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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Books (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594934029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594934025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In addition to published poetry and short stories, Riley Scott is a grant and press writer with a degree in journalism. A chunk of life spent in the Bible Belt has given her a close-up look at the struggle for balance between love and church, home and state. She is a proud New Mexican with a strong love for green chile and lively literature.

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I truly enjoyed the depth of the stories.
amsaints
I skipped paragraphs that were contrived, character points of view that were annoying, anything that seemed to just lose the plot instead of add to the story.
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The pages in between kept me enthralled and I read it from cover to cover in a days time.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
***spoilers***

This book started off well. I liked the premise and I enjoyed reading the sample I read on the Bella books website. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to it's promise. As soon as the s*** hits the fan for the mayor everything that follows seems contrived and completely unbelievable. I had a hard time buying that Jacqueline was instantly suspicious of how much time Madeline and Jo were spending together after a whole DAY AND A HALF. I mean, I know the jokes about lesbians and U-haul and everything but the last time I checked the rest of the world does not move at that same speed. Especially concerning assumptions about their until now completely heterosexual mayor and speechwriter. The level of paranoia seems strange and out of place. Then there's Gabe, the lesbian trapped in a man's body. Seriously, the amount of processing he does, the author may as well reveal him to be a woman in drag.

There are far too many points of view. I don't particularly care about what Jacqueline, Gabe, Madeline's husband, and the janitor think about "the situation" (you know, the really crazy situation that two women spent about 24 hrs together after one of them found out her husband was cheating on her and needed a place to get away from the press...very suspicious). I'm kidding about the janitor by the way. He hasn't shared his thoughts with the reader. Yet.

I paid for this book, so I tried to keep going. I skipped paragraphs that were contrived, character points of view that were annoying, anything that seemed to just lose the plot instead of add to the story. I skipped a lot. I finally stopped reading with the revelation of the other woman in her husband's life. I mean, seriously?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RLynne on July 8, 2014
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Conservative Affairs is set in conservative Oklahoma City. Mayor Madeline Statton ran on a conservative Republican 'family values' platform. Her newest staff member and speech writer is Jo Carson. Jo is the daughter of the pastor of a mega evangelical church in Tulsa. She is also a very closeted lesbian, who keeps her thoughts to herself. Madeline and her team are shocked when her husband's affair hits the TV news, and even more so when she discovers with whom he was cheating. Devastated, she hides from the press at Jo's apartment. While she's hiding, her staff scrambles to handle the situation.
Riley Scott has given her readers two very strong, bright and witty women in Jo and Madeline. She has also done a good job of showing the bickering, pushing for favor, and support of their leader that can happen in close working quarters. Part politics, part friendship, and part coming out story, I found Conservative Affairs a strong and enjoyable debut novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry mooney on September 2, 2014
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One of the weakest written lesbian romance books ever written-poor characters with unlikely plot and ridiculous characteristics of all players
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Liked the political aspect and the twist there but weak on the ending. Needed more development in the relationship between the 2 main characters. Overall it was just ok. It has been a few days since I read it and nothing really stands out about it.
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The characters in this book were believable and had depth to capture the reader's attention from the beginning. The story had twists and turns to keep one wondering what was going to happen. The ending was believable and I wanted to read more!
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By Shelynn on November 2, 2014
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This book I couldn't put down! Riley Scott did an amazing job depicting conservative opinions in Oklahoma. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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By amsaints on November 9, 2014
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I truly enjoyed the depth of the stories. It was not about salacious sex but human emotions and connections. Beautifully written!!'
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By Ginny E. on November 8, 2014
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A build up for a great disppointment: a weak, unfinished conclusion. I feel it could have had a lot of potential. Sorry.
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More About the Author

Riley Scott writes lesbian romance. Her current titles include Small Town Secrets and Conservative Affairs. A chunk of life spent in Small Town, America, she blends her personal experiences with humor and romance to write stories that encourage love and acceptance. For regular updates, check out https://www.facebook.com/rileyscottbooks

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