|Dawn L. Chiletz|
|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-
Only yesterday, I wrote in a review that there are three kinds of Rockstar novels and I stick to this idea – because The Praetorian by Dawn L. Chiletz proves me right. Like the book I reviewed yesterday
First, I have to say Ms. Chiletz is a “new to me” author and I like her writing. Even if there is a little “but” coming at the end of this review.
The Praetorian belongs to the best of these three groups. The one that gives you all the classic clichés you would expect from a rock star romance and something NEW…
Or in this case several things new. This “thing” with the reality show was new to me in the relation of Rockstars. And then there was the suspense that was added to the story that came from something totally different.
Actually in my mind this is not ONE but a kind of 3in1 story. We have the Rockstar Romance – then the reality show and then there is something interesting that I would like to call “Murder by Death” feel … . Google that and you will come up with a movie I had to think of constantly while reading. Murder by Death is a 1976 American satirical mystery comedy that is closely related tot he stories of Agatha Christie.
Please for the sake of spoilers do not ask me why that movie is running in circles around in my mind – just take my word for it.
My feelings for this book are somehow 100 % positive while I am not happy with the plot development … Strange right ? Can not say that ever happened. Maybe because the author kept my mind spinning and guessing , spinning again and guessing some more. So yes this is a 5 star read with a few buts..
The 5 stars are for engaging the reader so deeply that I did not want to put the book down – so basically the suspense part – which has been a long time for me since I was feeling something like that with a book. But not for the romance part of the book … well lets say there was romance … but this book is no romance novel… as that took the backseat to the rest that was going on.
And then there is this thing about the plot development … The author kept me on my toes from the beginning on … I was (as I said) guessing and trying to figure out things. The story keeps a steady pace and there is a high build up in tension, but then when the reader is offered a solution the book suddenly kind of gets fast paced as if someone had set a final page number and the author suddenly realized she only had like 10 pages to come to an end. I felt kind of sorry for the characters. They were working so hard to get THEIR time and it was somehow cut short.
If I had a free wish, something that I could request from the author it would be the following : (I think she will understand if I tell it this vaguely to avoid spoilers)
Quoting the blurb : Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door…. The secret behind that door…. Gets kind of lost in the end … with all the suspense and everything going on. There was a moment when I felt that that “secret” deserves its own book. I kind of NEED that “secret” to have its own book. So PLEASE consider it – I think there are several readers out here thinking the same. You can contact me anytime if you want to know what I am thinking and why as I do not want to leave these spoilers here out in the open.
And in the End .. thank you for a “late night reading shift” – I could not put this book down …