Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt

Posted March 9, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Chain Reaction by Tara WyattChain Reaction by Tara Wyatt
Series: Bodyguard #3
Format: eARC
Published by Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, MMA, Romance, Suspense
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SHE NEEDS A LOVER AND A FIGHTER

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 . . .

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So this is book 3 in the series, and I haven’t read the first two, or any other book written by Tara before, but I have to say I enjoyed this book. I have really been in the mood for some suspense in my romance lately, and this book definitely brings the suspense. It also brings with it a pretty hefty dose of family drama and angst.

I figured out pretty quickly that this series seems to revolve around a group of friends, and the guys all seem to work for one guys security company, so basically the dudes are hot, muscley, bodyguards (woot woot, sign me up). So Alexa and Zach obviously know each other before this book beginnings. And when we meet Alexa, man, let’s just say I am more than happy that I don’t have to sit through family dinners like that. It would be bad enough dealing with controlling parents who put her down, but it turns out they are really, really bad parents and people. Alexa overhears something at dinner and when Zach sees her he knows something is up.

So I really liked that Alexa didn’t try to handle things on her own. She tells her friends and the people she loves right away. And when she realizes that she has knowledge that could help keep people safe, she steps up, and I like that. She definitely gave me kind of a nervous vibe throughout the book, even when the scenes weren’t necessarily about the suspense plot line, she seems like a worrier to me. But she’s sweet, and easily likable, and honestly the more I found out about her life with her family, the more I wanted her to have a happy ending with Zach.

Zach is pretty likable too. He’s a good guy, he takes his job seriously, but he has bigger dreams then just to be a bodyguard, he wanted to be an MMA fighter in the big leagues. So he trains hard, a lot, which costs a lot of money, so basically he has no life. But Alexa is a big time temptation for him to want more then just eat, sleep, work, train, repeat. It’s very clear he has feelings for Alexa before the book even picks up. These two are just easy to like together, plus they really have some great hot and heavy moments too.

I liked the suspense in this book. I liked that the bad guy was Alexa’s dad, because it made things all the more complicated. I also liked that I knew right up front that he was the bad guy, which normally would ruin some of the suspense, but in this case I was always trying to figure out what his next move was going to be, and how it was all going to unfold. If you like suspenseful romances books, then this might just be the one you are looking for.

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About Tara Wyatt

Tara Wyatt is a romance author who’s been making up love stories ever since she fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys and Hanson almost twenty years ago. Not content with merely daydreaming about Nick Carter and Taylor Hanson, she grabbed a notebook and wrote countless fan fiction stories.

After outgrowing her boy band obsession and obtaining an Honours B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from McMaster University, her love of books and reading led her to pursue a Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, she works for a large public library system, where she has the arduous task of selecting books for children and young adults for the library’s collection.

​Before it was published, Tara’s manuscript, Necessary Risk, won the 2014 Unpublished Winter Rose contest, and the 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Her second manuscript, Primal Instinct, won the Utah RWA’s Heart of the West contest, also before it was published.

Tara is a member of the Toronto RWA chapter. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with the cutest dog in the world and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps.

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