Monday, September 2, 2019

Review of Traded: Brody and Kara (Cliffside Bay #1) by Tess Thompson

Traded: Brody and Kara

In this standalone, small-town romance, USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson weaves a tale of intrigue and forbidden love as the life of a bookish professional quarterback collides with a that of a beautiful young nurse in hiding.

After turning state’s evidence against her own father, Kara Eaton is starting over in the witness protection program. Meanwhile, professional quarterback Brody Mullen is at the top of his game thanks to his ‘no women, no problems’ rule.

But when their worlds collide, Kara and Brody will discover that their instant attraction means instant frustration for their individual priorities. Kara’s gorgeousness, competence, and quick wit will threaten to unwind Brody’s focus completely. And Brody’s good looks, charm, and loyalty will repeatedly test Kara’s resolve to keep her past a secret.

USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson invites you into the world of Cliffside Bay to meet a group of five best friends, the women they love, and the stories that bring each couple together. Each book in the Cliffside Bay Series is intended to be read and enjoyed as a sweet standalone, but for maximum enjoyment read this binge-worthy series in order.

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**My thoughts**
This is the first book in the Cliffside Bay series, and I have to say it is an excellent start. We begin with Kara's story of being thrust into the witness protection program. I immediately fell for her and felt sorry for her having to go through that kind of chaos. 

Brody took me longer to warm up to. Granted, he reminded me so much of Tom Brady at first. And though I am a Michigan fan (where he went to college), I am also a Bills fan, so Brady is an archenemy. And of course in the story, Kara despises him for certain football loyalties, and Brody is the quarterback superstar of his team. 

We are introduced to Brody's brother Lance, mom Janet, and substitute mom Flora. We also meet Honor, his kickass assistant, and her friend Violet who owns a shop of refurbished goods. Jackson is the doctor's son who has been pining for Maggie, who died when they were young. Zane owns the local bar where they all hang out. They are an eclectic group, but you love them all. And of course, most of them will star in their own upcoming book in the series. 

And we are introduced to Cliffside Bay, which is the name of this amazing series. Its residents are known for removing highway signs to preserve its anonymity. But it's such a charming place that I still think I would love to find its real-life counterpart.

This is a page-turning romance with just enough suspense that kicks off what is destined to be a great series, with love popping up all over the place. Going back to revisit the book for a second time after reading subsequent stories, you can really see how this book sets up the future books with the Dogs (the guys) and their women. It definitely reads as a standalone, but you'll get more out of the series if you start with this one. 

4.5 stars.

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