Thursday, 20 December 2012

Book Review: In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven

Title: In Bed with the Opposition
Author: Stephanie Draven
Release Date: 15 August 2012
Number of pages: 165 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Indulgence line)
Source: ebook received from the publisher
Purchasing Info: GoodreadsAuthor's website, Barnes and NobleRead an excerpt

Grade: 5 stars

Novellus perfectus!

Top 2012 Read
Goodreads appetizer: Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life's exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn't forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can't resist his bad boy charm.

When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can't be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won't throw the election—not even to win Grace's heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?

Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!

My Thoughts: I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a story this much, that my enthusiasm and happiness lasted well after I reached "The End". I found In Bed with the Opposition utterly delightful, and I urge all of you who love their contemporary romances witty and sexy to pick it up and not miss out on this terrific story because "it must be so boring since it has a political setting" (as many blogger friends have said), because it couldn't be farther from the truth! In Bed with the Opposition is not at all boring, I was either chuckling aloud while reading the witty repartee between Grace and Ethan or sighing/swallowing when they turned up the heat with their scorching and sensual romance. ;-)

Both Grace and Ethan were great, very lovable characters, with a lot of unique traits/quirks and a whole lot of heart. I found it especially wonderful that Ethan, the very virile hero had a softer side, him being more comfortable and certain in his love for Grace than her about her feelings for him. I just loved how in In Bed with the Opposition it was the man who wanted commitment and take their relationship to the "next step" and not the usually "clingy" woman.
Ethan lifted an eyebrow. “Is there something I’m missing here? I’m fine with taking things slow sexually, but I feel like we’re taking things slow in other ways, too. I already know how you kiss, how you taste, how you feel. I know you love waffles and holidays. I know you can’t get out the door in the morning without making a list and that you can’t sit at a table if the salt and pepper shakers aren’t lined up. I know you keep a lint brush in your purse to obsessively brush off the cat fur on your clothes. But I want to meet the cat. I want to spend time with your friends. I want to see where you live. Let me in.”

This story was a wonderful blend of heartwarming romance, sizzling chemistry and chuckle worthy humour:
Oh, sure, he hadn’t done a great job of romancing Grace. No flowers, no fancy dinners out. He hadn’t been rolling in dough back then. But he’d given her his prized DVD set of The West Wing. That had to count for something.
“Of course I let him go. What else was I supposed to do?”
“Jump him!” Molly said. “I would have.”

Verdict: I loved, Loved, LOVED In Bed with the Opposition so much that it became one of my Favourite Reads of 2012! It was funny, sexy and heart-warming, everything one could wish for! Stephanie Draven was meant to write sexy and witty contemporary romances, her writing style flows easily and I'm sure you'll find the story highly entertaining and ending way too soon. Put this one on your wishlists, In Bed with the Opposition is a wonderful romance you definitely shouldn't miss!

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 7/10 - Even though the cover model for Grace looks like she's wearing a bit too much make up on the old cover (above) I still much prefer it to the new one (below)... I really dislike the new one. The cover model looks nothing like Ethan, who is dark and sweet and compassionate and does not smirk smugly :-/

Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.

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