Tell-All by Nell Carson
Publisher: Avalon Books
Length: Full (265 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
In Tell-All, New York City writer Kat Callahan is just finishing an explosive unauthorized biography of Hollywood’s golden couple, Alex and Victoria Janssen, when they mysteriously disappear along with their 7-year old son, Jeremy. Now Kat’s publisher is hot on her heels to finish the book to cash in on the free publicity.
Little does Kat know the charming cowboy who’s just strolled into her life is actually Alex Janssen’s brother, Luke, dead-set on stopping the book. He knows it will reveal a fiercely guarded secret that could destroy the lives of all four Janssens. Now he’ll stop at nothing to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Convinced that the end justifies the means, both Kat Callahan and Luke Janssen work diligently to reach their respective goals. Neither of them anticipates the collateral damage their actions will cause.
Kat, a loner and writer, keeps the heir apparent to the publishing company she works for at bay while she works on a book she hopes will open doors for her creative writing. Her hopes and dreams motivate her to write a privacy-invading, unauthorized biography of a celebrity family. Even though her conscience nags, she tells herself that celebrities use the media for their own purposes so why shouldn’t the media use them. As Kat’s private life becomes entangled with her professional life, childhood memories emerge, and her need to “gallop” not walk through life resurfaces. She longs for the joy of her times with her grandfather when he encouraged her to “gallop”.
Luke Janssen (aka Tanner McIntyre) handsome as sin and cunning as a fox appears in Kat’s life determined to protect those he loves against the invasion of their privacy. His secret mission soon creates emotional stress like he has never known before. Luke is a complex character with many talents and a personality that could charm birds out of the trees, but his heart threatens to break when it is torn by choices he must make.
Nell Carson’s writing style makes Tell-All smooth, delightful reading. A subtle humor bubbles up as Luke and Kat relate to each other and to the neighbors. Oliver and Lucy bring smiles regularly, as they make no bones about their relationship.
Ms. Carson gives the reader an intriguing twist when the story moves from New York to the mountains of Colorado where Luke and Kat use their talents to help others while struggling to salvage their own love. There is a gentle, giving sweetness in Tell-All that lingers long after all the trials and tribulations pass. MOST SATISFYING.