Series: Hollywood A-List #1
Author: CD Reiss
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 1 May 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
I am really torn with how I feel about Bombshell, while I enjoyed the story as a whole the characters were quite frustrating. Bombshell isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of romance, it is raw and gritty with fundamentally flawed characters who carry the weight of their issues and regrets with them at all times.
There are two ways in which you can define the word Bombshell – firstly in reference to a woman’s physical attractiveness and secondly as an event or person that causes your world to alter irrevocably due to their presence in it. CD Reiss makes ingenious use of the term within the narrative, whereby one person can represent both interpretations of bombshell.
Cara is a highly respected Nanny; she strives for control in her life, she has a myriad of attachment issues stemming from her upbringing re-enforcing her need for anonymity and a scandal free existence. Working for the Hollywood elite already places Cara in a precarious situation that any hint of impropriety can quickly be blown out of all proportion, so when she finds herself working for the notorious bad-boy Brad Sinclair, Cara finds her carefully crafted world quickly slipping through her fingers.
Brad is a self-centred douche-bag at the beginning of the story, he has his world turned upside down when he gains custody of a 5 year old daughter he didn’t know existed. Having children completely alters your outlook on life and the way in which you conduct yourself. Brad is forced to take a long hard look at his lifestyle, making him realise how truly shallow it is and how little he actually understands himself. Brad doesn’t instantly alter overnight due to his new situation, in fact he struggles with coming to terms with his altered reality and still has the occasional slip into a**holery, making him more human as a result.
There is no denying the chemistry and attraction between Cara and Brad, although they do initially try there best to ignore it. Passion like theirs cannot be denied. With Cara, Brad is a better person. While i liked their relationship the constant battle with ‘I want but I shouldn’t’ grated on my emotions. I wanted them to reach a compromise without the need for secrecy and deception.
Another thing that really bothered me about the relationship between Cara and Brad was the convenience of the liaison to the situation. CD Reiss does actually tackle this question within the narrative and the answer while being honest didn’t really alleviate my doubts about the permanence of the feelings Brad has for Cara.
There are a huge number of issues examined within Bombshell showing our identities are shaped the most by the negative events we encounter through our lives, it is how we move forward that truly defines us as people. Brad’s struggles and personal growth are the highlights of Bombshell.