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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612131271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612131276
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,530,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Whitney lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. She likes strong - but not bitter - coffee, cocktails, and heroines.

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Initially I was drawn to the story because I was once a DC wonk and now live in Colorado -- similarities end there, however. Too bad for me!

Anne is a bright, surprisingly mature + level-headed twenty-two year-old college student who is spending her senior year interning for her state's junior senator, Stephen. Stephen is thirty-two and assumed his Democrat late father's seat upon his passing. He's kept it all in the family as his older sisters are also his closest political / media advisers, and his mother still pretty much rules that roost. Stephen is young, good looking, and enjoys his dalliances, although the author doesn't get graphic about these. But he also longs for some of the simpler times he had in Colorado, of hiking and camping and being in that beautiful nature.

So when he meets all the new interns he finds himself drawn to Anne who hails from a mountain town and is an outdoorswoman. He knows he can't pursue anything with her but he wants to. Anne is also attracted to Stephen but knows she shouldn't be, and I really responded to Anne's surprisingly mature thoughts in this regard. So many of the people I know Anne's age wouldn't be so circumspect. I love reading about smart women and Anne was definitely one, plus she's young. Needless to say they do eventually figure out a way to date and it's charming how quickly and how strongly their feelings develop.

Their sex life is touched on a bit -- the author is never graphic but some scenes are more descriptive than others. In general I think that stuff is fun to read so no quibbles from me; what did bother me was that the first time Anne and Stephen were going to actually have sex, there was a lovely big build-up and then ... it was the next morning.
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By FunmbiE on October 11, 2012
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** spoiler alert **

I have to preface this review by saying I'm a political scientist. So, for better or worse, politics (without exaggeration) is my life. Therefore, when I was given a chance by Whitney and her publisher to read an ARC of A Political Affair, I was not only honored, but also super excited to delve in.
I've been familiar with Whitney's work for several years now, and I can say, without a doubt, no one melds romance and politics the way she does. It's an art, and Whitney is extremely gifted. She gives us distinct and solid characters, complex and controversial contexts, and intricate relationships. Whitney nests all these things in a very realistic setting; so much so, that I could wake up tomorrow morning and conceivably find myself in this world she's created. I enthusiastically give A Political Affair 4 stars.

We begin with Stephen McEvoy, U.S. Democratic Senator from Colorado and member of an American political dynasty, akin to the Kennedys. He's in the midst of reelection season against a Republican contender who, despite the strength of the McEvoy name, poses a threat. Enter Anne Norwood, the black sheep of her moderately conservative family, who earns an internship with Senator McEvoy's office. What begins as a casual office friendship grows, as Stephen and Anne discover they have more than their politics in common. How will they negotiate a budding romance in the midst of a political campaign, where any hint of a scandal could potentially damage them both?

A few comments:

Before I even discuss my favorite things about the characters and plot, I must express my love for Whitney's use of Washington DC as a setting. I've spent a good deal of time in DC, and she writes so accurately about the city.
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I am an avid reader of almost anything ... nonfiction, fiction, satire, political history, biographies and romance. Given that I live in the DC area and have worked in US politics my entire career I was immediately drawn to this book. Often when I read novels about Washington DC I'm disappointed at how superficial their description of the city is. Not so in this case. If fact Washington DC is just as much a character in this book as any of the other characters. I was tickled that author, Mary Whitney took the time and space to add specifics like the infamous Capitol police officer monitoring and rebuking in a semi-serious manner passersby who might be jay walking or even looking like they might jay walk. And when she describes the fountain in front of the Library of Congress or the small grotto like structure on the Senate side of the hill I felt an instant affection for Whitney. It was as if she'd shared a secret that only those of us living in the neighborhood knew about. That authenticity lays a solid foundation for the political and romantic thrill ride ahead.

I see that other reviewers have given a much better synopsis of the book than I could so I'll just highlight a few other things that really stuck out to me. I appreciate the integrity in her characters. It made me a little uneasy when I first realized that the main character, Senator Steven McEvoy was interested romantically with his intern. Unless you are looking to wreck your career you just don't do that. But Whitney eases us into their relationship with wit and such sincerity and heart felt concern from both Stephen and Anne that it seems not only plausible but completely natural that they should be together.
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