Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review + Teaser: ShutterGirl by CD Reiss

Title: ShutterGirl 
Author: CD Reiss
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: May 20, 2015
Review Source: eARC provided for review by Author

ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood

I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy. 

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me. 

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

I had not had the privilege of reading CD Reiss work yet.  I hear about her work all the time I just hadn't had the chance to ever sit down and read one.  So when TRSOR sent out the invite I thought, now is the time and I am damn glad that I did!

ShutterGirl is a story about a Laine Cartwright, a women who knows exactly what she wants in life and is happy with what she does.  She's a paparazza and a damn good one, top of the food chain in her industry but bottom of the food chain in the celebrity world.  She's got a lock on life, she's the Queen of Los Angeles, she feeds off its energy as she creeps through the shadows to get the shots nobody else can get.  But one night changes all of that when she has the chance to come face to face with Michael Greydon, America's Boyfriend and long time fixation of Laine's.

I don't want to say much more than that but I will walk you through what I loved here.  I LOVED CD Reiss writing style, it is incredible!  Her ability to tell a story is second to none.  I adored the world she created with all of its made up celebrities mirroring a world we all live and know today.  I can't help but wonder what celebs she was thinking of when she created some of these characters.  I'll save that question though for an Author Interview in the future. Laine and Michael are so amazing together.  There is so much sexual tension you could cut it with a knife.  If you're looking for a super sexy read, this won't be it but the way that CD weaved the sex in instead of focusing on it makes you salivate for more without feeling bereft.  Michael is an absolutely admirable character.  He's not predictable either.  Another thing to love about CD Reiss' writing is when something happens she doesn't do the predictable thing ... I kept thinking she's going with the twisted story so many would go with but she didn't.   Bottom line, ShutterGirl was a simply wonderful, fast paced read with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and enough romance to make you never want it to end.  I'd read 10 more books just like this one and picture them all in my head like a movie.  Pick this one up, you will not be disappointed!

Highly Recommended!

CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.


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