Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
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This is actually my first Nichole Chase book and it certainly won’t be my last. I’ve always liked stories about Royalty children so when I read this blurb, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
Maddie McGuire is currently the First Daughter. With her father as President of The United States, a lot of responsibility is on her shoulders. She’s just like her mother, full of passion and goes at things head strong. Unfortunately, that trait actually causes her to end up in handcuffs. Of course, not the publicity needed or expected from the First Daughter. In an attempt to honor the consequences of her actions and help rebuild from her embarrassing act, Maddie is asked to do community service with RCVA, Returning Combat Veterans Affairs. While she’s all too happy to help Veterans, she’s not happy to learn who her new sidekick will be. They don’t have the best history.
Jake Simmons, the son of the Vice President of The United States, has returned from his latest tour in Afghanistan. He is recovering from a bodily injury but secretly battling the mental demons left behind from war. When he finds he is paired with Maddie, he isn’t exactly thrilled. They’ve never really gotten along. But now that he’s back and has a different look on life, Jake is starting to realize that the girl he thought Maddie was is the complete opposite of who she actually is. She quickly gets under his skin and his attraction grows. Will he be able to push that aside and just focus on the community service at hand or will Maddie grab on to his heart and change his world?
“Politics makes for interesting bedmates.”
Well, that’s the truth. I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed Maddie’s spirit and her desire to be her own person and not to be shaped by what is expected by her. She is genuine and honest. Loving and caring and it makes sense that she is considered American’s Sweetheart in the media. She also has a great sense of humor and definitely keeps Jake on his toes.
My heart bled for Jake. The pain and guilt that he has been caring around since his last tour in Afghanistan has really taken a toll on him. While he continues to struggle with it, you can tell that he wants help but he just doesn’t know how to go about it. When he gets the devastating news that pushes him over the edge, the vulnerability, pain and sorrow that he feels is heartbreaking. I think there will be many people that can relate to his story and understand what he is dealing with.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the community service ideas and the passion that they have for other causes. There’s just enough drama in there to keep the storyline going. I’m glad I read this and I can’t wait to check out more of Nichole Chase’s books!
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“Let me clean up my stuff. We can take my truck.” He stood up with a grimace.
“What?” I looked at him as if he was crazy.
“You need help.” He shrugged. “I’ll help.”
“No, it’s okay. I’ll be fine.” I shook my head a little too hard and my pony tail whipped me in the eye. I grimaced and blinked back tears. “Ow!”
“Here—“ Jake pressed something to my eye. “It’s no big deal. This is what friends do, right?”
“You’re still on probation—“ I snapped and batted away his hand. That’s when I realized he had lifted his shirt to wipe away my tears, exposing a wide expanse of well-muscled abdomen.
“Then I still need to work it off.” He smiled at me and my frown deepened.
I had to stop doing stupid things around Jake Simmon. In fact I just needed to not be around Jake Simmon. Looking at him made my brain leak out my ears. Talking to him left me equally amused and tongue-tied. I couldn’t think straight around the man and he was busy chasing tail all over D.C. Yes, the last thing I needed was to spend more time with Jake while he tried to be my friend. It just muddied the waters.
“No, no, no. I’m fine.” I waved my hands to emphasize my point as if all the no’s hadn’t made it clear.
He reached toward my face again with his shirt. “Stop swatting at me or you’re going to get more dirt in your eyes. Be still, Madeline.”
I froze when he used my whole name. It was rare for anyone to use my full name and when he did, something odd happened in my stomach. He dabbed at my face while I tried to ignore the way my blood pressure rocketed with his proximity.