Lead Me Back
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 Details

TitleLead Me Back
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherMontlake
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

Lead Me Back Review

  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    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 read 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* * * 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 
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    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 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! ***NOW AVAILABLE***https://amzn.to/3iCJTG8
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  • Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
    January 1, 1970
    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 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*
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    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 st 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.
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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: LEAD ME BACKAUTHOR: CD ReissSERIES: StandaloneRELEASE DATE: July 7,2020GENRE: Contemporary RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: HollywoodRATING: 4.5 STARSCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG 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 hardene TITLE: LEAD ME BACKAUTHOR: CD ReissSERIES: StandaloneRELEASE DATE: July 7,2020GENRE: Contemporary RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: HollywoodRATING: 4.5 STARSCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG 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.
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  • C.D. Reiss
    January 1, 1970
    LEAD ME BACK is out now! I loved writing this story and I hope you love it too. Download yours today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WIWuio Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/leadmeback Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/33W9WRX Amazon Audio: https://amzn.to/39pgjON 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 attitu LEAD ME BACK is out now! I loved writing this story and I hope you love it too. Download yours today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WIWuio Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/leadmeback Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/33W9WRX Amazon Audio: https://amzn.to/39pgjON 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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  • Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Lauren Luman
    January 1, 1970
    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 wa 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.
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  • Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
    January 1, 1970
    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 wr 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.
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  • Jessica Alcazar
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Lead Me Back for a few reasons but I loved it because C.D. Reiss wrote a Hollywood story with a grandmother as a secondary character, that actually played an important roll, which she named Louise and gave her the nickname Weeze . That’s probably not going to mean a whole lot to some of you, but it doesn’t matter because there’s plenty of other reason to #oneclick this book!This is one of those stories that reads like magic. At its core, it’s just a story of two people fumbling I enjoyed Lead Me Back for a few reasons but I loved it because C.D. Reiss wrote a Hollywood story with a grandmother as a secondary character, that actually played an important roll, which she named Louise and gave her the nickname Weeze . That’s probably not going to mean a whole lot to some of you, but it doesn’t matter because there’s plenty of other reason to #oneclick this book!This is one of those stories that reads like magic. At its core, it’s just a story of two people fumbling thru getting to know each other and trying to make a go of it with a ton of obstacles in their way. But that’s just the core. The reality is that one is a celebrity and the other is one that is averse to said limelight, hence the obstacles. They both come with baggage they’d like to shed and history they’d like to move forward from and away from and if they could just look past the trees and see the forest, they’d see the sensational future they have ahead of each other, together as a unit!I thoroughly enjoyed the echo the story had to real life events and circumstances while also maintaining the illusion of romance fiction. This wasn’t a modern take of any tale, it was a fictional story embedded in modern day society’s circumstances and I for one enjoyed that realism. It added credibility to every action and reaction in the story and it allowed me to believe in the story wholeheartedly! Plus, the story was fun!! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this author’s work for many years and every time I read one of her books, I am reminded of what a powerhouse writer I believe her to be. It doesn’t matter what project she undertakes, whether it be a dark romance or a feel-good contemporary romance, they always have her signature edge to them that always keeps me on my toes while I read. They are always sexy, emotional, anticipatory, and passionate! I know I’m reading fiction but I feel enriched after I read them, every single time!
