In Bed With the Opposition
Author: Stephanie Draven
Published: August 15, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Reviewed by: Marq
Favorite quote: "Like an updated Pocahontas, which, given your job, is probably spot-on, since you save bumbling white men from their own folly on a daily basis."
summary from Goodreads
Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life's exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn't forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can't resist his bad boy charm.
When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can't be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won't throw the election—not even to win Grace's heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?
Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!
In Bed With The Opposition was a enjoyable, fun, sexy read. It totally caught me by surprise the humor and the sexiness that was throughout this book. I didn't think I would like Grace at first; she was too uptight and too willing to do anything for Blain (Ugh. I hate that name.). But Grace proved me wrong and I found myself cheering her on.
Grace works for Senator Kip Halloway. Kip is in his 80s, a seasoned politico and is losing his grip. Or so everyone thinks. Grace's job is to clean up the senator's numerous missteps and guffaws. She's been close to the Halloway family since she was a little girl so working for the senator is more than natural for her. Grace is a control freak. She makes lists for everything. She doesn't take a step without weighing the pros and cons. And one of her biggest cons was getting involved with Ethan Castle while they were both in law school. Because of that affair, Grace flunked out of law school and has been walking the straight and narrow ever since. But Ethan is back in her life and he brings out the impulsive, wild side that Grace tries to keep firmly repressed. Ethan remembers how explosive their chemistry was and he wants Grace to come out of her self-made shell.
I really, really liked In Bed With The Opposition. Despite Grace being a tight ass, her character was very likable. She has her eye on the prize, the prize being Blain. They've been on again, off again bedroom buddies and Grace feels that because she is so close with his Blain, it's only inevitable that they will end up together. Grace goes out of her way to make Blain notice her. Then Ethan enters the picture and he completely invades her space.
I loved Ethan and Grace. They have great chemistry. Their banter is funny and witty and sexy. Ethan pushes Grace's buttons and forces her to live a little. They have great sexual tension. Ethan pursues Grace with determination. He even bribed her with waffles. He doesn't hold anything back and he's the perfect counterpart to Grace's control issues.
Even though the setting for the story is political, it doesn't overshadow the romance. It was nice reading a story that took place in my neck of the woods. Halloween night in Georgetown....oh yeah.
I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a fun, sexy contemporary romance.
"Seriously, Grace? Four-leaf clover panties?"
"It's a holiday!"
"Well, you are about to get lucky."