Friday Fun Reviews: “The Accidental Senator” by Laura Heffernan

For those who’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll probably notice the tone of this one is different than my usual review. It’s funny! That’s probably due to being on some of the same social media networks as Laura Heffernan, author of The Accidental Senator. She’s a snarky, funny woman, and when I read this novel, I definitely heard her voice and channeled it for my review. It happens. And it makes for one enjoyable review. 🙂

The Accidental Senator (Push and Pole, #2)The Accidental Senator by Laura Heffernan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Premise What happens when a lawyer-turned write-in candidate actually becomes a state senator? Lana Chen was supporting her best friend’s campaign for Senate. Now she’s found herself occupying the seat. Don’t worry, there’s no hard feelings between the friends. But there are some hard feelings between Lana’s new mentor (Jason) and a certain lobbyist who’s caught Lana’s eye (Steve). And with a jumble of congressional bills on her desk and a crucial vote coming up, can Lana swim these political waters safely?

The story/The characters
I know, I know I know. You probably don’t want to read about people in government taking stances and debating on issues right now. Especially after the violence in the Capitol only a week or so ago (Jan 6, 2021). But this chicklit read is worth it.
No surprise that the main character is a Democrat–if you follow Laura Heffernan on Twitter, well let’s just say she’s not pro-GOP right now. It’s the thing you most want to know in a story with characters in the government, but it never really is the point is it? It’s so beside the point. You’ll quickly realize it’s more about whether your public servants are good stewards or bad ones, no matter what their political leaning.

And Lana does her best to be the Senator her constituents hoped for and need. And what a way she does it! To be someone who takes pole fitness, Lana is adorably clumsy and funny in other situations. Right away, I loved Lana. She would fit right in with those characters from Clueless if they had done a Clueless 10 years later edition. So, not like those boring people on CSPAN. Oops, those are real Congresspersons.

Lana and Jason are so unbelievably cute together (even though readers know it before Lana does).
And while I’m always about the romance, the stronger story is how Lana took a job she wasn’t prepared for, and tackled it, and won. And found out a little something about herself in the process. (icing!)

The Writing
So now I guess I should be writerly. Fine. The pacing of this one is amazing. I don’t usually talk about that, but I really appreciate when a book is a page-turner because you’re so engrossed in the story, not because you want to skim to get to the good part. In fact, if you skim, you’re going to miss something here. This story moves, baby! The language is approachable, despite being a book full of lawmakers and lawyers who tend to bloviate, (hey, I didn’t even have to look that word up!) and the antics are funny. And even though I’m not one for physical humor even the scene on the Senate floor was funny. (You’ll know the one)

If I still haven’t convinced you to pick up this book (you really should), read some of Laura Heffernan‘s other books. And then put this one (and part 1) in your TBR list for calmer political times.

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Crushing Hard on Star Trek: Picard–AGAIN

Episode 4.2 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast is all about #StarTrekPicard. In Part 2, I talk about some of the many Easter Eggs she found poignant from Episode 7 of the newest series in the Star Trek franchise. (Part 2 of 2) (SPOILERS)

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Friday Fun Reviews: “How to Fail at Flirting” by Denise Williams

This review is one I wrote for and is featured on its front page carousel. (I’m not going to lie, I’m darn proud of that!) And for ONCE, my Friday Fun review is for a book that is NEWLY RELEASED! How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is a great holiday present for all your girl friends (and for you!) who need a funny cute romantic comedy with some “real life complications.”

How to Fail at FlirtingHow to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dad jokes, bad jokes, single nerd sad jokes.

Whatever you call them if you love them, then you’ll love Jake and Naya’s “witty” banter in this book! But that’s not all you’ll love. Check out my full review on!

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Crushing Hard on Star Trek: Picard

And yes, that rhymed! Episode 4 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast is all about #StarTrekPicard. In Part 1, I give some background on the moment I decided to watch and Easter Eggs she found cool from Episode 5 of the newest series in the Star Trek franchise. (Part 1 of 2) (SPOILERS)

Included in the podcast, I nerd out about:

  • the timing between Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) and the Picard premiere
  • Easter Eggs from Episode 5 of STP
    • The appearance of Icheb (and Seven of Nine, episode 4 and Hugh, episode 3)
    • The Quark Easter Eggs
    • The connection between Seven of Nine and Jean-Luc Picard

Check out this episode and share your favorite Star Trek Picard Easter eggs!

You can find Star Trek Picard on CBS All Access (I’m not paid to endorse them or Star Trek: Picard. I just love the show).

Background on the Nerdy Romantics Podcast

Nerdy Romantics Podcast, Episode 3

Where did Y. M. Nelson come up with the Nerdy Romantics Podcast? What  is this all about? How much of a trekkie can a romance author be, anyway? All of these questions and more answered in Episode 3. We talk superheroes, Star Trek, romance novels and romcoms.

Topics in this episode:

  • How I became a nerd pop culture fan
  • Why i love romance and write love stories
  • What i think the crossover is in these topics

More about Y. M. Nelson here.
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My Journey into Romance audiobooks with Shayla Black and Christian Fox

Why did I want to start a podcast? The idea all started with my Friday Fun Review of More Than Crave You by Shayla Black. Episode 1 goes all in on romance audiobooks. (This episode may contain book spoilers.)

I break down that whole situation plus I talk about:

  • Shayla Black’s More Than Words series in general and this book in particular
  • Connection between Evan and Evan in the freeform TV series Good Trouble
  • The erotic romance audiobook experience
  • My crush on Christian Fox (should I call it that?)

More than Crave You by Shayla Black is available in Audible. (It’s also available in eBook and paperback formats.)

Or listen to this episode here!

Ep.1: Falling in Love with Romance Audiobooks Nerdy Romantics Podcast

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Fan Love for Jennifer Weiner and “Big Summer”

Episode 2 of Nerdy Romantics Podcast is all about Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner. I have loved Jennifer’s books since Good in Bed which is now over 20 years ago. In this episode I talk about:

  • Backstory of how I became a Jennifer Weiner fan (Hint: it’s all about body positivity and being plus-sized and about my motivation as a writer.)
  • Connection between Good in Bed and Big Summer: plus-sized main characters
  • Review of Big Summer–Spoiler alert!
    • Pacing in the beginning–and what that has to do with Daphne being plus-sized
    • Friendships
    • Being a Sidekick

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