Wednesday, March 8, 2017


“The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.”


The 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.

Meet Barrett Callahan in Running Mate by Katie Ashley!

This was my first Katie Ashley book.  The blurb caught my eye and I thought I would give it a shot.  It had a fun premise-fake relationship to help a political campaign?  Why not?

Addison wasn't quite what I expected.  I liked her initially and though I was occasionally frustrated with her later on, I never fully disliked her or didn't believe in her.  I appreciated how smart she was, how she knew what she wanted.

Barrett threw me for a bit of a loop.  He seemed immature at times but grew and progressed well overall.  I did roll my eyes a bit at the overuse (in my opinion) of his nickname for himself, but that was truly part of how he identified himself so I worked through it.  

The pacing of the book was good and I read it fairly quickly.  I will say I wasn't as fully invested in them as a couple as I thought I would be.  There was a lot of politics (yes, I read the blurb and knew it would have political aspects) and I just wasn't expecting it.  I expected a bit more of the focus to be on Addison and Barrett and that wasn't always the case.  Overall, I did like the book and will try this author again.


About the Author

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.


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