Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review ~ The Phoenix Candidate: The Pawn by Heidi Joy Trethaway

Series: Grace Colton #1
Release Date:  January 12, 2015
Genre:  Adult Erotica
Source:  Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

Fans of Scandal, House of Cards, and The Good Wife will love Grace Colton...

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Colton is the most famous woman in politics—and the loneliest—until a drawling, sexy stranger offers her one night: no strings and no regrets. And it rocks her world.

Grace wakes to an empty hotel room and a phone call. The dark horse for the 2016 presidential election, Senator Shep Conover, is considering her as his vice presidential running mate.

Before she can be selected, Grace must be vetted and coached by Shep’s political consultant, Jared Rankin, who already knows too many intimate details about her. He’s Mr. One-Night Stand.

Grace is torn: play nice with Jared to join the senator’s ticket, or play hardball and back the slick frontrunner? As the Democratic National Convention approaches, Grace must decide where her loyalties lie and if she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.

The Phoenix Candidate is an adult erotic romance recommended for mature readers.
If you asked me to give you one word for The Phoenix Candidate: The Pawn, it would be Supersexysmart!  That's a word right?  Okay, smart. The word would be smart. Final answer.

It puts erotica in a whole new light. If you need a real substantial story with your dose hot sex, look no further. Trethaway packs quite a political punch into The Phoenix Candidate.

When an anonymous one night stand ends up being the campaign manager for the president hopeful who is looking at you as a running mate...things get pretty muddy, pretty quickly.

That's only a bit of the trouble though, this is D.C. where sabotage and intrigue rule the games.  Grace is thrown in the deep end with Jared as her only lifeline...a guy she barely knows and isn't sure she can trust.  A man that pushes her buttons, challenges her every way, and makes her heart stutter more than she could have ever expected.

I loved the political plot of this story.  It's so different than most romance and erotica titles flooding the market right now. It kept the story happening outside of the bedroom very exciting.  I also really liked that Grace really struggled to stay true to herself in a life that is all about gaining the upper hand.  Shit...if only we had more politicians like her in Washington.

Where the story lost a little luster, for me, was with Jared.  Through most of the book, I didn't trust him, which is probably the point.  Not knowing if you should like and trust him adds to the drama of the story.  But, even when he did show some relationship stamina, I still didn't find myself on board with him.  I couldn't bring myself to believe his interest in Grace. I can't put my finger on it, it's just a feeling that is there.  Maybe I'm just a really distrusting person.  However, it only makes me want to read the next book even more...to see if he's really a bit shady or if I just need more time with him and Grace.

Regardless of my leeriness towards Jared, this is a great start to what I think will prove to be a very intelligent sexy tale of desire, conspiracy, loyalty and love.


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