Lead Me Back By C.D. Reiss

    A twist of fate proves wildly explosive in New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss’s smart and sexy Hollywood romance about the cost of running from your past to get to your dreams.

    Cutting all ties, Kayla Montgomery drives cross-country to Los Angeles. New start. New life. And an unexpected new job: assistant to Justin Beckett.

    The Justin Beckett.

    The boy band rebel with the cocky attitude and dreamy bed head who casts a spell over his fans and tests the patience of his handlers.

    Now at the peak of Mount Adulthood, he has to build a clean-cut, movie star image. It’s in his contract. No partying. No attitude. No groupies.

    To tie it together, he needs a normal girl.

    Suddenly, Kayla’s swept up in Justin’s glamorous world, and his arms. But the most dizzying thing is Justin himself. Sweet, generous, reliable, and as eager to shed his past as Kayla is hers.

    About that…

    Those ties she thought she’d cut? They’ve followed her across the country with her secrets in tow, and they’re about to test Kayla’s courage, Justin’s loyalty, and a love that wasn’t part of the deal.

    Lead Me Back

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    TITLE: LEAD ME BACK
    AUTHOR: CD Reiss
    SERIES: Standalone
    RELEASE DATE: July 7,2020
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance
    THEMES & TROPES: Hollywood
    RATING: 4.5 STARS
    CLIFFHANGER: No

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    Ah CD Reiss writes amazingly strong heroines and Kayla is exactly my kind of girl. A straight shooter, real, relatable. I loved that Justin's celebrity status didn't make a difference to her, that she didn't let his fame take over her life. She was independent, fierce and tough without being hardened. And if anyone could be perfect for a superstar it was Kayla. She was so low maintenance, there was no huge drama with her.
    “I need to live the one life I have.” Pushing against my hands, I stood up. “I can’t let you take over. I won’t.”

    And Justin was a surprise. He had such a generous, kind heart that cared so much for his friends and family when you looked past all the glitz and glitter. The way he was with his hilarious, meddling grandmother was just heartwarming. Despite his celebrity he was so grounded and focused on what was important. Kayla and Justin felt realistic in a way I didn't expect in a Hollywood romance.
    Doing something to make her happy, though . . . that was like a nuclear bomb of unicorns and rainbows in my heart.

    I wanted to have a little more explorations of Kayla and her dad's reunion. I adored how they found their way back to each other. There is one story thread I would have liked to see being tied up neatly but these things are a personal preference. Who knows, maybe we get that story in another book. Crossing my fingers here!

    CD Reiss's words are magic - she lets us take a look behind the curtain of fame in her Hollywood romance books, lets us see that being a celebrity isn't really all that fun it looks to be on the outside.
    I totally enjoyed LEAD ME BACK. If you need to get out of your head? Grab this. If you're feeling blue? Grab this. If you want to laugh a little? Grab this. You get my drift. This was a delightfully cute, quick read and I really can't recommend Lead Me Back enough for everyone who needs a pick-me-up.
    He would always be just a little bigger, shine just a little brighter. That was for the world, but for me? He’d always be the man my eyes sought out and my heart expanded for.





    English I picked up this book because of the advertised meet-cute:
    What if you changed your number and your new number was a pop superstar celebrity's old number? And the phone rang constantly?

    Admittedly this sounded like major fun and I do enjoy celebrity romances sadly this was a miss for me. Granted the meet cute was done well, the pairing of a cocky celebrity male to a woman relatively immune to his swagger held some appeal. I also want to thank grandma Louise, secondary cast she was but she made the book for me. Weeze, I love you.

    It's just unfortunate the hero's brand of charm was a total loss on me. I found him too immature and juvenile. Perhaps it was the gold chains and the tank tops. I do like a hard ass heroine but Kayla almost appeared apathetic at times in her attempts to put some distance between her and Justin and her indifference—feigned or not— was communicative because I felt myself unconcerned by Justin eager puppy attempts to get her attention. I would also get pulled out of the story because of the writing style, the dialogues especially, were hard to follow.

    There's a great deal of things happening in subplots to the tepid and tedious romance, most I felt were glossed over and consequently failed to hold my interest, not the real reasons behind Justin's band implosion, not what was happening to freaking Chad and his mental health, not about the celebrity gossip coverage, not about Kayla's job hunting, not even about Kayla's history of sexual assault, not about Evelyn/Eddie budding romance, not about Kayla's parents breakup... Too much drama, not enough bandwidth.

    And then there's Justin vernacular, as if we needed another proof of his relative young age:
    Do you like me or nah?