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    I was so convinced I would hate this story for so many reasons. The characters' skew younger than I typically like. Meet too cute. The hero is steeped in boy bands and Justin Bieber. For any other writer, the Biebs as a muse would be a hard nope. But, this is CD Reiss. I had to see if she could manage to get me to finish it, let alone not hate it. So - long story short this started out as a grudge read.Then, I met Kayla. And I fell in love. Wise, mouthy, and, sometimes to her detriment, kind. An I was so convinced I would hate this story for so many reasons. The characters' skew younger than I typically like. Meet too cute. The hero is steeped in boy bands and Justin Bieber. For any other writer, the Biebs as a muse would be a hard nope. But, this is CD Reiss. I had to see if she could manage to get me to finish it, let alone not hate it. So - long story short this started out as a grudge read.Then, I met Kayla. And I fell in love. Wise, mouthy, and, sometimes to her detriment, kind. And on a journey I totally love. Not so much finding herself, but being herself with no apologies, and no baggage from her past. Then Justin drops into her life at the worst possible time in his. A hot mess douchebro, and headache that Kayla doesn't need. Of course there was so much more to Justin than meets the eye. It wouldn't be any other way. Their story is so swoony and captivating in its simplicity, I couldn't put it down. Love blooms like dandelions fighting through cracks in the pavement, unexpected and tenacious. It took no time at all to be genuinely swept away and invested in their emotional push pull. I shiver thinking about how much I loved this story.It's the sunny, sweet side of CD Reiss we too rarely see. The impeccably written, utterly delicious romantic escape we all need right now, whether the beach is open or not.#TopReadsof2020#perfectescape
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  • maggieandteddy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this, in spite of it being centred around Hollywood. It seemed like it would stay that way. The Hero, Justin and the Heroine Kayla had great chemistry. Their meet cue was... so cute.Justin's grandma Louise plays all innocent like, but is a major buttinski . (Butt-in-ski) not sure how to spell it, but oh well. Kayla moves to L.A. to start over. She has so many bad breaks at the beginning of this book, I'm so glad author Christine, finally changed her luck. The scene when Kayla & I really enjoyed this, in spite of it being centred around Hollywood. It seemed like it would stay that way. The Hero, Justin and the Heroine Kayla had great chemistry. Their meet cue was... so cute.Justin's grandma Louise plays all innocent like, but is a major buttinski . (Butt-in-ski) not sure how to spell it, but oh well. Kayla moves to L.A. to start over. She has so many bad breaks at the beginning of this book, I'm so glad author Christine, finally changed her luck. The scene when Kayla & Louise meet is so dang funny. Kayla works hard , but is trying to make it big in the fashion industry. Justin is a musician, who also had some bad breaks, but made a couple of bad choices. He's in a very dog- eat -dog competitive profession. The tabloids are constantly after Justin & whoever he's with- ( you guessed it- Kayla ) Kayla is very private, for very private reasons. The story and characters really clicked for me toward the 30% or so mark- although, you have to watch out for Grandma Louise throughout the book. I listened to the audio. Emma Wilder (Kayla) had a majority of the narration time. Justin (Joe Arden does Justin's chapters), is very sweet to Kayla, but has trouble trusting women after he got burned trying to help out a friend. There's some serious moments that were very well done. I was waiting for vindication! I would love to read the book too. The dialogue is great. This is set in the L.A. area Some of the cities are very close to where I live. I still feel like I got taken away.
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  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    January 1, 1970
    Kayla's finally going to be in the same state as her sister Talia. And as scary as this next adventure seems to be the she knows she's ready to make her dreams of becoming a fashion designer true. Let me say that the beginning of this book with Justin's grandmother, Louise, had me cracking up. She is something else and I knew she would be one that I would not be able to forget. Justin left his mark on Kayla on their first encounter and as hard as she tried to forget about him she couldn't. Both Kayla's finally going to be in the same state as her sister Talia. And as scary as this next adventure seems to be the she knows she's ready to make her dreams of becoming a fashion designer true. Let me say that the beginning of this book with Justin's grandmother, Louise, had me cracking up. She is something else and I knew she would be one that I would not be able to forget. Justin left his mark on Kayla on their first encounter and as hard as she tried to forget about him she couldn't. Both had secrets and issues yet they attracted each other like magnets. The banter between them was refreshing and the chemistry, well that was BOOM. Get cozy and ready to read about love story that was denied until they until they no longer could deny it. Kara~ 4 Stars
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  • JP
    January 1, 1970
    About this book • Release date: July, 7th 2020 • Published by Montlake • 300 pages • Contemporary Romance • 2 ⭐️This one just fell flat for me, it was just ok. I didn’t feel the chemistry and I didn’t like the main characters. And to be honest, there wasn’t anything to like about him. This was a Netgalley Arc from the publisher and all opinions are my own. I’ve given my honest review.
