Private Politics by Emma Barry

Posted September 18, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Private Politics by Emma BarryPrivate Politics by Emma Barry
Series: The Easy Part #2
Format: eARC
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Politics, Romance
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New York socialite Alyse Philips is not the airhead people take her for-she’s great at convincing D.C.’s rich and powerful to open their wallets. Never one to coast on her family’s connections, her real dream is to help charities in a bigger way. Before she can pursue her ambitions, she discovers a money-laundering scandal that’s got her signature all over it. If Alyse can’t clear her name, she’ll never work in nonprofits again.

Political blogger Liam Nussbaum has been pining after Alyse for six months, certain she’d never go for a quiet guy like him. Helping her with the investigation is a no-brainer. But going up against a seedy network of money and influence isn’t just a romantic opportunity or a chance to grab the headline that will take him into the big time-it’s a gamble that could destroy his blog’s reputation.

As Liam and Alyse dig deeper, their hearts collide alongside their ambition. Will they choose love or politics? Because in Washington, everything comes at a price.

I really liked this book, I think it’s because in another life I would have loved to have lived in DC and worked for a non-profit or been a political blogger, or really just had anything to do with the whole political scene (although given the state of politics today I am so glad I didn’t go that route). This was kind of the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and mystery rolled up into one.

I liked Alyse, who works for a non-profit, and through the course of a standard audit starts to realize something isn’t quite right with the accounting. And more than that it looks like someone has been signing her name onto things that she never even knew about. She’s positive something illegal is going down and she is being set up to be the fall guy. Unsure of what to do she starts gathering as much information as she can and enlists to help of her friends, who in turn enlist the help of Liam, a political blogger.

Liam is kind of the nerdy guy who is harboring feelings for Alyse but it totally unlikely to act on them because he is pretty sure that she is completely out of his league. He’s a smart guy, and he is able to ask more questions and poke around things a lot more than Alyse is able to.

But when the mystery behind what is going on at the non-profit starts to turn scary, like a break in and threats, Alyse and Liam start spending a lot more time together and things start to heat up. I loved the dynamic between the two of them, because they seem like such the odd couple, but in reality I think they compliment each other so well.

I loved the suspense and the whodunit of the book, and truthfully I though the author did a great job with putting D.C. as a background to the book, the city was vivid and so was all the political happenings that go on within it. I think one of things that stuck out to me is that Alyse could have very easily been the self-absorbed girl who didn’t have a lot of depth, but that was totally not the case, and even more than that she has some moments where she is just such a genuine person wanting to make it on her own. If you like political mysteries wrapped up in a romance, I would highly recommend this book for you.

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About Emma Barry

Emma Barry is a novelist and full-time mama and graduate student. She is the author of Brave in Heart, a historical romance set during the American Civil War, and The Easy Part, a contemporary romance series about political staffers: Special Interests, Private Politics, and Party Lines.

When she’s not reading or writing, she loves hugs from her toddler twins, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, and Earl Grey tea.

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