Off the Record (Record #1)
by K.A. Linde
Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life.
Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.
But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.
Sleek, sexy, and smart, Off the Record ventures into a high-stakes campaign and an even higher-stakes affair to answer the question: When politics and love collide, can there ever be a winner?
K.A. Linde delivers a winning combination of politics and forbidden love.
Liz is a bright young journalism student at UNC. She is only halfway through her college career and she is given the opportunity to go on a press conference with her boss, Hayden Lane, to interview an up-and-coming political star.
When Liz meets Brady Maxwell, things don’t go as she planned. She disagrees with his voting record and she doesn’t like his policies. But something about him draws her in and she knows that he has the charisma to go all of the way to the white house. He in intrigued by Liz’s ability to completely disarm him. He meets her at a club and gives her an offer. One night of his undivided attention.
Their one night turns out to be night that neither of them can forget. Liz knows that she can’t continue to see him. It jeopardizes his campaign and her career in journalism. He knows that this affair could ruin him. He doesn’t care. She is too enticing for him to just let go.
Liz agrees to a secret romance. They steal away together whenever they can. Liz starts to know the man behind the politics and she finds herself developing feelings for him.
They know that they can never truly be together but when it comes down to it, they can not deny their feelings for one another.
Brady has a campaign to run. He is a single and eligible bachelor in a highly public position. He has an image to maintain. His family runs on a family values platform. How can he be involved with a reporter?
Brady may not have a choice. If he wants his office, he may have to settle for a woman who fits the role of a politicians wife. Despite his feelings for Liz, he may not be able to have her.
When is comes down to it, Liz may be the first choice of his heart, but Brady has responsibilities bigger than himself. He has to be a public servant first.
Liz has had a crush on her boss for two years. He begins to show interest in her. She has to make a choice of her own. Have what she thought she always wanted, or hide with what she can no longer live without.
Wowzers. This was a totally new twist on forbidden love. I have always been a fan of K.A. Linde. She is an amazing writer. This story was told in the third person. Many reviewers and readers alike did not like the style of this book. I personally thought it took the reader a little bit further away from the emotion in this book. It felt like I was on the outside looking in. Despite that, I still loved it. I will most definitely be reading book two.
I really liked Liz and I felt like her struggles were real and genuine. I admired her tenacity and her intellect. I also really liked Brady. He was born and bred to be a politician. He makes some really crappy decisions, but they all fit with his character.
Hayden is the third in this book. He is the guy Liz has been pining over before her relationship with Brady got started. Hayden sent her mixed signals from the start. This creates a love triangle of sorts but it is not the primary focus of the book. The primary issue is the secrecy surrounding their romance. If the public caught wind of their relationship, Brody’s career could be over.
Overall I would give this one four stars. I think it could have been five for me if it had been told in the first person. I was sucked in and couldn’t put this one down until the very end…when I was left hanging with a freaking cliffhanger. So, I will anxiously await book two!
***A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***