Series: Record #3
Author: K.A. Linde
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2014
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About For the Record:With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple’s future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work…and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it’s falling apart.
On the road to reelection, the passionate bond between the congressman and the journalist gets tested at every stop. Threatened by shameless media sensationalism and jealous exes, Brady and Liz now have to learn to trust each other despite what they read in the papers.
In the finale to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s sexy Record trilogy, Liz and Brady may be setting off fireworks along the campaign trail, but can their love transcend politics as usual?
Advanced warning: I read On the Record and For the Record back-to-back, and I’m now having trouble remembering what feelings I had during which book. So while plot-wise, this review sticks to For the Record, feels-wise, it’s kind of a pseudo-hybrid review. I’m assuming that’s a new term in the book blogging world. 😛
I feel like the theme of this book was tying up loose ends. Things kind of exploded at the end of the second book, to the point where I’m surprised my dropped jaw wasn’t blocking the view of my e-reader.
It was a great conclusion to a great series, but that’s what it was: a conclusion. This is the reason the third book in a trilogy is almost always my least favorite. It’s really nothing against K.A. Line or this series, which I loved the first two books of.
The third book in a trilogy is so frequently so focused on the ending, on bringing things to a close, and wrapping the story up nicely in a bow. These are all good things to do. Authors should definitely do them. I hate when an entire series ends on a cliffhanger or a “we’ll leave it up to you to decide how things end.”
But that kind of conclusion usually means no new action, just things carried over. Because of this, For the Record seemed somewhat slow-moving and anticlimactic. For the most part, I like the way K.A. wrapped up the story, although there are a few things I wish would’ve gone differently (when you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about).
But with every political romance I read, I like the subgenre more and more. Being the huge Scandal fan that I am, I have no idea why it took me so long to figure out that I should read more romance novels with a political spin. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but the way things ended with a few secondary characters lend really well to spinoff series, so I’m hoping I’ll have a few more political romances from Linde on my kindle soon. 🙂
About K.A. Linde:
K.A Linde grew up a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team–which she still coaches. After graduation, she served as campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at UNC Chapel Hill. She is the bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, the Record Series, and Following Me.
An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her boyfriend and two puppies.