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Chain Reaction

(Bodyguard #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  61 reviews

Blonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protectiv
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Forever
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Briar's Reviews
If you're looking for a slow burn romance with action and suspense woven throughout, Tara Wyatt's Chain Reaction is the book for you!

Why didn't I read this book sooner? Romance, a Canadian author, and a sexy man on the cover are three awesome traits of this book that make it a must have in my collection. This book has it all - drama, suspense, thrills, romance and some incredibly sexy scenes. Zack is mega hot, Alexa is a Hollywood star looking for something different and they are a match made in
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt is the first book that I have read from this author and it surely won’t be my last after I got a taste of Wyatt’s suspenseful storytelling. Although Chain Reaction is part of the Bodyguard Series, it most definitely can be read as a standalone as the author did a great job introducing previous characters.

Alexa Fairfax is considered Hollywood royalty since she comes from a family of actors. The Fairfax name
Briar's Reviews
If you're looking for a slow burn romance with action and suspense woven throughout, Tara Wyatt's Chain Reaction is the book for you!

Why didn't I read this book sooner? Romance, a Canadian author, and a sexy man on the cover are three awesome traits of this book that make it a must have in my collection. This book has it all - drama, suspense, thrills, romance and some incredibly sexy scenes. Zack is mega hot, Alexa is a Hollywood star looking for something different and they are a match made in
She needs a hero and her heart can’t hold out any longer, either. Alexa is beautiful in mind and body and now this young princess of Hollywood has discovered a horrible secret that could cost her her life. When she confides in her secret heartthrob and good friend, Zack De Luca, he becomes the undercover bodyguard she needs and the pretend boyfriend she wishes were real. Zack is more than a handsome man in a well-muscled body, he is a fighter, a man on a mission to protect the woman he has secre ...more
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I was lucky enough to get to beta-read this book. Which was really awesome because I had devoured the first two books in the series and it felt like this 3rd one wasn't going to come out for eons and I'm not known for my patience. And I really adored the first two in the Bodyguard series so to say that the bar was set extremely high for this 3rd one would be a massive understatement.

One of the first things you'll notice when you p
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
I have enjoyed every book in this series but I think this is the most intense one yet. CHAIN REACTION is filled with suspense, easy chemistry and passion between the main characters and got a very strong reaction from me because of who the villains were.

Alexa Fairfax seems to have it all. She's Hollywood royalty and grew up with the very best that money can buy, but all that money can't buy her happiness. Getting her own place away from her parents was her first stab at independence and life tha
Book Him Danno
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1\2 Stars out of 5

I read the first book in the series and while it was interesting I found the story lacking.
I love the backstory of Hollywood Mob family and how it came to power. I enjoyed that Tara Wyatt connect her books together with a string you can follow and see how it all connect together.
Reader will not get lost she creates enough backstory that it keeps the story flowing at a good place. Chain Reaction can be read as a stand alone.
If someone called me sweet as many times Zack called
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My Thoughts

Chain Reaction is the third book in the adult romantic suspense, Bodyguard series by Tara Wyatt. I have not read either of the first two books in the series, however; I have a thing for bodyguard stories, so when I saw Chain Reaction float into my email, I couldn't pass it up. The books can be read as standalones, and I had no problem picking up with this installment. The plot sounds yummy, and it totally was! I
It’s my first read by Tara Wyatt and I’ve going to sheepishly admit that the whole bodyguard gig thing is one of my guiltiest not-quite-secrets. ‘Chain Reaction’ is a sweeter read than I expected and from the onset, I’m going to say it isn’t a bad read. More focused on the romance than suspense, it’s got so much of the sheen of the famous Bodyguard movie, but there aren’t any complaints from me here.

