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Red Blooded I really, really enjoyed this book The passages from Richard are absolute highlights for me I loved them and would happily read an entire Richard book I also loved the inclusivity in terms of characters Peyton s friend Tristan is a stand out The behind the scenes information about politics and especially the politicians themselves were really good, and the story s ending was perfect If you re looking for a book with a lotto the plot than just a romance, this is it 2 StarsRed Blooded was a kind of story in which the romance aspect was second fiddle to the overall plot In this case it was runner up to a political suspense There was just so much political talk that I was bored and a little lost at times The suspense part had to do with the main conflict and Peyton trying to find out who her biological father is The romance wasn t built well and the characters relationship wassurface and I just didn t feel it I didn t quite understand why it matter 2 StarsRed Blooded was a kind of story in which the romance aspect was second fiddle to the overall plot In this case it was runner up to a political suspense There was just so much political talk that I was bored and a little lost at times The suspense part had to do with the main conflict and Peyton trying to find out who her biological father is The romance wasn t built well and the characters relationship wassurface and I just didn t feel it I didn t quite understand why it mattered to everyone if they were together and Dylan was mostly a flat character that wasn t boyfriendy and was kind of jerky making my feelings toward himapathetic than anything else Finally when the main secret was revealed, everything wrapped up in a happy big bow without many repercussions It was just too easy I did think the way Ms Sinead set up the story was well done and I liked getting snippets from Peyton s Dad s book I just wished that wasexplained and the whole backstory with him played outbefore delving into the present problems everyone was facing The one bright spot in the story was Peyton s best friend, Tristan He did have a huge role but from what I learned, I would loveabout him In the end, I m a reader that prefers the romance to stand out so this didn t work as well for me as I m sure it will others Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review Instead Of Eating Ramen And Meeting Frat Guys Like Most College Freshmen, Peyton Arthur Is On The Campaign Trail Traveling With Her Mother, The Democratic Pick For Vice President, She S Ordering Room Service, Sneaking Glances At Cute Campaign Intern Dylan And Deflecting Interview Questions About The Tragic Loss Of Her Father But When A Reporter Questions Her Paternity, Her World Goes Into A TailspinDylan Left Yale And Joined The Campaign To Make A Difference, Not Keep Tabs On Some Girl But With The Paternity Scandal Blowing Up And Peyton Asking Questions, He S Been Tasked To Watch Her Every Move As He Gets To Know The Real Peyton, He Finds It Harder And Harder To Keep A Professional DistanceWhen The Media Demands A Story, Peyton And Dylan Give Them One A Fake Relationship As They Work Together To Investigate The Rumors About Her Real Father And Peyton Gets Closer To Learning The Truth, She S Also Getting Closer To Dylan And Suddenly, It S Not Just Her Past On The Line Any It S Her Heart, Words After the election, I found it hard to focus on reading books My attention kept slipping back to social media feeds and news stories The books themselves reminded me too much of what was happening a WWII novel about protecting vulnerable people in Vichy France a nonfiction book about rowing in the Olympics in Hitler s Germany.And so, on a whim, I began reading Red Blooded It was at the end of my list not because of its quality I knew it was good but because being reminded of politics wo After the election, I found it hard to focus on reading books My attention kept slipping back to social media feeds and news stories The books themselves reminded me too much of what was happening a WWII novel about protecting vulnerable people in Vichy France a nonfiction book about rowing in the Olympics in Hitler s Germany.And so, on a whim, I began reading Red Blooded It was at the end of my list not because of its quality I knew it was good but because being reminded of politics would hit, I thought, too close to home Peyton is the 18 year old daughter of the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and her life is deeply entwined in all the painful public revelations that accompany election seasons.Yet this book ended up being escapist in the best way possible It is fun and romantic and thought provoking, sure, and I would recommend it for any of those reasons But eventhan that, it reminded me that there are people out there who genuinely want to change the world for good Leaders who will give up every private moment of their lives in order to improve the lives of millions of strangers Yeah, politicians aren t perfect But what they do involves a ton of sacrifice and there are politicians who are genuine about the changes they advocate.It reminded me that the acrimony of the recent election was nothing new all elections are difficult and charged and dramatic Yet it also harkened back to a time where the scandals didn t revolve around hate, around the elevation of one kind of person at the expense of many other people That s still my country, that s still the country I know and love I received this ARC via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This was such a fantastic book in all the ways From the top, the things that stood out to me