Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Nobody's Damsel by E.M. Tippets

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. 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.

I was really excited to read Nobody's Damsel after I enjoyed Someone Else's Fairytale so much. I wasn't really sure what to expect, and was a bit saddened to find that the fairytale is over. I'm definitely a sucker for "happily ever afters".

Chloe finds herself living a very stressful life. She's constantly followed by paparazzi, and can't escape the stories saying that she and Jason are getting divorced. Seeds of doubt are planted, and her stress is increased by her first case in her new job as Albuquerque's newest forensic scientist.

Following the case was really interesting, albeit sad because it was a crime involving a child.

I didn't like Jason as much in this sequel. He's gone a lot, and I really did doubt him being true to Chloe for the bulk of the book.

The TV show scenes were a little confusing to me initially, but eventually it's all tied together.

Although not what I expected, I liked Nobody's Damsel and was happy that a lot of the characters were able to get a happy ending.