Not the Plan

Dell. Feb. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593356647. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Isadora Maris has been working in politics for over a decade, slowly and steadily climbing up the ladder by being two steps ahead of everyone else. She’s smart, she’s savvy, and her reputation is flawless. Karim Sarda has just joined the California political scene as a temporary aide to the boss of Isadora’s rival—the smarmiest, most self-serving senator in all of California. Though Karim and Isadora have immediate chemistry, a relationship could spell political trouble for them. Despite these dangers, they begin secretly dating. Politics makes strange bedfellows, but can Isadora and Karim’s relationship survive the gauntlet of dirty ploys, underhand deals, and an inherent lack of trust on both sides? This steamy, contemporary romance delves into a unique setting and offers up a smart, sexy story. Isadora and Karim are both victims of emotional abuse from narcissists. These issues are sensitively and sympathetically portrayed and give the plot depth. The protagonists are realistic and likable, with obvious good guys and villains rounding out the cast.
VERDICT Readers will enjoy this unabashed peek into the (fictional) world of politics with a romantic twist from De Cadenet (Getting His Game Back).
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