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False Front

(Bishop Security #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Emma Porter is not real. She is an accomplished young woman, living a fulfilling life in New York City, working for an online news agency, and striving toward normalcy. The truth, however, is something else. She was once Emily Webster, a child of privilege, and the twenty-first century Lindbergh Baby. Her high-profile, unexplained abduction and subsequent rescue led to a c ...more
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published April 24th 2020 by Gatekeeper Press
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3.5 Stars!

... Debbie Baldwin's debut novel.

I have mixed feelings for this one. It was great in some parts, but there were parts that I felt like it was lacking, and parts that were too much for me. After hours of contemplating, I finally decided to give this three and a half stars.

Note: This is a romantic suspense.

There is no doubt that this was an expertly written novel. A brilliant suspense read that kept me hooked from the very first page. If I sum up my suspense reads this year, this mi
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**I was provided with an ARC for an honest review.**

My god that was a wild ride.


The characters

Emily Webster, her new identity as Emma Porter.

She is absolutely an ice bitch character — cold, calculating and ready to do whatever it takes to survive.


But it is also a coping mechanism. Sometimes she needs to shut off emotions and jump into action. This book really worked to balance her strength of character balancing the victim and survivor complex... and THE SASS.

"Okay, good. If I got one mor
When Emily Webster was 9-years old, she was abducted and held for months until her rescue. She has no memory of what happened between the moment of her kidnapping and her rescue. And, the rest of the world never learned she was eventually found. It’s been 15 years and she’s now Emma Porter, a completely new identity where’s she’s a reporter for a popular but sketchy outlet owned by a man who spends a lot of energy on conspiracy theories. Her new, high profile assignment is a series of interviews ...more
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I started this series with the second book but I had to come back to read Nathan and Emma aka Emily's story right away. The writing in this series is phenomenal and it's so captivating I didn't want to put the book down for even a second. Every pages leaves a little hint on what's to come and I loved how it constantly had me waiting for more. It was like a rush to flip the page and find out what's going to happen, especially when it came to Emma's secret past.

Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romantic-supense
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Loved it! I promised an extra 1/2-Star for the Midsomer Mysteries reference and this book more than earned it. For a first novel there were some problems, but nothing that experience won't help for the next book in the series and nothing that was fatal. A little sentimental and a tad of angst, but the plot was great and the HEA well earned. I look forward to reading the stories of Ren, Finn, Tox, Chat, Twi
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

So there were many things that I love about this book, but the detail in regards to the Tech aspects and the covert operations, the danger surrounding all of it and how the best laid plans have a way of literally blowing up in your face; was all executed superbly. This one kept me engaged, confused, unsure about my theories regarding the bad guys and even the "Anti Heroes" protecting us civilians.

I can honestly say I loved and loved to hate every single character in this story. It ha
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Webster was abducted when she was nine years old. Rescued months later, the mysterious man behind the kidnapping was never caught. With her rich father's help, Emily became Emma Porter, a reporter for an online newspaper whose next assignment is a series of interviews with Defense Contractor Nathan Bishop. Nathan is well known in the press as a playboy with a new woman on his arm every night. Emma is nervous about meeting Nathan. As a child, they lived beside each other. He was kind to the ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot kept me guessing. I liked both the hero and the heroine. They actually talked about things and discussed their feelings and had a mature adult relationship. It was refreshing. Secrets are told at an appropriate time in the development of the relationship.

There was wooing and dates and hot times between them.

I really enjoyed the romance and the action plot. Too often one or the other suffers but not here they both get good development.

I really wanted to read more books by this author bu
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book was too much for me. There was just so much going on and it became so far fetched that I just couldn't engage with it.

The premise is so mind boggling that it is not a surprise I couldn't keep up. Emily and Nathan grew up together, then due to the actions of her father Emma is kidnapped. She is secretly rescued and takes on the identity of Emma. Nathan and the rest of the world assume she is gone. Skip forward a few years and Emma dodges the bodyguard looking out for her to go out on a
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars.

