Today's review is for Nobody's Damsel by Emily Mah Tippetts.
This book is the sequel to Someone Else's Fairy Tale, which I really enjoyed, check out my review of it here over at @PBookDivas.
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. While he says he wants to work on a project that means something, his agent and manager fear this may be the end of his time in the spotlight. 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.
Paperback & eBook versions
Expected publication: January 5th 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN 1481147633 (ISBN13: 9781481147637)
Series Name: Someone Else's Fairy Tale Series
Book #1: Someone Else's Fairy Tale
Book #2: Nobody's Damsel
Review copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Review in a few words:
real life sucks sometimes
everyone has to figure it out
Review in Detail:
Now... I really really liked the first book in this series & wasn't sure what to expect in this second book. I'm torn a little because while I didn't enjoy this story as much as the first (Someone Else's Fairy Tale), I completely love that the author shows us the real life of Chloe & Jason. This story shows all the shit that happens to them day to day and how they work through it... So with that said - I really really liked that Emily, the author, chose to show what happens after the "ever after" to Chloe and Jason. Is it pretty ... not really, but life isn't pretty. I loved that aspect in this book - the truth that sneaks in there and bites you in the ass when you are like me and want sunshine and rose and all the shit but don't really expect it to happen in real life. I really did like the truth that was shown in this book. This married couple is just like every other married couple in the world - they fight, they disagree, they don't know how to talk to each other all the time & they have to figure shit out on their own and make decisions for themselves. I really really liked how this story is centered around Chloe and her new career. I could not for the life of me figure out what what going on at the beginning of the chapters - read it and you'll know what I'm talking about - but soon I figured it out... not going to lie I was like 3/4 of the way through the book... but I got there! And once I got there - I knew what was going to happen - don't know if that's because I was so far into the book or what, but I'm betting that's why, my kittens... The end of this book - I LOVED! Completely LOVED!!
So let's see... I already really liked these characters and while I don't usually like truth and reality in my reading, since really reading is like mini vacation for me, I really did like reading this book. I think you should check it out =) but read the 1st book first - you'll like it better that way & stuff will make more sense!!
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Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.
Her most recent pro publications have been her science fiction and fantasy short stories in magazines like Black Gate, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and the anthology, Shanghai Steam.
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