Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

Posted August 12, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Red Blooded by Caitlin SineadRed Blooded by Caitlin Sinead
Format: eARC
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Politics, Romance
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Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she’s ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.

Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he’s been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.

When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she’s also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it’s not just her past on the line anymore. It’s her heart.

I used to completely love politics, in high school it was my favorite thing to talk about, and West Wing is still my absolute favorite show. That being said politics these days is all about screaming at each other it seems like, but romance books set in the political landscape, now that’s my cup of tea. I liked the premise of this book mostly because it’s about the daughter of a political candidate. I love the idea of family members in politics, I mean they aren’t the candidate, but somehow they are under just as much scrutiny as the candidate themselves, everything is about image. And lets face it an eighteen year old girl under that kind of spotlight, its a lot to deal with, so was pretty excited to get to know Peyton.

I liked Peyton, she seems to have a really good head on her shoulders. She has a learning disability, but she has managed it really well, and gives back to other kids like her, her whole experience has made her really passionate about education. But being a part of a campaign basically means that people want to dictate what she says, how she says it, and even what kind of smile she should have (in case your wondering it’s the pizza smile). So when questions start coming up about the paternity of Peyton, things really start to go crazy with the media and with Peyton’s life. I really felt for her through this entire thing. I can’t imagine being eighteen and coming under that kind of scrutiny, especially people questioning whether her dad is really her dad when he has passed away. My biggest complaint about Peyton is that she doesn’t want to cause any waves, she does what she wants, but at the same time she is so quick to forgive and move on, and sometimes I just wanted her to throw a fit.

As for Dylan, ah our love interest, Dylan, I liked him. He’s a politics nerd, like its all he lives and breathes. It’s a great thing for his job, but not the best thing for his life. I liked Dylan, I really did, he was super protective of Peyton, he’s kind to her, and goes out of his way to try and help make her life easier. But there is one moment in the book where I wanted to punch him in the face, he is so much all about politics that he seems to forget that people are real and have real feelings and he can hurt people, Peyton especially, while focusing on poll numbers.

I liked the build up to the romance in this book, it made the payoff really nice. I liked the elections background, and the whole is he or isn’t he my father storyline, it really worked for me. The pacing was good, the writing was good, and all in all it really was a fun new adult book for me. If you like politics like I do, then this might be the new adult book for you.
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About Caitlin Sinead

I am represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. and my debut novel, Heartsick, will be published by Carina Press in 2015. My writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) in multiple publications including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. I earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 and have also studied writing at the College of William and Mary and Yale University. I currently work as an editorial manager and continue to keep an eye out for good stories.

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