about this book were the diversity, the mystery that kept the plot moving forward, and the excerpts from Peyton s father s book The writing, of course, was excellent.We are introduced to Peyton as the yes girl at the beginning of the book, but she grows so much throughout the book The mystery is introduced in a way I received this ARC via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This was such a fantastic book in all the ways From the top, the things that stood out to me about this book were the diversity, the mystery that kept the plot moving forward, and the excerpts from Peyton s father s book The writing, of course, was excellent.We are introduced to Peyton as the yes girl at the beginning of the book, but she grows so much throughout the book The mystery is introduced in a way that made me just as speechless as Peyton during a live interview, she is confronted about the possibility of her father not being her real father Lots of facts slowly piece themselves together, leading Peyton to different conclusions that kept me, the reader, guessing until the truth was revealed I had to read this book in one sitting because it was impossible to stop Not only is the swoon worthy hero Dylan a diverse character he s Hispanic , but there were countless major characters of various ethnicities in this novel It is difficult, even in recent years, to find romance and New Adult novels that naturally depict the world as it really is As a WOC, it warmed my heart to see a non white presidential candidate, non white friends, etc THIS is how you write diversity.The other thing that tugged at my heartstrings in this book was how excerpts from Peyton s father s book were included at the beginning of some chapters Not only did they add cute anecdotes that brought his character to life on the page, but they also added to the story in that it illustrated Peyton and her father s relationship despite him not being present It is such a central part to the novel and this was a creative way to show it I found myself really feeling for Peyton and her loss.The romance was adorable and developed so well I like how they begin with a friendly relationship even though Peyton thinks Dylan is gorgeous that carefully morphs into a romance that leaves you breathless and with a fuzzy feeling They do each make their mistakes big mistakes that any couple would go through This was realistic, and made me appreciate their HEA that muchThey work so hard for their happy ending and I enjoyed it.All in all, this book was fantastic, and I can t wait to readbooks by Caitlin Sinead Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review Red Blooded is told from the point of view of Peyton, an 18 year old girl whose mother is running for VP and whose father died a couple of years ago Her father was an author, and he wrote a book about his life as he was dying much of it about Peyton, and this catapulted her and her mother into the spotlight This book starts with a reported questioning whether Peyton s father really was her fath Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review Red Blooded is told from the point of view of Peyton, an 18 year old girl whose mother is running for VP and whose father died a couple of years ago Her father was an author, and he wrote a book about his life as he was dying much of it about Peyton, and this catapulted her and her mother into the spotlight This book starts with a reported questioning whether Peyton s father really was her father both of her parents have brown hair, and she has red and this leads into the rest of the intrigue and mystery in the book This book is part mystery surrounding her dad, part romance and part politics as we watch Peyton struggle to deal with the accusations while also supporting her mum on the campaign trail Everything she does is watched by the media, and so in the end they assign a campaign intern Dylan to watch over her Dylan is young and cute and funny and he seems to just get Peyton and something starts to build between them The thing is, he s also extremely committed to the campaign, and doesn t want to do anything to hurt it, including dating the VP s daughter.I liked the relationship between Peyton and Dylan It was fleshed out well, and didn t feel rushed at all It was nice seeing them get to know each other, and support each other We see the relationship build, and I really wanted them to get together I thought Peyton was a great main character level headed but also determined and curious to find out about her past I also thought she was well built by the author she had certain quirks like crying practically all the time I can relate and loving gummy bears and being able to add up the electoral college points for different states I also liked the extracts from Peyton s dad s book at the beginning of each chapter it was nice to see her from a different angle, and you get to know him in the process, too, which made his death all theheartbreaking This was a bit cleaner than a lot of NA books there s still sex but not very much and not as explicitly described However, I really enjoyed it as an entry into the NA genre, because I feel like that it was a lotdriven than some of them They can stray a bit on the plotless side, only held together by the will they won t they but this novel has a plot and a purpose, and the romance is a strong part of the story but the book could function without it This was a fun and quick read, and I found myself not being able to put it down Okay, I want to get my nitpicks out of the way first before I talk about how much I loved this, because while I decided they weren t enough to dock points for, they were things that