Series: Grace Colton #1
Published by Jasper Ridge Press
Publication Date: January 12th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
He offered “one night: no strings, and no regrets….”
But mind-blowing sex is a wicked way to meet your new colleague.
Congresswoman Grace Colton’s one-night stand turns out to be Jared Rankin, a drawling, demanding political consultant tasked with vetting her as a vice presidential candidate.
He pushes hard—and she pushes back—to prepare her for a campaign that blurs the lines between ally and enemy. Grace is torn: play nice with Jared to earn her place on Senator Shep Conover’s ticket, or play hardball and back the slick frontrunner? Sticking to her principles could make Grace political roadkill.
As the convention approaches, Grace must decide where her loyalties lie and if she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.
The Phoenix Candidate is an adult erotic romance with fiery dialogue and scorching sex. Recommended for mature readers. This full-length novel is first in a series and can be read as a standalone.
Politics, sex and the potential for scandal make for an explosive combination and I was really interested in reading THE PHOENIX CANDIDATE as soon as I read the synopsis. I have to say that it was so much more than I expected! I think of it as Scandal meets The West Wing.
Grace Colton is a US Congresswoman from Oregon whose personal tragedy impelled her to run for and ultimately win her congressional seat. Out for a night in town with her friends, she meets an attractive stranger and has a mind-blowing one night stand with him. The following morning, Grace receives a call with the potential to change her life: she is being considered as a running mate for a presidential hopeful and has to be vetted. Problem is the political consultant, the person responsible for vetting her and fixing her image is her one night stand from the previous night. A night that was supposed to be free of strings or regrets has become something that could destroy Grace’s chance at the VP slot.
Jared Rankin is the man who makes it happen behind the scenes and much of a dark horse for most of the story. During the process of vetting Grace, he finds himself intrigued by her and sets out to get to know her and they very quickly find themselves blurring the lines between professional and personal.
Grace and Jared together are a sizzling combination and even though Grace is willing to give Jared control in the bedroom, she will go head-to-head against him outside of it. In a world where intrigue and scandal are rife, they take very reckless chances that could destroy their careers but I still can’t help but root for them to work out.
I am a news junkie and especially follow the political news, so seeing real life happenings incorporated into this story so well was very exciting for me. THE PHOENIX CANDIDATE is so well-written and is the perfect balance of politics and romance. I absolutely enjoyed everything about this book – strong and complicated characters, very steamy scenes, secrets, scheming opponents, great dialogue and so much more kept me turning the pages. Ms. Tretheway has given me a reason to reconsider my dislike for trilogies and I really look forward to reading the rest of the series.