written 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.
Bombshell isn’t fluffy. Instead, the book is packed full of 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. Brad is actually dyslexic and used to believe he couldn’t make much of himself.
Narration and Characters
This was my first time with Christian Fox in my ear and I can say that he’s a fantastic male Romance narrator! 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’m an 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 🙂
Now, back to Andi Arndt, she has become one of my favorite narrators because of her ability to make her characters truly three-dimensional. Generally speaking, 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.
I really had a fantastic time listening to the Bombshell audiobook. That’s why I love Romance, that feeling of a story tugging at my heart. And this one truly did.
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 🙂