Incognito by Siobhan Davis
Released: June 30, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Reviewed by Keyrsten
A troubled popstar forced into hiding… A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy… And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.
Dakota’s dreams of attending Juilliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family. It’s one year later, and she’s now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.
Shawn is one of the world’s most famous faces, having lived under a spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen. Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse. When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn’s management team comes up with a plan—one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.
Romance is the last thing on Dakota’s mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can’t shake him from her thoughts.
Shawn can’t afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast.
But outside forces are conspiring against them.
When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?
Dakota had been the type of girl to act first and think later. She threw all caution to the wind and lived every moment to the fullest. Tragedy strikes and leaves Kota a ghost of who she used to be. It is a struggle for her to just breathe, but the strength she shows when she feels at her weakest is astounding. Romance is the last thing on her mind, but she can't help herself when Levi/Shawn looks at her with those understanding eyes that see right through the armor she has delicately wrapped around herself.
Shawn was thrust into the spotlight at a young age and fell into the cliche of a childhood star being swept up in a tornado of addiction and rebellious actions. Shawn is trying desperately to turn his life around now that he is sober, but his sobriety is tested when a reckless stalker threatens his life leading him to be whisked away into hiding until they can be caught. He is no longer Shawn Lucas pop music sensation, and now he is Levi Quinn mysterious college student in the middle of no where. His current life isn't safe and he's never been the relationship type, but he can't help but be drawn to his blonde midnight dancer.
This book hit me in the emotional gut with a metaphorical 2x4 repeatedly as I read it. Kota and her pain felt so real that as the reader I felt like I was drowning in sorrow right with her. Her pain is palatable, but she doesn't trust anyone to see this vulnerability anymore ever since she was betrayed by two people she trusted whole heartedly. She feels like a shell of herself and struggles to keep afloat throughout her day to day life. The shear strength and resilience she shows, even in her weakest moments, after everything is inspiring.
My feelings towards Shawn/Levi are a little tense. I loved who he was with Kota. He was passionate, caring, witty, and supportive with her. Kota made him a better person, a likable person. Shawn when he is still trying to pull off his arrogant popstar attitude is not my favorite person. I definitely noticed it was a defense mechanism, but not necessarily one I liked. The quiet moments he had with Kota were the ones I liked the best. Kota and Shawn were each broken in their own way, but their broken pieces were able to meld together beautifully.
The wishy/washy aspects of their relationship bugged me. At first I could see the point of it, but it happens so frequently it became a distraction. They are so independent and adult when it comes to their own problems, but the instant anything went wrong it gave off that high school breakup/makeup relationship. I wanted more from them. I feel like they could have hit those bumps in the road head on instead of the constantly back and forth with each other.
This book was action packed like a James Bond movie. There was so much suspense and intense things that happened that it felt like living in an action move with a touch of romance and heartache. Personally, I would have liked it dialed down a little bit, more specifically with some of Kota's storyline. What was written was done very well, but it was just a little too much going on for my own liking.
Incognito took me down an emotional dark hole, but that journey was worth it in the end. If you like to be recked with emotion and action packed love stories, this will be one you won't want to miss.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.