Saturday, June 20, 2015

ARC Review: Strange Bedfellows by Cardeno C.

Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.

Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.

When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.

Dani's rating:

Cardeno C books are my crack. I've read nearly every single one, and I enjoyed them all.

I liked this one too, but, as much as it pains me to say it, I didn't love it.

First, the positives:

The relationship between Ford and Trevor is all kinds of gooey and spicy. While this book isn't quite as steamy as some of Cardeno's other books, it certainly includes some intense, dirty sex.

Ford loves it when Trevor talks dirty, and so do I. And Ford's shy but oh-so-eager demeanor is all kinds of hawtt (yes, spelled just like that).

I also liked Ford's parents, Mr. and Mrs. President, particularly his mother, who has a cunning blend of ruthlessness, smarts, and softness (at least for her son) that I found endearing. But, hell, I love strong women.

The ending is a HEA, of course, although I could have done without the epilogue. Not that it was bad, but it focused on Ford's political career, which I couldn't bring myself to care about.

And that brings me to the negatives, or rather the issues *I* had with this book (which may not bother you at all):

Ford comes from a Republican family and runs on a Republican ticket. He's also a conservative Christian and prays all the time. And yet he has no problem embracing his sexuality and coming out to his parents. Yes, it takes him 37 years, but once he meets Trevor, it's all systems go.

This didn't strike me as believable.

Conservative, religious Republicans in the U.S. are not ... well, they're not like Ford.

The United States is polarized and bleeding at the seams, and I just couldn't see how the son of a Democratic president and a Republican representative had anything in common besides hot sex.

It's not just labels; there are real issues at stake, including healthcare; a woman's jurisdiction over her body; a person's right to die with dignity; funding for Planned Parenthood, education, welfare, and early childhood programs vs. funding for war and weapons; the environment; gun control; police brutality; cutting taxes for the wealthy while raising taxes for the poor; and, YES, same-sex marriage.

None of this is touched upon. This book glides happily along the surface, and I found this unrealistic and more than a little frustrating (even with my fiction shades firmly in place).

That being said, many of the conversations between Ford and Trevor made me smile.

I loved the scene where Ford opens the door in his pajamas and slippers, and Trevor salivates for his prim and proper man, stripping him of his pajama pants and nothing else.

It helps that Trevor is a gillionaire and can call on his private jet to take him to Ford's doorstep whenever Ford is upset.

Hell, I'm feeling jipped!

I would still recommend this book if you're a CC fan. It contains lots of charm, steamy lovin', and sweet feels.

I am just very touchy when it comes to religion and politics, and couldn't get past it.

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