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I'll Be Watching You

(Hollywood Heat #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  47 reviews
She can trust him with her heart, but can she trust him with her life?

Growing up as a foster kid, Jessica Jensen found her escape in movies-especially those starring teen heartthrob Reece Winchester. When she meets him as an adult, he's just as charming, fascinating, and devastatingly handsome as she'd imagined. Before she knows it, Jessica is falling hard. But her
Paperback, 2nd edition, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Forever (first published March 13th 2018)
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Menacing, steamy, and alluring!

Ill Be Watching You is a charged, passionate tale that takes you into the lives of two main characters. Jessica, an intelligent, young woman with a troubled past who seems to have become the target of a malicious killer, and Reece a Hollywood actor turned director with a checkered past of his own whos determined to protect those he cares about at any cost.

The writing is crisp and sultry. The characters are secretive, committed, and resourceful. And the plot is a
Mandi Schreiner
DNF at 30%

The hero stalks the heroine on security camera and then when they finally meet in person he is very aggressive and controlling - he was supposed to be dark and sexy but it made me feel yucky. I just really don't want to read about him for the rest of the book. He was too much "I like you so you must like me" - he never stopped to ask her what she wanted. It was way too forward and controlling.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I'll Be Watching You is the first book in the romantic suspense Hollywood Heat series by Leslie A. Kelly. It's a bit over-the-top romance with an overbearing hero, insta-lust, and a lot of drama. It has a "famous actor falls in love with a regular girl" trope, so if you enjoy this trope, you may like this book. Overall, I enjoyed it, even though I didn't particularly love the hero and found insta-lust a little too much at times.

*Free copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest
Watching You reads like the establishing book of a series that it is: theres a big back story kept under lock and key for ages, loose hanging threads that dont necessarily come together, multiple POVs that arent confined to the male/female protagonists and possibly a cliffhanger which no ones fond of.

And its tricky business, I understand, because the first book always needs to get the narrative arc just right without compromising the romance while leaving too many loose ends. A little of the
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Having read and enjoyed other books by Leslie Kelly, I was eager to start this new romantic suspense series. At times I did find the beginning of the story slow, but, that is often the case as an author tries to lay the foundation for a new series since they have to provide so much backstory. However, it wasn't long before I was sucked in wanting to know just who was the culprit. Although I will reveal that there is more than one mystery to be solved in this story so even if you figure out one ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Watching You, (Hollywood Heat 1),  Leslie A. Kelly

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Genre: Romance

My first read by this author, so I didn't know her writing style. It proved to be a fun read and one I enjoyed but...there were a few things that made it fall short of a five star read for me.

The way Reece obsesses about Jessica after only viewing her from a security camera and then sets up their meeting, weird. Then when he gets her alone knowing what he does about the room...well, it made me
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Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received in exchange for a honest review.

The book overall was good and I do look forward to the next brothers book.

Jessica and Reece are interesting characters. Jessica is a sassy, smart and very independent girl. She is trying to become a screenwriter and has had a hard knocks life to this point. When her professor tells her she has Reece Winchester wanting to have her intern at his company she is elated but also wary. These two had one very intense night and she questions if this is
Cathy Geha
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly
Hollywood Heat #1

Truly enjoyable story that captured my interest immediately and held it throughout superb writing great plot wonderful characters cant wait for book two

Jessica Jensen aspires to make it big in movies as a screenwriter. She works hard, is talented, pretty and also a very good person. Her life has been difficult but she won the lottery when adopted by Lizas family. Liza and she are tight as sisters and BFFs. When Jessica promotes Lizas art to
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Is there anyone who hasn't at least at some point had a Hollywood crush?

I remember my first-ever crush not just of the Hollywood variety, but ever.

It was Brad Pitt.

Not Thelma and Louise Brad Pitt...

or even Legends if the Fall Brad Pitt.

Nope. The role that got my adolescent engine running was Brad Pitt from The Favor.

Never heard of that movie? I'm not surprised, because most people havent.

It was a relatively low budget, definitely inappropriate
Cathy Egan
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of mystery

I started this series backwards, reading the second book first, but there weren't too many spoilers, so it was ok. This one is about Reece and Jessica. He's a Hollywood producer/director, former child star with a lot of secrets from his past. She's an aspiring screen writer with a really big heart. It's the story of their romance, but there's lots of mystery and suspense, which is my favorite kind of book!! I enjoy the writing style of Leslie A. Kelly having already read a couple
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a gem of a book Leslie is another new author to me and I really really enjoyed her book and will be adding more from her to my tbr list. I really liked both Reece and Jessica the chemistry between them was off the charts hot and the ploy well I thought I had figured it out then bam I was not even close a must read for all fans of romantic- suspense books.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reece Winchester is an award winning director and when he spies a woman on a security camera feed, he's immediately drawn to her.
Jessica Jensen loves her sister and when she pops into an art gallery to pitch her sister's work and they agree to set-up a meeting, she is ecstatic. When Jess finds out that her sister's art show might all have been an elaborate plan
Angel Hatfield
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A red headed woman jogging in the beach and the entering the gallery caught Reeces attention. Reeces Aunt Sharon had no idea who she was Sharon checked with Sid and the girl was trying to help sister have a profession show of her sculptures.. Jessica was the redhead and her adopted sister was Liza. Jesss mom had died when she was nine and she went into the system and luckily eventually she was adopted by Lizas family. Sharon looked at the pictures of Lizas work and thought they were really good. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in Hollywood Heat Series, Watching You, is another great read from my favourite romantic suspense author Leslie Kelly!
Its a playful twist star-struck attraction in this novel. This time, its the former movie-star turned director Reece who feels an instant attraction to the average-looking, sweaty, red-headed jogger visiting his Aunts art gallery. But Jessica Jensen is not about to follow the script Reece has planned. To top things off, someone keeps taking attempts at their lives
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great new series. Leslie A Kelly has a gift for romantic suspense and great characters with chemistry off the charts.

