Sunday, November 20, 2016

Deceiving Bella by Cate Beauman




Ethan Cooke Security and their bodyguard team return to action in Deceiving Bella – book eleven in Cate Beauman’s Bodyguards of L.A. County series. 

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New to the series? No problem! Each book in the Bodyguards series is a stand-alone title. Although reading the books in order is preferred, it is not necessary.  Each title features brand new primary characters and limited overlapping secondary characters.  Don’t hesitate to jump right in! 


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.  


The Inspiration Behind Deceiving Bella: 

I must admit that one of my most favorite parts of the writing process is figuring out who my characters are going to be. Typically, I have vague ideas but as I start the storytelling process, my heroes and heroines evolve and grow until I can visualize them as living, breathing people. I always begin with character sketches, giving each central figure in the story a life that starts with their birth and takes them to the present day. It’s vital to know who they are and how they tick (the experiences that make them exactly who they are when my readers meet them). For Deceiving Bella, I thought it would be fun to share an adventure where the hero and heroine have absolutely nothing in common (or so it seems). Despite Reed and Bella’s differences, they make a great team. I hope you enjoy their story.  


Read an excerpt from Deceiving Bella: 

Should we get started?” Bella gestured to the kitchen. 
“After you.” 
She walked in front of Reed, hurrying to the table to pull out a chair. “Does this work?” 
“Yeah, it’s fine.” He sat down.  
She immediately draped him with the black cover, wanting to get to his hair while it was still wet. “So, what are we doing here, exactly?” 
“Just a cleanup, especially on my neck.” 
“Sure.” She grabbed the sheers and took her place by his side, sliding her fingers though his short hair and stopped. “Oops.” 
His shoulders tensed. “What?” 
“Just kidding. A little haircutting humor.” 
He tilted his head up, meeting her eyes. “A comedian.” 
She laughed as he smiled. “I haven’t even started cutting yet.” She gave him a bump. “Try to relax. I promise you’re in good hands.” 
“Chop away.”  
“Thanks.” She combed her fingers through his hair once more, using small snips to freshen up his look. Silent seconds ticked by as she breathed in the masculine scent that was Reed. He didn’t seem to wear cologne or use any fancy shampoos, but he smelled good just the same. “So, how was your day?” 
“Not too shabby.” 
She worked her way around his head, finding his cut a breeze to clean up. He easily could have gone another week without any problems. “What did you do?” 
“Worked a little. Boxed.”  
“Fascinating.”  
“I could make up something about stopping a bank robbery in progress or rescuing a cat from a tree.” 
She smiled. “The truth is fine, thanks.”  
“What about you?” 
“It was pretty much a normal day at the office—a second-session tattoo removal, a microdermabrasion, two stretch mark reductions, the usual stuff.”  
“What’s the tattoo of? The one you’re taking off?” 
“A woman’s name. Genevieve. The relationship didn’t work out.” 
He winced. “Ouch.” 
“Triple ouch. Tattoo removal is not a pain-free procedure, nor is it cheap—and he went pretty ornate with Genevieve. Hopefully next time he’ll pick a woman with a shorter name or abstain from getting himself tatted up altogether.” 
He laughed.  
She grinned, loving that sound. Did he have any idea how gorgeous he was when he smiled like that? She picked up the clippers off the table and let her knees rest against his as she leaned in and gently lifted his chin, evening out his sideburns. She swallowed, feeling his breath on her skin and his eyes studying her face. Licking her lips, she met his gaze. “You better hope I get this part right, or you’ll have to tilt your head for the next four days.” 
He sent her another one of his pulse-pounding smiles. “You’ll have to help me decide if I should lean more to the left or right.” 
Oh, this cutie had the potential to be trouble. Her eyes darted to his mouth mere inches from hers as his five o’clock shadow tormented her sensitized fingers. She took a step back and a steadying breath. It was a good thing they were just friends—currently the only relationship status she was interested in. 

Did you enjoy the excerpt?  You can read the first chapter on my website, www.catebeauman.com, or you can finish the whole book with the links below!  



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? 


About the author: 

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. 

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on her twelfth full length romantic suspense novel. 



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