Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance

Title: The Marriage Agenda
Author: Sarah Ballance
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

There's a scandal brewing in Washington...

Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he's willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?

Chloe Lochlan's job is on the line. If she doesn't grab a big headline, she'll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox's offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story...or his career?
This was a fun read and was a nice change from an overly serious political romance I had tried to read.  While the concepts of bribery, environmentalism, and political fraud are serious, the story had plenty of light and fun points to balance it all out.  Chloe is an amazing character, but I don't think I'll ever quite understand why she agreed to marry Knox to begin with.  I'm glad she did and it turned out to be a wonderful thing, but it didn't look that way at first.

Knox was an interesting character as well.  A handful of cliches mixed with some more unique characteristics lead to a great character.  While he is afraid of love, he's working towards overcoming that - even if he doesn't realize it yet.  His move to help Chloe at the end really shows how great of a guy he is.  He would be a catch for any girl.

The scandal that Chloe digs up is personal on multiple levels, and she knows that it will hurt a person she loves deeply.  But the journalist in her knows that it must be brought to the public's attention so they know what their politicians are doing.  The investigation is mixed in very nicely and it isn't really the center of the story.  Sarah Ballance doesn't dwell on it more than she needs to in order to tell Chloe and Knox's story.

Overall, this was the perfect mix of intrigue, politics, and romance.  Knox left me a little wanting for a good chunk of the story and some of the sex scenes (or lack thereof) seemed to be drawn out or repetitive though.

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