Reece Winchester is the eldest of the three brothers. They are all Hollywood royalty, until one night everything fell apart. Reece returns to Hollywood for retribution. Hes a big-name actor who decided to go behind the camera and makes an even bigger name for himself. The Winchesters have lots of secrets and it all revolves around the death of their sister Rachel. Rachel died at
Kaitlin S. (stacked_shelf)
Ill Be Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly was a wildly entertaining romantic suspense.

Jessica Jensen is a strong, fiery woman who is trying to break into Hollywood as a screen writer. Her path collides with Reece Winchester, a Hollywood legend, who starred in all the biggest movies growing up. A family tragedy ripped him away from acting on the big screen and now he puts all his talent into directing and producing. When Jessica meets Reece she is instantly drawn to this man she grew up watching.
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The moment that Jessica crosses paths with her longtime movie star crush Reece Winchester, she can't help but think it's fate. She has been trying for a long time to get her break in Hollywood as a screenwriter, and Reece is now one of Hollywood's most famous directors and producers. She is certain their meeting could help her get one step closer to her dream... what she doesn't expect is to also catch feelings too.

Their connection brings lots of unexpected sparks and romance to their lives,
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I read several of Leslie Kellys Harlequin romances. They were good and enjoyable, but her latest, Watching You is great and consuming. I had other things I should have probably been doing on my day off but once I started reading this book, I literally could not put it down. Believe me, that is saying a lot since I do not usually go for Hollywood type stories. This is just a remarkable story of family intrigue, loyalty and the pitfalls of Hollywood.

I loved the characters, main and
Holly _boozeandbooks
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬?

Reece and his siblings were the center of Hollywoods eye growing up. That is until Rachel, his sister, was found dead making everything take a tragic turn. After leaving the limelight, Reece returns to LA years later to tie up loose ends. He is at his aunts art gallery whenever he sees Jess. She was a huge fan of his movies as a kid and the attraction is instant. Almost as instant as the bad events that occur every time they
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Jessica Jensen -- aspiring screenwriter, smart & snarky. Trying to finish college and promote her sisters sculpting career.
Reece Winchester -- eldest member of the Winchester Hollywood dynasty, award winning actor/director. Currently in the market for a new home due to a case of arson.

This book has stalkers (both his and hers). There is her ex-boyfriend. There is a crazy fan who saw Reece smile at her from a movie screen. Who set Reeces house on fire? Who murdered the famous Hollywood agent
Angie Reed
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reese Winchester, former actor now director, sees his life as though he is directing a movie. Bad luck has followed his family and after his home was burned down he was visiting his aunt's art gallery he spots Jessica Jensen speaking to one of their employees about her sister's art. Reese is immediately captivated by her and obsesses over getting his chance to meet her. Jessica wants to be a screen writer and is so close to finishing school but needs an internship. Reese offers her the chance of ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly is the First book in the "Hollywood Heat" series. This is the story of Reece Winchester and Jessica Jensen.
Reece's day started off with his house burning down after that he went to his Aunt Sharon's gallery to see how she was doing. There Reece day turned out somewhat better, not just because his Aunt helped raised him and his siblings but because he spotted a redhead women that he found interesting.
Jessica was looking to help her sister find a place to display
Book Him Danno
While writing the first book in the series set up to the rest of the book the Author will be writing it keeps to be done well to keep readers hooked for the next book. This book falls flat from the male and female points of view that readers will guess who is who at first to the cliffhanger that isn't needed. Many loose end that could have been tied up in this book are left up in the air. The part that kept me wanting to put the book down and not finish it was the little stalker manipulatively ...more
Sawyer  ❤
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lets take a minute to talk about first impressions. They matter. They really matter. This book cover made a great first impression. Usually Im drawn to covers with topless men or couples embracing so the fact that this even caught my eye has to say something. He looks powerful and in control.

All right, now for the story. This book starts out at an art gallery. Jessica wants to arrange a showing for her friend. Reece sees her on the security cameras and falls in love, lust maybe. Whatever it is,
Diane Saul
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a romantic suspense trilogy. It is about the Winchester brothers former child stars. This is Reece Winchester and Jessica Jensens story. Hollywood can be a cutthroat business and Jessica is finding out just how cut throat. Jessica is a talented writer and hopes to someday be part of the Hollywood scene in her own right. From the moment Reece and Jessica meet there is a strong attraction, but Reece has secrets and Jessica has a stalker. When things start happening where ...more
Jessica Jensen grew up on movies and especially loved those Reece Winchester starred in. Who knew they would meet. And that Reece would want Jessica as much or more then she wanted him. What starts as just lust soon becomes so much more.
Yet Reece's life if filled with secrets and a past that may still be after him. Between his stalkers, both of their pasts and the many human mistakes they each make can happily ever after find them? Or will this love story turn into Hollywood's next tragic story.
Cali Jewel
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reese Winchester started out having a bad day, with his house being burnt down, but soon the day turns around when he sees Jessica Jensen walk into his aunts art gallery. Reece is a former actor now director of films who wants Jessica.
Jessica Jensen is a poor college student just trying to make ends meet and is hoping to become a screenwriter. A meeting between Reese and Jess at an art gallery show for her friend sets in motion the chemistry and danger for the both of them.
I liked the romance
Brianne Pendley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Leslie A. Kelly is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than fifty novels in various genres. She writes contemporary romances--usually funny and sexy--as Leslie Kelly. The middle initial--A.--means a thrilling, dark suspense novel, like one of her Black CATs or Veronica Sloan titles.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughters.

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