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The sizzling second installment of the White House series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.
We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.
I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history wasn't done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the beginning...
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“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” –Presidential Oath.
At the end of MR PRESIDENT (White House #1) we’re left on a slight cliffy and because of that, us readers, are left heart broken. But fans of Katy Evans’ novels know that we will not be left unsatisfied, she will give us what we hope for and then some and she DEFINTELY did that with COMMANDER IN CHIEF.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF (White House #2) “CIC” starts out two months after the ending of the MR PRESIDENT (White House #1), Matthew Hamilton is to be the forty-sixth President of the United States and Charlotte Wells has been in Europe with her friend trying to heal and find a way to move on from a love lost. Matt has come to his senses and is determined to prove to himself, Charlotte and the world, that he can conquer both the White House and Charlotte, he just needs to get the woman he loves on the “same page”. He knows that she is back home and that she plans to attend his inauguration and he is going to use that to his advantage.
“What do you want from me?” -Charlotte
“Do you want this?” -Matt
“What is ‘this’?” I ask uncertainly. -Charlotte
In all Charlotte’s attempts to regain her sense of self and stick to her reasons why a relationship with Matt Hamilton could never work, even after two months, she has NOT been able to fight those wants and needs to be with him. “This is Matt. I crossed an ocean to forget him, but I’d swim across thousands for this man.” –Charlotte. Now Matt is offering her everything she wants, HIM…plus, everything she doesn’t realize yet that she can have and deep down inside wants as well, the White House. He is offering her something she never envisioned for herself, until now. “Come to the White House. Be my acting First Lady.” –Matt. Charlotte has only ever wanted out of life, a man to love and to make a difference, but these new opportunities bring new challenges. They bring new uncertainties, new self-doubts and fears. She doesn’t want their moments before him winning the election, to be tainted by the public’s assumptions of them and how they got to the point they are in their relationship. She wants him, but the fear of all the uncertainties can be overwhelming. She wants to be deserving. Deserving to be there in the White house. Deserving to be there by Matt’s side. Deserving of the First Lady title. Charlotte learns real quickly that her integrity and her sheer determination to make a difference in the world, speaks for itself. They don’t need to prove to the world that she is the “right” woman to stand by Matt’s side, she already does that on her own, by just doing and being who she is, SHE is the one who needs the convincing that she is worthy of the honorable position. “I am still that girl. The one who wants to make a difference.” –Charlotte. And once she figures that out, both her and Matt’s resolve will be unstoppable. They will overcome any and all obstacles that come their way, internal and external.
CIC is so much more than a political romance. It has the heart and soul of a true love story between a man and woman that realize that they can and will make a difference in the world and they will do so, as a couple. I feel as if Katy captured the true essence of these two characters in this duet conclusion. With every page read, I was completely electrified by Matt and Charlotte’s passion for each other and their dedication for their White House roles. While reading, it felt as if I was experiencing their relationship. As if I was the one going through all the self-doubts, fears, as well as the happiness and love they experienced. By the end of CIC, both Charlotte and Matt’s characters evolved, both in their love for each other and in their characters development in general. I could sense the shifting in both characters as they realized that “Yes, we ARE going to have a relationship.” and “Yes, we ARE going to make this relationship work.” Every experience, every word, every kiss, EVERY encounter *fans self* brings them to this short of pinnacle both in their personal relationship and their roles as President and First Lady that was writing to perfection.
I hope that my “campaigning” for their love and their story convinced you to give them a chance. They definitely could use your vote *wink* If you’re considering picking up this duet, PLEASE DO SO. I think you’ll love the “slow burn to complete combustion”between Charlotte and Matt. Their love will definitely go down in history.
“He is more than I ever wished for, more than I ever dreamed of.” –Charlotte.