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Dirty Work Paperback – July 26, 2016
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I like the love interest between Jude and Reagan but I just didn't find the plot to be believable. I won't give away the plot but I will say that it was disappointing that once again the woman makes career decisions based on the man's career. In the end, she basically centers her career and her goals around him and in this day and age, that's disappointing.
As a decorated Marine veteran, a war hero, Jude is familiar with having enemies, and doing whatever is necessary to succeed, but he's also been instilled with values such as honor and integrity.
Its the conflict between those two notions that makes Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert so good.
In the day to day world of political posturing and maneuvering, doing whatever it takes is just how the game is played, but that's exactly why Jude is there in the first place, to be different from all of those career politicians who'd happily steal candy from a baby while stripping benefits from its mother so long as they could pose for a photo op while doing so. He wants to be better than that, to stand out in the sea of corruption and back room dealings, and its that integrity, that determination to fight fairly, that has things balancing on a knife edge.
Even though both find the sparks of attraction flying between them at their first meeting to be undeniable, they really should be enemies.
Really, they should.
Enemies should avoid kissing ... just saying.
Chelle and Brenda have conspired to deliver a delightfully naughty forbidden romance. With the main characters on opposite sides of a race that can have only one winner, this tale is thoughtful and witty, poignant and hot, sensitive and explosive, with twists along the way that caught me completely unaware.
Finally, hidden among all the confusion that ensues as things come to a head, maybe, just maybe, there's a lesson in there for all of us, no matter which side of the political fence we find ourselves on
Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert have combined their brilliant writing kills to come up with one hell of an addictive book. It did not leave my hands from the minute I started reading it until I read that very last word. It is that good. Elections - not everyone's favourite subject - but when Chelle and Brenda get together they certainly know how to put a bit of sexual tension into a campaign.
Reagan Preston has been raised in a political family. She does what is expected of her, by her Senator father. Currently serving as a State Representative, she now has her sights set on the Capitol. But is this what she really wants to do with her life? Or, she she just being played as a pawn on her father's chessboard. Reagan is about to meet the one man who may change the course of her life, and send her in a direction she had never even thought of.
"Why does he have to be so damned attractive? And....heroic? Attractive or heroic, I think I could handle, but both?"
Jude Titan, ex-marine, now running for State Senator of Illinios, as he is sick and tired of the way n which returned servicemen and women are treated once their tour of duty has finished. He wants to be their voice and improve conditions for them back on home soil. Like Reagan, Jusde too has his eyes set on the Capitol, but how far will he go to get there? Will he play a dirty campaign to get what he wants? Or, will he succumb to the charms of his political opponent?
"I need to remind myself that we're not friends.
We'll never be friends.
She's the enemy."
The instant attraction between these two is felt right from the very beginning- but it's could be a fatal attraction for both of their careers - one that they both may not be willing to risk. Their constant inner battle with themselves to remain stoic in the other's presence is what makes this story so enjoyable. Both craving for each other, yet trying to hold off from tasting the "forbidden apple". The pages burn with their desire for each other, so much so that reading it may short circuit your tablet!!!! Jude was constantly charming, while Reagan was always hesitant to pursue what she knew would be eventually inevitable. I loved their constant toing and froing, clandestine meetings and then finally open admission of a fatal attraction.
"Listen, Mr. War Hero. I want no part of you. Anything I need to know, I'll find out through research."
"I'm quicker and easier."
"I never liked anything easy."
Secondary characters in this book became just as important as the two main ones. Lexi, Reagan's best friend, confidant and Campaign Manager was always there for love, support and friendly advice. Carl, Jude's friend and Campaign Manager, was definiely someone I grew to love to hate. Sam Preston, Reagan's father, has a secret that will affect them all.
Would I read this book again? Yes most definitely in a heartbeat. It was wonderfully written and the characters beautifully portrayed - Jude with his strength and honour and Reagan with her trust and understanding. Exceptional ladies. I would love to see another book written by you both with these two characters further down the line - Presidential Candiate maybe?
If I was able to give you more than FIVE STARS I would. That's just how much I enjoyed it. Hoping to see many more collaborations in the future.
This Review was written on behalf of Reading Is Our Satisfaction Blog.