Mr. President (White House Book 1)by Katy Evans
Overview by Amazon:
He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?
I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.
He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.
Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.
Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.
We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.
Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
This book came out in the fall. I must have been so wrapped up in the reality show of the campaign for President that I missed this book. To be honest, I found this book hard to read at times. It was nothing to do with the writing or the story. It was a sadness because we are not living in normal times. This book was like an alternative reality where the good guys win and the government isn’t a kakistocracy or kleptocracy.
What works well in this book is the writing. Katy Evans alternates point of view which is very effective for understanding the relationship between Matt and Charlotte. Charlotte has admired Matt and his father, the former president for years. It would be so easy for this book to have transgressed into Fifty Shades of Grey territory with the ‘inner goddess’ subconscious comments. Charlotte’s girlish remembrances are used effectively to further the plot and her commitment to the campaign, rather than detract from the story.
In my mind, I saw Matt like JFK Jr. A charismatic and charming leader who is unfailing in his energy, passion and love of country. Running as an Independent candidate, his bachelor status makes almost as much news as his platform.
Charlotte is the daughter of a Democrat Senator. She is from the appropriate pool of women that Matt should be dating from, yet he remains single. Many hot looks and late nights at the campaign office turn Matt and Charlotte into more than work colleagues and former children of politicians. I totally enjoyed how they had to sneak around to be together and find moments alone to have some pretty passionate encounters.
What also works in this book is the campaign trail. With the recent election so fresh for the world, the nuances of primaries, debates and campaign speeches, it was not foreign to read about it. Anyone who watches the news knows how grueling the campaign trail can be and this book really highlights the rigors and stresses of the job.
There is a second book in the series, which I have not read yet, but will be getting to as soon as possible! This book was really enjoyable and make me wistful for a man like Matt in the White House.