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Off the Record (The Record Series Book 1) (English Edition)
 
 

Off the Record (The Record Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

K.A. Linde
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Liz Dougherty has no idea that a single question is about to change her life.

Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series begins with a sleek, sexy, and smart venture into a high-stakes political campaign and an even higher-stakes affair that, in the end, will leave you wanting more with one of Linde’s gripping cliffhangers.

Über den Autor

K.A. Linde, a USA Today bestselling author, has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant book! 24. März 2014
Von S.
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The story is well written. I enjoyed it from the first to the very last page. Can't wait for the second part.....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gute Story, aber fieser Cliffhanger 20. März 2014
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Die ambitionierte Liz arbeitet als Journalistin für ihre Collegezeitung. Gleich bei ihrem erstem grossem Einsatz an der Politikfront nimmt sie ihr Chef Hayden mit zu einer Pressekonferenz des aufstrebenden Jungsenators Brady Maxwell. Liz sieht Brady kritisch und als sich ihr die Möglichkeit bietet, stellt sie ihm eine sehr direkte, unangenehme Frage, aus der er sich zwar rauswindet, sie aber bleibenden Eindruck hinterlässt.

Di beiden treffen wenig später in einer Bar wieder aufeinander, wo Brady ihr direkt zu verstehen gibt, dass er an ihr körperlich interessiert ist. Liz ignoriert das, denn eigentlich ist sie heimlich in ihren Chef Hayden "verguckt".

Hin und hergerissen zwischen diesen beiden Männern entwickelt sich eine Affäre mit Brady, die aber, so seine Bedingung, geheim zu bleiben hat - seine Karriere ist seine oberste Prio und Liz passt nicht in seinen Plan.

Liz akzeptiert jegliche Geheimhaltung und erzählt nicht mal ihrer Zimmergenossin von ihrer Affäre und steht immer parat, wenn Brady anruft. Sie macht sich klein neben und für ihn und muss aus der Ferne miterleben, wie er mit anderen Fraen öffentliche Termine wahrnimmt, was sie sehr unsicher macht.

Nebenbei arbeitet sie weiter im Journalismus und berichtet über Brady, teils auch sehr kritisch, was zwischen den Beiden zu Konfrontationen führt.

Es kommt natürlich dann dazu, dass die Affäre zumindest so rauskommt, dass der Wahlkampfmanager und Bradys Pressefrau davon erfahren und ihn zwingen wollen, Schluss zu machen - Image, etc

Brady steht kurz vor einer Vorwahl, die in ihn am Ende ins Weisse Haus brngen soll, Skandale ein no go.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Off the Record 18. März 2014
Von Buttercup
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Leider erinnert der Inhalt viel zu sehr an Shades of Grey. Es klingt fast wie abgeschrieben: junge Reporterin trifft auf etwas älteren und dominanteren Prominenten. Ok, hier in diesem Roman ist es kein Unternehmer, sondern ein Politiker, aber das ist auch schon der größte Unterschied zwischen den Romanen.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I just didn't get it... 12. März 2014
Von kitkat40 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just could not wrap my head around why these two could not just openly date each other??? He is a young, twenty something, SINGLE guy running for the state Senate. She is a SINGLE gal who is at the tail end of her college career and she works for her college campus newspaper. They aren't famous... they aren't married... neither one of them are in committed relationships... so what is the problem?? The only problem they have is that she did not agree with some of his political decisions and published them in the campus newspaper. Who cares?? This is not something that would hurt a political career. BUT... having a secret mistress that you use for booty calls definitely will so I'm not sure if he is thinking with the right brain on this one! It's not like she was Anti-American or something. She just didn't agree with him. This could have been a fun love/hate relationship with these two... all oil and water outside the bedroom but in total agreement when they are in the bedroom! But, as a secret forbidden romance... nope... it just wasn't a believable scenario for me.
I was pretty much done with this guy after he says that his career will always come before her AND that he can only meet with her in secret on HIS time not hers... but, that's okay he says... it will be worth all of the trouble. This guy really thinks too much of himself... He came across as arrogant and self absorbed. Didn't like him from the get go...
The fact that she even agreed to this arrangement was just confusing. Why would any college educated, beautiful, mature, respectable woman agree to such a one sided relationship after only two encounters?? I'm sorry, but no guy is worth that much trouble. And, if all she wanted was sex... she could get that anywhere... no secrets attached.
This author is a good writer and the story flows well... I just didn't like the story. But, it all depends on what you like in a man I suppose... I would never give this guy the time of day AND he most certainly would never get my vote... LOL
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Some people really shouldn't be with eachother. 15. April 2014
Von greendahlias - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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And these 2 are prime examples of that. Ok, so here's the Jist of this book. And yes there are spoilers.
We're introduced to Liz. She's a journalist in college. She's actually smart and is in school a very prestigious scholarship. I instantly like her, because I'm thinking YES FINALLY WE HAVE A SMART ONE LADIES!