    Nah.

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    You can find me here too ☞ English I'm usually a huge CD Reiss fan, but this one didn't wow me like her others. I liked Kayla’s character but not Justin’s. He just seemed like a douche through most of the book and I didn't feel their connection until almost the end (emotional or physical). Also, some parts of the story were a little difficult to follow because conversations went in different directions or were choppy.

    I did like Louise (Justin’s grandmother) and Kayla’s dad. They were great supporting characters. The storyline was also really unique and I always enjoy seeing mentions of characters from other books (Bodyguard, Bombshell, Shuttergirl/Starcrossed).

    This one was just ok. I'd still recommend if you're looking for something fairly light to read. English A sexy and sweet Hollywood romance, I could not resist this delectable story from one of my favourite romance writers. Kayla Montgomery decides to start a new life in LA and inadvertently becomes tangled up in more ways than one with boy band sensation Justin Beckett.

    'Lead Me Back,' has all the ingredients needed to concoct a light, easy to read romance that hooks the reader in from the beginning to end. There was nothing not to love and I was super excited to read. CD Reiss pulled me into her world of make-believe by creating characters who I completely warmed to and a relationship that, from the outside looking in, seemed like a scenario that dreams are made of, which is exactly what I need in my romance novels.




    Advance copy provided. English Kayla has really reached rock bottom when she leaves New York to start a new life in L.A. She has little money to her name, a huge passion for starting her own clothing line and a closed down theatre as a roof over her head.

    On the day she arrives she receives a wrong number phone call on the phone she just had connected and not wanting to let an old lady down, she ends up delivering roses to a complete stranger. This is how she meets Justin Beckett, ex-boyband and movie star. Grandson of the wrong number caller.

    It turns out Justin has recently been through a publicity nightmare, all brought upon himself, he has parted ways from his band, alcohol, drugs, women and his old phone number. After everything blew up his ‘people’ decided that cutting ties with anyone from his old life would be best. However, now that he knows someone has a lifeline to his old band, he decides having Kayla around could be beneficial. Having her working on his latest movie set gives her a job and him access to any potential calls. Thus begins a strange friendship or sorts between Justin and ‘Kaylacakes.’

    Kayla’s ultimate goal is to get backing for her portfolio so she can launch her own clothing line. Working for Justin cements her desire to work for herself. When an opportunity comes up to present her ideas to a well known and lucrative backer, she is disappointed to discover that who you know doesn’t always bring the best results. It is also a reminder of why she left New York and makes her realise that running away from things doesn’t mean the problem will go away.

    As her friendship with Justin moves into something more intimate and meaningful she decides that dealing with her past is the only way to move forward. However, Justin’s reaction to this decision was not what she expected it to be. It turns out that his loyalty had conditions and she will not be with someone who can’t be unconditional with her. Justin has a lot of grovelling to do if he wants this plot to end in a happy ever after.

    This is a fun romance set among the Hollywood hills and the world of movies.
    English

    There is something about a celebrity romance that I gravitate toward. I don't love every one I read, but I always have to try it because when it works - there's something almost magical about it. This is actual fairytale material and my sappy little romance loving heart will never ever tire of fairytales.

    C.D. Reiss got it just right.

    I was sucked in immediately and then I was in. Like all in for Justin and Kayla's love story.

    I'll admit, I had a moment of pause when I realized I was basically reading a Justin Bieber story. A moment where I was like -- oy, can I do this?

    Turns out, I can.

    And then I did.

    Because it was addictive and compelling and sexy and romantic. And it was a fairytale. And, well, you already know how I feel about those.

    Truly, I loved everything. The banter was on point. I loved how plucky and fierce Kayla was. I loved that she wasn't starstruck or even all that impressed with Justin at first. I loved how she made him work to win her trust and her heart. I loved how he did work for her. And how he was so genuine and generous. I loved how much surprising depth he had, and how much he cared for those he loved.

    I loved that there was no unnecessary drama here. These two were so real with each other - even when it hurt.

    I just...loved them! In the most unexpected and delightful ways. Lead Me Back was a fun read and it delivered all the heart flutters and sappy smiles I could ever have asked for. Definitely recommend for a fun romantic escape! ~ Shelly, 5 Stars

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    Lead Me back was another fun C.D. Reiss story that held my attention from beginning to end. This story was full of swoons and delicious banter. Kayla and Justin were sexy and engaging and I loved this compelling celebrity romance.

