Series: Hollywood Hitmen, Book 1
Author: Maggie Marr
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Hot Hollywood Nights… Box office breaker, Natalie Warner might be the Princess of Tinseltown, but she’s a starlet with a bad attitude, a frightening past, and a stalker. Former SEAL Beck Tatum has a mission and no patience for Hollywood bad girls. He must protect Natalie and stay out of her bed–both missions seem nearly impossible.
Natalie Warner can’t ignore the risk any longer. A star on the rise, her latest film is on track to be the biggest box office breaker of the summer but Natalie isn’t safe. Someone is after her. Could it be her angry addict father or her mother who always wanted to be a star herself? What about her ex-boyfriend who just did time? The Studio refuses to ignore the threat and forces Natalie to take on a bodyguard, but that bodyguard comes in the shape of rugged, irresistible Beck Tatum, because whoever is after Natalie isn’t going to stop until someone makes them.
A question, wrapped in a riddle, Beck Tatum doesn’t know what part of the government he worked for before he lost his memory or what exactly his mission was. He can remember that he loved and that he lost that woman as well as his memories on that final mission. Now with a second chance, he’s assigned to protect a high-value asset. Rich and entitled but yet kind and vulnerable, Natalie Warner isn’t the spoiled rich woman Beck expected. But falling for her would put her life on the line and Beck isn’t about to lose anything else.
Give me a good romantic suspense any day and I'll be staying up until the last page. But life knows how to kick out sometimes and unfortunately my reading time took a knock recently so I'm a bit behind.
Let me start by saying that this is a fabulous story about Natalie who is a Hollywood starlet who has acquired a stalker and Beck, the security specialist who is assigned to protect her.
I was surprised with how much I connected with Natalie considering she was supposed to be a rich, spoiled star. One of the reasons I don't fawn over celebrities in general is because sometimes the media builds them up so much only to knock them down when something bad happens. As fans of their work, we are driven to forget that they are human beings and fallible because of the high pedestal they are placed on.
What the author does wonderfully here is make Natalie a human being. She was so relatable that I empathised with her right from the start. We got to see the glamour as well as the lonely woman with one friend, one agent, no family and just work. It made me understand that there is a price for fame and sometimes that price can be too high. It certainly would be for me. I couldn't imagine a life without my family or friends. Beck was efficient in his job I guess for a man with his history, he has to be. But I wanted something more from him. I took me a while to connect with him.
The story moves along at an even pace and the balance between suspense and romance is done very well. I was flipping through wondering who the stalker. Beck and Natalie sparked with passion from the start and I was cheering for them until the end. It was interesting meeting the rest of the Graystone security team. There's certainly a series in here and I hope to read more about them.
A heart-thumping read. One for every fan of romantic suspense.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
“The first letters?” Beck stood in the main operations room with Remi. He opened the file. He’d read and reread the letters and the file over the last two days. Each letter had a different picture of Natalie Warner cut from a magazine with a giant red X through the photo. Beneath the photo of Natalie, in an angry red scrawl, were the words Kill The Whore.
“They came back clean without prints. Mailed from varying locations in Los Angeles, so nothing there. They’ve escalated to following her. They tailed her all the way home last week.”
Beck looked up from the papers.
Remi shook his head. “No plates. You have everything you need?”
“Sounds like she’s a tough one.”
“Doesn’t trust anyone. Family isn’t supportive. Major daddy issues, so her choices in regards to men haven’t been wise. Leaves lots of possibilities for potential stalkers. Could be someone who knows her, a stranger, or some random she took home.”
“Studio doesn’t want them, she doesn’t want them. She doesn’t want us either but the studio is bringing us in. They prefer discretion, especially with the Shemax premiere coming up.”
Beck looked back at the tablet. In her picture, Natalie Warner didn’t look too tough or too wild. A sadness in her eyes made Beck doubt there were as many random hookups in her life as Remi thought.
“We need to put you in place today. You ready?”
Beck looked around the room and out the giant windows and toward the L.A. cityscape in the distance. “Yeah, I’m ready.”
His stomach tightened. On most missions he was sent in to kill people, but on this one he was meant to make certain Natalie Warner wasn’t killed
Maggie Marr is the author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. She got her start in Hollywood pushing the mail cart at ICM, but quickly rose through the ranks to become a motion picture literary agent. As well as writing, she maintains a boutique legal practice dedicated to the needs of creatives & entrepreneurs. She is the current President of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal adviser to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). Maggie loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t taking care of her clients or writing she can be found reading, chasing kids, or exercising her rescue pup