This girl will hold her own. This girl will not let us down. I later realize too soon how sadly mistaken I was.
Liz meets Brady Maxwell, a Senator that's running for office. Brady basically propositions Liz, but only on his terms. Liz of course agrees to this, no shocker there, we already established that she's only book smart and not much else, and basically she can't think for herself.

Brady basically strings her along, because he can't date her publicly because he's too worried about his image and how it will look. Ok, I can probably understand that, but your image doesn't really look much better touting Liz as your mistress.
Fast forward a bunch of chapters, and Brady flies her up to a very expensive hotel so he can see her. He doesn't call her, he doesn't text her. She basically waits around the entire hotel upset that she hasn't heard from him. She then gets angry that she turned into "that girl", and briefly scolded herself but not before running to her phone hoping it was Brady the instant it rang.

Girl is exhausting. At some point I was completely over her ridiculousness, I seriously just wanted someone to kill her, just to put her out of her own misery. Surely she irritated herself. I appreciate the story line, but these 2 have no chemistry whatsoever other than sex. And even that is a little boring. Not to mention there's a perfectly good guy that is everything she wants basically hanging onto her every word.. I was seriously hoping for this strong character, but instead she's following this guy that does nothing for her but use her for sex. And she allows it. I'll read the next book but I'm sure it'll be nothing of more whining and him once again promising her that she is not his number 1 priority while she salvates to his every word.

I'm giving this 2.5 stars, but since this doesn't allow halves, it'll be a 3.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nice Guys Finish Last 5. Mai 2014
Von Charles Kuehn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This could have been a very good story about the current political climate in this country and how the media play into it and interact with the varied players. The author seems to have a good grasp of the dynamics at work, and she did a good job of setting up the conflict between two factions.

This could have even been a titillating erotic novel. This female author isn't afraid to write the sex scenes in prose that would befit the most daring male author. In too many romantic novels, the erotic scenes fall flat for too much soft focus. Not here.

It could have been a heartwarming love story. All the ingredients are there, including a choice to be made, with conflicts between romantic and career interests from the main character's perspective. And one very strong contender for the prize.

Unfortunately, it is none of the above. The political content is shallow at best. The sex is infrequent enough that the author's graphic prose seems out of place in the larger story; the more allusive style of most female authors would suffice. The "love" story is more one of immature, shallow, misguided lust.

Liz - how many times in each chapter do we need to be told how good-looking she is - that she has long blonde hair and a "nice rack?" How many times in each chapter do we need to be dragged through another three-page internal monologue of her conflicted emotions (without which the book could have been pared down to about fifteen percent of its length)? Liz comes across as immature and full of herself - cherry picking her emotions to fit her own selfish rationalizations. Her choice of an equally hedonistic best friend does nothing to lend substance to Liz's character.

