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Chain Reaction (Bodyguard) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2017
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Tara Wyatt has been making up love stories ever since she fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys almost twenty years ago. Winner of the Unpublished Winter Rose Award, Linda Howard Award of Excellence and the Heart of the West Award, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the cutest dog in the world and a husband that makes all of her heroes look like chumps.
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Chain Reaction is Alexa and Zack’s story. This book has so many things going for it. First, a bodyguard. Second, an undercover bodyguard and third a fake turned real romance. Bodyguards and fake romances, I am all over this book. It was such a fun read. However; with as many fun and sexy elements as this book had, the actual plotline of the story was also pretty creepy. The suspense part of the story certainly kept me on the edge of my seat and more than a little creeped out. Tara Wyatt hit the atmospheric writing out of the ball park. This is the first book I have has the pleasure of reading by her and I was super impressed. The suspense and the romance were on pretty equal footing, which is tough to do. And even tougher to do so well.
Bottom line: If you like romantic suspense read, the Bodyguard series is going to be a great one for you. whether you start with Chain Reaction, or start with book 1, you can’t go wrong. If you like your romances to be on equal footing with the suspense plotline, you will love Tara’s writing. Plus, who can say no to a hot bodyguard?
*Disclaimer- I was sent a copy of this book for free.
Overall reaction to the story? I’ve read Tara Wyatt before and I really enjoy her stories. But Chain Reaction was just “okay” in my opinion. The plot was strong and interesting, bringing a bit of Old Hollywood scandal into the modern era. There was no end to the suspense and action which is what I enjoy. However, to me Alexa was just too innocent and “cute” for my tastes and definitely gave off the helpless damsel vibe which I’m not a fan of. That was the major issue for me and it did make an impact on how I viewed the story.
Describe the hero in five words: Committed. Brave. Compassionate. Stubborn. Irresistible.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Zack was a different kind of alpha male. The kind, considerate alpha. He had a way with Alexa that was equal parts sexy and sweet. I loved his empathy for Alexa and how gentle he was without being patronizing. He respected Alexa as a person but at the same time he could see how much strain she was under so he stepped in to help her in some of the simplest ways but all those little moments added up to make Zack totally irresistible and lovable. Make no mistake though, he wasn’t a pushover. He was deadly and had the training to prove it.
Describe the heroine in five words: Kind. Innocent. Shy.
Did you like her? Sort of.
Why? Alexa grew up kind of sheltered and isolated from the real world which contributed to her shy, quiet personality but even with the parents she had, Alexa still managed to come out kind and considerate of others. For the most part she was smart about her situation and let the more experienced characters guide her through her life threatening ordeal so that wasn’t the problem. My hangup when it came to Alexa was that she was a little too sweet and innocent for my tastes and for a romantic suspense. I wanted to see her become a harder, tougher version of herself, maybe even learn how to defend herself in case she had to. To me she came off as a sweet, poofy kitten, you know, those ones who are really pretty to look at but for the most part can’t hurt a fly?
How convincing were the main characters as a couple? There was a pretty fierce attraction between Zack and Alexa from the very beginning and there was a pretty great push and pull between them but Alexa’s innocent personality, sweetness and the fact that Zack described her as “cute,” (Which to me is a word used to describe friends, a pet, or a kid) put a damper on that adult chemistry. Sometimes I felt like Zack was guarding a kid instead of a grown woman just by the way he spoke to her and how defenseless she seemed. I think Alexa needed to grow up more, gain some more life experience. She wasn’t a bad character just underdeveloped to me.
Click It or Skip It? Overall, Chain Reaction wasn’t a bad read. I expected much more from the heroine though and that did bring down my enjoyment of the story. However, Tara Wyatt is a talented author who shouldn’t be missed. I would recommend Primal Instinct to new readers.
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.
I figured out pretty quickly that this series seems to revolve around a group of friends, and the guys all seem to work for one guys security company, so basically the dudes are hot, muscley, bodyguards (woot woot, sign me up). So Alexa and Zach obviously know each other before this book beginnings. And when we meet Alexa, man, let's just say I am more than happy that I don't have to sit through family dinners like that. It would be bad enough dealing with controlling parents who put her down, but it turns out they are really, really bad parents and people. Alexa overhears something at dinner and when Zach sees her he knows something is up.
So I really liked that Alexa didn't try to handle things on her own. She tells her friends and the people she loves right away. And when she realizes that she has knowledge that could help keep people safe, she steps up, and I like that. She definitely gave me kind of a nervous vibe throughout the book, even when the scenes weren't necessarily about the suspense plot line, she seems like a worrier to me. But she's sweet, and easily likable, and honestly the more I found out about her life with her family, the more I wanted her to have a happy ending with Zach.
Zach is pretty likable too. He's a good guy, he takes his job seriously, but he has bigger dreams then just to be a bodyguard, he wanted to be an MMA fighter in the big leagues. So he trains hard, a lot, which costs a lot of money, so basically he has no life. But Alexa is a big time temptation for him to want more then just eat, sleep, work, train, repeat. It's very clear he has feelings for Alexa before the book even picks up. These two are just easy to like together, plus they really have some great hot and heavy moments too.
I liked the suspense in this book. I liked that the bad guy was Alexa's dad, because it made things all the more complicated. I also liked that I knew right up front that he was the bad guy, which normally would ruin some of the suspense, but in this case I was always trying to figure out what his next move was going to be, and how it was all going to unfold. If you like suspenseful romances books, then this might just be the one you are looking for.
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Wyatt. And the first in the series I have read. But now I have to go
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Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt was a very good read.
I enjoyed the writing, the storyline was entertaining and the drama/suspense was the perfect amount to...Read more