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Emma Barry is a novelist and full-time mama and graduate student. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves hugs from her toddler twins, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, and Earl Grey tea.
Special Interests by Emma Barry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Special Interest by Emma Barry is a 2014 Carina Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Millie Frank is Union organizer in Washington D.C. but has found herself in the spotlight due to a hostage situation she was involved in. Trying to get back into her normal routine and wishing the media would lose interest in her, Millie goes out with a friend and meets Parker Beckett. Parker is a workaholic trying to make budget for the senate. An instant attraction occurs between the opposites, but Parker turns Millie down humiliating her deeply. Now the two of them trade barbs and zing back and forth between love and hate. Can the cynical Parker and the idealist Millie manage to make a relation work?
Politics is always difficult when someone wants to help save programs and work for the best interest of other people and someone else is concerned about money. The author does a great job of explaining some of the issues Washington deals with and how the bottom line is what it's all about. Parker has made his entire his entire life about work. He skips meals or eats on the run, has no personal relationships and when Millie crashes into his life he realizes he has been missing out on the things in life that really matter. Millie on the other hand is confused by Parker's on/off mixed signals.
The strongest part of the book was the political angles and push/pull of politics and all the negotiations. The romance was a like an after thought sometimes and as a result the relationship became rushed as the author started to wrap things up. Of the two, Parker had more to overcome and finally began to slow down and enjoy living.
This one gets 3.5 stars.
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