I've got to admit a series set amidst politics is very tempting and thankfully it's as awesome as it sounds!
Flirting with Scandal
by Chanel Cleeton
Capital Confessions #1
The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...
Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.
William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...
When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...
Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.
I loved this book!
- New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
- New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious.
- USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King
Chanel Cleeton knocked it out of the park with Flirting with Scandal. The banter was refreshing, the political storyline captivating, and the sexual tension was through the roof. Smart, emotional, romantic, and sizzling hot--this book is fantastic!
- Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series
Chanel Cleeton delivers again! Featuring a strong heroine, a steamy romance, and juicy dose of political scandal, Flirting with Scandal is completely engrossing. Clear your calendars--you won't be able to put this one down!
- Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo
An emotionally satisfying page turner, deliciously steamy and set against a complex political backdrop that yields satisfying plot twists and a hefty dose of scandal.
- Lia Riley, author of Upside Down
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I love the idea of a new adult series set in the cut throat world of politics. I knew from the moment I read the first couple of pages from Jackie's point of view this book was going to be something special, and I was right. My first book by Chanel Cleeton was a wonderful story I couldn't put down.
I fell in love with Jackie and Will the very first time I met them. I loved experiencing their love story from both their points of view. It made for a very satisfying reading experience. I liked them too. Jackie is a go-getter, smart, resilient, and a hard worker. She knows being in the political game is hard, but she thinks she can manage it without having it come back to bite her. I loved how Jackie was adamant about being as independent as possible as much as I understood her reasons for not wanting to get involved with a politician.
I'm hard pressed to describe how wonderful Will was. He fell hard for Jackie, almost instantly, and it was obvious to see he felt something more for her than just wanting to sleep with her. In fact, I loved how he patiently wooed her, knowing she'd never been in a relationship. He was willing to ignore his head and follow his heart even if it meant hurting himself in the long run. Will is just as determined as Jackie, but his end goal is different from hers.
There were a few things that bothered me. One was the age difference between Will and Jackie. It's not huge, but I often felt Jackie was too young for the responsibilities she was handling, even though she was passionate and capable about her job. I also didn't understand why so much pressure was on Will and why a major tabloid would be so interested in someone running for the state senate. It also didn't make a lot of sense why big wig Senator, like Senator Reynolds would show such interest in some one like Will running in a state election, especially if his political connections weren't active any more.
I know this book is the first in a three book series and I'm really eager to see how the next book plays out, especially since it's about Jackie's half-sister, Blair. I enjoyed seeing Will and Jackie grow in this relationship and I have the feeling things are only going to get better with time for them as time goes on. If you're looking for something new and fresh to read, with lots of steam and emotion, I'd definitely recommend picking up this book.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.
Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.