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Review Tour: Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

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Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton
July 21, 2015
Capital Confessions #2
Contemporary Romance 
The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…
The daughter of one of the Senate’s most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest “Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

Praise for the work of Chanel Cleeton: 
Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.
I loved this book!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious.
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King
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My Review

“I was a filler. And all I wanted was for someone to act like I mattered, for someone to want me. Not because my father was was the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, or because my mother had been a Vanderwaal, or because I came from money, or had my picture taken in some stupid society page. I wanted someone to want me. And I didn’t want to beige anymore.”

Blair Reynolds has always done what is expected of her. She held the image of the perfect daughter, until she brought scandal to the family. After catching her fiancee sleeping with someone else on their wedding day, she decides that she needs to make a change. Even though it’s not her passion, she decides to pursue law school. Law school is anything but easy. Especially her class with Professor Canter. Not only is he possibly the hottest man she has ever seen, but he has an arrogance about him. And he’s always calling on her in class. No wonder she can’t get him out of her head….Gray Canter had the life he always dreamed of. That is until one day, it all came crashing down. It was a domino effect. One little thing had the power to throw his entire career off course. Teaching law school was supposed to be his fresh start. Little did he know that Blair would prove to be his biggest challenge yet….When Gray and Blair are brought together for probono work, things get complicated. Lines will blur and passions will ignite…..

Playing With Trouble was a really exciting read. I easily got lost in Blair and Gray’s story. Normally, I’m not a big fan of the student/teacher romance. However, it worked really well with this story, especially with the characters being 23 & 30. They were very easy to connect with and I couldn’t wait to learn more about them.

I was really fascinated with Blair. She always did what she was told and what was expected of her. I loved watching her go on her journey of self-discovery, working through what she really wanted in life. Seeing her stand up for herself and find what she was passionate about was brave and inspiring. And when it comes to her romantic life, boy did I want her to get a HEA. I mean, she was engaged to someone who ended up cheating on her. She had so many insecurities that she had to work through. All she wanted was someone to love her. Someone who would fight and walk through fire for her. Someone who wasn’t afraid to work for what they wanted. I wanted her to have that.

And Gray…well, he didn’t make the best decisions. His life had completely spun out of control. But, now he was on the right path. He was taking his life back. But, he too had a lot of fears and insecurities to get past. He tried to stay away from Blair, but it was hard. He thought he wasn’t good enough and felt that Blair deserved more. But, with Blair’s help, he slowly started to realize that he wasn’t as bad of a man as he thought he was. He just made some bad choices. He deserved a second chance and he deserved to be in love.

I loved the romance between Gray and Blair. Their situation was complicated. Blair was Gray’s student and there was so much at risk if they were to get involved with one another. Their relationship was the slow building kind with a chemistry that was undeniable. I loved the flirting, the stolen kisses, and just how they were around each other. They both tried to fight what was building between them. However, their connection was not one to be ignored. Then when all the stars finally lined up and they were able to give into what they wanted….let’s just say, it was well worth the wait! “I feel like I’m going to wake up and discover you’re a figment of my imagination,” he murmured, his hand reaching out and stroking my hair. “I don’t know what I did to deserve you. Fuck, I probably don’t. But I can’t let you go. I don’t want to, and even more, I’m starting to think you wouldn’t even let me if I could walk away.”

Playing With Trouble is a great addition to the Capital Confessions series. The story-line and the characters are captivating. I was absolute addicted to it. You will not want to put this story down. Playing With Trouble is not just a forbidden romance, but it’s also a story about finding yourself, letting go of others expectations and fighting for what you want in life. It has the perfect balance of angst/drama, romance, and steam. The story wouldn’t be complete without a little scandal and a surprising twist. Playing With Trouble will frustrate you, make you swoon and hopefully fall in love, just like I did. I am absolutely addicted to the Capital Confessions series and I can not wait to get my hands on Kate’s story, Falling For Danger!

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


Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

May 19, 2015
Capital Confessions #1
Contemporary Romance
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…
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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.


Book Review – Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

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I have had Loving Mr. Daniels on my Kindle for a couple of weeks. It’s been waiting patiently in my To-Read folder but it was constantly getting overlooked. Finally, I decided to give it a go and see where it took me. Why the hell didn’t I read this book sooner??? Like, the day it came out! Someone should have whacked me on the head and told me to bump it up the list! I LOVED it.

To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. 

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. 

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. 

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours. 

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. 

-Ashlyn Jennings

This book has had a ton of amazing reviews written about it already so instead of writing a big long review with aaaaaaall of my feelings (there are a lot) laid out, I’m going to write this as a list of the main things I loved.

1. The dedication at the start of the book –

“To all of the Tonys of the world.

I see you.
I hear you.
I feel you.
I love you.

And you are not alone.

It didn’t mean much to me at the start of the book but I reread it when the book had ended and the meaning behind it is beautiful. Perfect. Brittney C. Cherry is obviously not only very clever, but has an amazing heart (sorry I can’t say anything more about it or it will be spoilery).

“History sometimes repeated. Tonight, souls cried both on earth and in heaven.”

2. The originality of the story. Often when you pick up a book the story can feel very familiar. This wasn’t the case at all with Loving Mr. Daniels. All the characters, scenes and situations were unique and interesting. Even the romance was different to anything I have read before. It made for a super enjoyable read.

“Before her, I never knew life. After her, I’d never know death.”

3. The ‘coming of age’ element that the story had. I loved how it wasn’t all about the romance all of the time. Ashlynn and Daniel weren’t so completely wrapped up in each other that no one else existed. Plenty happened outside of the romance. The supporting characters each had their own struggles, and their stories were well thought out and portrayed in an authentic, touching, and heartbreaking way. 

Why was it that you wanted those who ignored you to love you the most?”

4. The song lyrics by Romeos Quest at the beginning of each chapter. Most of us have read a book that had cringe worthy song lyrics in it. It happens in books. A lot. However, these lyrics didn’t make me cringe at all. They were poetic and beautiful and I LOVED the meaning behind them. 

“Touch me when you’re gone. Leave me when you’re near. Love me with my shattered pieces ~ Romeos Quest”

So there you have it. These four things were my main loves in this book but there were so many other things about this book that kept me completely hooked. It really was a brilliant read. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Warning – I spent a good portion of time crying while reading it, so have tissues handy. It’s the type of story that will stick with you for a long time afterwards but still leaves you feeling satisfied at the end. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from Brittainy C. Cherry in the future! 

Loving Mr. Daniels

By Brittainy Cherry

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