Special Interests by Emma Barry
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by Emma Barry
Compared to love, politics is easy
Union organizer Millie Frank’s world isn’t filled with cocktails and nightclubs…until she’s turned into an unwitting minor celebrity. As if being part of a hostage situation wasn’t traumatizing enough, now her face is splashed across the news. But Millie’s got fresher wounds to nurse—like being shot down by the arrogant bad boy she stupidly hit on.
Parker Beckett will do whatever it takes to close a deal for the senate majority leader, including selling out union labor. Charming and smart on the surface, he’s also cynical and uncommitted—an asset on the Hill. But something about Millie has stuck with him and when negotiations bring her to his office, Parker breaks his own rules and asks her out.
Parker can’t understand how Millie has retained her idealism in a place like D.C. Millie can’t believe what Parker’s willing to sacrifice in order to pass a budget. But as they navigate their political differences, what grows between them looks a lot like a relationship…and maybe even a little like love.
“Well, you’re right. You wouldn’t be any good for me, in any capacity.” Millie was truly angry now. The expression on her face dared him to say something else on the subject. She was spoiling for a fight. He wasn’t going to give it to her.
Parker took a deep breath and released it in a long whoosh that made the soft wisps of hair around her face flutter.
“Come on, let’s get you a cab,” he said. This had long since stopped being productive.
He left some money on the bar to cover their drinks and they walked out of the bar together. It was ridiculously warm. Washington had reached that part of the summer when it didn’t get cool no matter how late it was. The faintest amount of light lingered in the sky, making it more blue than black beneath the few visible stars.
Millie was a few steps ahead of him. Her continuing anger leeched off of her like steam. It crept through his clothes and brushed against his skin and made him pissed right back at her. It was as if the girl hadn’t listened to a word he said.
“No.” She turned on her heel to face him. “You don’t get to call me that. We are not friends.” She was as incensed as she’d ever been the entire time he’d known her. Her soft brown hair was swirling around her shoulders and her green eyes were flashing.
Parker knew he was lost. He hadn’t asked her to meet him to fix things between them or to repair his boss’s relationship with labor.
Whatever she was saying had faded to a hum. There was only the passion in her face and the modulation of her voice. He couldn’t stop staring at her mouth.
He pulled her to him, leaned her against the front of Big Hunt and pressed his lips to hers.
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I would rate this book 4 fangs
This is a book about Millie and Parker and how they both over came major challenges in each their lives. Millie was involved in a hostage situation that had changed her out look of life. Parker is a senior adviser in politics. His life revolves around work. He has no true personal life and he is OK with that, until he meets Millie. Will they be able to work through everything and call it a true relationship?
I loved the story! It really made me laugh out loud, I think my favorite part was when Parker, had call his family and friends as references for Millie to hear for herself what kind of person Parker is, it truly made me laugh.
I’m not big into politics, so having a book based on it was a little hard to stay focused. But the author did a wonderful job always bring it back to the couple.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Emma Barry is a novelist and full-time mama and graduate student. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves hugs from her toddler twins, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, and Earl Grey tea.
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