A reluctant socialite is pulled into a scandal and must choose between her family's reputation and her future happiness.
Lucia Montgomery is from an old and powerful political family in Connecticut and desperately wants to shed her reputation as a superficial socialite. Against her family’s wishes, she seeks a position working for a fiercely contested political campaign and the dark horse in the race, Anderson Adams. She is thrown into the middle of a scandal of her own making when she is tricked into going to his hotel room. Anderson persuades her to play along with a pretend engagement then an actual wedding to save her reputation and his campaign. The media falls in love with the charismatic couple and they must figure out how to reconcile their public image with their private life.
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Hi Lucia and Anderson. Welcome to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. You guys are in the public eye, so I'm sure you're used to interviews. I promise not to take up too much of your time.
Lucia: Hi Kim. It’s a pleasure to speak with you today.
Anderson: I agree. It’s not often that we get interviewed by the creator of such a fabulous blog.
Look at you, Anderson, using complements to make me go easy on you. Let’s see if it works. Lucia, what made you decide to seek a job with Anderson's campaign?
As you probably know, my grandfather was the governor of Connecticut and I had many fond memories of his early campaigning days. When I decided to move to the east coast, my goal was to work for a political campaign. Anderson’s campaign had the energy and enthusiasm that drew my interest.
Anderson, when Lucia started working for you, did you know who she was?
The Montgomery name is well respected in Connecticut and I had been introduced to Lucia’s grandfather on several occasions. So when Lucia approached me, I knew who she was.
When was the moment you each realized you were in love with the other and wanted your fake marriage to be real?
Lucia: I took a break from campaigning and traveled to California to visit my parents. Instead of relaxing and enjoying the quiet, I was desperate to get back to Anderson. Even though the campaign was insane, he was angry with me and we had tons to sort out, I wanted to throw myself into his arms. It had to be love.
Anderson: I would have denied at the time but I knew in the hotel room. When I opened the door and saw her again. It was fate. I wanted her in my life and proposed the crazy idea of a fake engagement.
How would you each sum up your love affair to readers?
Lucia: Fast. The campaign was moving at a million miles an hour. There were so many expectations it was difficult for us to let down our guard and trust the other. But somehow we managed to establish a private connection and began to not worry about what others thought or needed from us.
Anderson: Emotional. Lucia is beautiful and so smart but she can hide her feelings without much effort. But under the façade, she is deeply emotional and ignited a response in me. I had to get through many layers before I could capture her heart and begin to get her to trust me.
Thank you both for stopping by.
Lucia: I appreciate your time.
Anderson: It was a pleasure visiting with you, Kim.
Anderson Adams watched the graceful, blond girl across the room spin seductively in an effort to show off her gown. She was strikingly beautiful and seemed to spread cheer to those gathered around her. He decided in that moment that he needed a break from the endless political chatter surrounding him.
He politely excused himself from the discussion and asked his campaign manager, Brian Gallagher, “Who is the beauty across the room?”
Brian followed his gaze and said, “Ah, Bella Montgomery. William Montgomery’s granddaughter. I’ve heard that she has relocated to Connecticut and is interested in launching a PR firm. I think she goes by Lucia Montgomery now.”
“Have you spoken with her this evening?” Anderson kept his voice disinterested. He needed a diversion for the evening but had to be careful of his reputation. It wouldn’t help his cause to irritate the former governor. While this campaign may not end in success, he had other political aspirations for the future.
“Not yet. But her grandfather asked that I interview her for a position in the campaign. Apparently, he would like to see her heading up the PR elements. The campaign needs experience and talent not a bored socialite but having a connection to the former governor wouldn’t hurt us.”
Anderson avoided making eye contact with anyone, taking a moment to contemplate his approach. “Connections are important. William Montgomery has the influence and positive record to energize older voters. An association with Ms. Montgomery could prove to be helpful.”
His campaign manager put a hand on his shoulder and guided his view away from Lucia Montgomery. “I wouldn’t seek her out. She is exactly what you don’t need. Young, blond and receptive. You need to be seen having a mature relationship, not chasing a young socialite who may end up having a position in the campaign.”
There was no way he would allow his campaign manager to dictate his choice of companion. Cultivating a veneer of respectability was necessary, but he wouldn’t allow it to command how he lived his life.
Taking a large swallow of whiskey, he handed the empty glass to Brian. “I’ll see what she has to offer the campaign.”
Making his way across the room, he noted her companion abandoned her when she saw him coming towards them.
He stopped within a few feet of her and was captivated by her intense and open stare. He had the sense that she had been waiting for him. The crossover V-neckline in front and back exposed sun-kissed, flawless skin. He had to push away thoughts of her undressing for him. How could she tempt him so easily? He had given up on women in the last few months, instead deciding to slide into a forced celibacy after his last nightmare of a relationship had ended with bitter regrets.
He said, “I don’t think we have met. I’m Anderson Adams.”
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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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