bugged me enough that I thought abou it view spoiler 1 I would have liked aactive relationship shown between Peyton and her mom Running for vice president, I get that, but if I m to believe that Peyton is that close to her, it would have been better to actually show them being close.2 Leaving aside the I Okay, I want to get my nitpicks out of the way first before I talk about how much I loved this, because while I decided they weren t enough to dock points for, they were things that bugged me enough that I thought abou it view spoiler 1 I would have liked aactive relationship shown between Peyton and her mom Running for vice president, I get that, but if I m to believe that Peyton is that close to her, it would have been better to actually show them being close.2 Leaving aside the I m not sure you can actually fake parentage like that any part, while I can buy no one uncovering it for one of Peyton s politician parents, I have a really hard time swallowing it for two But that could just me being picky It didn t really bug me until I started thinking about it , so that certainly suggests the picky thing could apply.3 The timeline felt off They kept saying the election was only a few weeks away and then there would be another month to go and while I suppose four weeks is only a few, I generally cap that phrase at two, myself hide spoiler That stuff said I LOVED THIS.I loved Peyton I loved her friendships I loved her and Dylan learning to trust each other I loved that they both talked around each other and what they were feeling and I loved that finally neither of them could do that any and they just went for it They were just so darling And I loved Dylan on his own, which makes it even better Honestly, reading this just made me so happy and excited, and I want everyone to read it right now 3.5ishI liked this, but it also felt maybe not entirely there Take the romance When the book started, I thought, Oh, a nice slow burn romance But it felt like it never emotionally progressed past the beginning of the slow burn I didn t get enough sense of the connection between them Also view spoiler I was pretty upset with Dylan for the pin thing hide spoiler.And I know this isn t on the author, but don t refer to something that doesn t happen until the 70% mark in the description T 3.5ishI liked this, but it also felt maybe not entirely there Take the romance When the book started, I thought, Oh, a nice slow burn romance But it felt like it never emotionally progressed past the beginning of the slow burn I didn t get enough sense of the connection between them Also view spoiler I was pretty upset with Dylan for the pin thing hide spoiler.And I know this isn t on the author, but don t refer to something that doesn t happen until the 70% mark in the description The paternity stuff ended up feeling a little strange I don t know slight spoilers view spoiler I guess it felt a little overblown in a way I understood why it was a secret, but not why it was a FOREVER secret hide spoiler And I thought Petyon s actions were occasionally selfish, like view spoiler yeah, do wait until after the election to doinvestigation hide spoiler I liked the political and election stuff It felt like what I m looking for in these kinds of books I liked that Peyton was into politics and had opinions and generally didn t resent being a politician s kid As you get older, the years move along like pegs in a zipper All the possibilities between the two sets of fabric are laid out, but you tug along, year by year, clasp by clasp, closing them off, until you look back and the zipper is completely zipped All the possibilities are closed off From the start Red Blooded was tedious and flat, but in spite of this troublesome beginning, after I got past the first few chapters, I felt myself being drawn in and unable to put the book down.While this nAs you get older, the years move along like pegs in a zipper All the possibilities between the two sets of fabric are laid out, but you tug along, year by year, clasp by clasp, closing them off, until you look back and the zipper is completely zipped All the possibilities are closed off From the start Red Blooded was tedious and flat, but in spite of this troublesome beginning, after I got past the first few chapters, I felt myself being drawn in and unable to put the book down.While this novel was predictable I still found myself intrigued I can t exactly put my finger on what was so special about it, but a major part of why it was such a good read is because of the bond between Peyton and her deceased father Not to mention I enjoyed the political aspect and the forbidden romance And readers, do not fret The writer s focus was not subjected to heavy political beliefs or constant courtship between Peyton and Dylan Caitlin Sinead really balanced everything out and the focus never deters from Peyton s journey or growth.My first instinct when reading any novel is to find a connection with the protagonist, and once I can do that, I find myself content with what I m reading And I have to say I enjoyed reading about the leading lady She was such a well polished character that I could easily relate to Now, of course, I didn t agree with all of Peyton s actions, but I understood the choices she made Do I think she should have waited until after the election to look into her biological father Yes Did I get where she was coming from about wanting to know sooner rather then later No doubt She lost her father, the one who raised her, at such a young age She was hurt by the fact that the father she loved wasn t biologically related to her It made sense that her first instinct was to go searching for the truth