Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nobody's Damsel Review

Book Review March 4th

Nobody's Damsel (#2)

E.M. Tippetts

★★★3 STARS

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.

I'm not going to lie, I was beyond disappointed with Nobody's Damsel. There was so much buildup and plot points happening and then before you know it, you turn the page and THE END is staring you in the face, without the majority of the issues being solved.

What the hell... it was soo good and then splat #@%#$ like an egg, it exploded all over me.
The most important question regarding their marriage leaves you hanging and up in the air. Nothing is solved or resolved to make readers satisfied. In fact such an abrupt end kind of kills the joy I had leftover from book one. There was like no romance in this book. If there was I wasn't feeling it. Rather there was a buildup of tension I assumed would be solved by the END. But there wasn't really an end. In simple terms this book was just about Chloe and her new job. Sure the press hounds her because of her marriage but that is not even a huge deal in this book.

And hello Jason talks about his attraction to an old flame. Though he says he doesn't regret their marriage, I felt like he did. And none of this was resolved. Where's my HEA and where's Chloe's fairytale from book one. There's no recurring friends aside of Jason's family and even they seem sparse.

It was cute and quirky, easily drawing you end but then unexpectedly not two seconds after the action is done, your dropped flat on your face and all the joy you had previously reading the book is taken away. If you've read book one and have nothing better to read, then go ahead read Nobody's Damsel, otherwise don't waste your time. Watch an episode of CSI instead. You'll get all the forensic jargon we get in Nobody's Damsel minus the feeling of disappointment in the end.

Even the crime in the book was great. I was sucked in and hoping it all worked out in the end. I thought it was a good idea (sad though) the way things played out but like real-life, the good guys don't always win. This case however, is like the only thing that gets solved in the book. I did enjoy reading about Chloe's job and how she was able to put all he knowledge to good use. Nobody's Damsel plays out like a crime drama on TV but with even less romance and character involvement than an entire season of CSI.

Read book one and forget about this one.


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