My mixed feelings probably stem from the characterisation which felt at times, a bit clichéd for
Adria's Musings
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Actress Alexa Fairfax grew up in what outsiders would consider the perfect family with legendary parents but to her it was a nightmare and when she overhears a conversation at her parents’ home she goes to the only person she knows she can trust: Z
books are love
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
First love how Zack was the one Alexa first felt safe and comfortable telling what happened to. It shows that they had a connection and that she trusted him. I also love how Zack felt a need to protect her and keep her safe from the moment she walked in the door. He could tell her emotions and wanted to ease her sadness and fear. He didn’t push her or try to tell her what to do only sooth her.
These two are so adorable together. The chemistry wowza. They fought their attraction due to so many rea
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zack DeLuca is stuck between a rock and a hard place, he wants to protect Alexa from the danger that is looming in her life, but being that close to her day in and out is a temptation he is certain he won't be able to fight for long. He has harbored a bone deep crush for a while now, but his history with relationships has always kept him from making a move, full well knowing it wouldn't end well for either of them. But with her life in danger, and her safety at risk, there is no way he can walk ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Bodyguards #3
Rating: 3 stars - it was good

The fake couple is probably my favorite romance trope so I really enjoyed watching Alexa and Zack go from pretending to real love. I liked that they were friends to begin with so that really increased the success of pretending to be a couple. Of course, it felt all too real for both of them since they had feelings involved. They moved from pretending to real pretty fast but it was still an interesting set up. I do wish that the Alex-Zack-Taylor d
Lisa Richards
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

I love romantic suspense and though I haven't read the earlier books in this series, I had no problem keeping up. This was a fun read and mixing in suspense with romance really upped the ante. I'm not overly fond of books told from multiple POVs as I find this jars me out of my reading bubble but managed to adjust.
I love the Fake Couple Trope, it's probably my favorite plot device that authors use in a romance novel. It was a lot of fun watching Zack and Alexa's romance develop for real. The che
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Zach and Alexa were fun to read, dynamic characters, and hot, hot, hot!
Romancing the Book
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Lori
Book provided by NetGalley

This is the third book in the Bodyguard series, and reading the other books is not necessary to understand the plot of the book. I read her first book in this series, which I loved and I loved this one as well.

Contemporary romance is a genre I love because it’s set in the here and now, the author uses frames of reference that most women will understand, the clothes and slang the characters use are something we can all relate to. It’s fun to get swept awa
Home. Love. Books.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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So this is book 3 in the series, and I haven't read the first two, or any other book written by Tara before, but I have to say I enjoyed this book. I have really been in the mood for some suspense in my romance lately, and this book definitely brings the suspense. It also brings with it a pretty hefty dose of family drama and angst.

I figured out pretty quickly that this series seems to revolve around a group of friends, and the guys all seem to work for one guys security company, so basically th
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
*Cue Whitney Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" as this MMA-fighter-slash-bodyguards meets Hollywood royalty in this 3rd installment of The Bodyguard Series.

Though this is the 3rd in the Bodyguard series, each can be read as stand alones, and there is enough back information that you won't get lost if you jump in now.

Alexa and Zack's story is a fast paced and adrenaline packed one. The Hollywood mob, MMA fighters, twists and intrigues. So much happening all the time.

I loved the pull betwe
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Alexa has always been a pawn for her famous Hollywood royalty family. This time she’s fighting back, this time it’s going to go too far to ignore, this time people will be killed.

Zane has had a soft spot for Alexa for a while now but he’s a bodyguard, an up and coming MMA fighter and he truly believes that he’s not good enough for the beautiful woman in the constant spotlight of her talents and her family. Yet when Alexa turns to him for help and protection from a de
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Romantic suspense is one of those tricky genres for me. I either find myself deeply involved in the storyline or completely bored with it. In the case of Chain Reaction, it was deeply involved.

Tara Wyatt's writing quickly pulled me into the story. It was fast-paced and moved the story along quickly. Nothing was too drawn out or boring. The story contained just the right amo
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Tara Wyatt has become an auto-read author for me and this is the series that started my love affair with her writing. This is the third book in the Bodyguard Series and while it can be read alone there are some threads that have been woven through the previous books, mainly Alexa and the growing danger that her family represents. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for Zack and Alexa’s book and can honestly say that I was not disappointed one single bit.

