Title: Mr. President
Author: Katy Evans
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 31st
He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?
I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.
He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.
Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.
Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.
We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.
Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
3.5 “I’m yours, Mr. President” Stars
ARC provided by author
Let’s just start by saying that I love these President-theme romances, and I applaud the authors and publishing teams for releasing these books at the perfect time, since the POTUS election is just around the corner.
I’ve recently finished American Queen by Sierra Simone, and that’s also a story about POTUS doing nasty things. I feel weird saying that, but if you’re into romances with strong, powerful man, it doesn’t get more powerful than the POTUS, does it? While American Queen is more erotica than romance, Mr. President is exactly in my comfort zone. So, pick your poison. Or read both. That’s what I did.
Anyway… Mr. President is the story of Charlotte, the daughter of a senator who met the POTUS when she was eleven. That night, she also met his son, a boy older than her, but who held her attention from the start. When POTUS said his son would one day take his place at the White House, Charlotte promised she’d be part of his campaign when that happened. Flash forward a decade and that boy, Matthew, announces he’s running for President, and he wants Charlotte to keep her word.
Seeing in Matthew all the qualities she wants in a President, Charlotte decides to join his campaign and work for the man she hopes will become the next POTUS. What she doesn’t expect is to realize that the crush she had on Matthew is still alive, even after those many years, and it isn’t one-sided.
With Matthew’s campaign focusing on his life as a single man devoted solely to America, a romance (or a scandal) with a woman working on his campaign might ruin his chances at getting elected, so Matthew and Charlotte have to either resist each other or be very discreet. Of course with all the sizzling chemistry between them, they have to choose option number two.
I mentioned in my review of American Queen that I expected to have a Scandal-like story, but that ended up not being true. Well, I found that here, with Mr. President. In truth, with this story, we got to see what the Shonda Rhymes’ show ended up only showing with flashbacks. We have a man running for President and having an affair with a woman working on his campaign, and a possible scandal that will rise if people find out about it. And that was exactly what I was looking forward to reading.
Charlotte was a likable character. She had this air of innocence about her that was intriguing, because she was so deep into politics, with her family and everyone else around her belonging to that world, that I would’ve guessed her to be a little more “corrupted”. Maybe that’s just the Brazilian in me… In my country, politics and innocent don’t go together.
She also tried to stay professional as hard as she could. She wasn’t throwing herself at Matthew, even when she realized he was just as attracted to her as she was to him. I liked that about her.
We also got to see a little about Matthew in his POV chapters. What made me really fall for Matthew was the fact that he was the perfect candidate. Man, I wish he was real, because I think he’s what America needs now. An intelligent, ambitious and level-headed man with integrity and solid plans. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy AF. I could totally understand why Charlotte chose to drop everything and do her best to get this man elected—I’d do the same.
My main criticism is that it took a little longer than I normally like to get the romance going. Sure it was interesting to see the behind the scenes of a presidential campaign, but I wanted more of Matthew and Charlotte sooner.
If you’re in an election mood, I’d recommend picking up this book and giving it a chance.
Guest review contributed by U.S. – Brazil Book Review. As a book review diplomat of sorts, this blogger reviews books in English and Portuguese. If there’s romance in the book, she’s probably loving it.