G. Bianco, 2019
From the author of the bestselling Getting His Game Back comes a new romcom that mixes politics and romance. On February 7th, dive into Gia de Cadanet’s Romeo and Juliet-esque style book Not the Plan.
After nearly a decade of experience in state politics, Isadora Maris is damn good at her job. Aggressive lobbyists and stonewalling senators are no match for her diplomacy and her unflappable commitment to her principles. If all goes according to her meticulous plan, she’ll soon be managing her boss’s successful campaign for U.S. representative and finally land her dream role: congressional aide in Washington, D.C., where she can really make a difference. But Isadora’s cool professionalism is knocked off-kilter when she meets Karim Sarda. Karim is gorgeous and brilliant and seems to share many of her ideals. So why is he working for the California senate’s most detestable scumbag? Given their bosses’ fierce political rivalry, Isadora finds she can’t risk tarnishing her reputation by flirting with the enemy, and she’s been betrayed enough times to want to keep people at a distance. So she deems Karim off-limits—no matter how flustered she feels whenever he enters the room. Karim knows that struggle all too well: Still processing the wounds from his failed marriage, he’s ready for a fresh start. But Karim can’t hide his attraction to Isadora’s commanding presence. Her strength is captivating, even as he recognizes something fragile beneath its surface. When Karim and Isadora succumb to their undeniable chemistry, their initial desire blossoms into something more—something real. But if Karim’s boss takes control of the California senate, everything Isadora worked for could be destroyed. Will workplace politics shatter their chance at love?
I really liked the way this book explored dealing with toxic people in your life and how there are different forms of PTSD and mental illnesses out there. Similar to her previous book, de Cadenet wasn’t afraid to tackle the tough subjects.
On top of some heavier topics, Isadora and Karim were an amazing pairing to watch grow into their relationship and learn to trust and love themselves through their love for one another. Their romance (and their steamy scenes) were amazing and any romance lover will fall in love with this career-driven couple.
If you like workplace romances with Romeo and Juliet vibes (just with a Happily Ever After) then I definitely recommend this book!
*I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for my honest opinion.
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