Congresswoman Grace Colton is the most famous woman in politics—and the loneliest—until a drawling, sexy stranger offers her one night, no strings and no regrets.
Grace wakes to an empty hotel room and a phone call: the dark horse for the 2016 presidential election, Senator Shep Conover, is considering her as his vice presidential running mate. But first, Grace must be vetted and coached by Shep’s political consultant, Jared Rankin, who already knows too many intimate details about her. He’s Mr. One-Night Stand.
Grace is torn: Play nice with Jared to join the senator’s ticket, or play hardball and back the slick frontrunner? Grace must decide where her loyalties lie and if she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.
The Phoenix Candidate is an erotic romance set in the world of presidential election politics. Recommended for mature readers due to sharp dialogue, wickedly hot sex, and a few delicious taboos. This full-length novel is first in a series and can be read as a standalone.
I am confident saying that I have never read a politics-themed romance before. Not because I didn’t want to but there aren’t many available. I have watched plenty of shows and movies based on similar topics but love stories aren’t as common. Who doesn’t crave a fresh story? I am very familiar with Heidi Joy Tretheway’s sexy rock star novels so I was looking forward to a different spin with her writing.
Grace Colton is a confident and independent woman we can all relate to. She is successful professional and loves her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congresswoman from Oregon. Grace’s personal life has been lacking somewhat, for obvious reasons, after a traumatic accident ripped her husband and young son away from her. That changes on a random Saturday night when she meets a handsome stranger at the bar. From that point Grace’s life takes off in an exciting, and erotic, direction.
Jared Rankin swoops into Grace’s path and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. He is exactly what she needs without her realizing it. Their story takes off at breakneck speed and never slows down. I loved the fast pace and dramatic-packed pages. There was never a dull moment and I couldn’t take my eyes away from the steamy scenes. I feel the business and pleasure mix was blended just right so it wasn’t too heavy on either side.
Grace and Jared work together successfully in and out the bedroom. I was impressed with their ability to switch the passion on and off as needed. Jared brings out a new side to Grace while also helping boost her career. The dynamics of their journey were very intriguing and unique. I loved their instant connection that went deeper than just physical. This story makes politics hot!
The Phoenix Candidate is a book any romance enthusiast can appreciate. This author’s writing style is very appealing and effortless. The characters come to life on the pages so it is easy to imagine them realistically. I am definitely looking forward to the next stage of Jared and Grace’s relationship in The Phoenix Campaign.
Heidi Joy is a sucker for campfires, craft cocktails, and steamy romance in books and real life. She sings along with musicals (badly), craves French carbs, and buys plane tickets the way some women buy shoes.
Her first career as a journalist took Heidi behind the scenes with politicians, rock stars, chefs, and detectives, all of whom inspire her stories. Heidi Joy is currently working on her eighth book from her home in Portland, Oregon. She adores hearing from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.