Monday, March 24

Off The Record by KA 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?

So I have been waiting to read this book for what felt like the longest time. March didn't come soon enough while I did. And I was right to get sooo excited just from reading the blurb of this book.

Who doesn't like a story wherein everything is stacked up against our lead characters? Where the odds and timing just doesn't seem to be on their sides? And yet they continue to forge and try to make a go for it?

I loved how this story seemed so honest despite the need for secrecy for Brady and Liz. Liz went into their relationship with her eyes open and Brady had been honest from the very beginning of how things were going to be--because he was running for public office and she being a hotshot college reporter (who put him on the spot on their first meeting). She didn't go into their affair blind. But I also understood how she wanted to change the status quo. I guess it is only human nature to be proud of what you have, relationships included. Or especially. Anyone would hate to be someone's secret, I guess.

KAL did an amazing job with the storytelling. I didn't just go through this in one sitting, I went through it in a few hours. Because the characters were so likeable and the tone far from stiff. The only thing that I hated? It ended. 

Yep, I cried right at the end. I couldn't hate Brady despite all that he asked Liz to go through in the short while that they were together. But most of all, Liz made me proud with what she did in the end. Atta girl!


Final verdict: 9/10. Great read.


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