by Katie Ashley
Release Date: February 28, 2017
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.
The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.
Oh yeah. Today was a day that would have made even Mother Teresa use a few choice expletives while downing a cold one.
Addison Monroe is the kind of character that I could see myself being friends with in real life. Her sassy attitude, can-do spirit, and quick wit made her one of the best heroines I’ve read in a long time!
I wasn’t as impressed with our BBF, Barrett, however… At least in the beginning.
I found him arrogant and annoying when we are first introduced to him. But his absolute loyalty and respect for his father redeemed him to me and by the end of the book he had totally won me over.
Addison and Barrett’s story is a delicious slow burn with a political undertone. They’re faking an engagement to try to salvage Barrett’s playboy reputation and we all know that a “fake” engagement usually leads to super hot “real” romance. 😉
Speaking of the political plot in this book…it made me think of the T.V. Show, Scandal. I couldn’t help but wonder how Olivia Pope would “fix” Addison after her less-than-graceful first appearance on the campaign trail, or her Moonshine spawned Evita moment on the bus. I also pictured OP using her contacts to “shut down” any story that threatened to come out about Addy’s brother.
The romance in this book is scorching hot… when it finally burns that is. The author keeps us wondering will-they-or-won’t-they for a good portion of this story but that’s one of the things that made me really like it.
I’m not knocking insta-love, but there’s something so satisfying to me about a slow-burn romance. The feeling of anticipation grows with each chapter I read and when the two characters finally get together my excitement bubbles over and I’m torn between giving the characters high-fives or yelling at them for making me wait so long. Haha!
I give Running Mate 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars!
The author’s words flowed so easily that I was able to completely wrap myself in this story and forget the rest of the world for a few hours.
*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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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 baby Olivia. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, 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 eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she became a full-time writer.
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