Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton ~ Review, Giveaway & Quote-tastic

It's Release Day for Chanel Cleeton's new Capital Confessions series!! Yes, the first book Flirting with Scandal is release today and I cannot wait for you all to meet Jackie and Will... 

Title: Flirting with Scandal
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Series: Capital Confessions #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 19th 2015
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The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

Flirting with Scandal was a fun read and a great introduction into Chanel Cleeton’s new political romance series. She showed us what could happen when a young politician who is running for the seat of Virginia falls for a girl who has a complicated past. I really enjoyed this concept and the few twists that were thrown in too. It was a scandalous read that is for sure!

Jackie and Will hit it off from the moment their eyes met across the bar... It was all hot and heavy until Jackie sees something that shatters the moment, and she hi-tails it out of there. But the next day they are pushed together as Jackie is tasked to work on Will’s campaign. They both need to find a way to put the moment aside and work together without jeopardising their professional lives.

Jackie is only 21 and still has a lot to learn, but has a natural instinct when it comes to politics, because of how she grew up. She has a few issues in her past that can wreck a political campaign. She is a confident, pretty and smart girl, who is not afraid of a challenge. Will is the perfect politician, he is 26, single and every girls dream. He is the sweetest guy and chased after Jackie because he knew what he wanted regardless of her keeping secrets from him.

These two had amazing chemistry and they found it hard not to tear each other’s clothes off all the time. They were mostly good at work, and saved most of their sexcapades for behind closed doors, but being in the world of politics there is always a slip up and a scandal set to shock the world.

This was a fun first book in the series and I enjoyed the introductions into some of the other characters in this world: Mitch was always watching and I really liked Blair. Each chapter begins with a snippet from a political blog and I liked how that aspect tied into the overall story and both of their lives.  The writing was done well and I never found the story line to lack in any way, I was eagerly flicking the pages to see what would happen between them. There were so many good moments in this book and I highlighted so many lines! The duel pov's gave me greater insight into their conflicting thoughts and what they wanted from their complicated relationship. I am looking forward to the next book and being able to learn more about Blair.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“I don’t want you to think I’m the guy who preys on unsuspecting females at work, or that I’m some sleazy politician using his career to get laid. I mean yes, I absolutely want to have sex with you, but I want it to be because you want it, and not because—”
God, I kept losing my fucking mind around her. She had to think I was an idiot. “Yeah?”
“Shut up and kiss me.”

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“When I enter a room now I look for you before I do anything else. And if you’re not there, I wonder where you are, and what you’re doing, and even though I’m not supposed to admit it, part of me wishes I were with you. And when you are there, I can’t take my gaze off of you.

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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. 

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.


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  1. This one is news to me, but I love the title xD It's very catchy, & it's great the characters had amazing chemistry, most novels these days I have read are so dead with the romance. Fantastic review overall :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  2. I like reading romances in a political environment. I think this book is worth checking out!

  3. I wasn't a fan of her other series so I'm glad you liked this one.

  4. Oh, I want to read this right now. Great chemistry, romance and politics - it's like a recipe for nectar! Lovely review, Naomi :)

  5. Political romance is fast becoming a trend. I have to wade through this genre and see if it's for me. Great pick for a quote!

  6. I love a good scandalous read! Especially where the characters have crazy chemistry! That's pretty creative how each chapter begins with a little snippet from a political blog. Great Review as usual Naomi!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  7. Third time this week I've heard about this book. I really need to get with it,lol. Awesome review missy! I like the fact you pointed out its a bit of a quick read but still keeps you interested;)

  8. Thanks Benish. It was a great start to the series and I am keen for more from this world!

  9. Love the quote and I do enjoy mulitple POV' gives you such a different aspect of the characters when it's done right. Great review!

  10. It certainly does. These two were so fun to read about.

  11. I so love that shut up and kiss me line. Always makes me smile.

  12. My my. Will sounds like a character I would love to meet! :) Lovely review!

  13. Cute quote. I honestly do not think I have ever read a political romance. If I did it must not of been good since I can not remember.

  14. It just might be a good one for you!

  15. I have enjoyed all her books, and I am glad this was a little different!

  16. It certainly is! I have read books from two different series now!

  17. Thanks Lindy! These two had great chemistry right from the start and I enjoyed watching it grow to scorching levels!

  18. It did! I was swept away in the world, that's for sure!

  19. Haha! Yes, I think that they are coming more frequent now. I am enjoying them!

  20. Me too! It always makes me smile!!


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