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Series: NYC Singles #2
Published by indie author on August 27, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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What if you can’t help but hurt the person you love?
Kat Cullen has it all—a staff writer position at the New York Times, beauty, independence—until she finds herself alone on the subway at night with a rapist. Saved by Alex Summer, a democratic candidate running for mayor of New York, she develops an unexpected friendship with him.
Alex’s chaotic past is the kind of juicy scoop every political reporter dreams of—which is why he keeps it hidden. But as he starts falling in love with Kat, he opens up to her about his darkest secrets. What he doesn’t know is that Kat already knows all about him, and she’s on an assignment to expose his history.
Caught between truth, love and ambition, two people must figure out the politics of the heart.
I’ve been so stressed out by local and international politics recently that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get into Sasha Clinton’s In My Arms Tonight, especially since this was the sophomore read in the author’s NYC Singles series, and I hadn’t yet read book one. But I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised to find myself fairly engrossed.
The romantic potential between a journalist and the person being written about is something I’ve explored before. Some of my more well-loved authors, including Nora Roberts and Diana Palmer and, more recently, Eva Leigh, have written romances in which the interviewer and investigator falls for the subject of the story they are writing. Typically, the tension arises from the journalist pursuing an angle that reveals a secret the other person would rather keep private, and once the story is written and published, things get pretty explosive.
This is true in In My Arms Tonight as well, but rather than being bored because I knew the pattern of what was going to happen, I found myself more able to invest myself in getting to know the characters individually as a couple. For me, this was one of those reads where, because I knew my destination, I could sit back and enjoy the scenery as the book took me on the journey to get there.
Now, as for the characters, I found it fairly easy to relate to Kat, as I know the pressure of a fast-paced media company all too well, even if I’ve never taken the investigative journalist track. Even when I saw the decisions she made and knew them for the mistakes they were, I understood where she was coming from and why she made them.
Alex, on the other hand, was a hero I admired right away. I enjoyed the fact that he was older than most romance novel love interests, and this meant he was past some of the issues that typically plague heroes in their 20s and early 30s. The scenes from his boyhood tugged hard at my heartstrings—having been adopted myself, I know I dodged the bullet Alex caught when he grew up a ward of the state. It only made me like the man he grew up to become even more.
I have to say, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this book quite so much if I had been on edge, wondering what would happen from scene to scene, and it’s made me appreciate this kind of read even more because I got to explore the whys and wherefores of the main characters, something I usually only get to do when I reread a book. So my experience of In My Arms Tonight ended up being a pretty great combination of the new and the familiar. And, hey! It let me think about politics in general without thinking about politics in terms of the very stressful current situation the world finds itself, so that definitely offers plus points in my book!
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