Running Mate by Katie Ashley

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“I wanted nothing more than to give her my everything.”

Synopsis:

Barrett. The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan-the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked pictures surfaced. At twenty-seven, 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 fiancee who I don’t even get to choose–one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.

Addison. 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 fiancee 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 fiance-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.

My Thoughts:

I started this book at 2 in the morning and legit could not put it down until almost 5 in the morning because I was captivated by the MC’s in this book. They had me gut laughing and totally drawn into their sexual frustration.

The story. I loved the angle of the enemies to lovers vibe this story had because the banter between these two was just perfect. The fake fiancee angle was also a fun one to read about. I am usually not one to read political reads, but this one was more focused on the relationship than the election. This book takes place over about nine months so I did not get all the day to day details that I normally love. There were a few spots that were completely jumped over that I felt could have been fleshed out a little more, but, overall, the pacing of the book was good.

Barrett. There were many times that I just wanted to boot him in the ass for being a jackass before we really started seeing his true character. From the beginning, I could tell how much he admired and respected his father and his family, but he did not extend that respect as much to those around him. That changed somewhat when he met Addison, which was pretty sweet. Barrett was really just a softie when it came to Addison, but I mean what alpha male doesn’t get like that when it comes to their women?!

Addison. Addison was definitely a little bit neurotic about things and I really wanted to boot her in the ass a few times as well when she was judging Barrett for his past/putting her past on Barrett toward the end of the book. That aggravated me because I felt that she already knew Barrett was better than that at that point. I loved Addison’s feistiness and her attitude to put Barrett back in his place when he said something out of line. She was stubborn to a fault sometimes but I loved her anyway. She was a strong, intelligent MC who would not take shit from anyone, especially Barrett.

Together, Barrett and Addison were explosive and fun to read about. Even when they were together they still had this hilarious banter that just kept me giggling. The ending was incredibly sweet and I could not get enough of them.

Overall, this was an entertaining read and I would definitely recommend it for people who enjoy: politics, contemporary romance, enemies to lovers, asshole (but really a softie) hero, and a sweet and sassy heroine.

Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★

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