In the first book of a thrilling new romantic suspense trilogy, USA Today bestselling author Leslie A. Kelly shows just how hot - and how dangerous - Hollywood can be.
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.
"Kelly hits all the right notes here and balances the romance with suspense to very nice effect, making this a must read for readers who like a bit of danger with their love story. Recommended." --Library Journal
"The romance between this pair was hot and exciting, but it was the ending that I really liked because it had me on the edge-of-my-seat. ...I would recommend Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Susan Stoker, Cora Brent, Kaylea Cross and Laura Kaye." -- Harlequin Junkie
Kelly's Hollywood Heat series launch, previously self-published as Watching You, entices with looming danger and sizzling attraction between a Hollywood director and an aspiring screenwriter. Reece Winchester, a former child star from a showbiz family hiding some long-buried secrets, left acting to become a director. While visiting his aunt's art gallery in Venice Beach, Calif., he becomes enamored with Jessica Jensen, a beautiful redhead at the gallery to promote her artist sister, Liza. Reece introduces himself at Liza's subsequent show, and the instant attraction between him and Jess leads to a steamy encounter that is cut short when a gunshot intended for Reece shatters the gallery's window. Determined to keep Jess close and safe, Reece offers her the internship she needs to complete her screenwriting degree. Jess accepts, resolving to keep their relationship professional from that point on, but their chemistry proves impossible to ignore, leading to a passionate encounter. But someone is jealous of Jessica and launches a series of physical attacks against her, adding suspenseful complications to her budding relationship with Reece. Throughout this charged, fast-paced love story, Kelly expertly balances sensuality and intrigue. This will be a hit with readers looking for a spicy contemporary romance.
I’ll Be Watching You
Really good read. Got a little too descriptive for me, but I enjoyed the story line and the characters. I will read the rest of the series.
This story pulls you into a world of glitter, mystery, ambition, passion and danger. An emotionally thrilling, action packed, edge of your seat panting for more romantic adventure.
Aspiring screenwriter Jessica Jensen is sexy, sassy, strong, creative and a waitress living with her sister and looking to the future. Reece Winchester is sexy, strong, charming and Hollywood's hottest Actor, director, millionaire, and gorgeous mystery man-he's every woman's fantasy. They cross paths by shear luck and the chemistry between them is undeniable but danger lurks and secrets long berried are surfacing. Looking forward to more Winchester men and their exciting stories.
Awesome start to new series!
I have been a fan of the romantic suspense genre since I first discovered it years ago. I love when I find an author who does it well, and Leslie A. Kelly is absolutely a master at her craft. Watching You is the first book in her Hollywood Heat series that centers around the Winchester siblings, with eldest brother Reece getting his story first. I will put it out there that the mystery of the Winchester siblings will span the series, but the set up is done so well in Watching You, I can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series.
I have to say that initially Reece Winchester worried me a bit when he first saw Jessica Jensen. I honestly expected to see him be more upfront about his attraction rather than having a few stalker-like tendencies. I got with him being Reece Winchester, he had to be extra careful, but it seemed like he was almost trying to direct their first meeting. As Jessica was willing to accept his apology, I was able to let it go as well. I really loved the chemistry between Reece and Jessica, as they were smoking hot together. I found myself loving how protective Reece was of Jessica without being too over the top.
I loved that Jessica was an aspiring screenwriter. I knew as soon as we met her advisor I didn't trust him not to screw her over. I hated her first experience with someone in the Hollywood writing world was so unscrupulous, but was really glad she had Reece in her corner to make sure her ideas and interest were protected. I honestly expected Jessica to be a bit stronger than she appeared based upon past female characters written by Ms. Kelly. I knew based upon her past, she was a very strong person to survive and flourish as she has. I just wanted her to take control a few times rather than let Reece step in.
The suspense elements in Watching You were absolutely perfect. I loved at least part of the mystery will last over the entire series. I will say there was not a cliffhanger feel to the mystery, even though certain aspects were revealed at the end of the book. Ms. Kelly kept me on the edge of my seat through much of Watching You. I absolutely can't wait to see where Ms. Kelly takes us in the next 2 books in this series. I already have Wanting You, book 2 in the Hollywood Heat series on my to-be-read list.
Rating: 4.5 Stars (B+)
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