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Review: Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

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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…

My Review

“He called this romance; I called it the scariest fucking thing that ever happened to me. He should have come with a warning label–Caution: Seems harmless, will turn your life upside down until you don’t know which was is up.” 

I love, love, loved this book! What a great read! This is my first book by author Chanel Cleeton and it won’t be my last!

Flirting With Scandal had a very intriguing plot. I loved how this story mixed politics and romance. I was hooked on Jackie and Will from the moment their characters were introduced. Their chemistry was instant and scorching. The sexual tension between the two of them was so palpable. Jackie is smart, independent and strong. She doesn’t want to let her past or who her family is, dictate her life. Will….he really took me by surprise. At first, I saw him as the preppy, rich, political type. However, there was so much more behind Will. Jackie brought out this whole other side to him. With Jackie, he became this hot, dirty mouthed, takes what he wants, Alpha male and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Flirting With Scandal is told from dual points of view. It is a smart, fun, sexy read. It was well-written and I couldn’t read the pages fast enough. I was completely captivated. This book was such a breath of fresh air for me. It had all the elements I look for in a good read and more: Sex, Drama, Angst, and Romance. The Politics and “Forbidden Romance” was an excellent bonus. I think the Capital Confessions series is off to a really great start. I can’t wait to see what the next book will bring!


* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

*Teaser Credit: Via Author’s FB Page*

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