Thursday 29 January 2015

The Phoenix Candidate by Heidi Joy Tretheway ~ #bookreview


The Phoenix Candidate Synopsis:
Fans of Scandal, House of Cards, and The Good Wife will love Grace Colton…

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.

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. But first, 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? Grace must decide where her loyalties lie and if she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.

The Phoenix Candidate is an erotic romance set in the world of presidential election politics. Recommended for mature readers due to sharp dialogue, wickedly hot sex, and a few delicious taboos. This full-length novel is first in a series and can be read as a standalone.

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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

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of All Night Reads via NetGalley
Genre: Adult Erotica Political Romance
 Part 1 in a new series

My Phoenix Candidate Review ... 

Hallelujah! This is the kind of book I like to read.  Strong heroine. Strong story that it revolves around something else besides the relationship angst.  Strong dominant man.  Lots of steam and passion. 

Heidi Joy Tretheway has made quite the jump from NA rock star romance to political erotica.
"So, Grace, tell me what you've been doing with your summer."
Oh, not much. Just prepping to be a vice presidential nominee while having a steamy, love-hate affair with a political consultant.
 Grace Colton has a mission to try and make America a safer and better place after a horrific tragedy but she's not living.  One night out with friends she meets a mysterious man who convinces her to have one night of no strings, no names and no regrets.
After been awoken after a long slumber she wants more but her mystery man disappears until she is approached about the possibility to be a Vice president running mate to only find her mystery man is also the political consultant involved with this possibility.

Even though she has a potential life altering change in her near future, her and Jared (mystery man) can't keep their hands off each other and let me tell you Jared is ALL man and knows how to get what he wants. (Yowza!) As Grace moves forward with this journey, she meets a villain who I knew had a much bigger role in things than on the surface, she also has some personal growth to do if she wants this future.  On one hand she wants this opportunity but what will be the cost?  As she figures things out her and Jared steam the sheets but Jared has walls which causes conflict for Grace.  But she's a strong woman and will move forward and not dwell when life kicks her down.  She rises above and moves forward (which I loved by the way as I love a strong independent heroine)

Grace has to be true to herself and that is what will get her where she needs to be. 
"You wreck me, Grace.  You're truth and beauty.  You're power and passion.  You're my drug, my clarity.  And you are fucking mine."
This book was freakin' great!!!! I loved the story.  I loved the fact that yes it was a romance but there was an actual story besides the relationship angst.  Yes, there was still angst but it was so much more which gets you sucked into the story and never wanting to leave.  I can NOT wait to find out more from Grace and Jared.  Argh! April feels too far way.

4.5 Powerful Thumbs up!
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