In Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly, we meet aspiring screen writer, Jessica, and actor/ director Reece. With painful family secrets, a stalker, a crazy ex, and danger around every corner, do the two of them have a shot at making a relationship work? Let’s watch them fall in love and fight for each other.
WATCHING YOU by Leslie A. Kelly
Publication Date: March 13, 2018 Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Length: 384 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3.5/ 5 Romance Rating: 3/5
I received a free copy of this book from the author/ publishor via NetGalley prior to release in exchange for an hoenst review.
In the shadows, someone is always watching
Aspiring screenwriter Jessica Jensen grew up on movies starring heartthrob Reece Winchester, the eldest brother of a Hollywood dynasty. She never thought she’d meet the man in person, though. Actor, director, millionaire, and gorgeous mystery man-he’s every woman’s fantasy.
Reece wants Jessica the moment he sees her, and he’s a man who always gets what he wants. At first he was only after a night in her bed, but as he comes to know the smart, confident woman beneath the stunning exterior, he realizes once will never be enough.
Unfortunately, Jessica’s real-life Cinderella story is about to take a deadly turn…
Reece’s world is filled with fierce ambition and dark family secrets the Winchesters desperately want to hide. But he and his brothers aren’t the only ones who know those secrets. Someone else is out there, waiting to strike. Waiting-and always watching.
When danger finally steps out of the shadows, Reece will have to face his past. And Jessica will have to decide just how far she can trust the man she loves with her heart…and her life.
Let’s take a minute to talk about first impressions. They matter. They really matter. This book cover made a great first impression. Usually I’m drawn to covers with topless men or couples embracing so the fact that this even caught my eye has to say something. He looks powerful and in control.
All right, now for the story. This book starts out at an art gallery. Jessica wants to arrange a showing for her friend. Reece sees her on the security cameras and falls in love, lust maybe. Whatever it is, he knows he has to have her.
However, he doesn’t go talk to her like most men would he makes intricate arrangements with the goal of getting her alone several weeks in the future.
From their first meeting, their time together is riddled with drama. It’s one thing after another, these two can’t seem to get a break. To be honest, I didn’t know what to think half the time. There was a lot of angst as well as mystery and suspense. It seemd no matter where you look someone was plotting to keep these two apart.
Which brings me to my first criticism the relationship felt forced. Don’t get me wrong, Jessica and Reece had awesome chemistry, I enjoyed their banter. It seemed as though they were only together because of the stalker(s), or the threats on their life. There were no real dates, moonlight walks, romantic dinners, etc. While I liked the both characters, I didn’t fall in love with them.
There was too much drama, all the time, and I couldn’t relate to either of them. Had the author given them some time to be a normal couple with dates, late night phone calls, maybe the odd flirty text, I might have been able to relate more. There also wasn’t as much romance as I had hoped. There’s a couple steamy scenes but overall the book is wholesome.
My second criticism, I shouldn’t even call it criticism at all, it’s just a preference. I love reading about strong women. Reece tells us over and over how strong he thinks Jessica is. As a reader, I see Jessica as someone who has to be rescued repeatedly. I would have loved to see her solve even one problem (the thing with the professor perhaps, or her job situation) without Reece stepping in to save the day.
To the authors credit, this isn’t your typical celebrity meets average girl Cinderella story. We’ve all read that a few dozen times. This book was different because of Reece’s secrets as well as the never ending threats and drama. I think this book tells the story of a celebrity who is victimized by a stalker more so than a celebirty who falls in love.
Overall, Watching You was well written and engaging. Even though I wasn’t in love with the characters, putting the book down was never an option. I had to know what would happen next and how all the loose ends would get tied up. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read but it was a worthwhile way to spend an evening. I’d recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading about celebrities, especially anyone who prefers mystery/ suspense with a touch of romance.
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