Fame, fortune…and a fatal obsession
Sahara Travis is used to being worshipped by adoring fans, but now someone is fixated on her in a dangerous way. After multiple attempts on her life, she reluctantly agrees to hire a security specialist for her protection, though the last thing she wants is some burly bodyguard invading her personal space.
Former army ranger Brendan McQueen’s job is to keep the starlet safe and track down her would-be assassin. But when Sahara receives news that her estranged mother has been murdered and her father, the top suspect, is missing, Brendan quickly realizes this is much more serious than your average celebrity stalker.
With Brendan and her devoted assistant, Lucy, in tow, Sahara returns to her family estate in New Orleans to uncover the identity of her attempted killer before he can close in on his final target.
Worldbuilding: My initial reaction was that Hollywood stories that start with a murder can only be good, hehe. I liked more the New Orleans setting though, to be honest.
Characters: Sahara seemed dubiously decent and grounded for a movie star – fact that was thought by many of the other characters, in fact. I kind of liked Lucy too, though she seemed too determined to make a stellar impression which always seems fishy to me. Harold was kind of stereotypical money-centered agent, but not a bad guy all-in-all. Brandon the stoic bodyguard giant was kind of funny, actually, though certainly hot. The rest of the characters didn’t really seem relevant but kept popping up, so it made me suspect things about them.
Plot: The mystery of who and why was trying to kill Sahara was fun up to a point, but then it seemed a bit predictable to me. By that point the celebrity/bodyguard romance was pretty tense and in full swing though, so it got my attention instead.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multiple POV. It’s not one of my favorites, because it always gets me emotionally detached from the characters which generally kills the stakes and my enjoyment of the story. I’d say it was more centered on Sahara though, which helped me stay somewhat attached to at least the main pair.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy candidate for my romantic suspense needs.
I recommend Life of Lies to fans of celebrity/bodyguard romantic suspense tropes with a dash of mystery and ex-military hotness element 😀