Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life.
Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.
But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.
Sleek, sexy, and smart, Off the Record ventures into a high-stakes campaign and an even higher-stakes affair to answer the question: When politics and love collide, can there ever be a winner?
Liz is elated to delve into her new position as a bona fide reporter. Her first day on the job entails reporting on a surprise press conference in Raleigh, NC by their State Senator, Brady Maxwell III. Accompanied by her mentor, Hayden, Liz is ecstatic at the opportunity to possibly question or get the scoop on the Senator’s stance on education.
She locked eyes with Brady across the room and felt the heat of his gaze run through her body. She cleared her throat uncomfortably. She needed to get it together. She was a reporter after all, and this was her job. He was handsome, but just a job.”
Events unfold and Liz finds herself in the intimate presence of the Senator.
“He turned to look at her and she froze. Her insides felt like Jell-O, or that wobbly feeling after getting out of the ocean after being tossed around by the waves. Her head was hazy, like a morning fog had taken up residence where her wit normally resided.”
Did your panties just combust? Melt? Just wait. It gets better.
“Hey,” he murmured softly, brushing his fingers across her jawline, “you want to see me. I want to see you. Call me. If you don’t, you’ll regret it.”
Damn. That’s a refreshingly forward approach to Liz unlike the mixed signals she had been receiving from Hayden. She is frustrated with her pursuit of her colleague, and Brady is enigmatic, direct, and irresistible. But there’s always a catch. Would the caveat required by Brady be too much for Liz to consider a relationship? Especially one between a reporter that has publically chastised the Senator for his political record? Is the risk to their careers and future endeavors too great for them to explore the heat they feel in one another’s presence?
HELL YEAH!!!! This book makes you feel the passion between Liz and Brady from the very precipice of their initial meeting. There’s no way to avoid twisting your hands in your hair as you read about Brady breathing on Liz’s neck and awakening her passion with his words and mouth. The blatant tension between them is ridiculous!!!
“What’s that look for?” he asked, his eyes meeting hers. She tried not to look too devious. He immediately stood, and she bit down on her lip, looking up at him, refusing to break his rule. “You can answer,” he told her.
“I was thinking about bringing a Senator to his knees,” she said, her voice throaty and hoarse, trying to keep her desire in check long enough to speak.
“You think I’m the only one who will be on their knees?” he asked pointedly. She knew she would do just about anything for him if he continued.
You will crave the clandestine meetings between Liz and Brady like Oreo cheesecake. K.A. Linde’s writing is sexual poetry served up on a platter, and there are moments when you will have to pause and sigh and pant and blush and dive back into the story.
While Brady is the ultimate badass alpha, Hayden offers sweet companionship and comfort to Liz as a trusted and familiar cohort. She is torn between the two men that have captured her heart, albeit from very different perspectives. Will she accept Brady’s offer of a relationship strictly on his terms? Or, will Liz succumb to the charms of Hayden as he realizes his feelings for her are no longer based on friendship and their mutual respect for one another? Will you find yourself on #TeamBrady or #TeamHayden? Angst. Anguish. Aches. Anxiety. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
“They stared across the room at each other. He didn’t know what she was thinking or feeling. She looked like she was trying to wear her own campaign mask. Not let him in, not let him see what she was feeling.”
“Then all at once he saw something shift in her. Liz dropped her arms, shrugged like she couldn’t explain what she was feeling, then sighed heavily. She didn’t look sad or even mad at him…she looked resolute.”
About the Author
K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote her the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end.
She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.