Reviewer: Connie Payne
Author: Nell Carson
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, New York and briefly in Colorado
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None (Kisses)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Nell's Website: nellcarson.com
She has been commissioned to write a tell-all about Hollywoodís hottest couple. They disappeared months ago, itís rumored their son isnít his son. With tabloid headlines speculating on Alex and Victoria Janssenís whereabouts on a weekly basis, Winslow Publishing wants to be the first to release an unauthorized biography of the couple.
Kat Callahan tries to push her misgivings aside regarding the angle the book is taking and the "Upstairs" paranoid attitude and their callousness toward the bottom line. Her rationale is that while she does have many articles to her credit this book is a way to get her foot in the publishing door.
Itís been a long haul. Kat is eagerly looking forward to the nice long vacation she has planned in ColoradoÖbut computer/flash drive viruses and DNA mix-ups delay completion of her book as well as her vacation.
Enter Luke Janssen under the guise of being "Tanner MacIntyre". He and Kat were to have swapped residences for their vacations. But things donít go as he planned. Oh they do as far as sabotage goes, but he never expected to feel as much for Kat as he does. He never expected to connect with her, want her, need her.
Kat has commitment fears that run deep. She keeps most people at armís length or further, yet with Tanner she opens up to him and begins to come alive. The delays with the book end up giving her time with Tanner and become some of the best days of her life. The delays also bring her mounting misgivings about the book to the forefront.
Lukeís original objective wars with his emotions in a big way, however loyalty trumps all even if it means heartbreak. Katís original fears resurface when the truth is shockingly revealed. This time though, she isnít going to hide, sheís going to uncover the truth whatever it may be.
Ms. Carson seemingly writes for the reader as well as her characters. Behavior is explained in a timely manner. Annoyances that might occur with the reader are addressed (the "cowboy" lingo and attitude didnít fit Luke at all) letting the reader relax and watch the story unfold. All while maintaining the emotional tension and conflict.
Tell-All is a thoroughly enjoyable debut. The story was fresh and light yet emitted the slightest edge of attitude. A nice balance. I only see this authorís writing as becoming fuller as she creates more romantic stories for the reader.
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