March 6, 2017

Review: 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.

The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.

 Review by Jennifer 

ARC received for an honest review

So.... can I just start this review with... I absolutely love political romances. Lately that is all I have been wanting to read!

It had been awhile since I had read one of Katie Ashley books and I can honestly say that I have missed her writing. The way she creates her characters and brings them to life in the story is just so captivating. You find yourself never wanting the story to end. That is exactly the way I felt about Running Mate.

Barrett is a public playboy, the unattainable man if you want something more than just one night of amazing sex and fun. He is extremely likeable. The one liners that come from his mouth will having you laughing and shaking your head. He is not lacking in the self-esteem area AT ALL! He also has a softer side but there is only person that can bring that out of him. Yep, you guess it, that would be Addison.

Addison is a classy woman with a sharp tongue. She is smart, beautiful and is not going to give Barrett an inch let along a mile. When these two strike up a deal to act as if they are engaged for a couple of months to help Barret’s Dad win the Presidency you can only imagine how things will go. 

"We're either going to be a tremendous help to the campaign,  or we'll end up killing each other."

The banter in this book was funny and very entertaining. I loved Barrett’s & Addison’s push and pull with one another. I adored the friendship these two slowly developed and they stole my heart with the love that they formed for one another.

Running Mate was an excellent read and one that I enjoyed immensely. I am hoping that maybe there will be a second book?? I would certainly welcome more of these two characters! But in stating that, this one ended perfectly!

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