Series: American Royalty #1
Published by William Morrow paperbacks on October 4, 2016
Review Copy Provided By: Publisher
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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Politics makes for interesting bedmates.❞
BEDMATES took me by surprise! What started out as sweet, cute and funny, enemies to lovers romance turned into an angst-filled, tearjerker. I didn’t expect it and I loved it!
I loved the premise right away, the daughter of the U.S. President being wild and getting into trouble coupled with the angst associated with an injured veteran who just happens to be the U.S. VP’s son — it was a no-brainer that I would want to read it.
But the President’s daughter, Maddie, doesn’t make trouble for the sake of it, she is an activist. She cares about the rights of people and animals and is determined to help them. Which gets her in trouble sometimes because her means of doing so, isn’t always well-thought-out. When she gets arrested for her latest “rescue attempt”, her father insists on community service. He sets her up to help build homes for homeless veterans. Which for Maddie, isn’t punishment at all. The punishment is that he has her working with the Vice Presidents son, whom she detests.
Jake had been seriously injured while serving his country. He had scars both inside and out. It was those that were inside, that were the most difficult to deal with. (He is one of two people who survived the incident and he blames himself.) But he is expected to hold his head high, and use his injury and service to help his mother in her campaign to be the next President. As such, to appease his mom, he agrees to help the RCVA (Returning Combat Veteran Affairs program) in building homes for his fellow veterans.
❝There was an unspoken need for me to not show weakness; for me to feel as normal as possible.❞
Soon, Jake finds out that Maddie isn’t the bothersome girl of his youth, and Maddie realizes, Jake isn’t the arrogant boy she used to hate. Together, they are fiery and steamy. Both wish to be ‘normal”. Maddie doesn’t treat him differently, she stands up to him and his crap. Jake appreciates Maddie for who she is and what she stands for.
❝I’d never felt this way with another woman; as if we’d been made to fit together. It was like she’d been born just for me and I’d been a blind fool for years.❞
Okay, let me say, this book was so much more than I thought it was. While there were tender, sweet moments, it was also, deep and thoughtful. This author’s writing is smart, engaging and as with the case of BEDMATES, quite steamy!
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