DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: SparkPress, June 7th, 2016
Amanda is a struggling waitress who happens to stumble upon the wife of an up and coming politician in a time of need. Because of this, Amanda helps her out. Because of this, Amanda gets caught in a situation which makes her lose her job. She is honestly trying to better herself and become successful but having an absent and worthless mother makes it difficult to amount to much. After losing her job, Amanda meets Pax, a guy she can't quite stop thinking about, and gets taken in by the wife she helped and given a job. She gradually works her way up the political ladder and eventually becomes close to Tom, the politician with his eyes on the White House. Her job requires more of her time than she ever thought possible but she gladly does it until things all come to a head in a huge wave of political controversy.
When I first started reading this book, I was lying in my hotel bed on vacation in Toronto. Tired from the day of sightseeing, I wasn't really sure what to think at first. It honestly seemed a little boring. But I kept at it and I'm glad I did. The first chapter may have been slow but it picks right up starting in chapter 2.
McLaughlin spins a tail full of lies, deceit, controversy, and political intrigue but also somehow manages to weave in a love story between two unlikely people from two very different societal classes, and the story of a young girl who is trying to break the family mold of failure, having a mother who failed to parent, leaving her daughter for numerous boyfriends. Gripping and intense, this novel never lets up as the pages open up more and more of the story for the reader to digest. I honestly had no idea where this story was heading because the author continued to throw kinks into the story which kept me guessing right up until the end. The sign of a good author is that when the reader has no idea what's going on, they have the inner desire to keep reading. McLaughlin nails this aspect.
The author also does an excellent job at making the story seem real. In the world of politics, failures are hidden or polished, missteps are lied about, and every day is an opportunity in front of a camera. I really felt this story was believable especially in this political season our country now finds itself in. She also does a good job at making the likable characters likable and the antagonist (I would quite spoil who that is) truly despicable.
Overall, this was a great book that I wouldn't have thought to pick up. The cover makes it appear like a contemporary woman's literature novel but it is so much more than that. It truly is a mesmerizing tale where the less the reader knows going in, the better off they will be to enjoy it. Don't miss this book, It definitely has an original plot and is worth reading.
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