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  • Cassidy
    January 1, 1970
    Lead Me Back hooked me and didn’t let me go. It’s the best book I’ve read in a while. Many books right now are just not holding my attention. It has a kicka$& heroine and a swoon worthy hero. I want to read more books like this one. I voluntarily read an early copy. Lead Me Back hooked me and didn’t let me go. It’s the best book I’ve read in a while. Many books right now are just not holding my attention. It has a kicka$& heroine and a swoon worthy hero. I want to read more books like this one. I voluntarily read an early copy.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    With Lead Me Back, CD Reiss blends a blossoming romance with some more serious topics. There is a touch of #metoo along with the judgement of social media and the paparazzi. It was all handled in a gentle way and still managed to drive home some valid points. Justin Beckett is a rockstar who has recently decided to try his hand as an actor. He's also trying to clean up his horrible reputation. He has a questionable history that's been plastered all over social media and he's anything but proud o With Lead Me Back, CD Reiss blends a blossoming romance with some more serious topics. There is a touch of #metoo along with the judgement of social media and the paparazzi. It was all handled in a gentle way and still managed to drive home some valid points. Justin Beckett is a rockstar who has recently decided to try his hand as an actor. He's also trying to clean up his horrible reputation. He has a questionable history that's been plastered all over social media and he's anything but proud of himself. He's locked into an agreement with his label that feels like they are trying to control every aspect of his life. He's only willing to tolerate their tactics because he feels as if he has a great deal to atone for. Kayla Montgomery has recently relocated to California looking for a fresh start. She left New York under a dark cloud and is hoping to outrun her negative experience there. Kayla's heart is in clothing design, but she settles for a job in costume alterations for a movie until she can secure funds to chase her big dream. Kayla and Justin meet completely by accident and it sparks a little chemistry right off the bat. The real challenge will be meshing their lives and histories and still being able to stay in a relationship.This was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed seeing Justin and Kayla's stories unfold. I also have to say that Louise, Justin's grandmother was a hoot. I loved her casual matchmaking and manipulation. She had all the best intentions. It was also lovely to see Kayla and her Dad mend their relationship.Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and CD Reiss for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    It isn’t often that I get to the end of a book and then want to read it all over again because I loved it. I so want to read this one again. The way CD Reiss writes just hits my buttons. She writes so matter of factly:this is what happenedthis is how they lookedthis is what they saidIt’s like she’s recounting actual events to me and then she’ll throw in a random observation about a billboard or an item of clothing and I’m there hanging on her every word. Justin Bieber doesn’t do it for me but Ju It isn’t often that I get to the end of a book and then want to read it all over again because I loved it. I so want to read this one again. The way CD Reiss writes just hits my buttons. She writes so matter of factly:this is what happenedthis is how they lookedthis is what they saidIt’s like she’s recounting actual events to me and then she’ll throw in a random observation about a billboard or an item of clothing and I’m there hanging on her every word. Justin Bieber doesn’t do it for me but Justin Beckett, totally does. I love how the fact that his life exploding didn’t him stop in his tracks. Sunset Boys break up, easy go get an acting job. Stay cool. Stay classy. Kayla is the same. New York turns against you; go to LA and live in your grandpa’s abandoned movie theatre. Use your sewing skills, get a new job. The way the two meet through a random wrong number and the amazing side character of Louise aka Weeze is perfect happenstance. Weeze is hilarious. I wish she was my grandma. Lead Me Back is a funny, sweet, easy breezy read with great characters and film worthy scenery. Now to go find some character inspiration and listen to Sunset Sons, who are an actual band and one of my favourites.
