Review: Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt

Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt
Series: Bodyguard (# 3)
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 337
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Blonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protective nature–and the hard, chiseled muscles to back it up.

Zack has always been wildly attracted to Alexa. But since he’s training day and night to be an MMA fighter, he’s afraid his gorgeous friend will only distract him from his goal. Indescribably sweet and irresistibly sexy, Alexa needs Zack to pretend to be her boyfriend after her life is threatened. Now this fighter-in-training will have to fight his own intense feelings–to keep their little charade from turning into a major disaster . . .

 

Review:  This is the third book in the Bodyguard series, and reading the other books is not necessary to understand the plot of the book. I read her first book in this series, which I loved and I loved this one as well.

Contemporary romance is a genre I love because it’s set in the here and now, the author uses frames of reference that most women will understand, the clothes and slang the characters use are something we can all relate to. It’s fun to get swept away in a fantasy that is close to real life, and play pretend. If the author throws a bunch of action into the mix, a hot bodyguard, some guns and explosives, and I’m a goner; which is exactly what happened to me with this book.

Both of the main characters really spoke to me and touched my heart as they both had their weaknesses and strength that I could identify with.  Alexa had so much inner strength that she didn’t even know she possessed, which helped her get through a difficult childhood. She’s been beaten down throughout most of her life and has learned to hide in the shadows. She’s just starting to understand herself, what she wants out of life, and what she wants to do with her life.  Zack has a ton of inner strength, as well as physical and knows how to use each to his advantage. He knows who he is, what he wants out of life and is going for it.  They both have their own insecurities which they learn how to deal with individually as well as a couple. They both learn and grow and it’s awesome to see their relationship blossom throughout this book.

The secondary characters were superb. Ms. Wyatt nailed the selfish personalities of Alexa’s poor excuse of her mother and father and I felt no pity for neither one of them. They were both actually scary to be honest.

Give Tara Wyatt’s Facebook and Amazon page a like, and check out her books. I think the readers out there will really enjoy her work.