Monday, July 20, 2015

Playing with Trouble

Title: Playing with Trouble
Series: A Capital Confessions Book 2
Author: Chanel Cleeton
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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?

Blair Reynolds is the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in DC, Senator Reynolds, therefore, her life has always been on display.
On her wedding day, she caught her husband cheating on her with his best man. Now, she is trying to pick up her pieces, start over and decide what to do with her life.
She enrolls in Law School and there she meets Professor Graydon Canter. They're forced to work together on a project, but will they be able to stay away from each other?

After meeting Blair in book one, Flirting with Scandal, I was really curious to read her story.
This installment was different from the first one and I have to admit that it was a really pleasurable surprise!

Blair has always been the perfect daughter, always followed the rules, dressed nicely, done whatever her parents asked her.

Now, she's realizing that they care more about their public image than her happiness and she doesn't want to sacrifice her life for them anymore.

Gray has a difficult and troubled past, but he is trying his best to make amends for it. He has had another chance and he is determined not to waste it.

"You can do bad things and still be a good man. Don't let your past take that away from you. You can be more. You just have to try."

He doesn't believe that he's the right guy for Blair and he feels like he doesn't deserve such an amazing woman in his life after all he has done.

I have to admit that I am not such a fan of forbidden reads, especially of teacher-student books. I was hesitant, but the author made it easy for me to enjoy this book, A LOT

It was easy to love both Gray and Blair. Blair was such a great and mature heroine, Gray had such a complex past and I was happy to see them both getting some happiness in their lives.

It was a story about second chances, secrets, lies, forgiveness.

It was very well written and well developed. It's the second book that I read in this series and the second book that I really enjoy!

I am so curious about Kate's story and September can't come soon enough!

Copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blair Reynolds has always been the perfect daughter. Doing what her parents want, always with a smile on her face, to help her fathers political career. After an engagement gone wrong, which her parent's blame her for, she tries to redeem herself in their eyes by going to law school. But how can she be expected to concentrate on school when all she can think about is her professor, Graydon Canter.

Gray was a poor kid growing up in Chicago who turned his life around and became a successful lawyer. Having more money than he ever imagined himself having sent him on a downward spiral of partying and drugs that ruined his reputation. Leaving Chicago he takes a teaching job in hopes of saving his career. But when he walks into his classroom and see's Blair, he realizes he just found his newest addiction.

This book was such a tease! Blair and Gray shared these secret touches, and hidden kisses and those deep, long, passionate looks and then couldn't act on them. Sexual frustration, anyone??? Then when they could finally act on their feelings it was like,

"I'm trying so hard to be good, to stay away from you, then you smile at me and I forget my fucking name."

This was a fun, sexy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I couldn't wait until Gray and Blair finally worked out their issues and were able to be together but I loved the bond they formed before that could happen. I actually liked that they didn't jump right into a relationship. They both had issues and they were hiding their true selves and I liked seeing both characters grow.

This is the second book in the Capital Confessions series and I haven't read the first one yet, but I will definitely be going back to read about Jackie and Will. In all honestly I didn't like Blair's sister, Kate, that much but her story intrigues me so damn much! I can't wait to read it and hope she redeems herself for what she did in this book. 

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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