Saturday, 5 January 2013

Happy Release Day - Nobody's Damsel (Someone Else's Fairytale #2) by Emily Mah Tippetts

Nobody's Damsel

Chloe has finished her masters degree and taken a job as a forensic scientist back in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only the press will not leave her alone. They follow her to crime scenes and report on her every move, eager to show that her marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, is on the brink of collapse. Millions of fans who dream of their own celebrity romance with him want this more than anything. This scrutiny comes at a particularly bad time as Chloe's first case is a crime against a child roughly the same age that Chloe was when she survived a homicide attempt.

Now that she sees the case from an adult's perspective, she realizes it's much harder than she ever dreamed. It's even worse for Jason, who is two steps removed from the crime. He must watch and try to support his wife as she battles with past demons and tries to keep up with a nameless suspect who evades identification and capture. Never has Jason been more frustrated with his job, its frivolities, and its lack of connection to the real world. When he storms off the set of his latest movie, the press goes wild with conjecture. While he says he wants to work on a project that means something, his agent and manager fear this may be the end of his time in the spotlight. Perhaps he never was anything more than a pretty face after all.

Together, Chloe and Jason must find their way past all the popping flashbulbs and through the dark maze of the criminal investigation to discover whether they can balance their professional goals with the demands of a celebrity marriage. The odds are entirely against them.

Nobody's Damsel by Emily Mah Tippetts

My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Nobody's Damsel(Source: I received a digital copy of this book on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Emily Mah Tippetts.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’ series, and kicks of 6 months after the end of book 1. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1**
It’s six months since Chloe and Jason tied the knot, and now Chloe has to deal with the pressures of having a movie star for a husband, especially one who the media constantly report is having an affair.

Chloe is starting her new job in the crime labs, which she has wanted to do since her own ordeal as a child, even though she now doesn’t need the money.

Can Chloe and Jason make their marriage work whilst the media keep intruding on their lives? Is there any truth to the speculation that Jason is having an affair? And how will the media spotlight affect Chloe’s own career?

I always find it interesting to read a book which comes after the ‘happily ever after’. So many books end with a fairy-tale wedding, and then you never know what happens next, and as much as you want to believe that they do have a ‘happily ever after’, you know that that’s really not realistic. So when there’s a sequel to one of these books, it tends to be an interesting read!

Chloe and Jason didn’t have the most average of courtships, and you just know that they’re not going to have the most average of marriages either, especially not with Jason being off all over the place filming movies and doing interviews and stuff. I liked the fact that Chloe hadn’t abandoned her own dreams though, which might have been expected of her given her husband’s career. Chloe’s stubborn streak continues in this book though, and she has set her sights on doing what she wanted to do – become a crime scene investigator.

One of the major things that Chloe has to deal with in this book though is the allegations of Jason’s infidelity. Chloe seemed to be fairly trusting of Jason in the first book, so much so that when she caught him with his co-star in his room, she believed him when he said that nothing was going on, but with the constant insinuations and newspaper articles, you can understand when her unwavering belief in him was swayed slightly.

I liked how the storyline in this second book was focused less on romance, and more on the hard work that a relationship takes, and Chloe’s own career. The mystery aspect of the storyline was well done, and although this aspect of the story didn’t have quite such a happy ending, the author managed to spin the overall ending to be positive, which was quite a feat in itself!

In my opinion this shift from romance novel, to something with a little more bite was well done, and sat well with the first book too. It will be interesting to see where Chloe’s new job takes her next, and how that continues to affect Chloe and Jason’s relationship.

Overall; a change when compared to the original story, but a great mystery/real-life romance read.
7 out of 10.

This book is the sequel to 'Someone Else's Fairytale', and is released on January 5th 2013.


Emily Mah Tippetts 

 Emily's books are available in both ebook and paperback format :)
(Castles on the Sand is one of my favourites)


  1. I like that this is a post-happily-ever-after story, and that it's not just about the romance but about chloes and Jason's real lives. Think I will get a copy of this! Thanks Sarah!

  2. I thought this was a kids' book,what with the cover. But I also love post happily ever after stories, so I'll put it on the list!

  3. Oh I really like the sound of this book Sarah. It seems to have a mix of everything right, it sort of reminds me of a Kate Atkinson book I read a few years ago. I think I may have to give the first book a try. Thanks for putting this on my radar! :)

  4. So happy you liked this book. It's nice when a book shows the hard work it takes for a relationship to work.

  5. Will have to put these on my to-read list. :)

    By the way, I know how you feel with your little one sleeping through the night... My first daughter still doesn't most of the time and she's nearly 4!

  6. I liked this book better than the first but you are right -- it was a huge departure. I'm not sure I believe as much in Jason and Chloe's relationship and I'm so curious as to where this story will go! The ending was so unsatisfying!!

  7. I love the classic cover and will get around to soon!