Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.
William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...
When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...
5 Words: Politics, scandal, love, family, rumour.
If you know me, then you know I've got a soft spot for Chanel Cleeton. And if you've ever read any of her books then you know there's a reason for that. She's the author who restored my faith in New Adult, showed it could be more than badly rewritten sex scenes and regurgitated plots. And in Flirting with Scandal she keeps up the good work.
There is passion and intrigue and right at the centre a fantastic character in the shape of Jackie, someone who was simultaneously incredibly strong to everyone around her and vulnerable just in front of the only one who really knew her. Or thought he did. Because this plot has some fantastic twists.
There was something about her, something that felt like a burst of color in a sea of gray.
The whole story was very fluid and natural in the way it played out. And even for someone who knows nothing (absolutely nothing) about American politics it was never overwhelming.