The Candidate

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: T.L. Quinn

Published: June 15, 2021 COMING SOON on Amazon!

HEA: yes

Cheating: not in the traditional sense of the word

Tropes: Rivals to lovers, employer/employee

Wet Panty Meter: 2-3 – You will need 2-3 pairs of panties reading this book

Review: Where to start on this one. I loved it. It wouldn’t be on this blog if I didn’t. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to take on books I don’t like on this blog. Until I figure it out, I’m going to only use this as a promotional tool to help Indie authors when I love their books.

What I found refreshing about this one, is that the female is the employer and the male M/C is the employee. This is reversed in most romance books from the last few years. It’s been a whole lot of male billionaires with 6 packs and huge cocks falling in love with their secretaries who live in shit hole apartments and are virgins.

Not so with this romance. (Although please enjoy Jamie Dornan GIF above. I needed to throw that one in. Whatever you think of FSOG, you can’t deny that on point casting.)

In “The Candidate,” we’re looking at a smart, capable woman running for a US House of Representatives seat, and she just happens to employ a dude named Decker as a bodyguard. You know I’m a stickler for originality. The fact that you had a female alpha MC in the character of Ev (not to be confused with the below mention of Evan) helped turn the employee/employer schtick on its ear. It was refreshing to see a female worried about the press finding out about her employee versus the other way around.

Ok. So the boss likes her bodyguard.

The problem is that our female MC’s campaign manager, Molly, has other plans. She says our girl needs to have a properly vetted boyfriend or voters won’t trust her. Properly vetted apparently means some type of community service-minded big name from a big family.

Enter Evan, cocksucker extraordinaire. You know the type. I think I could actually smell the sweater I imagined around his neck wafting off the page.

So let’s talk sex scenes. The most interesting one, by far, is the blowjob scene towards the end of the book. You don’t usually see that type of blowjob in a sweet romance book (and let’s be clear that this is not an erotica sex swamp.) Decker telling Ev that he knew from the beginning that she would always choke on his cock and bend over the couch for him was a nice touch.

At first, I was like, “Ehhhh, was that too much?” Then I actually thought about it for a couple of days.

Yes. I said a couple of days thinking about a dick choking scene. You think about what you want to think about, and I’ll think about what I want to think about.

Was Decker asserting a little alpha-holeness over his employer really out of the realm of possibility here? Was it degrading? No. It didn’t degrade her. It was just him kind of telling her he knew all along that it would happen. Anywho, I’ll lean on the side of “winning” on that sex scene.

All in all, a solid read. I looked forward to actually sitting down and finishing this one. I can’t say the same with some other books (mostly from other genres entirely) I’ve read lately.

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