Running Mate ~ Review

Alison here ~

Title: Running Mate
Series: Running Mate #1
Author: Katie Ashley
Release Date: Mar 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance


The name’s Barrett Callahan. Yeah, that Barrett Callahan—the one the press dubbed “Bare” after those naked sexting pictures surfaced. At twenty-five, I was armed with an MBA from Harvard, an executive position at my father’s Fortune 500 company, a penthouse, and a different piece of delectable eye candy in my bed every weekend. I had a life most men dreamed of. But then my father decided to run for president, and my playboy lifestyle became a liability to his campaign that was built on family values. My “makeover” comes in the form of a fake fiancée who I don’t even get to choose–one who is an uptight, choirgirl acting priss but also sexy-as-hell.


My latest relationship had gone down in flames, and I was drowning in a sea of student loans when in true Godfather status, James Callahan made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Seven figures for seven months on the campaign trail pretending to be the adoring fiancée of his son, Barrett. As soon as he won the election, our engagement would be dissolved amicably for the press, I was free to ride off into the sunset a million dollars richer, and because of the NDA, no one would be the wiser. Sure, I’d never met the guy, but I’d been a theater nerd in high school. I could pull off any role from Lady Macbeth to Maria Von Trapp. But that was before I met my fake fiancé—the infuriating, self-absorbed, egotistical, drop-dead-sexy King of the Manwhores.

The race will be a fight to the death finish, and that’s not even the actual campaign.

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*****My Review*****

Characters ~ 7
Atmosphere ~ 8
Writing ~ 8
Plot ~ 8
Intrigue ~ 9
Logic ~ 8
Enjoyment ~ 8

Continuing with the short reviews while I catch up!

*****4 Stars*****

I actually read this series completely backwards ending with this book. And honestly, it’s my least favorite of the 3, but I still enjoyed it. The plot isn’t very original and it was a bit anticlimactic, but it was still a pleasant read. I enjoyed Addison and Barrett and their fake romance and the slow build of something more between them. I thought the way they were put together was a little underhanded, but it still had no bearing on Addison and Barrett. I’m looking forward to more Katie Ashley!!


Challenges: Finishing the Series, Beat the Backlist, Goodreads

Have you read Running Mate or any of Katie Ashley’s other books? Do you have any recommendations?

Happy Reading,


6 thoughts on “Running Mate ~ Review

  1. Pingback: 2020 A to Z Reading Challenge June Update | Our Book Boyfriends

    • I tend to stay away from politics in my romances, but I loved the rest of the series so I figured I’d give it a try. There was very little on actual politics. Mostly it was a romance in a political setting.


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