Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Fun - Sexing Up Politics...

Ali Williams has been binge-watching The West Wing, and is talking to the Pink Heart Society about her new favourite sub-genre...the political category romance...

I've been spending a lot of time over the last couple of weeks watching The West Wing.  

There's something about the passion of the characters - coupled with the fact that I've a crush on half of the cast and want to be the other half - that makes it compelling viewing.

These days, so many politcians are corrupt, and I think that's why I love The West Wing so very much.  It's idealistic and its characters make mistakes, but they truly believe in what they're doing.

And so I've come to realise that intelligent, passionate and upstanding politicians can actually make the perfect romantic hero or heroine.

Once I'd decided this, I set out on a journey to find my favourite political category romances...  

Here are my top ten political category romances, in no particular order:

Risky Business of Love - Yahrah St. John

Ambitious television news reporter Ciara Miller is desperate for that one story that will catapult her career into the next stratosphere getting her off local pet stories and into an anchor’s chair. 

Debonair senator hopeful, Jonathan Butler is just as ambitious if not more. He’s ready to take over his father’s seat in Congress, but he’s not willing to trade on his morals or ethics to do it. When these two strong-willed individuals collide, the union is combustible! But when scandal rocks the Butler administration, Ciara is caught in the middle. Will Ciara’s ambition cost her the man of her dreams?

Midnight Madness - Karen Kendall

Hair stylist and devoted Democrat Marly Fine isn’t fond of Florida’s new Republican governor, Jack Hammersmith. So when he declares he’s going to marry her, she laughs in his face. But soon she’s all too caught up in the Hammer’s midnight madness.


Her Perfect Candidate - Candace Shaw

Sinfully sexy Georgia senator Steven Monro needs the right woman to clean up his image. And with Megan Chase’s fine eye for detail, she just may be the woman for the job.  

Steven’s reputation as a player could cost him his chance at a U.S. senate seat. But when the cameras catch him and Megan in a kiss that’s all too real, it’s not only his future candidacy in jeopardy. 

As the lines between politics and desire begin to blur, how much will he risk to transform their passionate pretense into a landslide for love?

Major Nanny - Paula Graves 

A soldier never breaks his promise...

Agent Harlan McClain has his target in sight. But he’s not pulling the trigger. Instead his assignment is providing Stacy Giordano—the governor’s aide—with security. An easy job for a former marine sniper. 

And yet, the guarded single mother’s beauty and devotion to her exceptional child soon have Harlan reshuffling his priorities. In the dead of night, in her bed, he promises to keep her and her son from harm. 

But when an unexpected crisis arises, Harlan is suddenly torn between keeping his word, and taking out a killer...


Yours Forever - Farah Rochon

Louisiana powerhouse attorney Matthew Gauthier has spent a lifetime safeguarding his prominent family's scandalous history. So when the alluring Tamryn West attempts to dig up the past, Matthew must stop her. 

As his sensual touch awakens Tamryn's deepest desires, a revelation that could make her career could also cost them a future together.

Heir to Scandal - Andrea Laurence

“Yes, you have a son.”

The past is about to catch up with Congressman Xander Langston…in more ways than one. While his reelection campaign is in full swing, unidentified remains surface on his family’s farm and scandal ensues. Yet when he returns home, it’s his reunion with Rose Pierce that’s consuming all his waking thoughts.

His high school sweetheart has blossomed into a radiant beauty. The thrill of first love that Xander had once dismissed is proving to be a more enduring proposition. But Rose has a secret, too—will it put a stop to their second chance and derail his career for good?

Secret Silver Nights - Zuri Day

Nico Drake has dreams of one day becoming governor of his state. First item on his agenda—beating his newest mayoral challenger. Ivy League dazzler Monique Slater is already swaying voters with her innovative ideas…and arousing an irresistible desire in the heart of her unattached opponent. 

Monique has big plans for the small scenic town of Paradise Cove—plans that don't include falling for her sexy political rival. Keeping their sizzling relationship under wraps while running against each other is a tightrope act. Now someone is trying to not only ruin Monique's reputation, but also make sure Nico does not win the race. With both their futures on the line, can Nico convince Monique that there are no losers when it comes to love?

The Power and the Glory - Kimberly Lang

Any red-blooded woman would kill to be handcuffed to political hot-shot Brady Marshall, but campaigner Aspyn Breedlove wants to raise awareness not her own acute consciousness of those delicious, iron-hard muscles beneath Brady’s expensive suit…

Overnight she’s an internet sensation, and in a shock move she’s made part of the Marshall re-election campaign… Aspyn hopes she can dance with the devil and create change from within. But what chances does she have when that devil is sex-on-legs Brady Marshall and she wants to do considerably more than dance with him…?

Campaign for Seduction - Ann Christopher

For journalist Liza Wilson, covering the campaign of presidential candidate Jonathan Davis is a career-making opportunity. She's up for nightly news anchor, and this story will cinch her spotlight. Plus, she'll get to see the charismatic senator up close and personal. Only, Liza doesn't realize just how personal--until she and John give in to a passion that could turn them into tomorrow's headlines...and derail both their careers.

John's whole life has led up to this historic moment. He can't afford to let a breaking scandal destroy all he's worked for. But when Liza uncovers a secret in his past, he risks losing her, too. 

 Christmas Stalking - Jo Leigh 

The sexy Santa with the ice-blue eyes swept senator’s daughter Jade Parker off her feet and into captivity. And soon Jade feared he’d also captured her heart. For although reporter Max Travis’s tale of her father’s guilt in a dangerous conspiracy couldn’t possibly be true, the men gunning for Max—and now Jade—weren’t a figment of his imagination. Suddenly Jade’s rugged kidnapper was the only man she could trust.

If you’d asked Max what he wanted for Christmas, he wouldn’t have said a leggy redhead with an attitude. Now safety and justice paled in comparison to his vivacious prisoner. He wanted Jade, secure in his arms. But first they had to live long enough to unwrap the truth…

Do you think that politicians and those involved in an electoral campaign make good romance heroes and heroines?  And what political category romances do you love?

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends an extraordinary amount of time coercing male friends to pose with her favourite Mills & Boon books to the bemusement of the Twittersphere.

Genre reporter for chick lit and erotica at For Books' Sake and guest blogger for Mills & Boon, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

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