Series: The Easy Part #3
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Politics, Romance
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It’s not personal—it’s politics.
Michael Picetti: a cynical Democrat who has seen too many failed campaigns. It’s not his first primary, and it’s been a while since he’s truly believed policy and public good trump all.
Lydia Reales: young, hard-working, optimistic…Republican. Getting her candidate in office means everything to her, and leaves zero time for a love life.
Both are determined that opposites don’t attract—at least when it comes to crossing party lines. As aides for opposing presidential candidates, Michael and Lydia are competing in an industry that requires total loyalty to their side. It doesn’t matter that with each teasing encounter they’re more and more attracted to each other. It doesn’t matter that casual flirting escalates to a powerful physical connection. It doesn’t matter that they might not be able to step away from each other without consequences.
As the campaign rages on and a reckless affair becomes a relationship, the inevitable reality sets in. In the end, loyalty to the campaign has to win. It doesn’t matter at what cost.
I adore books about politics, and this is by no means my first Emma Barry book, I really liked the book I read by her before, so I was really looking forward to reading this book as well. I think what really intrigued me about this book though is that the whole thing takes place on the campaign trail, which reminded me of West Wing (my all time favorite show). One other thing that was seriously awesome about this book is that the hero and heroine in this book are on opposite sides of the political word, which lets face it the way things are these days could have easily been a recipe for disaster.
So when the book starts out we have Michael and Lydia on the same plane, and let me tell you I think it was one of my favorite meetings I have read in a while. At the end of the plane ride we find out that Michael works for the Democratic campaign for president and Lydia works for the Republican campaign. Natural adversaries right? I love when unlikely couples get together, I just love when people root against other people and they make it work regardless.
So on the campaign trail (we start off in the primaries) of course Michael and Lydia start running into each other, and I love, love, loved their back and forth banter. I mean they argue about all things politics, but they do it in such a way that is fun and enjoyable to read, it’s not like they are arguing or fighting with each other in any kind of hostile manner, so it makes for this great fun dynamic.
By the time they start up a relationship with each other I really liked them, and I really liked how they dealt with their friends-who-hook-up dynamic. I wanted the two of them to be more to each other then just the occasional hookup and fun late night conversations, but these two had their own paths they had to follow, and it really was just so much to read.
I loved the political backdrop in this book as well. I have always wanted to work on a political campaign, and this was like being able to be on one without ever having to leave my house. I will say though that Barry has a much nicer view of politics then the way things seem to be going these day (although that’s not to say there isn’t scandal and mudslinging in this book). I have to say I wavered back and forth on who I wanted to win the election in this book, and that was kind of awesome for me, because I thought from the beginning that I would immediate side with my own political party. I think that’s really telling about the quality of the writing. If you like your romance with a side of politics then I think this is without a doubt the book for you.