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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Behind the Scenes by Natalie J. Damschroder

Behind the Scenes by Natalie J. Damschroder
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (258 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Kennedy Smyth's firm provides security for companies and charities in seriously dangerous countries. She doesn't usually take on "frivolous" jobs, but when an old friend asks her to protect his son's movie shoot, she finds it hard to refuse. Also hard to resist is the film's charismatic star, Rogan St. James. The handsome actor piques her interest, while the strange actions of the terrorist threatening the set raise her suspicions.

Even though he's a successful actor, Rogan wants more—a real woman to love, the type he doesn't think exists...until he meets Kennedy. She intrigues him with her confidence and passion for her work, and frustrates him with her refusal to let him get close.

But Kennedy finds herself in a vulnerable position when she discovers that the terrorist isn't actually out to derail the film. She's the real target—and if he finds out how much Rogan means to her, he could be next...

Kennedy Smyth is in the business of protecting people, but she doesn't like fluff jobs. Which is why she only accepter her latest assignment at the request of an old friend: guarding a movie set. However, what she finds there are quite a few surprises, one of them leading to love.

Kennedy is a perfect example of the current heroine trend - tough, headstrong, and knows how to get ahead in life. She's built her company from the ground up and made it successful. While others may avoid danger, Kennedy takes it head on to keep her clients safe.

She's caught the interest of actor Rogan St. James. He's a successful actor and seems to have it all: good looks, money, and a successful career, but deep down there are things Rogan wants that he doesn't have. Kennedy is now on that list. Despite being a famous actor, the author created a friendly, down-to-earth hero in Rogan. What you see is what you get with him. He doesn't put on an act about who he is, and he's not the snotty type. I really enjoyed getting to know Rogan.

There are plenty of thrills and suspense in this story to keep the pages flying. Many things happened on the movie set that kept me guessing. Each character has their role in the story, and the tension and fast pacing kept me at the edge of my seat. There are times when Kennedy must face part of her past to figure out what's going on.

Overall, I enjoyed this suspenseful and well-written tale. The plot has twists that I never saw coming, and the interaction between Kennedy and Rogan had me rooting for this couple the whole way. If you enjoy an edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense story, then don't hesitate to get a copy of Behind the Scenes and allow yourself to get swept into this fantastic novel.