Brady - This guy is downright repulsive. A child of wealth and privilege who's never had to lift a finger for anything, or gotten dirt under his fingernails, quickly ascending the power ladder before even turning thirty. Although I think the reader is supposed to believe he actually falls in love with Liz, he nonetheless clearly comes across as the too-handsome-and-chiseled-for-his-own-good, spoiled brat that he is. Here is a guy used to having whatever he wants - including women - handed to him on a silver platter. I didn't believe for one minute that he had Liz's best interests at heart. All his assertions to the contrary aside, you just know this guy was boffing everything in sight while keeping her waiting, then fabricating some lame story (which she invariably swallowed). It's what guys like that do. And unfortunately, far too many women fall for this fools gold when the real deal, like Hayden, is staring them in their pixie faces.

Hayden - This fellow should have been the winner of Liz's heart. He is everything for which a woman who thinks with her head and heart, instead of with her hormones, would sell her soul. He is attentive to her, cares about her, and is the consummate gentleman. Everything this guy has, he has put forth real effort to gain. He's the real deal - unfortunately destined to lose out to a more superficially endowed male.

The author could have tied up this story in a way that would have warmed every reader's heart while making Liz a much more respected and lovable player. Unfortunately, by following the mold of too many of today's young female authors, she instead wrote her own shallow fantasies and blew the chance to make something substantial and satisfying of this. Nope, she had to project her own hormonal fantasies onto her main character, thereby rendering the denouement beyond credibility.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Unlikable characters 24. April 2014
Von lc2004 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The writing was okay. That's the best thing I can say about this book. The "hero," Brady, is a selfish and sleazy jerk. He was cold and controlling. And when he finally professes his "love" for the main character (albeit to other people, not directly to her because that would be just giving her a little too much) it comes across as empty and hollow. Ugh, he sort of made my skin crawl.
The "heroine" (there is nothing heroic about this chick) was super frustrating. She liked to talk a big game about how strong she was, but she caved to Brady over and over again. She was so spineless and needy it made you want to shake some sense into her. I could not relate to her at all.
And even more frustrating was that there was another male character that was actually a nice guy and really liked her. But of course, nice guys can't win. I'm pretty tired of that message. Needless to say, I won't read anymore in this series.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen relationship exists only in author's mind -- she neglects to bring the reader in 9. Mai 2014
Von Dux - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
How disappointing! I'd erroneously assumed this would tread a similar path to books I've quite liked, like Mary Whitney's "A Political Affair" but that similarity existed only in my mind ... and only *before* reading this book.

Well, it's the story of Liz, a college sophomore who works on her college newspaper covering the political beat, how easily manipulated she is, and what outfits she wears, including very specific details of her footwear.

Ta-da! That's it.

Liz begins a physical relationship with Brady who is maybe a decade (not quite?) her senior, and who is running in the primary to become a US Representative. I guess Brady really likes what he sees in Liz as he pursues her and lays it out for her that they'll just sleep together when he wants -- no dating, no being together in public.

We get to witness plenty of their sex life but none of their intimacy, and by that I mean their dialogue. The author tells us they talk on the phone every day, but for whatever reason she has chosen to not share those conversations with the reader, thereby excluding us from watching them grow closer, move past just the sex. Instead, the author has chosen to tell us a lot about Liz's sartorial choices. NO ONE CARES. And if the author truly feels the need to share a shoe dilemma, how about being glad she word flats instead of heels when she had to walk a mile instead of excruciating detail about said flats or said heels.

I guess, well no, I know that when I read a romance I want to be party to the couple's falling in love. I want to understand why they do. I want to read it happen. The author denied us that here, trusting that because they're both so good looking that's enough.

The book is told from Liz's perspective until the final chapter which is in Brady's, but for me that was too little, MUCH too late. If the author had merely done a better job inviting her readers into her characters' emotional lives (not the closets) it wouldn't have felt like grasping for straws there at the end.

And of course, it'll be a multi-part book, so if you want to follow their stories, get ready for more purchases! Uh, no.
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