Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Title: Bedmates
Author: Nichole Chase
Genre/Age: Romance
Series: American Royalty Novel (Book One)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ebook via Edelweiss
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisFrom the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Bedmates was a quick and easy read. I found myself immersed in the story and invested in the characters early on. It took no time, at all, for me to begin to root for the leading lad and lady.

First up is Maddie, daughter of the president and animal rights activist. I fell in love with her the moment I realized she was being arrested for trying to save animals from a test facility. While I am only a moderate animal lover, I can admire her courage.

Our gentleman is Jake, the VP's son and injured veteran who has recently returned from war. At his mother's insistence, Jake takes the lead on a project to build homes for fellow veterans. I was smitten with Jake from the very first meeting.

The two are children of the most prominent and influential people in the country, yet I found both of them to be easily relatable.

Conflict arises when Jake and Maddie, who have never gotten along very well, must team up to lead the veteran's project, playing nice in front of the cameras to draw attention to the work. I liked the bickering between the two but do wish that it had lasted a bit longer to build more tension between them. However, there was still plenty of controversy and strife to go around.

Meddling parents, war injuries, depression, and jealousy all play roles in this story. I was truly surprised by the heartbreaking turn of events and the realism of the book was intense. Still, there is very little that I would change about this story.

In closing...
Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Four satisfying suns! I look forward to reading more of Nichole Chase's work!

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