Cover Girl
by Andrew Cosby, Kevin Church, Mateus Santolouco (Boom!, 2008)

Alex Martin is just another face in Hollywood until his daring rescue of a woman from a burning car is caught by a news camera and he becomes an instant sensation. Never mind that he probably caused the accident in the first place. What matters is that he's suddenly this month's hot flavor and he's got a high-profile movie deal to boot.

Of course, it's entirely possible the injured woman -- who mysteriously disappeared after the accident -- whispered covert information to Alex as he carried her from the flaming wreck. At least, someone thinks she did, because Alex is suddenly a target -- and the studio brings in a big gun to protect their investment. The "big gun" in this case is Rachel Dodd, a former Los Angeles cop and bodyguard for hire.

Of course, you know Alex and Rachel are going to start off on the wrong foot. You know she's going to bruise his male ego by being better than him at a lot of "tough guy" stuff. And you know they're going to warm to each other over the course of several fiery adventures.

So, no big surprises here. But in a story like this, it's the ride that matters, and in this case Cover Girl is a lot of fun. Writers Andrew Cosby and Kevin Church have crafted some genuinely likable characters here, and the plot keeps them hopping. I enjoyed reading the book, and that's enough for me to recommend it.

review by
Tom Knapp

1 November 2008

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