Campaigning for Christopher: The Winslow Brothers #4
by Katy Regnery
Date of Publication: November 17, 2015
Julianne Crow, a plus-size model struggling to make ends meet, jumps at the chance to make a little extra cash on the side. What does she have to do? Slip something into Christopher Winslow's drink and take some very naughty pictures with him.
But Christopher is nothing like Julianne expected, and when her actions sabotage his hard-earned campaign only a month before the election, her guilt is overwhelming. She offers Christopher her help in an effort to repair the damage she's caused, but can anything change the fact that he sees her as an opportunist and a mercenary? When she starts campaigning for Christopher, he may find out there's more to her than meets the eye.
Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers!
*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*
First of all, I thank Rock Star PR for providing me with an ARC of Campaigning for Christopher by Katy Regnery. The opinions expressed here are 100% mine and I received no form of compensation in exchange for my review.
Campaigning for Christopher is a contemporary interracial romance set in the city of Philadelphia. It is the fourth book in the Winslow Brothers series and can be read as a stand-alone. This installment touches on the sensitive issue of racism and the effects it has on the recipient.
In this installment, we meet Christopher Winslow and Julianne Crow. Christopher was born to a life of privilege while Julianne lived a life stricken with poverty. Julianne, an American Indian from South Dakota, came to Philadelphia with the hope of securing a better future. She has a huge chip on her shoulder, which made her the perfect patsy to set up Christopher.
At first I could not fathom how she could be so gullible. She knew nothing about Chris, but she was willing to believe the negative things being said without checking the facts, as such I was prepared to dislike her. However, as the story progressed, I came to admire her. She was willing to admit that she was wrong and took the necessary steps she believed would help to repair the damage. In doing this, she proved to be a woman of honour and integrity. This shows that as humans we will make mistakes as we are not perfect, but how we respond to these mistakes will demonstrate the type of person we are.
Christopher is currently running for Congress and is trying to avoid things that would negatively affect his campaign. However, that choice was taken from him that fateful night he laid eyes on Julianne Crow. When she offered to make amends, he was not keen at first, but when he realised that she may just be his saviour, he was not above using her. However, will he be able to get over her betrayal and accept all that she has to offer?
I enjoyed this installment. The interaction between Julianne and Christopher was entertaining. Christopher had a hard time reconciling his feelings where Julianne was concerned. How could he possibly be attracted to the woman who tried to destroy his political aspirations. The characters were complex and relatable. They demonstrated growth and strength. I liked that Julianne was able to move past her insecurities, thus becoming a woman to be admired by all.
Although I enjoyed the story there were a few issues that I felt needed to be resolved. These unresolved issues prevented me from giving this a five-star rating. It’s my belief that addressing these issues would have made for a more dramatic ending. It would have been good to know who was responsible for setting up Christopher. In addition, I found it strange that after going through such lengths to stage such an elaborate set up that no one came forward to dispute Julianne and Christophers ‘ claims.
This was an emotional read that held my attention from start to finish. If you have not started this series and you want something new to sink your teeth in then the Winslow Brother series would be perfect.
“I can’t think about anything but you. I dream about you. I have imaginary conversations with you. I go to YouTube and replay that press conference kiss over and over again to torture myself because I can’t get enough of seeing you in my arms, melting into me. I don’t want you?” He took a step toward her, stalking her, taking her arm so she couldn’t pull away from him, and leaning into her personal space until they were almost nose to nose. “I’ve never wanted anyone as much as I want you!”
He had no right.
He had no business.
But it didn't matter, because he couldn't help himself. He leaned forward and claimed her mouth hungrily with his.
Her lips moved beneath his immediately, her hands flattening on his chest as he reached around her waist and pulled her up against his body. Her lips tasted like coffee with a hint of sweetness, and he wanted more—more of her, more of the sweetness. Sweeping his tongue over her lips, she opened for him, and he tilted his head, slanting his lips to cover hers more perfectly. Their tongues tangled—velvet heat, timid at first and then more sure, her teeth razing his flesh as he plunged hungrily into her mouth, swallowing her whimper and adjusting her against his body so that his hardness lined up with the valley of her sex. He groaned as she nipped his bottom lip, leaning her head to the side as he slipped his tongue back into her mouth. Moaning softly, she arched into him, and he slid his hands up her back, bracketing the sides of her breasts through the flimsy material of her blouse and feeling the frantic, ragged pull of her breath beneath his fingers as he kissed her.
And kissed her.
And kissed her.
Another whimper sounded from the back of her throat, and suddenly he realized that the hands she'd flattened against his chest were pushing him away. With a grunt of frustration, he released her, stepping back. Reaching up, he touched his lips with the back of his hand, panting as his knuckles dragged over the sensitized skin. He scraped in a shaky breath, staring at her, forcing himself not to lunge for her and draw her back into his arms.
Her chest heaved up and down from the force of her breathing, her blouse was disheveled, and the skin around her lips looked pink, though her lipstick was still perfectly in place. Her eyes were wide. And angry.
"You can't do that!" she said in a breathless whisper. "You can't just—"
"I know," he mumbled, dropping his hand from his lips and raking it through his hair. What the hell had he just done? What was he thinking?
"You can't accuse me of . . . of falling for you two days ago and then . . . then k-kiss me in p-private like . . . like the world is ending today. It's not . . . it's not fair, Chris."
"I'm sorry. I just . . ."
He turned his back to her, confusion making him wince. He didn't trust her. He didn't want anything to do with her. Why couldn't he help himself around her?
She raised her voice, speaking angrily to his back. "You said this was a job. An . . . an act. That didn't feel like an act."
"You're confusing me. You don't want me, then you—"
He palmed the back of his neck and turned to face her, his own voice low and lethal in his ears. "I don't want you?"
"Are you insane?" he barked.
"Jules," he gasped, staring at her in disbelief because how could she not know this? Despite what he'd said on Monday, didn't she know? Couldn't she see? And then suddenly he was speaking, his words coming out in a rush, a relief, a completely inappropriate stream of consciousness that he'd never, ever meant to share with her. "I can't think about anything but you. I dream about you. I have imaginary conversations with you. I go to YouTube and replay that press conference kiss over and over again to torture myself because I can't get enough of seeing you in my arms, melting into me. I don't want you?" He took a step toward her, stalking her, taking her arm so she couldn't pull away from him, and leaning into her personal space until they were almost nose to nose. "I've never wanted anyone as much as I want you!"
About Katy Regnery
Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.
Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled "Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date," in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.
The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy's novella "Frosted" will appear in the upcoming (Jan '15) anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy's short story, "The Long Way Home" will appear in the first RWA anthology (Feb '15), Premiere.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.