The Phoenix Candidate, Heidi Joy Tretheway


The Phoenix Candidate, Heidi Joy Tretheway
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Erotic.

So I mulled over this one, it sounded great but politics? While I’m interested in them from the UK side, US politics is so different that if its a read that’s heavy on them I just get lost. Still, took the plunge and am glad I did.
Its a really fun read, very hot and sensual at times, and the politics side is kept interesting – just enough to show how the system works, the old conundrum do candidates go for what they believe in personally, or what they believe will get them elected. Its all quite cynical at times – much as the real thing is.
I love Grace, she’s come to politics after a tragedy when her husband and young son were killed in a shooting accident. As a UK reader it always amazes me how devoted to their guns the US populace are….only this week there was a report of a 2 year old shooting his mother dead in a supermarket after getting her gun from her handbag!! A two years old? A gun while out shopping? All of that is astonishing to us in UK,. where guns are tightly regulated. Of course there’s still tragedies, but no normal everyday person carries a gun around in their daily life. Anyway – back to the book…Grace has campaigned for tighter regulation, and has clearly got a devoted following – now she’s the chance to take it further, way beyond her dreams, right to the top as a VP candidate. Jared is the man to approach her initially, working closely for the Senator who’s running for the top job, but then a second contender comes in who wants her. There’s tough decisions to make.
I loved House of Cards, the series from the 70’s about UK politics and the politics in this reminds me of that series, very astute, very sharp, witty and at times cynical, and so realistic. Its a great read and the attraction between Grace and Jared is sizzling. As always though nothing is straightforward and Grace reaches a  position where she has to make some hard choices, where she has to decide who she can trust and its tough…
It wraps up as a complete book ( the 1-4 series out) but there’s a sequel to come and I’d love to read that. There’s an intro in here and it brings in a line I saw coming but which is still going to be fun! If you want a sharp, witty read, with a storyline that’s realistic, and peopled with characters that feel real, have flaws and are hot and sexy this is for you.

Stars: Five, its a great solid read, though it’s probably just a one off read for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.


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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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