Title: The Senator’s Secret
Series: Dreamspun Desires 17
Author: K.C. Wells
Length: Novel (220pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st September 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!
When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.
Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.
Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.
No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….
Review: Senator Sam Dalton is running for re-election when his opponent takes a completely innocent photo and tries to use it for his own political gain. But Sam’s staffers are smarter than that and put a spin on it that has Sam wondering if they are insane. The young staffer in the photo with Sam, Gary, is asked to help out and turn the photo into an opportunity for Sam. All Gary has to do is pretend that Sam is his fiancé and maybe marry him…
This is a great story that was sweet, humorous and beautifully written. Sam has always hidden the fact that he’s gay, he has no intention of coming out or having a relationship with anybody because he loves his career in politics and spends all his time helping the people he represents. Gary is a volunteer staffer on Sam’s campaign when he gets confirmation of his acceptance at NC State Collage for Veterinary Medicine an impulsive hug with the Senator leads to an offer that will change his life.
Sam and Gary are fantastic characters and mesh perfectly together, they are both animal lovers, they both have a great sense of humor and they both have a love of life. Their relationship starts out as a convenience but it rapidly turns into more as they both like what they discover about the other man. Although they are thrown together they make it work, spending time together they both learn to admire each other and when they do take it to the next level it seems steeped in love rather than just lust.
I loved this story and it’s laced with humor throughout, Sam and Gary handle the situation they find themselves in with panache, deftly turning bad situations into good ones and having a natural feel as a couple. I have to admit that Dinky snatched a bit of my heart, he was a little star for the short amount of time he had in the book and I was so happy that Sam and Gary adopted the dog.
I recommend this to those who adore love stories that come out of awkward situations, who love characters that just jump off the page, who love feel good stories laced with humor and love happy endings.