Released: August 16, 2013
Genre: Political Thriller
Reviewed by Sarah
On the Flap: In the dark heart of winter, an election is called. Two parties will vie for supremacy. Two leaders, Grace Hammond and David Bartley, will do battle to take charge of the land. It would all be so straightforward if they weren't already having an affair ...
Amidst accusations of corruption, treachery and murky deals done with large corporations, network news correspondent Chopper (not his real name) knows whose fingerprints are on what and who is about to stab who in the back. That doesn't mean he'll run the story, though – even when it's a story that could take down both leaders and create the biggest scandal ever seen in the nation's politics.
The web of relationships and the network of secrets on which the national capital runs means that Chopper's decisions are never straightforward. He has people to protect, and people to expose – but the real test comes when they turn out to be one and the same.
This story is rated "Hot" (4 out of 5 flames) and contains F/M pairings.
First, although the book is under the erotica genre, it does not belong there; a few brief sexual encounters does not erotica make. I would say this falls along the lines of a political thriller.
The first three chapters introduce six seemingly main characters. It’s difficult to figure out what’s happening, what the story is about, and who are really the primary characters. Several more chapters in you get the feeling that everything and everyone is intertwined and really just out to screw each other over. There is just too much going on. As a non-Aussie, it was difficult to understand some of the colloquialisms but you still grasp the overall idea. It can translate into any political environment.
While the book is in a constant forward motion, you just don’t know what that movement means in the bigger picture. When I finished the book my first thought was that was like a movie on the Hallmark Channel: no story, no plot, no point, and no resolution. Can I get that time back? The only semi-likeable characters get raked over the coals the worst. The ending—not resolution—was abrupt and simply leaves you to wonder if Chopper was in on it the whole time. This is a book I really wanted to quit but fortunately it’s a quick read…it just won’t leave you satisfied.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.