on February 28, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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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.
Running Mate is a light, fun read. Barrett and Addison’s relationship started unconventionally. This is the part I liked about the book. I love an enemy to lovers setting. The tension is built up nicely and makes for great fireworks. The humor is good, the banter is even better. Barrett comes off as a real jerk in the first half of the book. Just when you’re ready to scream, “Get your head out of your arse” at him, he finally gets it. I myself love books like this. I love to hate them and then love them. I loved the tie in at the end, I’m not spoiling it for loyal Katie Ashley readers, but you’ll love it too. Overall, this book was cute, funny and not at all what I was expecting from the title. Great political book set in a fictional world.
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