Saturday, 12 January 2013

Book Review: Nobody's Damsel (Book 2) - EM Tippetts

Synopsis - Chloe has finished her masters degree and taken a job as a  forensic scientist back in her town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only the press will not leave her alone.  They follow her to crime scenes and report her every move, eager to show that her marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, is on the brink of collapse.  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 realises 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 fruistrated with his job, its frivolities, and its lack of connection to the real world.  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.

Review - I have to admit that I was not sure how Ms Tippetts would get a sequel out of the first instalment Someone Else's Fairytale.  After all, Chloe had got her guy or should I say Jason got his gal.  However, as you will find out in Nobody's Damsel there is a story to tell.  I loved the criminal investigation and the parallel narrative at the beginning of most chapters alluding to the storyline of Jason's new TV series where he takes a regular guest role.  Nice touch having Chloe join the team under 'unusual' circumstances which left her new boss with unanswered question as to why she was given the job when funding was tight.  I did expect some antipathy from Miguel, however it was good to have them working together on a case and developing that relationship.  I like it when familiar characters return and particularly Officer Baca (now Detective Baca) who is the investigator working on the crime.

I did find the sub plot with Jason and his co-star a bit offputting but I can see that the author wanted to have a balance of both the couple's professional and personal lives and it would have been boring if the marriage was still in 'honeymoon' mode.  Although, a little distracting for me, this was relevant and I felt the trials and tribulations of settling into a new partnership was handled very well.  If you read the first book you will remember that right from the start Jason and Chloe did not have the easiest of dating and it was all a bit of a  whirlwind.  Therefore a deeper part of their personal life needed to be explored.  Great characterisations and a solid storyline.  4*

ISBN: 9781481147637
Kindle edition: ASIN: B00AWYHX22

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