Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton


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Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...  
5 glowing stars*****

I don't usually like politically themed romances but this one grabbed me from page one and didn't let go until the very end!  Great couple with lots of sexual tension plus an engaging story... a real page turner.  
Will...  what an AMAZING guy!  Seriously, not only did he win my interest, he also won my vote.  :)  It was very refreshing to read a story where the hero is not portrayed as an overbearing, possessive alpha-hole.  Will was just a nice, great guy who has his priorities in the right place... BUT, definitely not a pushover.  He's not a love 'em and leave 'em type of guy.  He knows what he wants, goes after it and no, he doesn't share.  His world is turned a little topsy turvy when he meets Jackie.  She's not exactly the type of woman a politician needs by his side to win elections.  She might have been named after Jackie Kennedy, but she seemed to have inherited the reputation of a Marilyn Monroe.  A reputation that she did not deserve and went to great strides to prove otherwise.   
Jackie has spent her entire life as a product of political scandal.  She doesn't do politicians, she knows all of their dirty little secrets and knows better than to trust any of them.  I loved her character because despite her upbringing she never allowed scandal to define her and she lived by her own rules.  That is, until she met Will.
Yes, 21 yr old intern meets 26 yr old budding politician. Neither one of them were prepared to have their worlds turned completely upside down by this overwhelming desire they had for each other.  It took control of them both and they were a little... out of control! :)  These two depicted all to well how scandals are formed.  Sometimes the needs of your heart's desire outweigh the logic of the mind.  Jackie is helping Will with his campaign, a relationship between them is not only a bad idea but could do serious damage to both of their careers.  They knew this of course, but just couldn't seem to keep their priorities in order when they were together.  It was sometimes very amusing, I had a perpetual smile on my face every time they were together.  
These two had some serious chemistry together...  the sexual tension was extremely high and so were the emotions. I love how Will was so persistent in slowly tearing down her walls of steel.  I loved that he didn't put his career ahead of his feelings for her. His desire to take care of her and protect her was an instinct he couldn't seem to ignore.  And, it was the same for her.  
Anyway, I loved this story, loved this couple and this author has gained a new fan.  I'm definitely on board for the second book in the series. 
This is a stand alone novel and alternates between Jackie and Will's POV.  I am a huge fan of dual POV...  I like knowing what is going on in the minds of both the hero and heroine. 

Get it...  read it...  it's a great story!

ARC was provided by the publisher thru netgalley

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