad knows he wants Cara, doesn’t even try that hard to pretend he doesn’t. Cara isn’t willing to go down that road. She knows he needs help and uses her professional way to ensure him no lines will be crossed. However a grieving little girl makes it hard for them to keep boundary lines drawn when she just wants them to both be with her, hold her in her bed, and take her places. Brad and Cara end up spending just the right amount of time together for a bond to he unavoidable. But Cara still doesn’t like to mix business and pleasure and tries hard not to cross the line, still lines blur and emotions soar in this fiery romance.

This book had just the right amount of surprises. I was in a bit of a book funk and devouring this story was just what I needed to pull me out. Cara was likable, strong and sweet. Brad was cocky and sexy and also endearing in his turmoil. He ended up being a great dad which boosted his sex appeal in my eyes. I’d definitely recommend Bombshell to anyone looking for a great read with some sweet and spice. I couldn’t put it down!

Excerpt

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 sat.

“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.

 

Speak Your Mind

*