Although I do hope in the future when someone asks her to be patient she ll find the strength to do so Peyton has a tendency to act before she thinks, which isn t always a good thing.As for Dylan, I was glad Sinead didn t write him with cliche character tropes like bad boy and broody It was nice to read about his sensitive side, a smart guy, who really cared about his job He had real concerns about following the rules, which I respected His feelings for Peyton were real, there was evidence of that, but he knew what was considered right and wrong His inclination was to be level headed and do what he felt was ethical Dylan showed a great level of maturity and there is nothing I findappealing in a guy then acting one s age.There was so many positive things about this book Sinead wrote beautifully and I cried as I read the excerpts from Richard Arthur s novel at the beginning of each chapter The father daughter relationship was so important to me and I have high praise for the way it was done Not all family relationships are bad and I appreciate an author who s willing to address the flip side of what s considered normal in narratives nowadays.Some of you are probably wondering why I gave Red Blooded four stars, instead of five Well, I was very disappointed in certain character behavior and how it was handled Peyton told Dylan about the clothes pins she kept inside her sleeves and she specifically asked him not to use that information in the campaign She willingly shared something personal with him and he went behind her back because he wanted to win the election It was not his place to do so and I don t really believe he was aware of how wrong that was I also did not find his apology sincere enough and I was distressed that Peyton was quick to forgive him.I was not content with the ending, in fact, it fell flat as the beginning had So Red Blooded respectfully earned four stars from me Having said that I recommend this read And if you re looking for similar stories you should check out The Wrong Side of Right and Blocked Originally posted on my blog, Over The BookshelfDuring a campaign stop Peyton is asked to address the rumors regarding her deceased father Rumors about him not being her biological father Like she has been trained to do, she shakes off the question, but it plants the seed in her head and she can t help but wonder if the rumors might be true When her mother refuses to answer any of her questions, she decides to try and find the truth on her own.After it s revealed publicly that Peyton s not 10 Originally posted on my blog, Over The BookshelfDuring a campaign stop Peyton is asked to address the rumors regarding her deceased father Rumors about him not being her biological father Like she has been trained to do, she shakes off the question, but it plants the seed in her head and she can t help but wonder if the rumors might be true When her mother refuses to answer any of her questions, she decides to try and find the truth on her own.After it s revealed publicly that Peyton s not 100% sure of her paternity the media goes wild After a couple of missteps, involving Peyton trying to figure out the truth about her father, the campaign manager assigns cute intern Dylan to shadow Peyton and make sure she doesn t get into anytrouble I expected Dylan to have a stronger reaction about, essentially, being demoted to babysitter He left Yale to join the campaign because he wanted to make a difference and now he s stuck playing babysitter I think at that point he definitely already had feelings for Peyton, so he didn t hate it as much as i thought he would.I loved Peyton, although sometimes I felt really bad for her She idolized her father and it hit her really hard when he died He wrote a book about it and how she was handling the situation, so the media and the public felt connected to Peyton, like they were sharing her grief It makes everyone feel like the know her and it gets to her a little bit She was really smart and I love that she cared about politics, not just because of her mother, and she wasn t afraid to speak up about things that she cared about.I really liked Dylan I love that in the beginning of the book, he and Peyton are already friends They already knew each other and liked each other He is extremely driven and cares a lot about politics He wants to make a difference and he s dedicated He eats, sleeps, and breathes politics, so it was fun to see him slowly step back a little and start to care about Peyton, and not just the campaign.The fake relationship was pretty entertaining They were already sort of heading in that direction, and it was interesting to see them pretend that it wasn tthan it was It works out pretty well and they slowly start to develop real feeling, but then one of them, of course, has to do something stupid, and it creates tension Now they really have to fake it and it was very entertaining Overall, I really loved the relationship and I m so happy with how it turned out.The one thing I was worried about with this book was the politics I m not a very political person, so I was a little worried I wouldn t connect with the book, but I didn t have a problem at all with it It was easy enough to follow along with everyhting that was going on.I loved this book for so many reasons The romance was really sweet and I enjoyed that there was a little bit of a mystery in regards to Peyton s biological father It was a easy read and I was able to read it in one sitting I highly recommend this book and I m looking forward to readingfrom this author in the future E Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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