Author ~ K.C. Wells
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 1 September 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!
When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.
Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.
Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.
No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….
The stories in the Dreamspun Desires series are a chance to just sit back and enjoy some sweet, fluffy, low-angst and unapologetically tropey romances. The fake fiancé is a classic for a reason and The Senator’s Secret hits just the right notes in that regard.
Sam has devoted his life to two things, running his family hardware store and his career in politics. His interest in politics is a particular passion and Sam’s been planning for a life in public office since college. He is now serving as a North Carolina state senator with aspirations for a federal seat and he has done everything to ensure that his reputation is beyond reproach, and when I say everything I mean everything. Sam won’t risk dating or hooking up with someone and the possibility that it could come back to haunt him. He may be lonely, but so far his plan has worked. The only one who knows he’s gay is his best friend/chief of staff Curtis, and he thinks that since the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality Sam should come out.
When an innocent, congratulatory hug of a campaign volunteer is turned into nasty politics by his rival, Pastor Hartsell, Sam is unexpectedly placed on the spot. His choices are either come out and admit to his sexuality and face the fallout or acquiesce to his staff’s harebrained idea to turn the tables on the Pastor. That’s how Gary, a man he’s barely met, becomes his fiancé. How could Gary refuse when not only will his veterinary school tuition be paid, but he will get to spend time with the gorgeous Sam.
As Gary and Sam are thrust into the spotlight and become a media item, they go about trying to construct a believable past, creating photo ops and trying to hold off questions about a wedding date. Of course it’s a tangled web, especially considering Sam’s parents found out about his fiancé when the rest of the state did and there are still unbelievers out there who would like to expose their love for the sham it is, but instead of angst and drama, romantic comedy ensues. Sam and Gary bond as they try to rid themselves of photographers, volunteer at an animal shelter and try to convince the state of North Carolina that they are in love. Within a week or so they’ve done such a good job of it that they’re each starting to think that maybe they’re in love too.
Light on steam but heavy on romance, Sam and Gary make an adorable pair. Gary quickly becomes very protective of Sam and Sam falls just as fast. Gary is smart, funny and has a mischievous streak that quickly charms Sam. When the two men finally take their relationship so that next level, well this is K.C. Wells so you know it’s going to be hot and sexy!
The supporting cast is a fun group from Sam’s best friend Curtis to his Will & Grace obsessed secretary and the poor photographer picked to follow them around, but Sam’s mother takes the cake! She is very serious about her son’s love life and, after determining that Gary is good enough for her Sam, she goes above and beyond to make sure they’re comfortable in her home.
The story is sweet with an Epilogue full of hearts and flowers. It’s one of those books where you’ll sit down to read a chapter and next thing you know, you’re halfway through the book (true story!). A perfect read for when you need a smile and some good old-fashioned romance.
Meet K.C. Wells
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….