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Bodyguard

Hollywood A-List, Book 2
By: CD Reiss
Narrated by: Joe Arden, C.J. Bloom
Series: Hollywood A-List, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss: Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn't easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame - the parties, the glamour, the tours - but they've also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter's the best in the business, and Emily is - professionally speaking - off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she's making all the right moves. What's happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily's past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.

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Stars in my eyes

Well well well... it been awhile since I was fully submerged, caught up in a romance that was as hot as hell. I mean I stopped the 'to do list', ignored pets and pleas for dinners, laughed and moaned out load! Narrators were fantastic, writing brilliant. CD Reiss...I have stars in my eyes for you.

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Easy listening.

An easy listening story with a happy for now ending. the narration was well done.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 16-11-2017

A BOUNTIFUL TREASURE TROVE OF FEELS

There were seventy-one well-written magical swoonworthy chapters.. but that just wasn’t enough for me because I wanted more more more. I wanted to linger for a little while longer with these wonderful characters who I’d grown to love in a day. I wanted to bask in the euphoric feel of a perfectly penned and perfectly delivered love story. Seventy-one riveting chapters and they all counted.. and they were all addictively entertaining. In this dual POV love story CD Reiss has managed to weave a story that encompasses an off-limits tender love of soul meeting soul, a destructive dangerous love and a very touching familial love - and, whatever the love is, there’s emotional pain, angst and drama. Emily and Carter are loving, kind, self-sacrificing and loyal.. and CD Reiss has written one hell of a wicked story for them.. and for us.

Emily is a talented Choreographer and her handsome Bodyguard Carter Kincaid is a sexy ex LAPD Cop and there’s seismic chemistry between these two characters.. but Emily’s being stalked by her volatile low-life ex. So Carter has to be diligent, professional and to stop imagining all the ways he can make Emily scream his name.. and, for just a wee while, Carter was successful. But things change when Emily’s violent ex comes back on the scene to threaten, to destroy and to take back what he thought was always his. And mystery man Carter has secrets.. secrets that could change, or even destroy, everything that has built between them.

Worth a credit? Yes definitely yes.. all the characters felt real, the layering was good and the storyline was nicely paced as it was a deliciously slow simmer of heated glances, lust-filled thoughts and longing looks which rollercoastered it’s way through passion and pleasures to reach the forever kind of love. Great narration too.

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  • Readers Together
  • 23-11-2017

A Story and love and friendship

I adored Bombshell, I could identify with aspects of that story more than any other from CD Reiss, so I was really looking forward to this one. Bodyguard is set in that same world and I loved it. Don’t worry if you didn’t read/ listen to Bombshell they’re complete standalones, just set in the same world. Trust me, I don’t use the ‘standalone’ word lightly, I didn’t gain anything from listening to Bombshell first, just a big smile when a couple of characters got a mention in passing. The story itself is sweet, with an edge. I loved that although this was a romantic story about Carter and Emily, it was also the story of friendship between Darlene and Emily. It was sweet and beautiful. I know I can’t be the only person that finished this book and said to themselves, ‘I want Darlene’s story’ and if I was, then, I think I need to start a movement or something because I loved that girl!

CD Reiss always writes the best characters, as stated above, however, Emily and Carter are something special. I loved Emily, she had been through a lot, but she was still fighting. She didn’t shy away and close herself off. Her friendship with Darlene was lovely, so often the ‘friend’ is backstabby but that is not the case here, it was beautiful. As the book progressed you see Emily becoming more and more at ease and she changes, and that was beautiful to witness. Carter is so incredibly swoon-worthy, it’s not even funny. I loved him. He was strong and sweet. Commanding, and gentle. His understanding of what Emily had been through and what she needed gave him such an edge of perfection, sure he made a few mistakes, but he had the best intentions and they made him real.
I really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Carter and Emily. It was like a rollercoaster with so many ups and downs. But those ups and downs made sense, it wasn’t conflict for conflict's sake. It made sense to the story and to these characters because they had other things that they had to consider, not just how they felt. Carter had a lot on his plate with his commitment to his job, to his family and to Emily, it was a constant ache that he took seriously, he was stretched so thin, but he made it work. He was still able to be a nice person and give his all to everyone he cared about. The sexy times between Emily and Carter were melt your headphones hot, they were placed well in the story and made perfect sense to the storyline and the characters.
Phin, oh my word, this child stole my heart early on. I just wanted to love him and make him happy. Fist-pump the size of my heart. Sigh, one of the sweetest moments ever.


Another fantastic dual narration. I loved the combination of CJ Bloom and Joe Arden, their voices complemented each other really well. I thought CJ Bloom was wonderful as Emily and conveyed her frustrations with her situation incredibly well. She was smart and sassy and that was performed brilliantly. My only issue was that Phin sounded younger than he was. Joe Arden was the perfect choice for Carter, he performed the sweet but commanding man so beautifully, especially the scenes with Phin. The emotion was conveyed beautifully. My heart may have melted a little. I can’t even think about those sexy times, Joe was on fire. The production was done well, I really enjoyed the music at the beginning and end of the book, it set the theme and mood of the story. I only noticed one tiny issue in chapter 47, a word is missing. It should be ‘long time’ but the long trails off and leads into the next sentence. It’s nothing major and doesn’t take away from the story but it’s enough to make you pause and think you missed something.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 15-11-2017

Loved it!

