Author Guest Post
It’s hard to see anything romantic about politics. Mud doesn’t make anyone look or smell good. Even when we’re out of the nasty election cycle, if we do hear of romance in politics, it isn’t sweet at all. It’s usually something tawdry, where more often than not, innocent families are hurt because of a politician’s hubris.
Yet we’re all easily drawn to elected officials—even those we don’t agree with on the issues. We see beyond our differences with some because they’re charismatic, funny, and passionate, and occasionally good looking. Kennedy and Reagan are two who usually come to mind.
So why do politicians end up in sex scandals more than your average person? The simple answer is that they don’t get out much, plus they’re so egotistical they think they get away with anything. Many of them spend most of their time with their staff rather than their family or friends. They’re idolized and don’t socialize like normal people. So in the tight quarters of an office with staff who would go through fire for you, passions can flare.
Despite all of that, I love politics, and I relish a good scandal. In writing A Political Affair, I wondered what would happen if the affair was actually a well-intentioned one. What if the pair truly loved one another? How could they get around their situation and actually grow a relationship? And how would the public react once it was disclosed in the middle of an election? I hope I’ve drawn a story that plays that out, while poking fun at the political world. After all, making fun of politicians is always good time, and they definitely deserve it!
About The Author
Mary Whitney ~ A Political Affair ~ Virtual Book Tour Page ~ Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Publication Date: October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback - 284 pages / Kindle - 750 KB
Genre: Contemporary Political Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
No one expected Stephen McEvoy to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age, least of all him. The scion of a revered political dynasty, he’s appointed to the Senate after his father’s untimely death. Now he’s in a tough election battle against an archconservative. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, he dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. She soon finds him far more interesting than his Senator McEvoy persona. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. Their relationship becomes a political gamble in a tight election, and all the while, his opposition lies in wait for him to make a mistake. As Stephen’s past catches up with him, he and Anne must fight for their future. Their lives mean more than politics, and campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.
My Book Review:
A Political Affair is the story of two people: Democratic U.S. Senator, Stephen McEvoy, and his intern, Anne Norwood, who fall in love under challenging and potentially scandalous circumstances.
Born into a political family dynasty, Senator Stephen McEvoy was groomed for the political life, but no one expected him to lead so soon, least of all him. After his father's sudden death, he's appointed to fill his seat. Now he must win a tough re-election against a conservative opponent.
Though Stephen is a ladies' man, he's never let his love life interfere with his career, until he meets his new intern, twenty-two year old Anne Norwood. At first, he dismisses her as just another pretty young thing. Stephen tries to steer clear of her, but with each interaction, an unspoken mutual attraction develops. Anne's independent streak and clever mind intrigue him, and she discovers there is something more interesting about Stephen than just his Senator McEvoy persona.
Stephen's family is committed to ensuring that their political dynasty remains successful, and they are just as committed to keeping the McEvoy Senate seat at any cost.
As Stephen's Senate race receives national attention and their feelings deepen, the political dangers increase. His conservative opposition is waiting to pounce on any misstep or faux pas. Stephen's past and their risky relationship is campaign fodder, and just like the election, their future together can be won or lost.
A Political Affair is an intriguing fast-paced political romance story that will captivate the reader from the start. Author Mary Whitney draws upon her knowledge and political experience to weave a fascinating tale of love, romance and politics within the hallowed city limits of Washington D.C. The author engages her readers to follow along with Stephen and Anne's relationship as it blossoms during a heated political campaign and election. I think the author does an amazing job of realistically portraying the human side of politics; with a gritty, salacious and romanticized insiders view.
Set in the panoramic historical city of Washington D.C., the story is told in the third person narrative with alternating points of view. Rich in detail and vivid description of Washington D.C.'s landmarks; the political inner workings of the federal government; the political intrigue of a spirited and heated political campaign and election; and a romance between a man and woman whose chemistry is undeniable, makes A Political Affair a fascinating story that transports the reader into the world of the political movers and shakers of our nation's capital.
The author has created a cast of characters who are realistic and believable people that the reader can relate to. I loved Stephen, he is an ideal man with flaws and imperfections that make him human and attractive. I also loved Anne, I thought that she is an intelligent, poised, smart and genuine young woman. I enjoyed how the author developed Stephen and Anne's relationship from an attraction into a friendship that blossomed into love.
With an engaging secondary cast of characters who are an integral part of the story; witty dialogue and interactions; and a captivating storyline that mixes romance with political intrigue, A Political Affair is a compelling and realistic story that immerses the reader into the political world that we rarely get to see.
RATING: 5 STARS *****