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Published by Jasper Ridge Press on April 20, 2015
Genres: Erotic Political Romance
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Ambition. Lust. Sacrifice. Politics just got a whole lot sexier.
Grace Colton’s life is a blur—security, appearances, and a desperately fast ramp-up to Election Day. Political consultant Jared Rankin is pulling the strings to win the White House with the Conover-Colton ticket.
But the fragile relationship Grace and Jared forged could be ruined by secrets traded for political leverage. She’s hiding her new relationship with Jared from the public, and concealing a deeper secret from everyone.
When Grace reveals the explosive truth to her running mate, squeaky-clean Senator Conover must confront his own haunted past. Grace’s future—and their campaign—could be ruined by the lies meant to protect what they love most.
Peek behind the curtain and under the covers in this sexy political drama that exposes the true cost of ambition, lust and sacrifice.
The Phoenix Campaign is an erotic romance set in the world of presidential election politics. Recommended for mature readers due to sharp dialogue, wickedly hot sex, and a few delicious taboos. This full-length novel is second in a series but can be read as a standalone.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Scandal, sex, politics and secrets…
New secrets, new scandals, and definitely new sex *smirk* happens in The Phoenix Campaign. This second installment starts off where we were left in book 1. Grace doesn’t know where her and Jared’s relationship stands.
“We’re in limbo, the nether-state…” –Grace.
She is determined to get Jared to admit to wanting more…wanting more of everything…wanting her forever. But with the campaign and the constant going going going, it’s nearly impossible to do anything more than the occasional “pop in” visits (pun intended). She has to learn how to live with the inevitable separation… Jared is working with Senator Shep Conover (her Presidential running mate) and her own constantly busy life as the Democratic Vice President running mate. Grace and Jared have to figure out if they are a “just now” type of relationship or a “forever” type.
I spent a majority of the book wondering where Grace’s backbone went from the first book?!?! We get to see a completely different side of our usually feisty heroine. She starts out not living up to her secret service name the “Phoenix”. A large percentage of the book, I felt like “Grace the Phoenix” that we saw in book one is hiding “in the ashes” and we only get to see glimpses of her true spirited nature….a majority of the time it is masked by her doubts and fears. Doubts about her and Jared’s relationship, fears of people finding out the secrets she is hiding, plain and simply…doubts and fears about everything!
“Right now, we need the Grace that America fell in love with. The smart, no-bullshit candidate they saw…” –Jared.
Jared was a frustrating character! He was there, he wasn’t there. He was “making love” to her, but couldn’t give her a true commitment. No wonder Grace had her doubts!
“There was no commitments, no promises that this will last. In fact, Jared’s never brought up our future except where the campaign is concerned.” –Grace.
He clearly loves her and shows her physically how he feels, but he was TERRIBLE at verbally communicating it…which most men are ;). All of his indecisiveness brought out all of Grace’s insecurities and caused her to close off and withdraw from the potential of a future. Because of this, I feel as if Jared and Grace’s relationship took a step back for a lot of this book…they seemed to only have a physical relationship. Granted, that is part of the angst in the book because they have to learn how to balance their busy lives and their relationship, but I felt like their relationship just didn’t build from book 1, but fell flat:/They communicated more openly via text message than in person! I just wanted them to both be open and honest with each other and say what they were truly thinking or feeling. *palm hits forehead* I caught myself at times wondering if I even wanted them to end up together in the end But with that being said, they both did a lot of learning in this book about themselves and about each other! I did feel by the end of the book, they finally found their footing in their relationship and did deserve to find true happiness with each other and I really hope they do!
Even with all my frustrations with the constant doubts and fears and indecisiveness, I did like this book! I am curious to see where book 3 takes Jared and Grace! I hope to see “Grace the Phoenix” rise up from the ashes again!
3.5 “rising” stars