Saturday, March 29, 2014

Off The Record (Record #1) by K.A. Linde

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?

Liz's heart skipped a beat. She hadn't seen Brady in three days. He had been busy in Raleigh all week working on campaign related materials. He hadn't really said much else about it. Now here he was asking to see her when she was busy working on the article Hayden had recommended to her.

She really wanted to, but tonight was not the best night. "Brady, I can't."

"What? Why not?" he demanded. She could tell he was impatient. 

"I'm working. I have this huge article I'm putting together. I've been working on it for hours."

"Then you need a break. I'm already in the car. I'm not turning around," he said simply. 

Liz sighed. "Seriously. I'm worried if I take a step away I'll lose my entire focus on it. This is a big deal for me."

She really wanted him to understand. She had a life separate from him. Her job as a reporter was what she had been striving toward for a long time. She wasn't willing to give up her dreams any more than he was willing to give up the campaign. And in reality, neither of them should have to. They should be able to make this work while still being the same people. She wondered whether that was ever going to be possible.

"Liz, I haven't seen you in three days. That is three days too many. I'm coming to see you. Where are you?"

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