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  • TheSassyNerdBlog
    January 1, 1970
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    January 1, 1970
    NEW-ish to me author and books, review on my BLOG -> CLICK HERE NEW-ish to me author and books, review on my BLOG -> CLICK HERE
  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Amazon / Amazon Worldwide / Amazon Paperback / Amazon AudioSomehow on Kayla's first day in LA, she winds up with a ticket, out money buying flowers for some woman who dialed her by mistake, and ended up meeting (and not being impressed by) Justin Beckett, former boybander now trying for a career in Hollywood. And he finagles her into being some sort of receptionist for him, being that she has his old phone number and keeps receiving calls meant for him. She didn't want to admit it then, but Amazon / Amazon Worldwide / Amazon Paperback / Amazon AudioSomehow on Kayla's first day in LA, she winds up with a ticket, out money buying flowers for some woman who dialed her by mistake, and ended up meeting (and not being impressed by) Justin Beckett, former boybander now trying for a career in Hollywood. And he finagles her into being some sort of receptionist for him, being that she has his old phone number and keeps receiving calls meant for him. She didn't want to admit it then, but she is highly attracted to the douchebro. The guy she has major chemistry with, even when it's unwanted. And it manifests in witty, snarky banter that made the story for me. But can a relationship flourish when one of them has a past she hasn't shared, and the other is severely limited by his handlers on whom he can associate with.My favorite part of this story, aside from the snark between the two, is Kayla. She's so not impressed by this Justin Bieber wannabe, she's confident and strong, and she doesn't throw herself or swoon over a guy she's not even sure she likes until she reaches past his outer facade to the real person inside. And speaking of Justin, I gotta say, and I know it's probably not a popular opinion, but I didn't really like him. He's too much like Justin Bieber (whom I absolutely cannot stand) for about 90% of the story, and even at the end when he turned around, I didn't connect with him. The story itself, though, and Kayla, are pretty great - sexy, witty, and fun.ARC via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review.Review & Blog Tour: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~I really enjoyed this fun, fast paced and romantic novel. It all starts with Kayla destroying her old NY numbered sim card and buying a new one, with an LA number ... only for it to turn out to be one which has only recently been disowned ... and she gets a call from a woman called Louise asking her to deliver some flowers. We immediately get to see that Kayla is a good woman, as she does as asked, so as not to disappoi ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~I really enjoyed this fun, fast paced and romantic novel. It all starts with Kayla destroying her old NY numbered sim card and buying a new one, with an LA number ... only for it to turn out to be one which has only recently been disowned ... and she gets a call from a woman called Louise asking her to deliver some flowers. We immediately get to see that Kayla is a good woman, as she does as asked, so as not to disappoint. Well, what a surprise she gets when she finds ex-boy band lead Justin Beckett at the address she was given. What follows is a really fast ride into crazy! Justin has been decried as the bad boy and is now banned by his manager from seeing the rest of his band , even having his phone number changed. This makes him furious, but at the same time he needs to see whether his dream of an acting career can work out, so he agrees to the rules. Fate hands him Kayla ... a beautiful woman who turns up at his grandmother's place, all because she has his old number. As their lives intertwine, we get to meet two really interesting leads, and the people around them. I loved reading about Kayla's skills as a designer, and seeing her be a real friend and champion to Evelyn. As we get to understand why, I only admired her more. It is a clever and important twist to the story. Add in the reasons behind Justin's fall from grace, and how much he wants to set the record straight, and it is difficult not to want the best for these guys. There is some lovely humour, some drama, and without doubt a blossoming romance under some difficult circumstances. I did enjoy the lack of angst between the two of them, rather that it radiated outwards. I really do recommend this as a lovely piece of escapism.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    Lead Me Back is a standalone contemporary romance. Long-time fans of author C.D. Reiss will appreciate the casual nods to characters from prior standalone novels set in Hollywood, and new readers will have no trouble jumping right into Kayla and Justin’s story. Lead Me Back is filled with second chances, friendship, and smart banter.The opening scene absolutely hooked me. Having lived in both New York and California, Ms. Reiss nails the descriptions of both towns. Kayla travels across the contin Lead Me Back is a standalone contemporary romance. Long-time fans of author C.D. Reiss will appreciate the casual nods to characters from prior standalone novels set in Hollywood, and new readers will have no trouble jumping right into Kayla and Justin’s story. Lead Me Back is filled with second chances, friendship, and smart banter.The opening scene absolutely hooked me. Having lived in both New York and California, Ms. Reiss nails the descriptions of both towns. Kayla travels across the continent to run away from her troubles in New York, and when she foolishly takes a call from an unknown number, her life is turned upside down again—but this time by a sweet old lady named Louise. I loved Louise! She is one of those scene-stealing secondary characters. Louise’s grandson is none other than the boy band heartthrob, Justin Beckett. Just like Kayla, Justin is haunted by his past. Another standout secondary character is Kayla’s estranged father. The slow-burn romance is perfectly paced. I didn’t always feel the chemistry between Kayla and Justin, but I really enjoyed their banter. As the story progressed, the inevitability of their relationship developed organically, so that by the end, their partnership was a balance of support, respect and passion. I received an advance copy of this book from Montlake Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com
