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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt

Overall not a bad read but I do think the heroine could have been much better.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Blonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protective nature--and the hard, chiseled muscles to back it up.

Zack has always been wildly attracted to Alexa. But since he's training day and night to be an MMA fighter, he's afraid his gorgeous friend will only distract him from his goal. Indescribably sweet and irresistibly sexy, Alexa needs Zack to pretend to be her boyfriend after her life is threatened. Now this fighter-in-training will have to fight his own intense feelings--to keep their little charade from turning into a major disaster . . .

What’s it About? Actress Alexa Fairfax grew up in what outsiders would consider the perfect family with legendary parents but to her it was a nightmare and when she overhears a conversation at her parents’ home she goes to the only person she knows she can trust: Zack DeLuca. Zack has always had a thing for Alexa but he’s trying to put his MMA career first but when her life is threatened and she asks for his help Zack doesn’t hesitate to say no. He pretends to be her boyfriend in order to keep her safe and all sorts of sexy goodness starts to happen.

Overall reaction to the story? I’ve read Tara Wyatt before and I really enjoy her stories. But Chain Reaction was just “okay” in my opinion. The plot was strong and interesting, bringing a bit of Old Hollywood scandal into the modern era. There was no end to the suspense and action which is what I enjoy. However, to me Alexa was just too innocent and “cute” for my tastes and definitely gave off the helpless damsel vibe which I’m not a fan of. That was the major issue for me and it did make an impact on how I viewed the story.

Describe the hero in five words: Committed. Brave. Compassionate. Stubborn. Irresistible.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Zack was a different kind of alpha male. The kind, considerate alpha. He had a way with Alexa that was equal parts sexy and sweet. I loved his empathy for Alexa and how gentle he was without being patronizing. He respected Alexa as a person but at the same time he could see how much strain she was under so he stepped in to help her in some of the simplest ways but all those little moments added up to make Zack totally irresistible and lovable. Make no mistake though, he wasn’t a pushover. He was deadly and had the training to prove it.

Describe the heroine in five words: Kind. Innocent. Shy.
Did you like her? Sort of.
Why? Alexa grew up kind of sheltered and isolated from the real world which contributed to her shy, quiet personality but even with the parents she had, Alexa still managed to come out kind and considerate of others. For the most part she was smart about her situation and let the more experienced characters guide her through her life threatening ordeal so that wasn’t the problem. My hangup when it came to Alexa was that she was a little too sweet and innocent for my tastes and for a romantic suspense. I wanted to see her become a harder, tougher version of herself, maybe even learn how to defend herself in case she had to. To me she came off as a sweet, poofy kitten, you know, those ones who are really pretty to look at but for the most part can’t hurt a fly?

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? There was a pretty fierce attraction between Zack and Alexa from the very beginning and there was a pretty great push and pull between them but Alexa’s innocent personality, sweetness and the fact that Zack described her as “cute,” (Which to me is a word used to describe friends, a pet, or a kid) put a damper on that adult chemistry. Sometimes I felt like Zack was guarding a kid instead of a grown woman just by the way he spoke to her and how defenseless she seemed. I think Alexa needed to grow up more, gain some more life experience. She wasn’t a bad character just underdeveloped to me.

Click It or Skip It? Overall, Chain Reaction wasn’t a bad read. I expected much more from the heroine though and that did bring down my enjoyment of the story. However, Tara Wyatt is a talented author who shouldn’t be missed. I would recommend Primal Instinct to new readers.

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