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RED BLOODED by Caitlin Sinead
Genres: New Adult Romance
Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she’s ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.
Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he’s been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.
When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she’s also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it’s not just her past on the line anymore. It’s her heart.
Peyton is asked about rumors that her deceased father may not being her biological father. Even though she shakes the question off she can’t help but wonder if the rumor is true. I mean who wouldn’t right? So when her mother refuses to answer the questions Peyton sets out to find the truth on her own. Of course once the media finds out that she isn’t sure they are on her like white on rice. Enter Dylan, Peyton’s shadow assigned by the campaign manager to ensure she doesn’t get into any trouble.
Peyton was a great character in my opinion. She really loved and idolized her father like most girls and his death hit her hard. Dylan is a great character as well and the fact that him and Peyton were already friends really helped the story. They both are driven and care about politics although Dylan was a bit more extreme in his care of politics. I was surprised that he handled being Peyton’s babysitter as well as he did. After all he didn’t come into the campaign to do that. So I felt that maybe their friendship is what helped.
The romance is sweet and like all relationships in books that are fake at any point it was entertaining. I enjoyed watching them both pretend that they didn’t feel anything more than they should. All in all this was a very good book and one that surprised me more than I thought it would. I was nervous about the politics because sometimes that can take over a story but it wasn’t an issue. In fact they simply added to this story.
About Caitlin Sinead
Caitlin Sinead is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. and her debut novel, Heartsick, is available now from Carina Press. Her writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.