    While I love Reiss' usual serious and often times uber alpha stories, Lead Me Back was unique in it's own way. Justin was not like her usual alpha male heroes but he was no less addicting as a young celebrity. I also loved his banter with Kayla as their connection felt genuine. She was very real and gave as good as she got. Overall, this was a sweet and sexy read. 4 stars! ~Ratula  English The one thing I really like about this author is that even though I'm not a particular fan of Hollywood stories, I've learned that her writing always manages to capture my attention and I find myself sucked into the book. I'm not even a big fan of the type of hero she has in this one and I still ended up loving him by the end of the book.

    Nothing against Justin, just that he was young and arrogant and I tend to relate to the more mature characters. However, you do see real depth in him as the story unfolds. Behind the arrogance is a really good guy and he completely won me over by the end.

    Kayla is a heroine that I adore. She's tough, but not too tough. She didn't fawn all over Justin even though there was that instant attraction. I respected her. I can't say that about many heroines so when I find one it's pure gold for me.

    You won't be too surprised by the storyline but I'm going to mention again the fantastic writing this author always delivers and that's what really had me loving this book. In fact, I would love to see some spinoffs. There is some side characters that were pretty interesting. English

    A love story that makes you smile. A hero and heroine that go toe to toe with quick and fun banter and a redemption quality in the story that gives them each a second chance.

    Justin Beckett is the bad boy rockstar, turned actor, who has to walk the line because of his past with his former band members. Kayla Montgomery is a garment designer from New York who has run from her past to LA because of an incident that has ruined her reputation. These two meet by a total bizarre and random coincident but there is something about each other that forms a spark. I must say that Louise, Justin’s grandmother, is the sweetest and cutest secondary character that shines throughout the story.

    I loved the premise of the story. I loved the slow burn of the story and how the incidents of the past for both Justin and Kayla hoover throughout the story until they must be addressed and confronted. I will say that parts of the story were a little disjointed for me but the beginning and the end were strong and swoon worthy. This is a lovely contemporary romance that takes your mind off the craziness of the world because who doesn’t love a rockstar who redeems himself and a garment designer who succeeds on her own that fall in love and live happily ever after❤️

    *advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review* English 4.5 Stars!
    (ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)



    Kayla Montgomery is a fashion designer who leaves behind her life in New York and moves to Los Angeles for a fresh start and a simpler life. As she drives across the country she encounters a few unexpected detours and crosses paths with fallen bad boy superstar Justin Beckett. She soon finds herself tangled in his web and her welcome to LA doesn't go quite as planned. Suddenly she's his assistant, and she finds herself roped into someone else's drama. He's a complicated beautiful man, but she can't get distracted from her goals. Although she enjoys his attention, her focus has to stay on following her dreams. As she gets to know Justin better, she realizes there's more to him than meets the eye. Will she be able to resist him charms, or will she get swept up in his world and give in to the the magnetic pull between them?



    Justin Beckett is a musician who found fame at a young age, and is often labeled as impulsive and immature. Lately the future is uncertain and he feels like everything is spiraling out of control. He needs to reform his bad boy ways, and improve his brand. He's ready to focus on work, and wants to get into acting. It's time for an image makeover where people will talk more about his talents than his escapades. Then he meets Kayla, and she challenges him, and makes him feel vulnerable. She's not starstruck, and doesn't play games. Can he shed his reputation and past to finally have something real and lasting?



    Lead Me Back by CD Reiss is a fun, sexy Hollywood romance full of chemistry and fantastic banter. I really loved this story and these characters. Justin's a gorgeous misunderstood rock star turned movie star that will steal your heart, and Kayla is a tough, confident woman that knows her worth. Together they are pure magic!



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    Cutting all ties, Kayla Montgomery drives cross-country to Los Angeles. New start. New life. And an unexpected new job: assistant to Justin Beckett.

    The Justin Beckett.

    The boy band rebel with the cocky attitude and dreamy bed head who casts a spell over his fans and tests the patience of his handlers.

    Now at the peak of Mount Adulthood, he has to build a clean-cut, movie star image. It’s in his contract. No partying. No attitude. No groupies.

    To tie it together, he needs a normal girl.

    Suddenly, Kayla’s swept up in Justin’s glamorous world, and his arms. But the most dizzying thing is Justin himself. Sweet, generous, reliable, and as eager to shed his past as Kayla is hers.

    About that…

    Those ties she thought she’d cut? They’ve followed her across the country with her secrets in tow, and they’re about to test Kayla’s courage, Justin’s loyalty, and a love that wasn’t part of the deal.

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