Sunday 21 December 2014

The Record Series by K.A. Linde ~#bookreviews, #offtherecord, #ontherecord & #fortherecord

 Off the Record (Record #1)


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? 


Source: eARC for Honest Review from Montlake Romance
Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 1 of 3

My Review...

Oh! Boy! So this book had politics, drama, secret love affair, jealousy, friends, confusion, love and a .....cliff hanger.

Liz has had a crush on Hayden for ever and it finally feels like it is going somewhere until Hayden and Liz get the chance to interview Brady Maxwell which changes the course for everyone.

Brady knows what he wants and nothing is going to get in his way college reporter who blows his world apart.

Knowing that it is wrong but they both can't fight it Liz and Brady start a secret love affair.. Things are great until Liz wants more and Brady wants to win at the cost of everything.

The more Liz gets swallowed whole by Brady and this secret affair she turns to Hayden which confuses her yet also cements her emotions for Brady.  Brady wants both Liz and the campaign but it looks like he may have to choose.  My fingers are crossed that he picks Liz over the campaign and his bitch of a press secretary.

This book was fantastic.  It had my reeled in with everything and K.A. Linde is great with the build up of secrets and tension.  There are so many variables to still unfold in this journey.  I know there may be some team Hayden people out there but let me tell you that I am team Brady all the way. 

August 26 is not soon enough to find out what is going to happen with Brady and Liz.

4.5 Can't Wait for Book 2 Thumbs up!
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On the Record (Record #2)


For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger...

The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on...or to pick up right where you left off.

Source: Kindle
Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of 3
My On the Record Review ...

It felt like forever after the bit of a cliffhanger in Off the record.  On the record basically starts up after Liz walked away from Brady.  I was hoping for much less anxiety when reading this book as it was killing me with the repeatedly bad choices Liz and Brady were making.  Gah! Hayden why?  Sure he looks good on paper and appears to be perfect but not enough spark.  As Liz tries to let go of Brady giving him the campaign so he doesn't have to make a decision but really she was trying to save herself because she couldn't bare to hear him chose the campaign over her so she made the choice for him. 

Hayden has always been there but when she finally made the choice to be with him, it killed me. KILLED ME.  It was well written as I was full of anxiety of repulsion during this part of the book which was most of it,  but then Hayden didn't turn out as perfect as she wanted him to be.  It's always hard for me to read when I want the main hero and heroine together and they are with other people when they shouldn't be, but without that were would be the angst?

Even though it as been a year. A YEAR!!!  Brady and Liz still have palpable energy but have made their choices, so they try to stay away from one another but when their past is thrown into their faces Liz finally gets off her complacent ass and talks to Brady even after her more bad choices.

Brady is the more mature of the two by breaking up with his girlfriend when he realized that he still loved Liz where as Liz stayed with Hayden.  She is still with Hayden until he royally screwed up even though she always loved Brady more.  

Now finally at the end we get to see our favorite power couple back on track or do we????

4 About Damn Time Thumbs up!
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For the Record (Record #3)


With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple’s future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work…and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it’s falling apart.

On the road to reelection, the passionate bond between the congressman and the journalist gets tested at every stop. Threatened by shameless media sensationalism and jealous exes, Brady and Liz now have to learn to trust each other despite what they read in the papers.

In the finale to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s sexy Record trilogy, Liz and Brady may be setting off fireworks along the campaign trail, but can their love transcend politics as usual?

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 3 of 3

My For the Record Review ...

So, finally Brady bucks up and puts Liz first while Liz finally gets her head out of her ass and they come public with their relationship.

In this book, it really is like a long epilogue with there happy happy with a little anxiety mixed in on the outside perception of their relationship.

I did like it and read it fast but I felt book 2 & 3 were dragged out too much and could have been condensed into one book instead of 2.

In For the Record we fall for Brady and all his charming ways while Liz still has some growing up to do. And at the same time they deal with her nemesis Calleigh Hollingsworth with the help of her ex Hayden.  At times this book ended up been too neat and tidy with how it all wrapped up but it was still good.

Here is one beef I have though in book 2 condoms were mentioned at the beginning with Hayden then they miraculously disappeared and were never heard of again.  I know that is a small detail and I don't know why it irks me but it does especially since she had stopped sleeping with Hayden for like five minutes before jumping back into Brady's bed.

In the end I really enjoyed the series and am becoming a fan of K.A. Linde.  Off the Record was my favorite then the angst filled On the Record with For The Record coming up the rear for me in preference for this series. 

3.5 Finally their HEA thumbs up!
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