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Set in the world of American politics Jessie, an up and coming democrat and Michael an established republican are attracted. Michael is going through a difficult divorce and is apprehensive about starting a new relationship.
Jessie and Michael are two realistic and likeable characters.
This well written romance flows well with many ups and downs that kept my interest.
The main guy, Michael Grath is a Republican [gasp, he's very moderate and you can't really blame him his rich parents raised him that way] and he is also a recently elected congressman. The story starts off with him meeting the main girl, Jessie Clark a hard core Democrat an also a recently elected congresswoman. The way they meet is so funny, Michael and a Republican man he was speaking to mistake her for a waitress [oh no they didn't], it works out in a really amusing way.
Well time passes, Michael still thinks of Jessie and vice-versa. Eventually they form a friendship and then later begin a relationship. Points for the author, they don't jump into bed in the first 3 chapters, however, I will say that they don't share a kiss until half way through the book and they never have a real date [or at least not one that the readers are privied to] and that is why this book lost points with me.
Its definitely worth the read, you have a strong male character and an equally strong female character.
Jessie is a newly elected Congresswoman and Michael a newly elected congressman, but for opposing parties. To make matters worse, Michael is in the middle of an ugly divorce, he's Catholic and from a wealthy family so all of that along with his Republican politics means he can't be seen to be dating.
This was a slow burn romance that seemed very realistic, from their initial uncertainties over acting on their attraction, the their concerns over their opposing political ideologies. It was narrated in alternate fp from both of them, with a couple of additional povs from others thrown in along the way to help the story along.
I enjoyed this, it was different and intelligent but the long political arguments bogged down the flow of the story and made it slow going at times. I can see why it was there, but I think less detailed debate and more clues about the chemistry between the two of them would have held my interest for longer. I wasn't convinced until 40% that they even had a spark and even then they were so damn sensible all the time. I didn't really get a power/influence vibe from either of them which is a pity because as the On the Record series has proven, a powerful, alpha Senator makes an irresistible subject for a story.
This is a complete story and worth a read if you're interested in the inner workings of US politics but while it had it's sweet moments, I've read more convincing romances than this.
I really liked Michael and Jessie, both separately and as a couple. Michael is, well, he’s just HOT. I guess he’s the only politician I’ve ever found hot and that says a lot! :) Even though he has it all and is the all-American man, I love how he’s willing to jeopardize everything for love. I loved this sweet, romantic side of him that comes out when he meets Jessie.
Jessie is a great heroine. She’s a tough woman who’s worked hard to get to where she is, especially in a men’s world. I particularly liked the way she stood by her decisions and beliefs even when she was torn between Michael and her career. I loved that she didn’t let her feelings for Michael cloud her judgment and change her mind.
A special mention for the side characters, Trish and Larry because they were simply awesome!
If I can find a flaw, I didn’t like it that we didn’t get to see what happened when their secret was revealed to the world. The fast-forward didn’t work too well for me, because it left me wanting for more.
Apart from this, I enjoyed reading this political romance and I would recommend it even to readers who know nothing about politics because Mary has a way of explaining things, without making it feel like a “Politics 101″ book. :)
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