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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  523 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Anthony Hunter wonders what the hell he's gotten himself into when he agrees to manage an unproven candidate's campaign for governor of California. As soon as he meets the gorgeous, charismatic - and married - politician, attraction gives Anthony's rock-solid professionalism a run for its money, and Anthony knows he's in way over his head.

Jesse Cameron doesn't like the ide
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ebook, 372 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Loose Id
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J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4.5 Stars!

This was a really great read. The MCs had great chemistry....Jesse the former actor running for governor and Anthony his campaign manager.

I loved that the romance was a slow build. The sexual tension between Jesse and Anthony was delicious.

There wasn't a lot of drama, which was great! Most of the plot centered around the fact that Jesse had to hide behind his marriage to Simone.

I was so glad that Simone's character wasn't evil and vindictive. She was supportive of Jesse, knowing how
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Anke
Finally a new book for the comfort-reads-shelf! I loved it from beginning to the end. The chemistry between Jesse and Anthony was hot, the story was well-rounded and wrapped up perfectly. I don't think I have read anything by this author and didn't like it. I'm already waiting for the next book.
Kade Boehme
This book hit all the right notes for me. It was frustrating, romantic, and real. Anthony was all old school sex appeal and intimidating as hell, and Jesse was just good and true. I liked how every situation was handled. And the women in this story were awesome. Ranya is probably one of my favorite female characters in an M/M. It ended exactly as it needed to, but you spent the whole book wondering how the HELL it would work out.

If politics bore you this ain't for you, but the romance was great
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Lauraadriana
3.75 Stars

This is just the kind of romance I like to read. Creative, smart, sexy, and funny.

This for sure is one of my favorites books by LA Witt, she did a fantastic job with her characters, and as for taking a chance on writing a novel with a political theme, she did VERY WELL. I always cringe when I read premises that seem to amibitious, mostly because too often they only end up as background. Books with politicians, cowboys, firemen, they are useful and appealing when reading the blurb, but
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Lucy
Feb 05, 2014 Lucy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars rounded up to 5...

This was my first LA Witt book and it didn't disappoint.

I loved chain smoking Anthony Hunter. So sexy!



Anthony Hunter is a campaign manager hired to run Jesse Cameron's gubernatorial race for the state of California. Jesse is closeted gay man, married to movie star Simone. Theirs is now a marriage of convenience after Jesse came out to his wife as gay. Simone has agreed to stay in the marriage until Jesse is elected and divorce afterwards. What Jesse didn't count on w
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Candice
This book gave a brief glimpse into the world of politics and how so much is perceived and spun to get someone elected to office. I could feel the attraction between Anthony and Jesse and liked the build up and sexual tension, but something unfortunately was missing for me with them. I kept thinking throughout the book that with Anthony and Jesse juggling so much, that it all would come crashing down and that kept me intrigued to see how it was all going to play out. While I understand that Simo ...more
L'marie
I absolutely loved this book…the plot, the characters, I loved everything about it. Anthony Hunter is so F’ing hot! The MC’s, Anthony Hunter and Jesse Cameron really do sizzle together…they make a great couple. I was really disturbed that my two favorite side characters were the cig & lighter because I’m not a smoker. The Personal Assist (Ranya?) hands down is my favorite female character in a MM book. She was in the book quite a bit and she didn’t annoy me all. I liked the wife even when I ...more
Lidia
I don't smoke but Anthony makes me want of try. He is hot and is the best in your work , manage a candidate's campaign for governor. Jess is a man that wants change the world and challenging your rival. But he has a secret , his marriage is over, existing only to maintain his heterosexual facade. The attraction among Anthony and Jess is mutual and when explodes the passion will hard keep their secret for long to media. Many topics are in this story, complex and intriguing and very engaging. Unfo ...more
Menna
Feb 09, 2015 Menna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
**4.5 smoking hot chimstry**

I really loved this book, It was an amazing almost perfect M/M read.

Jess and Anthony's chimstry was off the chart. I could feel the sexual tension between the lines. I've always been addicted to hot slow burning sexul build up through a book, and this book didn't disappoint.

I couldn't decide which one of them to love more, both of them were charismatic and unique in his own way...

I also liked that there wasn't much drama which is a HUGE plus for me.
My heart ached f
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Cheryl
What can I say? Having read 'The Distance Between Us' (which was ok), I wasn't in any rush to read anything else from this author. The blurb and other personal reviews drew me in on this one and I'm so glad I gave it a go.

