Sunday, October 21, 2012

"A Political Affair" by Mary Whitney Book Review

A Political Affair isn’t Fifty Shades of Red, White, and Blue, but it is a love story with spice and political intrigue. Stephen McEvoy never expected to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age—or to fight to keep it. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, Stephen dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. During a tough election, their relationship is an impossible political gamble. Campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.

A Political AffairA Political Affair by Mary Whitney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I could not have read this book at a better time--for sure!  A political book during a very busy election year!  And this book does not disappoint--in so many ways.  I honestly think I can say that there is something for everyone in this book, and I feel it will appeal to many different kinds of readers.

I will admit, I am a sucker for a sweet romance, and I loved  the romance between Stephen and Anne.  I am so glad that we did not follow this couple into the bedroom, and although their morals aren't the best, they are better than some romances I have read.  I never felt that the romance was sappy--it seemed quite genuine.  I could have done without the profanity in the book, but at least it wasn't too rampant.

There was another moral issue for me, but in light of the political environment, it is the only response.  There is much deception throughout the book, and I know that there are always half-truths and outright lies in politics.  I could never work in the political world--I'm just too open and honest.  But I will say that Stephen and his family are absolute experts in this arena.  Yes, there were references to the Clinton-intern scandal, and sometimes there was the concern that this romance was headed  down the same path--so glad it didn't.

If you are in the mood for a romance with some dirty politics on the side, this book is definitely for you.  And the author's writing style is readable--the dialogue especially seems to be authentic.

I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
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