The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don't even get to choose--one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.
My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.
In recent months I have read a few political romances, some worked for me, some have not. Running Mate worked because it was funny, it had great banter between Barrett and Addison and it was sexy and it was just a fun laugh out loud type of read. I have to admit with some of the others I have had issues with the characters being so stiff and strict that it just took away my enjoyment because even though you are a person in power you are still a person and allowed to have personality and luckily Ms. Ashley gave us that with Barrett and Addison and just so much more.
At times you aren’t sure if they are going to be able to pull off the fake fiancé ruse but picturing all it play out in your head makes it even better. I know I had a few weird looks from people while I was reading this out in public because of something I could close my eyes and picture Barrett saying to Addison just to rile her up. There is a thin line between love and hate and these two tested that line more than once.
Barrett I must admit is cocky but I loved that about him. He had me wanting to slap him silly one minute then wanting to feel the Bear the next (read the book you will get it). Addison did at times get on my nerves a bit but not so much that I didn’t like her, I liked when the feisty side won out and she gave Barrett as good as she got both verbally and well sexually.
Running Mate was a much needed laugh out loud read for this book whore and one that I really enjoyed. Katie Ashley is an author that I have loved in the past and it seems that love has not waned at all. Running Mate is funny, it is sexy and it is a book that I recommend for sure!
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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
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