I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. I remember reading the first chapter in the back of one of the Avoiding series books and being hooked instantly. Time went by faster than I expected but then once the cover was revealed it slowed to a crawl. It was like the last month of pregnancy. If you've had a baby, you know what I'm talking about. That last month never ends. Seeing the cover was like seeing a sonogram picture and waiting to get my hands on the book was like waiting for the birth of my child. Alright, so I may be exaggerating a bit, but it felt like a really long time! So with that said... Happy Birthday... err, Release Day! Off the Record is finally here!
One of the things that hooked me instantly to this story was Senator Brady Maxwell. I loved the premise. Politics is not a common theme and that made me excited. Because as much as I love some of these books, sometimes you need a breath of fresh air. Sometimes you need a break from billionaires with kinky fetishes. And I love me some billionaires. But Brady Maxwell was exactly what I needed.
It was also a very enjoyable read because the last few years I've gotten very into politics so there was another element there for me. But the beauty of this book is that you don't have to know a thing about politics to read it. It makes it interesting if you keep up with politics and easy to understand if you don't.
Liz Dougherty is the main character and the story is told from her point of view. She's a feisty journalism major at the University of North Carolina with a pretty strong crush on Hayden Lane, the editor of the school newspaper she works on. But when the two attend a press conference for Brady Maxwell together, Liz asks Brady a question that throws him for a loop and sets Liz right in his sights.
Brady wants Liz. He's instantly attracted to her but the public won't understand him dating a reporter, much less one that has publicly and vehemently disagreed with him. So he proposes a secret relationship. It's Liz's turn to be thrown for a loop when she thinks Hayden may be beginning to show romantic interest in her after all.
This was a fun, smart, sexy and intriguing read and it was just as good as I expected it to be. Which, to be honest, I was surprised after anxiously awaiting this book for so long. My hopes were so high. They were not let down.
K.A. Linde hooked me with the Avoiding series. She made me an instant fan-girl. And although for some reason I was under the impression that this was a standalone novel, when I got to the end and saw "To be continued..." I was so excited. Because another flawless series from Ms. Linde is exactly what I need!