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Published by Tracy Ewens on June 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Romance
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If only life were as simple as choosing between Toaster Strudel and Fruit Loops.
Katherine Galloway is two years divorced and still living out of boxes. Between her brothers (cops that work with her ex) and her mother’s constant reminders that her clock is ticking, Kate is trying to hold it all together. But the truth is, she’s eating Toaster Strudel for dinner, and living and breathing her PR career. When it comes to public relations, there’s nothing she can’t handle . . . or at least that’s what she thinks.
Grady Malendar, the only son of United States Senator Patrick Malendar, has a reputation as a playboy who likes to have a little too much fun. The senator is running for re-election and needs Grady’s help with the youth vote. But what they want is a new and improved, headline-free Grady, so they hire a PR firm. Grady is willing to participate in the dog and pony show to help his father win, but there are some things about Grady’s life he wants to keep hidden. Especially from his snoopy new PR “babysitter,” Kate Galloway.
Somewhere between campaign stops and fundraisers, Kate and Grady discover that neither of them are what they appear to be on the surface. Tensions between them grow until there is no denying they are falling in love behind the scenes of a façade they both need to keep in place. Will scandal, old wounds, and secrets tear them apart, or will Kate and Grady realize, despite appearances, they are both candidates for love?
♦ Candidate was a formulaic chic lit book, but one of the good ones. Girl who has been hurt in the past and boy with issues meet, instant dislike but they have to deal with each other due to circumstances, attraction is fought, fight is lost, then misunderstandings!! anger!! Then, finally true love. The political setting made this a nice change from the female lead working at a newspaper or magazine as is customary. This is the second in the A Love Story series, but I had no idea while reading it, it is very much a stand-alone book. The writing was sharp and the characters were very well fleshed out. Was this very much standard chic lit? Yup, but it was elevated due to the sharp plot and a cast that you genuinely want to know what happens to them.
◊ Favorite lines – from chapter 19 “Something happens to a woman when her husband is unfaithful. Songs and poems are written about heartbreak and betrayal, but they only serve to flower up the ugly truth. The young girl, the one inside every grown woman, the one dancing around in her mother’s shoes, she dies. The wide-eyed innocent who looked up at the man she loved and professed her devotion, she leaves and the woman is never the same. Even when she heals, kicks out the bitterness and the pain, she is changed. Some will say she becomes more of a woman, stronger, but Kate simply lost herself, her whole self.”
¤ Biggest cliché – Twice the main characters, Kate and Grady, stop speaking and are very heart broken over things others said. They took the other people’s sides immediately, instead of just talking to each other like grownups. Once in a book, okay, but twice is too much.
Δ So what is the biggest cliché you’ve read recently?