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)



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

This review is one I wrote for BookTrib.com 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 BookTrib.com!



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Friday Fun Review: AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone

American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy, #1)American Queen by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK! And you will too. Here’s why.


The Premise
From Goodreads: “Warned as a girl to keep her kisses to herself, Greer Galloway disobeys twice–once on her sixteenth birthday as she’s kneeling in a pool of broken glass, and another time after a charming stranger named Embry Moore whisks her into the dazzling Chicago night. Both times she falls in love, and both times her heart is broken beyond repair. And so as an adult, she vows never to kiss—or to love again.

“That’s until the Vice President of the United States shows up at the university where she teaches, and asks for one thing: for her to meet with the hero-turned-President Maxen Colchester. Maxen, the soldier who was her first kiss in that pool of broken glass.

“And the other complication? The Vice President is none other than charming Embry Moore himself.”

This trilogy is inspired by the stories of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot, but as you’ll see it’s a very original story. AMERICAN QUEEN is the first in the Trilogy, with American Prince and American King following.

The story/The sex/ The characters
The story is intricate and has levels, as I notice most of Sierra Simone’s novels do. So, the progression of the central romance is not the only thing that keeps you turning pages. But the romance was more than enough to keep you turning pages.

Good golly Miss Molly this was scorching! I have learned from experience anything Sierra Simone is NSFW (Not Safe For Work), but this is next level NSFW. I wouldn’t even attempt to read this on my lunch hour and try to come back to work. This is a graphic, open-door, BDSM erotic romance with a non-traditional couple. Basically, what I’ve come to learn is this is Sierra Simone’s thing. This is her niche.

What I thought I looked like after every sex scene (cool while reading explosive sex):


What I actually looked like after every sex scene (a big ole mess):


Of course, as stated there is a lot more here. There are elements of mystery, political intrigue, and there’s one element of social commentary that I am especially proud of. During one scene, Greer points out the obvious difference between a couple in an abusive relationship and her own relationship—consenting and loving. Many people when they don’t understand something, they think negatively about it. A BDSM relationship when done right is not abusive or an excuse to be abusive. I’m glad that Sierra Simone points this out.

About the characters: I don’t know why, but for some reason, I wanted to hate everybody. These are people who on the outside have it all—money, power, fame. But I couldn’t hate Embry, Ash, and Greer. I didn’t really get a book boyfriend here or a favorite couple, I was more fascinated by them. It’s kind of like when I’m watching a where-are-they-now kind of show about a celebrity. Or a 20/20 episode where they go behind the scenes of famous people. It’s intriguing and fascinating, and you appreciate whatever they went through. In the end, the hatred went to the right people, I think. I need to keep reading to make sure.

The story will leave you like this and wanting to get part 2 ASAP:


So, just read it already.


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What Do You Think About Book Reviews?

Leave a review, please review, why are my reviews disappearing, starred reviews. It seems every other author discussion lately has been about reviews. But do we ask the READERS what they think about them?

I also asked this in my FB group, because so many authors look at this one way without wondering how readers look at this. As an author, we know how important reviews are for visibility. We also know getting readers to review our work is like pulling teeth out of a lion’s mouth. But why is it so hard?

As an author, maybe it would help to understand what’s the disconnect between readers and leaving reviews. So here’s something easier than a review–a poll–where you can voice your opinion about voicing your opinion.

A little self-endorsement while endorsing others

Last week my first book review with BookTrib.com came out. It was for Annie Ward’s psychological thriller novel Beautiful Bad which was an entertaining page-turner.

There’s something kind of jarring about writing a book review, especially for an author. It’s like having your own writing style on display when writing about another author’s work. You have to tow the line of being a know-it-all blowhard, while at the same time lend your credibility as an author in giving your opinion about another author’s work.

It’s so much easier when it’s a good book which this one is. Pick up this one and enjoy!

https://booktrib.com/2019/02/beautiful-bad-a-setup-as-engrossing-as-an-episode-of-how-to-get-away-with-murder/

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