Review: The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy Tretheway

Posted 22 April, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy TrethewayTitle: The Phoenix Campaign
Series: Grace Colton #2
Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About The Phoenix Campaign:

Ambition. Lust. Sacrifice. Politics just got a whole lot sexier.

Grace Colton’s life is a blur—security, appearances, and a desperately fast ramp-up to Election Day. Political consultant Jared Rankin is pulling the strings to win the White House with the Conover-Colton ticket.

But the fragile relationship Grace and Jared forged could be ruined by secrets traded for political leverage. She’s hiding her new relationship with Jared from the public, and concealing a deeper secret from everyone.

When Grace reveals the explosive truth to her running mate, squeaky-clean Senator Conover must confront his own haunted past. Grace’s future—and their campaign—could be ruined by the lies meant to protect what they love most.

Peek behind the curtain and under the covers in this sexy political drama that exposes the true cost of ambition, lust and sacrifice.

The Phoenix Campaign 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 second in a series but can be read as a standalone.
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Review:

To be honest, this was a bit of a fizzle to me compared to how much I loved the first book in the series. I didn’t hate it by a long shot, but a lot of things I don’t normally like to read about.

In the pros column, here’s what the book had going for it:

  • Just being a political romance reminds me of Scandal, which is always great.
  • It manages to be a political romance, without having too much politics. Too much of that either bores or confuses me. Just the right amount, and it’s actually pretty interesting.
  • The alpha who doesn’t want you to completely behave.
  • Just like in the first book, I loved Grace and Jared figuring out how to toe the line of power – to make sure that at any given moment, anyone who needs control, has it.

But there was so much drama, and I was over it kind of quickly. You kind of get smacked in the face with one thing less than five minutes into the book. And then a new conflict arises almost every chapter.

Not only was it too much to hold any relationship up against, but it was also too much for the reader to keep track of. I had the hardest time remembering which characters knew about which secrets.

But I’m still really excited for election night. 🙂

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About Heidi Joy Tretheway:

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 author.heidi@gmail.com.

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