A Political Affair by Mary Whitney

Publication Date: October 18th, 2012
The Writers’ Coffee Shop
Format: Paperback, 284 pages
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY 
A Political Affair isn’t Fifty Shades of Red, White, and Blue, but it is a love story with spice and political intrigue. Stephen McEvoy never expected to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age—or to fight to keep it. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, Stephen dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. During a tough election, their relationship is an impossible political gamble. Campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.

Ripped from the headlines, A Political Affair is a story of a US high ranking official who got involved in a clandestine affair with his intern. It seems like if there’s a scandal involving sex, a Democrat is never far away. So stereotypical. What’s with that party anyway? Why can’t they keep their dicks in their pants?

This book is one of those fan fictions that were pulled-to-publish type of deals; and while I have no problems with authors doing their thing, I’ve always hoped that they would strive to make it worth the money we’re spending to buy their books. This had some editing problems – nothing major, mind you. Just missing words here and there. Still. I expected a polished work.

I can barely recall reading this when it was still a fanfic so I can’t tell you what the differences are other than the characters’ names. I know it was a Twific, though, so don’t be surprised when you’re introduced to a whole slew of secondary characters.

CHARACTERS

The characters left a lot to be desired. For a couple of people who are supposed to be political savvy and intelligent, they hardly discussed anything that could be considered as such. I get that this is a romance first more than anything else, but I expected to be wowed by intelligent, scintillating conversations between characters. Both characters were one-dimensional with little to no developments. I’m not sure if it had something to do with how the author chose to tell the story but this third person POV tend to create a problem for me. I’d rather read as the characters feel and not have someone else tell me how the characters were feeling. In general though, Anna and Stephen were but mere cardboard cut-outs.

PLOT

Okay, so it’s a bit of a cliché. But I must admit that it’s a story line that I’m a fan of. Besides, who doesn’t like  campy political scandals? This one, however, was very clean.  I liked that the author chose to drag the culmination of their relationship until almost to the bitter end and didn’t force her characters to a raunchy closed-doors monkey sex.

My complaint lies in the fact that there’s hardly any excitement in it – no suspense, no drama. In fact, it was a pretty boring read, in my opinion.

IN CONCLUSION

This was a fast read but don’t expect much. Many have given this book a glowing review so you might want to read those if you’re dead set on reading this. I think for someone of Mary Whitney’s political background and education, she could’ve done a much better job. To be honest, you’re better off reading T. Baggins’ Fifteen Shades of Gay if you’re interested in a campy political scandal. That book at least stimulated me…intellectually and…yeah.