“The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.”
Meet Barrett Callahan in Running Mate by Katie Ashley!
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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“It was better because of her, and I wanted nothing more than to give her my everything.”
I absolutely loved everything about this book, I laughed out loud, I sighed, I swooned, but most of all I loved…hard. I love my political books, I love the background, the behind the scenes, it’s like you get a front row seat on a presidential campaign and Katie Ashley delivered the perfect balance…enough politics to keep that side of my love affair sated and a gorgeous, swoon worthy romance.
Fake engagements have appeared in plenty of books and they never get old…if done right and this one was simply…perfect. Manwhore, womanizer, potential President’s son, smearing his father’s campaign and an honest, hardworking, political campaigner who would do anything to see the right man get the job, even if that meant fake dating a douche.
“Someone might as well have put handcuffs on me because I truly felt imprisoned by the prospect of the next nine sexless months. What if my dick never recovered…can a cock shrivel up from lack of use?”
I adored the getting to know you faze, to see a man humbled, to see a man fall in love for the first time and that is just what this felt like. I had a front row seat and I felt it all, every conversation, every action and every little nuance. This book gave me a tremendous dose of the feels as well as many a laugh out loud moment.
“The camera doesn’t do it justice.”
I threw my head back with a laugh at both her comment and the fact that she had googled my dick pics.
Barrett Callahan was an arrogant, cocky, insanely gorgeous manwhore and his personal life was many a paps wet dream. From baring all to ‘dating’ many a model, this man was tabloid fodder and he took it all in his stride and more than lived up to his reputation. Now in his thirties though, his dad needed to reign him in and knowing that his son, for all his faults, would do anything to aide his presidential campaign, he went for the jugular.
“Since Barrett’s still breathing, I imagine you fought the natural urge to strangle him?”
Addison was adorable with a capital ‘A,’ she was extremely focused, down to earth, feisty and took no shit from anyone. Addison had not long come out of a relationship where she caught her boyfriend with his pants down, literally, and now part of the Callahan campaign she was settled in herself, albeit a little broke and friendless.
The chemistry between these two was electric and it sizzled from the very start, it was fun, it was flirty and it was swoony with a capital S. Katie Ashley never fails to deliver with that tangible, emotional connection that I crave and a romance that will leave you with the warm and fuzzies for an age. That initial love/hate connection and then the peeling back of layers when both finally discovered the real person underneath. Those ‘I can’t’ and ‘I won’t’ moments, those ‘shit, I can’t resist’ moments, all encompassed a fantastic read that had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I simply adored this story and my only wish was that I had more at the end. These two were a couple I didn’t want to let go. Fantastic book. Adored it.
About the Author:
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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