Conservative Affairs by Riley Scott is a down and dirty look of politics in the South. A conservative female mayor in Oklahoma City better be red through and through, this is the reddest state in the union after all.
Jo Carson is the daughter of a preacher. Not just any preacher either. Jo’s dad is the pastor for a mega-church, one that has a large number of parishioners as well as clout in the political arena. Therefore Jo stays deep in the closet. She knows that even on toe out, means she will be disowned by her family. After college Jo takes a job as a speech writer for Mayor Madeline Stratton. She knows between her job and her family there is no room for any personal slip-ups.
Mayor Stratton is in a terrible marriage, one she should have never gotten into in the first place. Her political goals trumped her heart’s desires, and now she must live a life she doesn’t really enjoy. Her husband has come to despise her, and will only speak to her in public settings. She knows he sleeps with other women, she just hopes he’s being discreet. All hell breaks loose when her husband gets caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar by the local news station. This scandal forces Madeline and Jo into a close proximity and closets doors a burst wide open.
I like some aspects of this book, the writing is well done and I enjoyed reading about the crazy political arena and how issues are handled. What I did not enjoy was the POV’s. Every character gets one, and it got to be too much. I wanted more of a focus on Madeline and Jo, but I was constantly pulled back out of that focus by a sub-character and their inconsequential opinions and feelings. I also had a hard time with the timing. These characters fall into lust then love in basically the time span of a long weekend. Now, I see this time and time again in romance novels, and it works in some cases. What was difficult to me is both women were deep in the closest, one by career and marriage, the other by family. You’re not going to just go tell the world (by world, I mean Channel 11 news in OKC) for a 1.5 day love affair. That was a tad unrealistic to me.
Overall Riley Scott is a very good writer, who created an interesting story with likable characters. This was not my favorite book, but I would definitely pick up another book by this author.
3 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bella Books
by Riley Scott