Anthony (Campaign Manager) is coerced into helping Jesse, wannabe politician get elected as Governor. Anthony is instantly attracted but keeps this to himself as Jesse is a happily married man (at least that's the public's perception). Jesse and his famous actress wife Simone
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Edina Rose
An apparently straight married candidate falls in love with his male campaign director during the gubernatorial elections. The sexual chemistry is intense, the characters are intense and as a result the sex is intense, freaking wild and seriously hot. The big angst comes from the fear of the media finding out.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Mar 07, 2012 Mandy*reads obsessively* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Anke and Candice!
Shelves: ebook-owned, m-m
A political campaign is stressful enough but add in all these secrets, Wow!
I enjoyed this story all the MC's were real and finally a story where the wife wasn't evil or conniving.
(Well, there was one evil wife, but not a MC! )
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM
This was such a good book!!! Holy crap! I didn't expect that angst! I loved it
Heather♥
This was a very insightful look for me into the world of politics and all the unfortunate game-playing the candidates often have to do in order to get ahead in the polls. But despite the exhaustion of their constant campaigning/strategizing and the forced secrecy of their relationship due to scrutiny by the press (and general public) of their every word, look and action, Jesse and Anthony were still smoking hot together. There was a slow build up of sexual tension between them which led to sever ...more
Don Bradshaw
Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... http://heartsonfirereviews.com/

L.A. Witt has given readers an enjoyable look into politics with this book. Jesse Cameron and Simone Lancaster seem to be the happily married Hollywood movie stars that America loves but looks are deceiving. Jesse and Simone are on the brink of divorce after Jesse tells the fragile Simone that he's gay. The two are still good friends who love each other but just not in the bedroom. The Cameron family has always been a political famil
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Kazza
Whilst I don’t love politicians, I do love politics, local and global, and all the rigmarole that accompanies it. I like a good opponent debate, polls, forecasts, stats, strategies and so on and so forth. Mix that in here with an enigmatic, sexy campaign manager and charismatic, caring political aspirant and, for me, this book was gold.

Where There's Smoke is about the Californian Governor's race between a young, up and coming Democratic candidate, from an acting family, with a political uncle, a
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Jayhjay
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay.

Political campaign manager Anthony Hunter is not thrilled when he is asked to run the gubernatorial campaign for the inexperienced Jesse Cameron. Jesse is better known for his college partying and his Hollywood family then he is for his politics. But Anthony has been asked by Jesse's uncle Roger, a former Senator Anthony knows and respects. Not to mention that he is sick at the idea of the Republican frontrunner becoming governor. And
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Elisa Rolle
This novel was submitted to the Rainbow Awards in the Gay Erotic Romance category, and while I completely agree there is a component of eroticism that is well played in the plot, my first impression upon ending the book was that this is more a mainstream novel, and that it could have competed even in the Contemporary General Fiction.

Where There’s Smoke is a political romance, setting is the year before the California governor election, and of course the hidden scandal is that the candidate is ga
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Unofficial review

The writing was well done. The author's mistake - involving political views in a romance novel. It's one thing to add politics into a story. It's another to trash on party groups in a manner that will turn readers off. I nearly gave this a 1 star as a DNF and wanted to return to my reviewing blog telling them that this would be my first DNF book out of the 130 books I've received from them in the past year. That's how irritated I was. Fortunately, I gritted my teeth and plowed
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Valeriealmighty
DNF AT 60%

Kinda boring..
Shaz
Feb 21, 2012 Shaz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shaz by: Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Shelves: mm
Wow! Talk about a book that manages to hit so many things I love. Hot, sexy characters. Very, very steamy sex. Relationships, that need work, no insta-love in sight, but no over-the-top heart-wrenching angst either. Just enough of everything to make it work.

Jesse and Anthony really are super hot together. And having to work under the radar makes all their liaisons so much better! I'd love to read another one about these guys down the track.
Jodi Pushkin
I am a big fan of L.A. Witt's storytelling and character development. Anthony and Jesse are like magnets to each other. I was engaged in the story as soon as they met. Although the plot is not your everyday situation, the plot and characters had a element of realism that kept me reading and wanting more. All of the main characters had very real flaws, which contributed to the elements of realism for me. The climax of the story is intense.
Pjm12
My gosh these boys were equally hot, equally passionate and very intense. It's often difficult to create a politician who is genuine. But that might be just me. Jesse's care and concern for Simone really made him special for me.

Sometimes I found this a little repetitive, but on the whole I really enjoyed it, especially the resolution.
Jacqueline
Good chemistry. Could Jesse, be soooo clueless ?...
Did not care for ending :( HFN!
*Ashleigh's bad pun penalty*
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
It was like a gay version of Scandal, it was awesome
Rick


Well written - very believable characters - great plot
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Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

4.5 Stars

Holy hell, when I asked to review this book by L.A. Witt I knew it was centered on a gubernatorial campaign. I knew it was a M/M story and I knew one of the men was currently married. But, I had no idea I would be blown away yet again by this author. Although I am personally SICK of political coverage, rhetoric, and mudslinging this was written by L.A. Witt and I had just recently read another book of hers for review and I wanted to see if that o
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