This was a pretty good romantic suspense. The author is new to me and I was pleasantly surprised. I think the characters were a little bit too much like the standard RS characters but I liked them well enough to read the next book in the series.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emily Webster was kidnapped as a child and when she was rescued it was never publicized. She became known as the twenty-first century Lindbergh Baby. With her father’s help she is now living as Emma Porter. She works for an online news agency and is given the assignment to interview Nathan Bishop, a womanizing dare-devil who runs his family’s defense contracting company. Emily remembers Nathan as the boy who lived next door to her growing up that she loved. They must now work together to stop an ...more
This was almost a 5 star read but I got distracted 3/4s of the way in. Just too many characters and too much to keep track of so it lost a star.
Shari Stauch
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hadn't read a good suspenseful romance in years. Frankly, I'd given up on them. False Front cuts through the clutter of same old, same old. The characters are wonderful (and don't we all wish we had 'em as best friends?!) and the story moves and moves and moves at a lightning pace. Was super excited to see this is going to be a series, I'm in for every one of them!!! A delightful escape from current reality... enjoy! ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was just not very good. I tried, I really did.

Emma was kidnapped as a child and when she was rescued her childhood became one of extreme paranoia. As an adult she changes her name to Emma Porter and strives to live a normal life so no one can connect her to her past. To do that she has to live unattached and that means no long term relationships of any kind.

Nathan Bishop has secrets as well. Underneath his play boy image he is a very different man. Nathan's big secret is he lived near
Elizabeth Connor
This book, which I got from Netgalley, earns a solid 4.5 stars, but since that’s not an option, I’m rounding up to 5. I only have two complaints about this book, which I’ll get to in the end. Overall, I thought it was a great book and I loved it. The book was so good that I didn’t want to put it down. In fact, although I was nearing the end, I needed to get some sleep so I stopped reading. I woke up repeatedly, and finally, after only three hours of sleep, I gave up and allowed myself to read th ...more
Debbie Baldwin
Apr 03, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I want to start off with a deeply heartfelt thank you to the GR community. Your reviews and ratings have been amazing. As you well know, indie authors work hard to try to get their books seen. I owe Goodreads a huge debt of gratitude for helping me in my effort.

I am a fierce lover of romantic suspense, and I wrote False Front because it was the story that I wanted to read. Emily is a daughter of privilege who was abducted as a child. When the kidnapper remained at large, her father sequestered h
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Endless plot twists go hand in hand with psychological depth in this sizzling romantic thriller from Baldwin.

Eight-year-old Emily Webster had lost her sense of “normal” after becoming a pawn in her billionaire father’s one of powerful enemies’ revenge game. Her kidnapping forced her father to send her away to start life with a new identity. Now as Emma Porter, Emily seems to have everything but peace of mind. Nathan Bishop is trying to deal with his own personal demons as he hides behind a faça
Sadie Forsythe
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm of two minds about this book. On one hand the writing is sharp and it's a rollicking good time of a read. On the other, there are quite a few elements included that, while common to the genre, I personally dislike in a book and, thus, had to pointedly look over. The Rich, Pretty-Pretty Princess Who Everyone Adores is a heroine I can't come close to relating to. The Rich, Playboy Who Treats Women as Commodities But Every Woman Still Wants always just seems like an asshole to me and I don't
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Porter has been living her life in New York as a reporter for a news organization run by a conspiracy theorist. Her real name is Emily Webster, but she has had to live this way because of an ongoing threat that started with her high-profile kidnapping when she was a child. Most believe that Emily Webster never came home, but by a lucky set of coincidences, she was returned to her father and became Emma Porter. Her lack of memory of the incident doesn't make it any less real. Nathan Bishop h ...more
Wendy Irving
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Some aspects earned 4 stars, other parts should get 3

The childhood romance backstory shared by the protagonists is lovely and highly compelling. The first half of the book delves into the psychology of the heroine who is a child-abductee survivor. She is likable although somewhat wishy-washy. At times she is highly self-aware, competent, ready to take on the world, and at others, she ignores her gut instincts, avoids telling the truth when she should, and she is inconsistent in her personality (
Victoria Sturlini
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WHAT A PERFECT BOOK!!!!**********

