Deceiving Bella by Cate Beauman is the latest book in The Bodyguards of LA series. Though this is the first book of the series that I have read, I never felt so. The story has been written in such a way that I was drawn into the plot from the word go.
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.
Bella was almost five years old when her Daddy goes to live far away because he wants Bella and her mother to be safe.
Now, years later, Bella is 25, working as a medical aesthetician in Los Angeles. She contracts with a dermatologist and also Lucy, is her dog and her best friend. She decides to track down her father after her mother’s death and wants to know why he left them without explanations. So she puts a private investigator on the case and gets information that he lives only an hour away from her. So she goes to meet him. She hopes that their reunion would bring her peace and a sense of normalcy she craved but had gone without for so long but she finds herself shaken and her happy illusions slip further away each tie she meets him.
Reed McKinley is her new neighbor and an ex-cop. He has moved to LA after a near death incident and works for Ethan Cooke Security. Joey was his partner during NYPD days. Reed is after the gangster who killed his father when he was just five and is almost there.
Reed and Bella become friends and are attracted to each other. But their past comes in the way. Will Reed and Bella overcome their past and have a future together?
The plot is nice but the story is a bit too long. The characters have been developed well and even the secondary characters have important roles to play.
The story has suspense, drama and romance. The story has a lot of twists and turns and is unpredictable. The friendship Bella shares with her girlfriends is worth a mention and so is the friendship between Reed and Joey. There are a few sad parts in the book that made me cry and some funny descriptions that made me laugh, especially the part when Reed and Bella are posing for photographs using props.
I felt for Bella, despite her tragic childhood, she is a nice person, feeling for everyone. She tries to help her father, tries to make up for the lost years. Reed’s past has a lot of bearing on his present.
The suspense made me turn the pages fast as I wanted to know what happens at the end. If all the books in the series are like this, I sure am going to read the others in the series.
A perfect read for the long winter nights just round the corner.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the e-book in exchange of an honest review.