Friday, July 24, 2015

Review Tour: Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton
July 21, 2015
Capital Confessions #2
Contemporary Romance 

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?
Praise for the work of Chanel Cleeton: 
Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.
I loved this book!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris


Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King


My Review

After reading Playing with Trouble, Chanel Cleeton is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  While the first half of the book builds slowly-while still keeping your attention solidly on its pages-the second half really takes off, and when you hit about 75% in?  You're not going to want to put it down for any reason.  That last quarter had me positively riveted to the story and was one heck of a wild ride-if anyone had approached me between 80 and 90%, I probably would have ripped them to shreds (and then gone back to reading).

We first met Blair in Flirting with Scandal (which if you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend-not just because it's awesome, but because it will truly enhance Playing with Trouble for you), and at first glance you might think she's a quiet "yes sir/yes ma'am" daughter.  But the further in you get, the more she tries to break free and be her own person...and it's really a pleasure to see how she grows in this story.  By the end, you'll be proud of who she has become.

Gray is seven years older than Blair, and is a young hotshot lawyer who has had a bit of trouble in his past and is looking for a fresh start.  With his looks, body, brains and turbulent past, he's perfect book boyfriend material...and a guy that you can't fault Blair for falling for at all--I sure would have if I were her.  I mean really, the fact that he's her professor doesn't matter at all...right?  Right?

There's a solid cast of secondary characters from the first book, including Jackie and Will (love these two!) as well as Kate (I'm on the fence about'll see why when you read this) and also Blair's parents (if I had her mother I would have broken free a LONG time ago).

Blair and Gray connect on many levels-emotionally, physically, and even just as friends...and there's also plenty of sexual tension to be found.  Now add in the crazy gossip world her father's political position has the family constantly in and you've got the recipe for love, scandal and secrets you won't even see coming...equaling a story you'll definitely want to sink your teeth into and devour.

5 exciting, passionate stars for Playing with Trouble and a top recommendation for me.  Strictly for the 18+ crowd due to adult language and intimate sexual scenes (ah, yes-those will leave you hot and bothered).  Now I'm just dying to find out what's coming in Kate's story!

Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton
May 19, 2015
Capital Confessions #1
Contemporary Romance 

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...



Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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