Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: The Senator’s Secret
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires # 17
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2016
Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!
When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.
Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.
Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.
No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….
Okay, the story’s premise is simple enough: two guys are outside on a break at work, chatting, nothing scandalous. An innocent embrace caught is misunderstood, posted on social media and blows up from there.
Gary is hardworking, unassuming with dreams of becoming a veterinarian who works the phone bank for Sam’s campaign.
Sam is a politician who is refreshingly not a sleaze. These are two men who get caught up in an opposing politician’s scheme to ruin Sam by ‘outing’ him. The plan backfires when Sam’s handlers decide to make lemonade out of the lemons handed to him. In a way, this forced outing acts as a pleasant surprise for them both. There’s a saying that everything happens for a reason. Well, it holds true in this story because this situation the two men were thrust in enabled to find and fall for each other.
This story is sweet but a bit vanilla. Sugary sweet vanilla romances with no angst aren’t my thing but this one was okay. There’s very little spice to the story; the heat rating is a solid 2 but the story is still sweet and cute.
The story has a Cinderella with a M/M vibe. The cute dog was thrown in for good measure. Although it wasn’t pulse accelerating, it was still nice.