Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Nobody's Damsel by E.M. Tippetts

 Chloe has finished her masters degree and taken a job as a forensic scientist back in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only the press will not leave her alone. They follow her to crime scenes and report on her every move, eager to show that her marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, is on the brink of collapse. Millions of fans who dream of their own celebrity romance with him want this more than anything. This scrutiny comes at a particularly bad time as Chloe's first case is a crime against a child roughly the same age that Chloe was when she survived a homicide attempt.

Now that she sees the case from an adult's perspective, she realizes it's much harder than she ever dreamed. It's even worse for Jason, who is two steps removed from the crime. He must watch and try to support his wife as she battles with past demons and tries to keep up with a nameless suspect who evades identification and capture. Never has Jason been more frustrated with his job, its frivolities, and its lack of connection to the real world. When he storms off the set of his latest movie, the press goes wild with conjecture. Perhaps he never was anything more than a pretty face after all.

Together, Chloe and Jason must find their way past all the popping flashbulbs and through the dark maze of the criminal investigation to discover whether they can balance their professional goals with the demands of a celebrity marriage. The odds are entirely against them.

This is the sequel to Someone Else's Fairytale that I reviewed back in March.  Picking up shortly after the wedding of Chloe and Jason, we find their marriage on shaky ground as Chloe is starting her first day on the job as a forensic scientist and Jason off on location. Finding herself questioning if their marriage is solid, Chloe has to figure out how to juggle her job and marriage to a hot celebrity that cannot move without his actions being plastered all over a tabloid.  I found the continued love story of these two to be as darling as it was in the first book, clearly both of them in love and unsure of how to handle the pressure of the media and the fans that dream of having Jason for themselves.  I did feel that their relationship was the backstory of this particular book, as the crime she was part of the investigative team on took priority.  That particular story I thought was interesting and kept me eagerly turning the pages to find out how it was resolved.  There is a parallel "movie script" running along with the story, which is interesting to see how it eventually weaves into the crime investigation.
I think that the characters are absolutely charming and extremely likable.  Chloe does still carry around a lot of the emotional baggage from the first book that while frustrating, makes her the woman that Jason falls in love with and is willing to fight for. I hope that we will get a third book in this series as I'm anxious to see what the future holds for these two characters. 
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Author Bio:
E.M. Tippetts grew up in New Mexico and now lives in London, where she raises two boisterous toddlers, designs jewelry, and writes novels. A former attorney, she used to specialize in real estate and estate planning, specifically literary estate planning. She currently has five novels out, Time & Eternity, Paint Me True, Someone Else's Fairytale, Castles on the Sand, and Nobody's Damsel (Fairytale 2).

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