Book Review - The Phoenix Candidate -Heidi Joy Tretheway

The Phoenix Candidate - Heidi Joy Tretheway
Series: Grace Colton #1
Published January 12th 2015
Kindle pages 250

Fans of Scandal, House of Cards, and The Good Wife will love Grace Colton...

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Colton is the most famous woman in politics—and the loneliest—until a drawling, sexy stranger offers her one night: no strings and no regrets. And it rocks her world.

Grace wakes to an empty hotel room and a phone call. The dark horse for the 2016 presidential election, Senator Shep Conover, is considering her as his vice presidential running mate.

Before she can be selected, Grace must be vetted and coached by Shep’s political consultant, Jared Rankin, who already knows too many intimate details about her. He’s Mr. One-Night Stand.

Grace is torn: play nice with Jared to join the senator’s ticket, or play hardball and back the slick frontrunner? As the Democratic National Convention approaches, Grace must decide where her loyalties lie and if she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.

The Phoenix Candidate is an adult erotic romance recommended for mature readers.

Normally I'm a fan of political themes. Going in I basically thought I was going to get Scandal or a light version of House of Cards. Sadly that was not my experience. Don’t get me wrong the writing was on point and the story flowed like a good read should, the umph just wasn’t there for me. I’m sure 85% of it had to do with the heroine Grace.

Grace Colton won her Congress position in the wake of losing husband and son to gun violence. After securing her seat she has made some great impressions about is now being vetted for a possible VP run. Outside of Capitol Hill, I just didn't find her very interesting, what I did find slightly intriguing was her slight OCD that was never address. It drove me absolutely crazy. While out with the girls she’s approached by this unknown fine specimen that she leaves the bar with for some sexy time after some intense conversation. Little did Grace know this stranger already read her resume.

Literally. Jared Rakin is on an assignment to vet Grace for his employer for a VP, but his research of her has him wanting to know her on a more intimate level. He’s very mysterious and always on the move. Most of the time I couldn't tell where he stood with his feeling for Grace and his job.

The moment these came together things were never the same and I had a few concerns as follows

Jared being a consultant and has the assignment of vetting Grace for his employer - would it be considered sex harassment that he sleep with her? At the very least shouldn’t Jared  feel some type of way about a woman in her position that would willingly go to a stranger’s hotel to get all hot and sexy. That’s a reporter's dream headline “Congresswoman one night stand fetish”.

Second being in politics I would think Grace would have a game face. See wore all of her emotions on her sleeves. She have zero discretion about the people she trusted. Not to mention she didn’t come of as publically confident in herself. I understand that most people in power or the public eye are privately a mess, but come on keep it together until you get home.

Lastly the flipping kissing on the lips debacle for the life of me I COULD NOT understand why that was such a major issue. I enjoy kissing as much as the next person, but I will obsess over it with someone I just banging. Additionally these two should know that in their position to expect a camera to be everywhere they are why would you continue to have these almost x-rated PDA sessions where anyone walking by can see.

Like with every political theme anything there is secrets, lies, betrayal and of sex. All the main ingredients of awesome drama. The Phoenix Candidate is my first ever experience with Ms. Tretheway and while this was not an awesome read I still enjoyed myself and will stay tune for more political drama. One of the major plus for me is that this story will continue, but I was not left with a cliffhanger. Win - Win.

About Heidi Joy Tretheway:

Heidi Joy is a sucker for campfires, craft cocktails, and steamy romance in books and real life. She sings along with musicals (badly), craves French carbs, and buys plane tickets the way some women buy shoes.

Her first career as a journalist took Heidi behind the scenes with politicians, rock stars, chefs, and detectives, all of whom inspire her stories. Heidi Joy is currently working on her eighth book from her home in Portland, Oregon. She adores hearing from readers at

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