Thursday, November 3, 2016

Deceiving Bella (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County #11) by Cate Beauman






Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.

Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.

Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.




4.5 It’s a small world Stars.
With this series you always get your happily ever after.
What are the odds of moving all the way from NY to LA living next door to a beautiful woman? What the odds that your pa/ ex-partner from NY phones you up and lets you know that he has a lead on a former mafia man and that he needs to check out names in the LA area? What are the odds that after investigating said names you find out that your hot and beautiful neighbor is the long lost daughter of said mafia man? Pretty slim right? Ah not here it isn’t.
Yes I know with all these coincidences there wouldn’t have been an awesome book. But still. Just saying.
Bella Colby has a new neighbor one day her awesome Dane Lucy barges into his house. Reed McKinley former NYPD has moved to LA to start a new after a near death incident he has given in his badge and now works for Ethan Cooke Security.
Although there is a mutual attraction and they appreciate one another I liked how they both said that they weren’t really attracted to one another and that they started out as friends it really was refreshing.
They get to know one another and Reed goes behind Bella’s back on a lot of things. I didn’t want to like Reed but I got his reasoning for doing it. I just think he didn’t to have deceived Bella as much as he did.  He knew he was lying, he knew it was a bad idea and yet he did it anyway.
Both of the experienced tragic events at the age of five. But those events led them both in different directions. Reed nearly lost his way and became a coldhearted, cynical, heartless men but Bella managed to thaw him out. Bella found someone she could rely on. Bella has my deepest respect when Reed screwed up she didn’t just take him back no she tried to keep her distance and stuck it out for a good couple of weeks if not longer.
There is a fantastic plot. Nothing is predictable with twists and turns. We see previous characters turn up in the book and hopefully new ones to come. Fingers crossed Skylar gets a book. I would love to see a strong heroine in law enforcement get a HEA. The book is just too long. About 50 pages less would have been fine.
Bella constantly cried which irritated me so that is why I docked half a star.
Ms. Beauman sure knows how to write gut-wrenching prologues that pull on all your heart strings it is really quite annoying. The constant sappiness of I love you made me want to puke. I’m just not sappy and my eyes hurt after all of it.
In saying all that this is a series that has improved over time and it is always a pleasure to read.
You don’t have to read the books in order I haven’t and it worked for me. I’ve read the first three and the last three. I’ll then continue with book 4.
Can we please have at least one person in the book that is gorgeous, beautiful or totally handsome?