The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...
Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.
William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...
When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...
Release Date May 19, 2015
Penguin Group InterMix
Capital Confessions #1
Chanel Cleeton is a new-to-me author and I was really excited to receive an ARC of Flirting with Scandal from the publisher through NetGalley. While Flirting with Scandal was the first book I read by Chanel Cleeton, it won't be my last.
I really enjoyed Flirting with Scandal. While it took a little bit for the story to get moving, once it got going, I couldn't put the book down. I absolutely loved how smart both Jackie and Will are in Flirting with Scandal. I felt like Jackie's beauty made others not always see how smart she was, yet Will picked up on it from the very beginning. The chemistry between Jackie and Will was smoking hot from the moment they first saw each other at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Will and Jackie seriously couldn't seem to keep their hands off one another if they were ever alone.
While I loved the chemistry between Will and Jackie, I knew Jackie keeping secrets about her past would be an issue in the long run. The age difference between Will and Jackie didn't seem like a big deal much of the time, though I did feel that Jackie was very immature when it came to relationships. While I totally understood her lack of relationships thanks to her mother and her father and her trust issues, my only issue with the story was Jackie colored everything Will did based on her past.
Of all the characters in Flirting with Scandal, I felt Jackie grew more as a character than any other. Will was already pretty mature at the beginning of the book and he was willing to do anything to make their relationship work. It took Jackie having everything in her life turned upside down for her to finally find the inner strength she had all along and fight for what was important.
Flirting with Scandal was a sexy and funny political romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Capital Confessions series.