Misleading titles and empathizing with the heroine

Review: Bombshell (Hollywood A-List Book 1)

by CD Reiss
narrated by Andi Arndt and Christian Fox

I wanted to check out a book by CD Reiss and came across this one. While I was initially unsure whether this would be a book for me, I was hooked immediately by the unexpectedly jaded tone! Despite reading the publisher’s summary I kind of kept assuming that the term “bombshell” would refer to a woman. But it really doesn’t. Instead a little girl is in the center of this love story.

Let’s do a list today:

  • Brad: We have a super hot successful hero who sleeps around BUT he is not your typical alpha. I found him to be not alpha-like at all actually, just a guy who happens to be a superstar.
  • Cara: The heroine is very independent, professional and controlled. She appears kind of broken, BUT she never makes the stupid decisions just to prove her independence.
  • HEA: Bonus-points for not having a surprise-pregnancy! I know it’s romantic and swoony but this book felt quite raw and I appreciated that it stayed true to itself.

The story isn’t fluffy. Instead the book is packed full with captivating plotlines with many twists and turns and the characters all have a detailed background and history. For a little while in the beginning I wasn’t sure whether I could “fall for” Brad since he has a lot of flaws. I can’t pinpoint what exactly made me root for him. Most likely his PoV chapters lead to it because they give a very good insight into his thoughts and feelings which felt real and complex. Not to mention that he has a secret that makes him feel insecure.

Minor spoiler that could make you more interested in the book.

Brad is actually dyslexic and used to believe he couldn’t make much of himself.

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This was my first time with Christian Fox in my ear and I can say that he’s a fantastic male romance narrator! You might know that I’m insanely critical of accents (better none than a fake one), but his slight southern lilt (at least that’s what it sounded to me as a non-American) was very nice to listen to. His voices were very good and his intonations pulled me in solidly. It was really a captivating narration.

As for Cara… I’ve come to be quite the Andi Arndt fan. She always gets to me and in this story, too, she manages to portray a complex woman with whom I can empathize. Cara is a great mix of wild child and detached professional. She is a nanny to the rich and famous and while she’s always sweet with the children, she turns entirely cold when dealing with the adults. I also appreciated how Cara didn’t play coy. She wanted Brad, he wanted her, and while that went against her rules (“Don’t do things that get you on the front page of a magazine!”) she just went and did it! You go girl πŸ™‚

Now, back to Andi Arndt, she has become one of my favourite narrators because of her ability to make her characters truly three-dimensional. Speaking generally and not specifically about this book, I believe she can often make plot developments more understandable because of the way she sets the scene with the character’s feelings. Reading a book myself I might think, “urgh, what a stupid decision, why did she go and do that now?” while in the audiobook I feel so hurt and broken with the character that decisions now make sense. Nevertheless, Cara clearly comes across as an entirely different person to, for example, Bianca. That’s great voice-acting right there.

I really had a fantastic time listening to this audiobook. That’s what I choose romance for, that feeling of a story tugging at my heart. And this one truly did that.

So, all things considered, I can wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook! It is actually part of Kindle Unlimited, so no reason not to pick it up right now and give it a try πŸ™‚

Publisher’s summary

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…

 

Bombshell by CD Reiss

Oooh-Factor:

4 out of 5 I-shouldn’t-but-I’m-doing-it-anyway stars RAWR
This was very sexy!

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
Both Andi Arndt and Christian Fox add so much emotion to the story!

 

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21 comments on “Misleading titles and empathizing with the heroine

  1. Great review. Not only the title misleading sometimes, the blurb too often is. I read a book a few weeks ago where what was written in the blurb actually occurred in the last three pages – I was waiting the whole book for something interesting to happen and then it does right at the end. Great review. I do love that title though – even if it doesn’t quite fit.

    1. Thanks! Yeah. They like doing that with the blurbs, don’t they? Sometimes they on purpose send you in an entirely wrong direction of how you expect the story to go, too, like with Friction.

  2. This is such a great review, I’ve not tried romance novels on audio. Think I might need to, still not found anything I can get along with for audiobooks. I just get super confused and lost.xx

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    1. Haha, yes, it definitely worked out in this case. And had I read the summary better, I also wouldn’t have expected the wrong thing. Not that pleasent surprises are a bad thing though πŸ˜€

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