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Monday, March 6, 2017

Blog Tour/Review ♥ Running Mate by Katie Ashley ♥ #giveaway $100 GC

“The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.”

Meet Barrett Callahan in Running Mate by Katie Ashley!


Full Blurb

The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don't even get to choose--one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.

My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.

Read Chapter 1 & 2 on Wattpad HERE

Review by Diane

****4 Stars****

A copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Running Mate is a lighthearted and easy read, and if you’re tired of the news about our current administration, lose yourself in another great presidential race. Our story focuses on a presidential candidate’s middle child, Barrett Callahan, a “live life loose and easy” individual. He’s hardworking enough for the Callahan family business that his grandfather started, but doesn’t seem to hold the same family values as his siblings; or the level of commitment his parents have, especially his father, Senator Callahan, a lifelong public servant who is now running for the highest job in our country. Addison Monroe is the exact opposite. She comes from strong family values, is a hardworking conscientious volunteer coordinator for the Callahan Presidential Campaign and tries hard to make a difference in the world around her.

Barrett’s playboy lifestyle has finally caught up with him. His father is tired of his son’s sexual antics playing out in the media and embarrassing his family and being a point of contention in his father’s presidential bid. Something has to be done, and so Addison is “recruited” to be the woman who has finally tamed our playboy by being his fake fiancée.

The story is cleverly written as we watch Barrett Callahan change and become the person he’s pretending to be, with Addison’s help. The banter between these characters is quick and sharp. The sex is sweet between them (when it eventually happens), but I wouldn’t necessarily call it hot, even though Barrett can talk pretty direct at times; and there are some cute twists I didn’t see coming. So go ahead, lose yourself in a good read about a presidential family you’ll really end up liking!

About the Author

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.


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