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Friday, July 23, 2010

Kelly and the Candidate by Fran Shaff

Kelly and the Candidate by Fran Shaff
Publisher: Wings ePress, Inc
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (193 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Reporter Kelly Graham, who isn't the least bit fond of politicians, finds governor candidate Brett Conifer completely irresistible. Brett, who can't stand reporters, makes an exception where the lovely Kelly is concerned. Scandals, fist fights, miniature matchmakers--Kelly and Brett are in for one very complicated love affair.

Unlikely politician, Brett Conifer had finally met his match in the form of hard hitting journalist, Kelly Graham. In her own words, Kelly “has never backed away from a challenge.” But, then again her heart has never been involved with her subject matter.

Brett isn’t at all what Kelly was expecting. He’s charming, honest, handsome and a terrific single dad doing all he can to take care of his two girls after his wife is brutally murdered. At the same time, Kelly is a refreshing surprise for Brett as well. She isn’t the shark-hearted media type that he innately detests. Kelly has integrity and is very intuitive to the plans that Brett has for winning the governorship. Before either of them realizes it, Kelly has carved out a place for herself in his daughter’s lives and in his heart. Can the politician and the journalist overcome preconceived notions and potentially career wrecking scandal? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Kelly and the Candidate is a beautiful example of the creative and romantic mind of Fran Shaff. Her characters are multilayered and so well developed you’ll feel as if you’ve known them forever by the end of the story. Brett and Kelly both recognize the easy chemistry and want to be able to act their attraction. Their story and the growth in their relationship is sweet despite the obvious obstacles put up by their opposing professions. My only real critique is that characterization could have been better developed by creating more distinction in the dialogue between adults and children. For 3 and 5 year olds they “speak” on a very mature level.

Still, the plot is well formulated and presented to create an enjoyable HEA for Brett and Kelly.