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  • Jenn Amy
    January 1, 1970
    *Audiobook*4 STARS Lead Me Back is a must read contemporary/celebrity romance written by CD Reiss. I devoured this story in one day. I adored the chemistry and connection between Kayla and Justin. Kayla is a fashion designer in New York, but has just packed up and moved to L.A. for a fresh start. Along the way she meets Justin in an unusual way but both are intrigued immediately and there are instant sparks. Justin was previously a rock star, now an actor who has a drama filled past. He is tryin *Audiobook*4 STARS Lead Me Back is a must read contemporary/celebrity romance written by CD Reiss. I devoured this story in one day. I adored the chemistry and connection between Kayla and Justin. Kayla is a fashion designer in New York, but has just packed up and moved to L.A. for a fresh start. Along the way she meets Justin in an unusual way but both are intrigued immediately and there are instant sparks. Justin was previously a rock star, now an actor who has a drama filled past. He is trying to settle down and lead a less dramatic lifestyle with the spotlight off of him. He is committed to making some changes in his life and career. Justin waivered back and forth on committing to Kayla because of his past and it honestly took away from his character and was a bit off putting at times. There were some heavier topics in this story that had the potential to make this a 5 star read but I felt that they were glossed over and the storyline not developed enough. Louise was my absolute favorite of the secondary characters. She is Justin grandmother and is hilarious and witty and added SO much to this story. Joe Arden is a top favorite narrator and I can never get enough of his voice. He narrates with such passion and power in his voice. LOVE IT. Emma Wilder's voice is sweet and sultry and she played the perfect part of Kayla.
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  • April ♥
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started listening to this book but I found that I really enjoyed it. I’m not always a big fan of the Hollywood star romance genre but there was definitely something likable about these characters.
  • A HEA
    January 1, 1970
    Kayla is after a fresh start and a cross country move is supposed to offer just that. To make the new beginning even more real she decides to change her number. Little does she know the flow-on consequences of that decision. Apparently the previous owner of the number hasn't quite cut ties and implores Kayla to take messages for him in return for his assistance in providing her with a leg up for her fresh start. Although Kayla doesn't want to turn down a chance for a fresh start she isn't keen o Kayla is after a fresh start and a cross country move is supposed to offer just that. To make the new beginning even more real she decides to change her number. Little does she know the flow-on consequences of that decision. Apparently the previous owner of the number hasn't quite cut ties and implores Kayla to take messages for him in return for his assistance in providing her with a leg up for her fresh start. Although Kayla doesn't want to turn down a chance for a fresh start she isn't keen on the idea of being indebted either and would prefer to make a name for herself based on her own worth. Unfortunately, her situation does not afford her with the luxury to have many choices so agrees to assist. What neither expected was the undeniable draw they felt when around each other. With the undeniable pull, they could only deny themselves for so long.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like there was something missing.
  • K-
    January 1, 1970
    I felt almost no connection to the couple. CD's writing style is hard to get into for me, sometimes I can get past it but this time not so much. Will probably read her next book and will probably be disappointed 🤷‍♀️
  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Quick read about Kayla Montgomery who is a sewing designer wiz who is escaping from NY to LA to run from a inappropriate boss situation.Through some unique circumstances she meets Justin Beckett who is also trying to erase shadows in his own past.Lots of action with some interesting secondary characters that could make for a series. "A copy of this book was provided by Montlake Romance via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Maria Angie Mendoza
    January 1, 1970
    Lighthearted feel good romance that brought about a few laughs.I was quickly immerse by this Hollywood romance. The chemistry and banter was well developed, snarky and hilarious. He’s a douche canoe, and she’s a native New Yorker! The main characters couldn’t be more different from the other. Yet they gave as good as they got!This made for a an enjoyable read!
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  • AJ's book-reMarks
    January 1, 1970
    New York City and Hollywood cross paths, one grew up and worked in the fashion industry while the other was in a boy band, turned actor. What happens when their paths cross by receiving a call to the right/wrong number? Christine Reiss has a way with words, her voice is clear, concise, and competent writer that has been in the business of creating scripts and stories and her knowledge of Hollywood brings about authenticity in her novels.
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