Review: Commander in Chief by Katy Evans (White House #2)
Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
I want more for her.
I want more for myself. Yeah, I want her more than ever. Her passion, her kindness, her realness, her ability to laugh . . . Her.
I'm in over my head for this girl. Once I thought I couldn't do both, govern a broken country and have her. But I know now that I will die trying to do both. This is who I am. I'm the president and a man. She's the girl I love and the woman I want to spend my life with.
Really, it can be as simple as that.
When I read Mr. President, the presidential election in the United States was just a few days away and anticipation was growing as to who would win--the former First Lady turned senator turned Secretary of State or the business tycoon known for making millions and getting back again after he lost as much. Now, having just finished Commander in Chief, the second novel in bestselling author Katy Evans's White House series, the United States is in transition, preparing to swear in a new president in a little over two weeks's time. In the fictional tale that Evans has brought fans and readers back to, Matthew Hamilton is no longer the former presidential son. He won the election at the end of the first novel; now, he's ready to become the president of the world's only superpower. While Charlotte Wells was by his side throughout the campaign, she is no longer there. . .and Matt wants her back.
When Charlotte Wells walked away from the newly elected President of the United States two months ago, she did so knowing it was for the best. Sacrificing her heart so that Matthew Hamilton could focus solely on the needs and demands of the country they both loved and served was worth it. She knows attending one of the inauguration balls would be setting herself up for more heartache, what with being in the same ballroom as the man she loves. But President Matthew Hamilton has come to a decision, and it's one that will change both their lives. Two months without Charlotte has given him time to accept that he's selfish enough to admit that he would rather have the woman he's in love with by his side and face the challenges they'll have, whether it's from the unforgiving media or the overly curious public. Will one woman bring the most powerful man on the planet to his knees if she refuses?
Mr. President was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and now, as early as this first week of January, Commander in Chief already has a foothold on my list for 2017. I'm a weird hybrid of a political junkie. I'm a realist and a dreamer. I dream of a president--whether he be the one in my country or anywhere else--who will follow up their words and promises with action; someone who is active and not merely reactive; someone who is beholden to all the citizens of the nation they serve and not just to those who donated to their campaign. But that's tempered by reality, the kind of reality that history has taught us to be sad but true. but with Katy Evans's new political romance novels, she's made my imagination run rampant, and her picture of Matthew Hamilton AND Charlotte Wells have me hopeful that possibly one day, there may truly be leaders as passionate as them to lead my country and the world.
I loved the timetable in which this sequel is set. It isn't limited to just a handful of months in President Hamilton's term in office. There's a lot that goes on, both with Matt as the president and as the man who loves Charlotte, and same with Charlotte and her role in both Matt's personal and professional lives. The thing is, when you're as public a figure as the leader of the free world and you're truly in love for probably the first time in your life, then there's going to be blurring of lines and overlapping as to those dual lives you lead. As beautiful and fantastical as Matt and Charlotte's love story may be, there's also an honesty to it because they do have their trials and there are moments when what's expected of them as public figures doesn't jibe with what they may want as private citizens. Commander in Chief was a modern fairy tale, one that will make you wish fairy tales do come true. Five-plus stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the White House series:
Mr. President (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Commander in Chief (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 05 January 2017
Date Read: 05 January 2017
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