“The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.”
Meet Barrett Callahan in Running Mate by Katie Ashley!
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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.
Panty Scorching: 3
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Robin
Playboy Barrett Callahan is a liability in his father’s presidential campaign. His naked pictures have shown up on the internet and he never stays with the same woman very long. When his father secures campaign worker Addison to play his fake fiancée, it’s like oil and water. These two don’t mix well. Addison isn’t going to let little “bear” (who actually names their penis?!) out to play during this agreement. Will his dad actually win this campaign or will Addison and Barrett end up throttling each other before the race is over?
Barrett Callahan was one hell of a kisser. His lips had the combustive ability to melt your thong right off while simultaneously sending a rushing geyser between your legs. But that wasn’t just his lips. It was the feel of his hard, muscled body pressing against mine, and the way his fingers tangled through the strands of my hair, slightly tugging on the ends. I loved a good hair pulling from time to time. Most of the guys I knew took a little while to work up to it. But not Barrett.”
What a cute romance with how they go from tolerating each other to the slow burn of attraction. This was a quick, fun read for me with quite a few parts that made me laugh out loud. Barrett comes across as the most egotistical, narcissistic prick when he and Addison’s meet for the first time. His first priority seems to be the next woman he gets to pound. Addison is rebounding from an asshole ex who cheated on her so her trust level is at about zero. What they can’t seem to fight even though they bicker constantly is the hint of attraction between them. Now this isn’t a panty scorcher. They aren’t burning up the sheets or anything. But it has some snarky conversation and Barrett starting to show his true character and redeeming qualities. Like I said…it’s a cute political storyline with romance hiding out and taking them by surprise.
I can’t believe this is my first Katie Ashley book! I think I’ve been under a rock. I’ve bought her books and after this one I need to make them a higher priority. Shame on me!
About The Author
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
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