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.
Ethan Cooke Security and their bodyguard team return to action in Deceiving Bella – book eleven in Cate Beauman’s Bodyguards of L.A. County series.
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This is the third book in the Bodyguards of LA county series that I've read. (You can find my other reviews here.) The great thing about this series is that although the books are all linked, with previous characters popping up and making minor appearances, you can read them as stand alone books. I am planning, at some point in the near future, to go back and read some of the others.
I really enjoyed this latest installment. I like the way that Reed and Bella start out as friends. The book really takes time to build up the friendship and growing relationship between them, before they take the step into a romantic relationship.
Although I can understand why Reed and Bella's father might want to keep the truth about the past from her, it's clear that everything is going to come out and be devastating when it does. In many ways, this book had more mystery and intrigue as the novel progressed. The fast paced danger didn't kick in until the very end, but I thought that actually made it work much better.
This was a great read and I really enjoyed it. This was a little bit longer than many other books in the romance genre, but that really helped to build the story and allow you to get to know the characters.
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