Where There’s Smoke by L.A. Witt ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

LAW_WhereTheresSmoke_coverlg Title: Where There’s Smoke

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: April Martinez

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Anthony Hunter wonders what the hell he’s gotten himself into when he agrees to manage an unproven candidate’s campaign for governor of California. As soon as he meets the gorgeous, charismatic – and married – politician, attraction gives Anthony’s rock-solid professionalism a run for its money, and Anthony knows he’s in way over his head.

Jesse Cameron doesn’t like the idea of putting himself out there as a happily married, wholesome candidate, but his retired senator uncle insists it’ll give him an edge over a challenging rival. The only problem is that Jesse’s marriage is over, existing only to maintain his heterosexual facade. Oh, and there’s that minor detail about his undeniable attraction to his smoking hot campaign manager. Or the fact that the attraction is very, very mutual.

Before long, temptation explodes into a sizzling, secret relationship, but under the microscope of the media and the relentless scrutiny of the voting public, Anthony and Jesse can only keep their secret for so long. And this is one scandal a campaign won’t survive.

Brandilyn’s View:

Where There’s Smoke by LA Witt has been in my eBook library for a while.  I generally enjoy LA’s books, but with all the books also in my eBook library, it got lost.  Then, we decided to spotlight LA Witt on Retro Reads, and “Smoke” was brought out of hiding.  Witt is usually good for strong characters, compelling storylines, and hot sex.  Where There’s Smoke by LA Witt is no exception.
For about the first third or so, the book was a little slow.  There was a lot of groundwork being laid and characters being built.  I honestly didn’t know if I could make it through.  However, slowly my opinion when from “when will this be over” to “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
Where There’s Smoke isn’t action packed.  There are no baddies chasing our MCs.  There are no evil ex-wives or sinister opponents.  Though, there is a homophobic uncle who may not have out hero’s best interest at heart with whom to contend.  What you do have is two men thrown together in an already pressure-filled situation.  A Zippo is lit, and their passion ignites.   Sadly, they have to deny themselves, so when they finally give in, it is explosive.  They try to do the right thing time and again, but can’t help themselves.
Anthony and Jesse are in an impossible situation.  That situation is mostly of Jesse’s making, so I have a hard time feeling sympathetic for much of the story.  However as with many closeted public figures, there is immense pressure from outside forces to live a certain way.  Part of me wants to be sympathetic.  Part of me hates politicians with every fiber of my being.
I wage this war with myself throughout the story.  I want to hate Jesse for the position he has put himself, his wife, and Anthony in.  I want to despise him for the position in which he is putting the voters of California.  Despite myself, however, I feel sympathy for him.  That is the talent of LA Witt and the beauty of her character building.
By the end of the story, I want nothing more than to have Anthony and Jesse ride off into the sunset together.

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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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