Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life’s exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn’t forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can’t resist his bad boy charm.
When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can’t be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won’t throw the election—not even to win Grace’s heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?
Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!
Grace Santiago is lucky to have landed where she is after flunking out of law school thanks to the devastating Ethan Castle who she was dating at the time. Fast forward seven years and she is now working for Senator Kip Holloway, a family friend who had been there for her ever since her mother started working for him. She got the job she wanted but she’s on the straight and narrow path with no time for guys like Ethan. Besides, she’s got her eyes on Blaine Holloway, grandson of Kip, who she has been in love with since she was all of thirteen.
As fate would have it, she bumps into Ethan when she is out following the Senator at a Crab Fest because the senator doesn’t want to miss one and is forced into having a conversation with Ethan. Ethan Castle has become a successful freelancer who helps campaigns and Grace is the only one in his dating past that he still has feelings for. He can’t over the fact that Grace just walked out of his life and law school one day and that he never heard back from her again. He thinks he wasn’t the perfect gentleman to her but he believes he did the best, given the situation that left me, the reader, ROFL. Seriously a DVD set?!
‘Oh, sure he hadn’t done a great job of romancing Grace. No flowers, no fancy dinners out. He hadn’t been rolling in dough back then. But he’d given her his prized DVD set of The West Wing. That had to count for something.
Ethan wants to pick things back up with Grace and she is forced to use a lame excuse that doesn’t sway the determined Ethan from seeing her again. But little they know what is about to happen.
Senator Holloway decides, despite being eighty and retirement material (which most of his family wants and some of his key staff does as well), to run for re-election. Determined to win, he needs the wonderboy Ethan Castle to help him. Which leaves Grace not so happy as there is a reason that she has been keeping distance between them She is not happy that the senator wants her to use her personal relationship to Ethan to get his services.
All of which leads to a happy Ethan and a furious Grace as Ethan comes up with an idea to promote Senator Holloway to the younger generation. Ethan and Grace having a campaign romance is getting on people’s nerves for all the wrong reasons. Will they be able to make a thing out of this relationship or will the secret Grace is keeping stop them?
Welcome to political games, love, blackmail and who knows what else (well I do, but you need to read for yourself to find out because I’m not giving it away!). For those who want something different from an established writer who has made her name in paranormal stories, this is the book for you. Draven surprised me and won herself a fan in contemporary category romances. Who knew she could write like this about politics in a fun and sexy way? 5 couples.
Publisher : Entangled Publishing
Source : Publicist Provided for Review
Released : August 15th 2012