Friday, 23 February 2018

Release Day Review ~ The Praetorian by Dawn L Chiletz

Book Description:

Prae·to·ri·an /prēˈtôrēən/- a skilled warrior serving as the personal guard of a Roman Emperor. 

Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door. 

When Seamore Productions offers to find him a new bodyguard through a reality TV show, Roman reluctantly agrees. He needs some good press and better security. The last thing he expects is a beautiful, curious cop to get under his skin and into his past. Why can’t he stop thinking about her? 

Tough-as-nails detective Reed Manning keeps her secret locked away in her mind. 

After being suspended from the police force, she considers trying out for the show. She’s supposed to keep her eye on the cash prize, but her potential boss captures her attention. What is he so desperately trying to hide? 

When a single decision can change a life-
Never let your guard down.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“An overreaction only lasts a moment, but a regret lasts a lifetime.”

Dawn L Chiletz is the queen of reality TV books and after being blown away by The Fabulist, she does it again with The Praetorian. What I love about these books is that they are written in such a way that you feel like you are on set, a part of the audience watching the drama unfold before your eyes. Dawn L Chiletz sweeps you into the story with ease and will have you on the edge of your seat as all the drama and suspense unfolds.

“When I know what I want, I almost always get it. And right now, there’s nothing I want more than to know her. Let the games begin.”

The Praetorian is a mixture of romance and suspense and this was the perfect blend all wrapped up under the reality TV umbrella. All the characters in this book were well crafted, but Dawn L Chiletz saved the best for our hero and heroine Roman Creed and Reed Manning.

Roman is the lead singer in a well known and highly successful band, but he is in dire need of some positive publicity. He is far from the rocker bad boy, but sometimes the press are in the right place at the right time and no matter what the reality is, the way they twist it can have dire consequences. Reed has been receiving death threats for a long time, so when the opportunity comes up for The Praetorian his manager thinks it is an ideal opportunity. The Praetorian is a reality TV show to find a close protection officer (bodyguard) for Roman Creed and as each task unfolds, so does one evil plot.

Roman as a person was awe inspiring, so not what he lets the fans see on stage. Roman was deep, he had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. Roman was extremely private, and being thrust into the spotlight was not what he wanted, but he makes the best of it and when one feisty cop grabs his attention, he doesn’t stand a chance.

“I told you I don’t like to talk about my shit. But if not telling you means I could lose you, then I’m willing to give you all I’ve got. Because when I’m around you, I can’t think. All I can do is feel. I haven’t allowed myself to feel for a really long time. Right now, more than anything, I want to feel you in my arms, against my skin, and underneath me, all night long.”

Reed Manning is a detective, currently suspended for beating a man who neglected and battered a child. Reed comes from a similar background and wears her heart on her sleeve. Expecting to be let go from the force she needs the money and when she sees an advert for The Praetorian, she signs up. Reed was a fantastic character, she had guts, determination and knew how to stand up for herself. Reed though was an extremely good judge of character and as The Praetorian unravels into something a lot more sinister, she is like a blood hound.

“For a moment, I consider the idea that he has something to hide. Who am I kidding? So do I. In some ways, I’ve been hiding my whole life.”

The chemistry between Roman and Reed was electric and Dawn L Chiletz does an amazing job bringing these two characters to life. I loved how their relationship developed and how that was intertwined with a suspenseful plot. The drama has you on the edge of your seat while the sex scenes will have you squirming on them. This was definitely a page turner and one that I couldn’t put down. I cannot wait for more from her reality TV books, there are none like them out there and they always make for fantastic reading.

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