Published by Montlake Romance on July 7, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narrator: Emma Wilder, Joe Arden
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Cutting all ties, Kayla Montgomery drives cross-country to Los Angeles. New start. New life. And an unexpected new job: assistant to Justin Beckett.
The Justin Beckett.
The boy band rebel with the cocky attitude and dreamy bed head who casts a spell over his fans and tests the patience of his handlers.
Now at the peak of Mount Adulthood, he has to build a clean-cut, movie star image. It’s in his contract. No partying. No attitude. No groupies.
To tie it together, he needs a normal girl.
Suddenly, Kayla’s swept up in Justin’s glamorous world, and his arms. But the most dizzying thing is Justin himself. Sweet, generous, reliable, and as eager to shed his past as Kayla is hers.
Those ties she thought she’d cut? They’ve followed her across the country with her secrets in tow, and they’re about to test Kayla’s courage, Justin’s loyalty, and a love that wasn’t part of the deal.
LEAD ME BACK
by CD Reiss
Ah CD Reiss writes amazingly strong heroines and Kayla is exactly my kind of girl. A straight shooter, real, relatable. I loved that Justin’s celebrity status didn’t make a difference to her, that she didn’t let his fame take over her life. She was independent, fierce and tough without being hardened. And if anyone could be perfect for a superstar it was Kayla. She was so low maintenance, there was no huge drama with her.
“I need to live the one life I have.” Pushing against my hands, I stood up. “I can’t let you take over. I won’t.”
And Justin was a surprise. He had such a generous, kind heart that cared so much for his friends and family when you looked past all the glitz and glitter. The way he was with his hilarious, meddling grandmother was just heartwarming. Despite his celebrity he was so grounded and focused on what was important. Kayla and Justin felt realistic in a way I didn’t expect in a Hollywood romance.
Doing something to make her happy, though . . . that was like a nuclear bomb of unicorns and rainbows in my heart.
I wanted to have a little more explorations of Kayla and her dad’s reunion. I adored how they found their way back to each other. There is one story thread I would have liked to see being tied up neatly but these things are a personal preference. Who knows, maybe we get that story in another book. Crossing my fingers here!
CD Reiss’s words are magic – she lets us take a look behind the curtain of fame in her Hollywood romance books, lets us see that being a celebrity isn’t really all that fun it looks to be on the outside.
I totally enjoyed LEAD ME BACK. If you need to get out of your head? Grab this. If you’re feeling blue? Grab this. If you want to laugh a little? Grab this. You get my drift. This was a delightfully cute, quick read and I really can’t recommend Lead Me Back enough for everyone who needs a pick-me-up.
He would always be just a little bigger, shine just a little brighter. That was for the world, but for me? He’d always be the man my eyes sought out and my heart expanded for.