I’m pretty particular w
Books and Spoons
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chain Reaction is an intense, vigorous, and ardent romantic suspense story with a mix of Hollywood drama, MMA fighting, mobsters ready to do anything to keep their secrets, and swoon-worthy romance that made me sigh.
I loved how the intensity was built in the story from several different sources, keeping it constantly on the rise. The plot is well constructed, giving the romance a chance to grow and develop in the midst of the tension and terror from the mob.
The danger and fear in the story com
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes what a story!!

Alexa Fairfax's parents are both actors and lead the perfect it seems on the outside. But, on the inside there's so much more going on with both of them. Alexa is tired of trying to be the perfect Hollywood child and moves out on her on. One evening she goes to her parents house for dinner and the conversations along with the lusting of her dad's friends and her mother's snide comments get to her, so she goes to her secret place just off the library that she
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Romantic Suspense! Alexa is the daughter of Hollywood royalty. She’s beautiful and intelligent, and it appears, on the surface that her life is perfect. Underneath that façade, lie dark secrets and a life of pain not joy. When she accidentally stumbles upon a dangerous plot, her life is in danger. She turns to her friend, Zack who is an MMA fighter in training, to protect her. He agrees to be her boyfriend to protect her. They have always been attracted to each other, and now those feeling ...more
Book Lover
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexa grew up Hollywood elite. Her parents are both actors and her dad owns/runs a movie production company with lots of power. She was raised to be the perfect child, doing exactly what her parents told her to until recently. She has moved out of her parent’s home and is happy to be out of the limelight. Alexa is working on figuring out who she wants to be on her own when she over hears a conversation between her father and his right hand man she was never meant to hear, and everything changes. ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
"Chain Reaction," undeniably gave me mixed emotions as I was reading the novel. It was a fun, heart-pulsing action packed book that I would not recommend for the more timid readers. In other words, if you are easily offended by explicit content that involves both sexual tensions as well as the language this story is not for you. In truth, I am not so easily offended by such uncensored material, but there were times when enough was far too much. The author, Tara Wyatt could have cut back just a l ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Alexa Fairfax has given up trying to impress her mother. But her mother is a pussycat compared to her father. Zach De Luca has the same circle of friends as Alexa. He also has the expertise that she is in need of. Can a man who is all about protecting people find happiness with someone that is considered part of tinseltown royalty?

This author created the right combination that had me glued to my ereader. I just had to remember to blink. I’m all about the romance but this author
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my freaking god. What a book. This is the first book by Tara
Wyatt. And the first in the series I have read. But now I have to go
read the rest. The book is so masterfully written. And it had me
hooked, reading on to see what happened next. Causing me to read,
till I finished this book in the wee hours of the morning.

This story is about Alexa and Zach. They met a year ago but were
dating other people. Neither believing they deserved the other. I felt
so bad for Alexa. Her family may have weal
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
To look at Alexa Fairfax you would think she had it all, fame, fortune and beauty but the reality is she is being held hostage by her life. Bodyguard and rising MMA star Zack De Luca has his eye on the prize even though the real prize he longs for is out of his league, Alexa. As ugly secrets and dark conspiracies threaten the well being of Alexa when she seeks shelter in Zack's arms she finds that they offer more than a safe haven but a place to invest her heart.

Chain reaction was full of suspen
Lynn Brooks
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best one yet! I've really enjoyed all of the books in Tara Wyatt's The Bodyguard series, but there's just something about Zach De Luca that makes this one my favorite! His energy is protective and raw, and he brings out the best in Alexa. The Virtus Security team once again joined forces to help save the day and to forge an even closer friendship between the pack of them. I'm hoping we get Ian's story soon! :)

Alexa Fairfax gives off the air of living a pampered life, but no one knows the dar
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Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara's writing has won several awards, including the Golden Quill Award and the Booksellers' Best Award. In addition, she is a 2018 RITA® Finalist for her novella, Until the Sun Sets.

Tara has been writing since 2013, and her first book, Necessary Risk, was published in 2016. Since then, s

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