Campaigning for Christopher is the fourth of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Ummm...that's a lie. Skye, Elise and Margaret simply aren't the sort of girls that share. And frankly, with the election right around the corner, Chris doesn't have any time for love either...)
Christopher Winslow, the youngest of the four Winslow brothers, was born with a silver spoon in his privileged mouth, which has made it difficult for him to establish his credibility in the fast-approaching congressional race. Working against the clock to assure Pennsylvania voters that he is forthright, trustworthy and able has been an exhausting challenge, but Christopher's chances at beating the incumbent look good.
Julianne Crow, a plus-size model struggling to make ends meet, jumps at the chance to make a little extra cash on the side. What does she have to do? Slip something into Christopher Winslow's drink and take some very naughty pictures with him.
But Christopher is nothing like Julianne expected, and when her actions sabotage his hard-earned campaign only a month before the election, her guilt is overwhelming. She offers Christopher her help in an effort to repair the damage she's caused, but can anything change the fact that he sees her as an opportunist and a mercenary? When she starts campaigning for Christopher, he may find out there's more to her than meets the eye.
Katy Regnery has become an author that I look forward to reading. While I haven’t read all of her books, the ones I have read I’ve thoroughly enjoyed any yet I wasn’t prepared in anyway for what this book put me through. Talk about the FEELS. The good, the bad and the ugly, and lemme tell you there was definitely some ugly going on. But even when the urge to toss the Kindle into the freezer to cool down, I couldn’t. I was so entrenched in the story that I had to know how it would all turn out and Ms. Regnery did not disappoint.
Now, let me say that I did read the blurb. Twice. But that did not stop me from having violent tendencies towards Julianne in the beginning. I actually growled at my Kindle and said “Don’t do it. Don’t do it.” Did I understand why she would do it? Yes, but that still didn’t excuse her going through with it. And after the deed was done I just couldn’t see how she could be redeemed in my eyes, but I told myself to trust in the author and by the end of the book I ended up adoring Julianne. As she worked to right the wrong she showed integrity and an honest to god sense of remorse for the damage she helped to cause. She was compassionate and her determination was highly commendable, especially faced with the ferocity of Christopher’s initial anger and mistrust. And then there is the pride in her culture and her family that definitely struck a chord with me. She didn’t have an easy life, but persevered and made her life her own.
It was hard to not be #TeamChristopher throughout the majority of the book, though there were moments when even I thought he needed to dial it back, which he thankfully he does. But what we see in him is a man who has grown up with the proverbial silver spoon but doesn’t have a that whole self entitlement thing going on, nor does he abuse it. Yes, he has played and acknowledges that he’s been able to do things because of it, but he isn’t one of those asshats that uses it as a weapon to get what he wants. Christopher really is that guy with a good heart and soul who truly wants to help those whose voices tend to get lost in the crowd.
Their courtship definitely had an unorthodox beginning, though the spark of mutual attraction that was there before everything went to hell in a handbasket gave that glimmer of hope that things could actually work out for them and Ms. Regnery made it happen in the best of ways. Out of the mess that was created by a misguided act we get to see watch as Christopher and Julianne navigate their way around trust issues and come to find that not only do they have a burning hot sexual chemistry, but mutual respect for the other and share similar goals in life.
I could comment on the writing, but I think it’s a foregone conclusion that it was excellent! But what I must commend Ms. Regnery on the way she presented the American Indian culture. From the little blurb before the book explaining why she chose the terms she did to incorporating the Lakota language throughout the story through Julianne and her mother I thought were very well done and showed a lot of respect and care. Also, we get to catch up with the Winslow siblings and their significant others and I loved how they all rallied behind Chris and even Julianne.
The Bottom Line: This was a beautiful, sweet, emotional roller coaster of a ride and I loved every moment of it!
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.
Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story and Ambler families of Philadelphia, the four-book, bestselling a modern fairytale series, the standalone novel, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and a standalone novella, Frosted.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015, and four of her books: The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale), Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale), Falling for Fitz (The English Brothers #2) and By Proxy (Heart of Montana #1) have been #1 genre bestsellers on Amazon.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.