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From the New York Times 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.
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“I’ll be done in a minute.” He looked down at me and smiled softly. “I’m glad you’re here.”
“Yeah? Why’s that?”
“You’re just so easy to be around.” He shrugged as if that summed up the whole world but I had no idea what it meant.
“And… . . . that’s a good thing?.” I frowned up at him. He gave me butterflies and I stumbled over everything I said but he thought I was easy to be around.
He stepped closer and I found myself nose to chest. His fingers tilted my chin up and his lips fluttered over mine. I let my palm rest on his skin where I could feel his heart beating rapidly. He didn’t touch me except for the fingers on my chin and his lips on mine.
When he stepped back, his brown eyes were dark. “It’s a good thing.”
Before I could think to ask anything else, he was gone, taking the stairs two at a time. My fingers drifted up to my lips and I stared at where he had just been, the remote in my other hand forgotten.
I’d never been kissed like that before; with so much tenderness and awe.
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– REVIEW –
Twenty-one year old Maddie McGuire is passionate about animals — she volunteers at a shelter, she’s vegan in her diet — she’ll even chance getting arrested in an attempt to free animals from testing labs. She truly has a noble heart for her cause. Unfortunately, getting busted makes bad press when you’re the daughter of the sitting President of the United States, and Maggie’s dad happens to hold that office. What is the President’s staff going to do with this strong-willed girl?
Jake Simmon, son of the current Vice-President, is a young veteran, injured in a deadly incident in Afghanistan. Wounded inside and out, Jake is trying to adapt to civilian life in the fishbowl of Washington politics — something very difficult to do when your mom is the Vice President. Apparently, to her, image is everything.
Jake and Maddie have known each other for years. They’ve been, at times, the unintentional collateral damage of their parents political ambitions. But when Jake returns to Washington, he finds the annoying Maddie of his younger years has grown into a lovely, caring woman. Thrown together in a work project for returning wounded veterans, Jake and Maddie realize they’re more than attracted to one another. What happens when Jake’s ghosts from Afghanistan resurface? How does Maddie deal with a powerful Vice President who disapproves of her relationship with Jake? Does their romance even stand a chance?
Bedmates by Nichole Chase is the first offering in her American Royalty Series. It is a stand alone novel, and although characters from her previous series make appearances in Bedmates, you do not have to have read any of Chase’s other stories to appreciate this book.
Maddie is an endearing character, but at times I struggled with her behavior. For example: here’s Maddie, the staunch animal rights activist, who, when given the opportunity to aid in the creation of legislation that will aid her passionate cause, muses:
“Yes, I wanted to better the world for the animals and for everyone else, but did I want to hitch myself to the cause for eternity?”
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Okay — Maddie’s referencing the legislative process, which, granted may take years. What struck this reader was her ambiguity towards what was supposed to be the cause that has, so far, dictated her life’s actions. So although I found Maddie sweet, she also struck me throughout this book as a little flighty.
The character of Jake was solid. Author Chase is very effective in showing her readers the trauma, both physical and mental, that injured veterans experience. Jake’s struggles were a heart-wrenching and caused me, at times, to pause for a moment to absorb what I had just read.
Initially, this story was light in tone, but developed into a sometimes somber read exploring serious issues. And while the plot moved at a brisk pace, I found the balance between significant parts of the story to be a bit uneven.
Overall, Bedmates is more than just a romance between two young people caught in the political craziness — it’s more a tale of the lives of those caught up in the political ambitions of others.
Note: Bedmates contains scenarios dealing with PTSD (including flashbacks of intense military action), and well as explicit sexual scenes.
* ARC received from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
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– ABOUT NICOLE CHASE –
Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
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