What an amazingly riveting book! The storyline is fantastic! I have read many romantic suspense books and this one is at the very top of the list! I can see Debbie Baldwin's books becoming as popular as Marie Force's Fatal series! The love story was so moving.... I felt the beauty of it in my heart. Nathan and Emily's story from their childhood was so sweet and heartwarming it was deeply effecting. The love they had for each other was at a soul level.... Pas
Irene S
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being kidnapped as a child, Emma lives under a new identity and works a a report for an online news company. Emma is surprised to find out that she will do a series of interviews with her former childhood friend Nathan, who heads up a large defense contracting company. The tabloids describe him as a playboy and an adrenaline junkie, but she hopes there is something of the sweet boy in the grown man. Emma has to interview Nathan while still keep her true identity a secret, because there is ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Front is the first book in the Bishop Security Series. It is a romantic thriller written by the author Debbie Baldwin.

Emily Webster was nine years old, daughter of the richest families in the world. She was abducted. Once she was rescued, her father secretly moved them to Georgia and from that day, she became Emma Porter. For the world, Emily is still captive. Emma's father was carrying the burden of who planned her kidnapping and was concerned for her safety. When Emma turned eighteen sh
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the author contacted me she was certain I was going to love the book. I can only imagine how it must feel to give your ‘baby’ to someone and hope they love it as much as you do. I, for one, am not someone who likes to disappoint anyone and it made me a bit anxious to start reading it.

Well, ‘mama’ Debbie, I liked your story a lot. Some parts were maybe a bit confusing but they were explained later on. It kept me wondering what was going on and made me want to go on reading. I can be frustrat
Trish (tiedupinbooks)

I honestly can’t believe this was Baldwins debut novel. Her story telling is remarkable, her words flow so smoothly and her creativity is astounding.

Each character in this book brought something to the table. Emily was kidnapped and held hostage when she was a young girl. Nathan is the high powered face of Bishop Security. The two have to work together to stop an arms dealer with a lethal bio weapon, they just didn’t expect feelings to blossom.

This story was an action packed romance that com
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Front by Debbie Baldwin is a navy seal, revenge, adult romance that will keep you rushing through the pages until the very end, and leave you wanting more.

4.5/5 stars

Emma has a dark history that she has repressed from her memories. As she gets closer to a childhood friend she can’t open up to, those memories start to unravel. Nathan, a former navy seal, has secrets of his own, and wants to get close to a reporter working on a hard hitting story about him.

This is an adult romance, and the
Tin Minute
False Point is a thriller/romance hybrid that makes you wonder who's really wrong, and why is this other person right? Emma is a woman who knows she's pretty, and kind of rich, but wants to make it in the world on her own. The person that she once looked up to when they were kids, is not the person that she thought he'd be, and she needs a bodyguard for... personal reasons. Yes, there is a lot going on, but as a reporter Emma tries to make the best of it all as the world that she didn't even cre ...more
Judy Barrett
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As children they had a special bond even though he was 5 years older. At age 8 she was kidnapped and it changed both of their lives. Fate brings them back together as adults. Mystery, suspense, romance. This book has it all. A well written and edited story that keeps you turning the pages, it's hard to put down. This will stay on my Kindle for a re-read sometime in the future. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily le
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Had it not been for a few too many implausible coincidences, I would have given this book 5 stars because the writing was superb and a joy to read. The characters were terrific too, and who can resist a whole team of yummy heroes and rescued military dogs? Trust, trauma recovery, mental health, grief, sorrow, loss, courage, teamwork, revenge, justice, family, friendship, destiny, hope, and love were some of the underlying themes in this binge-worthy adventure.

I received a free copy of False Fron
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast paced, action packed novel. I found the beginning a little confusing as there was very little background knowledge given re Emily’s/ Emma’s past. I had to refer back to the intro blurb to remind myself as to where the story was going. But the history is fully explained as the story evolves. I liked how the author made Emily a capable young woman instead of a damsel in distress. Mild steam. A lot of characters to keep track of but I’m hoping they also get their story.

I received a free copy
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Debbie Baldwin is a successful print media and television writer. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Debbie and her husband live in Saint Louis, Missouri with their puggle, Pebbles. They have three children in college. False Front is her first novel.

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