“Flirting With Scandal” Book Review

May 19, 2015 / 0 comments

“Flirting With Scandal” Book ReviewFlirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Capital Confessions #1
Published by Penguin on May 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC, Netgalley
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The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

Liezel’s Thoughts:

I love me an intriguing political scandal and Chanel Cleeton sure did deliver a magnificent one in the first book of her new series -Capital Confessions.

From the very beginning, I became enraptured in “Flirting With Scandal”. There was so much to like about it but I would have to say that it was the  heroine, Jackie Gardner that caught and held my attention. Given that she was an undisclosed and illegitimate daughter of a prominent senator I definitely would consider her the underdog. For that matter, I couldn’t help but empathize with her and thought that in all ways she deserved success and happiness in both her career and her relationship(s).

This would have been easy to obtain for most but given her parentage and the fact that the only man (William Andrew Clayton) that she has ever been interested in was running for senate made it difficult. Immediately, she was attracted to William but when she found out who he was she knew that to become involved with him would be damaging and I admired her for being able to step away.

“It was never just sex. It will never be just sex. You can tell yourself whatever helps you sleep at night, tell yourself whatever you need to feel okay about walking away, but we both know you’ll never want anyone as much as you want me. You”ll never feel for anyone what you feel for me. It’ll never feel as good for you as it is with me. Think about that when you can’t sleep tonight, when you’re lying in bed, your nipples sore and aching, your body dying for my mouth, and my hands and my cock.”

Just as much as I liked Jackie’s character, I loved Will as well.  For someone in politics, I thought he would be egotistical, stuffy and boring but he isn’t any of these things.  Let’s just say that he isn’t like any other book bff I have encountered as of late. What I loved most about Will was his taste for passion and romance. At his age he knew exactly what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to go for it. I admired the fact that he wasn’t afraid to his express his emotions first which was quite refreshing.

I thought the couple was the perfect fit. They were both attractive, intelligent and driven young people. Even if they came from totally different upbringings they still paired very will.  The chemistry between Jackie and Will was off the charts! Given the situation that they were in, I constantly found myself being torn between wanting to say “Have some fkin’ restraint!” and yelling “MORE! MORE! MORE!”

That being said, “Flirting With Scandal” is certainly a heart-pounding story, one that I would definitely recommend for those who love romance with heaps of intrigue and scandal.

The Verdict:


About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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