Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Review 'Deceiving Bella' by Cate Beauman

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 Facts:

Publication Date:
October 11th, 2016
The Bodyguards of LA County #11
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

I read the first book in The Bodyguards of L.A. County series in the Summer of 2016 and I was immediately hooked to this series. And I was lucky enough to be allowed to read and review the rest of this series. So when I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and was looking for something new to read (as if I didn’t have enough books waiting on me) I saw that I hadn’t read the last book in the series ‘Deceiving Bella’ yet. So obviously I had to get myself a copy and started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘Deceiving Bella’ we meet Isabella Colby. All Bella ever wanted was to have a normal life with a good career and nice friends. Now she lives in LA, she finally seems to have that life. Bella works hard and feels happy for the first time. But Bella can’t forget the one thing she has wanted for years, finding her father who disappeared on her when she was just a little girl. What Bella didn’t expect was to get distracted by her handsome new neighbor Reed McKinley. At first all they are is friends, but soon they can’t deny the attraction between them. But Reed has been keeping a secret for Bella, and Bella doesn’t seem to be as honest as well.

Since this is already the eleventh book in the series, you would have thought that the whole bodyguard thing would be getting old. But thankfully it just didn’t. I really enjoyed ‘Deceiving Bella’. Bella is a very fun character that I could relate to on some fields. Which made this book even more fun to read. And Reed was definitely a really enjoyable mysterious guy next door and I really loved reading about him.

There was only one thing about this book that I didn’t like as much. Half way through this book I found myself getting a little more distracted and less able to concentrate on what I was reading. And I honestly think that was because the story got a little ‘slow’ half way in. There just didn’t seem to be happening a lot at that point. Things could have moved a little faster for my taste. But thankfully the story soon picked up again and I just couldn’t stop reading.

What I love most about this series is the way there is a lot of romance, but also a lot of suspense. This book is definitely a perfect example of that. Especially near the end this book kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. And I definitely teared up a little. (But maybe that were the pregnancy hormones.)

If you haven’t read The Bodyguard of LA series yet, you definitely should. You can read these books as standalones, but reading them in order is the most fun.

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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, Aspen Gold Award, Heart of Excellence Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2017 ‘Finding Lyla’was chosen as the Booksellers Best Award Winner, won the Maggie Award for Excellence and also received the Holt Medallion Award. ‘Reagan’s Redemption’ and ‘Answers For Julie’ were selected as rare co-winners of the Aspen Gold Award in 2016. ‘Justice For Abby’ received the 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal, 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 touring her twelfth full length novel titled ‘Secrets Hidden in the Glass’.

For more information about Cate please visit her website. Or visit her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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