If only life were as simple was choosing between Toaster Strudel and Fruit Loops.
Katherine Galloway is two years divorced and still living out of boxes. Between her brothers (cops that work with her ex) and her mother's constant reminders that her clock is ticking, Kate is trying to hold it all together. When it comes to public relations, there's nothing she can't handle . . . or at least that's what she thinks.
Grady Malendar, the only son of California State Senator Patrick Malendar, has a reputation as a playboy who likes to have a little too much fun. The senator is running for re-election and needs Grady's help with the youth vote, so they hire a PR firm. Grady is willing to participate in the dog-and-pony show to help his father win, but there are some things about his life he wants to keep hidden. Especially from his snoopy new PR "babysitter," Kate Galloway.
Somewhere between campaign stops and fundraisers, Kate and Grady discover that neither of them are what they appear to be. Tensions between them grow until there is no denying they are falling in love behind the scenes of a façade they both need to keep in place. Will scandal, old wounds, and secrets tear them apart, or will Kate and Grady realize that they are both candidates for love?
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About the Author
She believes television is highly overrated and almost anything worth saying has come from either Anna Quindlen or Robert Fulghum.
Candidate is her third novel, and the second in her A Love Story Series. Tracy lives with her husband and three children in New River, Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Senator Malendar wants to be re-elected. To do so, he hires the firm Kate works at to be his PR firm. But Kate’s job is not working with the senator, but with his son Grady. Needless to say she is not thrilled. She sees him as a “walking situation”, playboy, who just doesn’t know when to grow up. As she starts to call him a “spoiled litte…, who do you think over hears her comments? Yep, you have it right, Grady. Grady sees Kate as his “babysitter” who is supposed to keep him out of trouble during the campaign. He obviously is not thrilled with this arrangement either. After all what grown man needs a babysitter. Their first encounter is quite humorous. They work on getting under each other’s skin without letting the others know. This back and forth humor continues throughout the book. Kate is a strong, independent woman. She is not afraid to say what she means. While Grady lets everyone believe he is just a playboy with no aspirations, he is actually hiding a secret. If this secret gets out, he would definitely be looked upon differently, but in a good way. But he does not want the attention. He is also able to get Kate to loosen up and begin to realize she can have fun. Over time, they begin to feel the sparks. But they are reluctant to admit or act on their feelings. I like how this was not an insta-love type of relationship. It was a few months after they acted on their feelings. If you like books that are clean, without a lot of drama or miscommunication, little cursing or descriptive sex scenes then this is for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the first book I’ve read by Tracy Ewens but now I plan to read more of her books. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The heroine, Kate, is difficult to like at first. However, as the story moved along I came to understand why she acts the way she does. In the beginning the hero, Grady, comes off as a devil-may-care, immature playboy. Both of these characters have a lot more going on than what you first see on the surface. Kate’s ex-husband cheated on her so she no longer trusts her judgment in men. Grady felt abandoned by his father as a child because it always seemed that his career was more important than family. I found Candidate to be an entertaining story with well developed, complex characters. When Kate and Grady finally get together everything seems great but the author wrote a conflict that I probably should have seen coming but I didn’t. Not to worry, this is a love story so there is an HEA but getting there was sometimes heartbreaking. I have to note that I found one error that stood out to me. A reference was made to “Monday, Election Day” in Chapter 36. In the U.S. Election Day is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
The Candidate was an interesting read. It was the second book in a series but can be read as a stand alone (I have not read the first one but plan too) The characters were fun (maybe their dislike for each other was a little over the top in the beginning) but they made a cute & engaging love story. The author has a way of describing events to make you feel like you are right there beside them. Will read more by Tracy Ewens. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.