You’d think, with the dinnertime robo-calling horrors of the presidential election season finally past, I would be done with politics. But no. Of late, I find myself perversely fascinated with political romance. Mainly because I want to write one, and people have a tendency to hear that, go wide-eyed, and say, “Don’t.”
Seriously, it’s like an unwritten rule. No politics in romance! It’s divisive! It’s boring! No one cares!
Except, no, that’s not really true. Because (a), there’s quite a lot of political romance out there already, and (b), clearly people do care, because they’re buying them, and (c), whenever I mention my interest in writing a political romance on Twitter, my tweet stream blows up with people saying doooo it, doitdoitdoit, and (d) I love to write things no one cares about! See: my romance debut, which takes place on bicycles. IT DOESN’T GET ANY LESS EXCITING THAN THAT, FOLKS.
Sorry. Got a little carried away there.
The point is, I’ve been looking around lately for political romance, and I’m finding lots. I accidentally became mildly obsessed with Marie Force’s Fatal series this weekend after picking up Fatal Affair, the first book in the series, and . . . well, there was a wormhole involved, I think. I started it yesterday, and now I’m nearly done with book 2, despite having done the full complement of weekend parenting and house-cleaning and cooking. Not really sure what happened there. The Fatal series, set in D.C., follows the turbulent relationship of a female police detective and a U.S. senator. It’s sexy and interesting and compulsively readable — oh, and also? Fatal Affair is free. Or it was on Saturday, anyway. I can’t promise it still will be by the time this post goes live.
I did a little survey of other political romances, and I encountered quite a few additional senators, although not as heroes. The crotchety, charismatic senator at the center of Stephanie Draven’s In Bed with the Opposition has a heat stroke right off the bat, which is bad news for the heroine — his aide — since she’s in the parking lot at the time, accidentally making a date with the hero to meet him at the laundromat. Sexy, quirky, and fun, the story pits the senator’s-aide heroine against a charismatic spin doctor who just happens to be the guy she fell for so hard in law school, she flunked out. It has the authentic feel of a book written by someone who knows D.C. politics.
In Susan Mallery’s Tempting, the restaurant-manager heroine attempts to get to know a senator who’s running for present — who happens to be the father she never knew she had. The senator’s adopted son (whom she calls, with zero affection, “dragon-boy”) tries to protect his father from the damage he assumes she wants to do.
Kimberly Lang‘s three-book Marshall family series for Harlequin Presents Extra introduces a sort of modern-day Kennedy clan. The oh-so-handsome Marshalls are into politics, money, and charming the pants off women. The second book in the series, The Power and the Glory, handcuffs a hero who’s managing his senator father’s reelection campaign to a political activist heroine named Aspyn — and once she’s released, she ends up with a job on the campaign staff.
But not all political romances are about senators. Some of them are about hot Asian Hawaiian prosecuting attorneys. Which, can I just say? We need more of those. HelenKay Dimon’s Impulsive starts with a bang. In a bathroom stall. Heroine Katie is supposed to be watching deputy prosecutor Eric, but they get a little closer than she plans — er, a lot closer. The kind of “closer” where condoms are required. The affair promises to be bad news for his run for prosecuting attorney, which requires him to apologize to Katie and, you know, ask that she not leak the story to the press. Except, oops! More sex happens. This is good news for Eric’s Johnson and bad news for his campaign. Also, there’s love!
Or, if you feel like escaping from all these political shenanigans, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has the book for you. In First Lady, the widow of the president of the United States escapes her restrictive life and hooks up at a truck stop with a hard-bodied Pennsylvanian ex-tabloid reporter who’s just been saddled with two kids that aren’t his. Oh, and also, he hates children. And women (sort of). It all works out, though, and several years later, we get the story of one of those kids in The Great Escape, wherein too-well-behaved Lucy Jorik pursues her own happy-ever-after . . . on the back of a motorcycle with a man named Panda.
How about you — do you like a dash of politics with your romance? C’mon, you know you want to. Comment to tell me what you think by the end of the day Thursday, and I’ll pick one random entry on Friday, November 16, to win whichever political romance on the list or in the comments sounds most intriguing!
About the Author:
Ruthie is a published author of RIDE WITH ME | ABOUT LAST NIGHT | and soon to be released, ROOM AT THE INN | ALONG CAME TROUBLE
Book Copy for ROOM AT THE INN, part of the Naughty and Nice Bundle:
Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.