This audiobook was such a great listen. The heroine is a choreographer to her lifelong star friend. She also has a crazy, dangerous stalker ex-boyfriend. The hero is at first a bodyguard for her friend, but when the ex starts escalating her star friend insists on her having him as her bodyguard instead. The hero has a son whose mother is a Hollywood actress and who doesn’t have anything to do with her son. The attraction between The choreographer and the bodyguard’s attraction is hot and immediate. Can they be together, keep her safe and balance his family and love for her? Great narration as well!

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  • LexiMuse
  • 17-05-2020

Intense story about a young woman being stalked - but drags on some

Overly long dialog, but a dark, riveting premise about fame, and attracting crazies in the public. Emily, a young talented performer who becomes involved with an obsessive, overly possessive guy. Darlene, Emily’s best friend since childhood is an outgoing singer who has her own set of nut case followers and threats so she hires a team of bodyguards to care for them both. One of those guards, Carter Kincaid, is a former cop who falls in love with Emily, but has his own very messed up past involving a famous sister who was murdered by stalker. The story was interesting and at times a page turner, but also a bit repetitive in trying to draw out the suspense. I like this author and while she is known for several BDSM novels, this was not one of those. Carter is dominant but not over the top, as well as sweet and caring. He is trying his best to balance his life as a parent and his protective instincts both as a professional bodyguard, as a parent, and eventually as a boyfriend while Emily is learning to regain her confidence while being mindful that her fears are justified. But being alert all the time is wearing. They are both trying to outthink the psycho ex. Darlene is a wonderful, supportive and caring friend, a bit of a diva but very down to earth. She needs her own story though she is written like a channeled young Dolly Parton. Phineas or Finn is Carter’s adolescent son and another great character. Not much of an epilogue but maybe Darlene will get her story and we’ll see more of Emily, Carter, and Finn, and Simon, their dancer friend. The narration was done well by both Joe Arden and C J Boom when they stuck to their own gender, but where Arden can manage a female voice fairly well, C j Bloom has a dreadful male voice. In addition she seems to get screechy when contrasting. She doe a good job with her gay friend Simon’s voice. It would have been excellent if they had done a duet performance from the two but listening to Bloom’s male voice was distracting. Worth a credit

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  • Vidhi
  • 27-03-2020

Continuation with BDSM Couple

So the story continues with CD Reiss' beautiful creative mind. The narrators were amazing with the characters.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 14-02-2020

Bodyguard

Carter is the new bodyguard assigned to the team guarding Darlene when he meets Emily, her choreographer and best friend who really needs the bodyguard because of the stalker. The only problem is he really wants to guard her body instead. These two have it bad and so good at the same time. Carter has so much going on in his personal life and trying to guard Emily, so much going on. This was so good!!!!!

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  • Aya Alminiana
  • 26-12-2019

The little dancer that could

Emily had to give up her dream of being in the limelight because of an ex turned violent stalker. Carter Kincaid—the best bodyguard in the business, knew how hard it was to provide security to a celebrity, but he accepts the job against his better judgement. Emily tries to avoid Carter, believing that she will be putting him in jeopardy if she gives in to the attraction that she felt for him. Carter, for his part, has his hands full protecting her, and his “son,” from unseen threats. This was the first time I read, or listened, to a book by CD Reis, and I must say, I wasn’t disappointed at all! Bodyguard had good pacing, and caught my attention enough that the only time I hit the pause button on my audiobook was when I needed to catch some shut-eye and, of course, do my holiday duties. Of course, Joe Arden and C.J. Bloom made listening to Emily and Carter’s story made m enjoy the story more, and am looking forward to more narration by these two!

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  • Stlbuckeye
  • 03-12-2019

Great story

Emily is a choreographer whose ex is stalking her. Her best friend, a huge pop star, makes her take on a body guard. Carter likes to keep his work and private lives separate but there is something that draws him and Emily together. I really enjoyed this story and it’s steaminess. Great read.

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  • Aphrodite82
  • 21-09-2019

very unfortunate

First, let me say I love this author, and absolutely loved Bomshell, I could not wait to read this book. Unfortunately, I was dissapointed, the story had potential but did not reach it, I was waiting until it gets good, I usually drop a book if by the 25% it does not grab my attention but as I am fan of this author, I pushed through but was not worth it in the end. If this is your first book from this author, please know she has so many other really great books. this one was a miss for me. Narrators were very good though.

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  • Victoria Taveras
  • 25-06-2019

Don't Get it!

I loved Bombshell so I bought this one. And I did not enjoy it. Honestly I wasn't even able to listen to the whole thing. The narrator's where great it was the story that wasnt . Skip if you can

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 29-11-2017

Great story

Yet another great story from the fabulous CD Riess, wonderful narration too would highly recommend this.

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