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Book Review – Running Mate by Katie Ashley


Barrett – running mateThe name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don’t even get to choose–one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.


My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.  The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.


3 1/2 out of 5 stars


Ok, what’s with the obsession with fake fiancées/girlfriends right now?  Seems to be a fad.  This is the third book I’ve read this year with such a topic.  And the book I’m reading now is the same.  Is that a real thing?  I digress.

Running Mate is the story of Barrett Callahan, whose father is running for President. Barrett has a reputation of being a playboy, which is bad for his father’s image.  So his father comes up with an idea – a fake fiancée.

Enter Addison Monroe. Addison works for Mr. Callahan’s campaign and has a spotless background.  She’s the perfect candidate to be Barrett’s fake fiancée.

So despite the whole fake fiancée thing, there were a few issues with this book.  One issue is the slow, slow burn of this.  It took forever for Addison and Barrett to actually admit they had feelings for each other.  Another issue is Addison’s intense insecurities.  They were incredibly annoying.  The third issue was the fact that Barrett’s family was so keen on having this fake engagement work.  Seems pretty risky for a person who is running for president have the possibility of getting exposed.

Overall, it was a decent story, but it wasn’t great.

Happy reading.


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