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In Bed with the Opposition

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In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven

Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life's exigencies, Grace Santiago has everything under control. At least until Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn't forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can't resist his bad boy charm. When Grace learns that Ethan ha
ebook, 281 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Entangled: Indulgence
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Sometimes I amaze myself when it comes to picking books....because this one is fucking great! I’m sounding big headed and cock sure of myself but I have every right to be, this book as jumped into my favourite book and favourite character list, that’s how good it is!

The humour, oh god the humour is so good! The sassiness of Ethan and the quick witted one liners and dialogue are just superb. Honestly, it as to be read to appreciate how well this book was written. The political storyline was easy
Laura Kaye
Oct 10, 2012 Laura Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much! It's sexy, funny, and so smartly written! Grace is an awesome heroine and I couldn't help but route for her. And the sexual tension between Ethan and Grace is off the charts! I highly recommend it!
Dec 13, 2012 Tana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven

First I have to say this book really surprised me, I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Draven’s writing, it flows well, the character descriptions were great and you felt like you got to meet everyone and understood their personalities good or bad. This novel is filled with romance and politics. And yet it’s a great story and I really got into it. I had a hard time putting it down and stayed up a bit late so I could finish it.

We meet Grace, she was atten
Sep 26, 2012 Desere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Desere

This was the very first Stephanie Draven book I have ever read and I shall be looking for more ! The passion,intrigue,mystery and political drama really packed a punch !

The characters were fun,sassy and wonderfully realistic,yes like I was inside the book behind the scenes. And boy what wonderful scenes this author created !

I loved how they challenged each other around every corner and at the same time could not deny each other. And the wonderful rekindling of old flames was be
Dec 22, 2012 Dianemarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is so cute. We've all been there (or at least I have) where you doubt your inner feelings and think with your head, and what you think you're supposed to do rather than what you really want to do. The romance is hot, but not too and both the heroine and hero are likeable. A lot! Based on the author’s experience in the real world makes the story all the more believable.
Bohemian Babushka
Dec 31, 2012 Bohemian Babushka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ebook copy of this manuscript to read and review on my blog, Babushka's Baile. My first time reading an ebook, my first time reading Stephanie Draven. In neither case will it be my last.

Here's that review:
Steena Holmes
Dec 29, 2012 Steena Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There wasn't one line in this novel that I didn't like. From the sass to the crass and the passion between the two characters - I was sold! I've been waiting to read this from the moment I first heard about it - and I wasn't disappointed!
This was election year so it was sort of fitting to read a contemporary romance with a political election as the backdrop. I found this to be one of those books for me that when I started reading it I wasn't that impressed with it due to my feelings about the heroine (it was not getting my vote at that point). Thankfully I'm rarely a quitter so I read on and after the first half of the book found myself delightfully surprised (book started pulling ahead in the polls) and glad that I pushed forwa ...more
The short version: Loved, Loved, LOVED this story! It was funny, sexy and heart-warming, everything one could wish for! Now if only there were a film adaptation...

The longer version:

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a story this much, that my enthusiasm and happiness lasted well after I reached "The End". I found In Bed with the Opposition utterly delightful, and I urge all of you who love their contemporary romances witty and sexy to pick it up and not miss out on this terrific story bec
Oct 14, 2012 Tash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

To see review at Confessions

Grace Santiago is lucky to have landed where she is after flunking out of law school thanks to the devastating Ethan Castle who she was dating at the time. Fast forward seven years and she is now working for Senator Kip Holloway, a family friend who had been there for her ever since her mother started working for him. She got the job she wanted but she’s on the straight and narrow path with no time for guys like Ethan. Besides,
Oct 09, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever heard of a political romance? No, neither did I. It's not that there aren't novels set in the political world with romances in them (C.P. Snow's CORRIDORS OF POWER comes to mind, not to mention many a Jeffrey Archer novel), but I've never heard of them within the context of category romance. We probably will from now on, if Stephanie Draven has anything to do with it.

This novel is different from most of the romance novels I've read. Maybe it's because politics is different from any other re
Jennifer McCoy, YA Sisterhood
In Bed With the Opposition by Stephanie Draven
Received by Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2012
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: The kind of politics worth paying attention to!

I originally read this right before the Presidential elections, and I will say, this was the side of politics I like! My husband is a huge political nut, so I had been hearing about the election for the past year, so it was nice to read something in the realm of politics, but with some seduction and
Stephanie Collins
Oct 30, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace is a nice girl... and that is the problem... she's a nice girl panting after a man who knows she's there for him if he wants her but he really doesn't have to do anything to keep her. She works for a Senator and has been basically a step-daughter to him for most of her life. The man she thinks is perfect for her (she just needs him to finally admit it) is Blain (Senator's son) and while he hasn't made the formal move of making their on/off again relationship permanent she just keeps being ...more
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars

Grace Santiago is the senate staffer for a lifer senator, Kip Halloway. But she is more than just an employee. Her mom works for the senator and since she was a young girl she's been a part of the Halloway family and she strongly believes in everything that Halloway stands for. She's also infatuated with his grandson and thinks that they are meant to be together.

She grew up with him and has leaned on him in the past. He was her first everything. Until she met Ethan Castle in law school
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Ah yes, if you follow politics closely at all, politics and romance or sex often seem to go hand in hand. Just think about how many of the recent political scandals or the big political scandals from history that have to do with sex. Nothing heats up a romance like passion and politics seems to bring out some of the most passionate people. When you have these two things together, you know you're going to get something explosive. "In Bed with the Opposition" takes this equation and forms a thorou ...more
Grace loves lists, her rules and her well ordered life. When a chance encounter at a crab festival with ex-boyfriend Ethan Castle throws everything into chaos. Ethan has been hired by a rival, the battle lines are drawn and boy do the sparks start to fly! Can she keep herself on the right track and her feelings in check with handsome, sexy Ethan close by?

These characters have so much chemistry it practically leapt off the page! Grace is torn between Blain – the Senator’s grandson, who she’s had
Just, so much to like. An appealing heroine, who I was rooting for even in her most exasperatingly insecure moments. A larger than life and yet sweet and sensitive hero, who impressed me permanently by pulling back from a heated moment when the heroine threw up a stop sign almost at the last second. Until then I found his internal anger a bit worrying, but he proves able to keep from acting destructively because of it. Snappy writing and solid plotting. Well-sketched backstory and well-placed se ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Aileene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why-oh-why did I just read this book now?! I have been eyeing it for ages but did not get around reading it! But now EXTREMELY PLEASURED that I FINALLY have! The every second I spent on this book was so goddamn worth it!

This is the first book I read from Stephanie Draven and I assure you, not one bit did she let me down!

Story was so refreshingly good that I devoured every page of it!
Lines were engagingly witty and the sexy banter between the characters were oh-so-great!

Ethan Castle, a sex-charge
Robin B
It's alright. I've read better political romances and I've read much worse. The story here was a bit slow for me though. Fairly predictable and not terribly exciting.

Grace didn't do much for me. She comes across to me as whiny and annoying. Yes, she does get a bit better as the book progresses, but never really goes away. She needs everything to be about her- but isn't exactly obvious about it. I did enjoy her never ending array of holiday themed undies!

Ethan, I have a feeling was supposed to
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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So yesterday I started Stephanie Draven's In Bed with the Opposition. I have to say that I was pretty amaze with the story, because I'm not really into politics. However, this was pretty good read. So, let me share with you a political caper and my thoughts.

Growing up in unstable life, Grace Santiago made sure her life mission was stable. Which is pretty hard when your working in politics. However, she has manage with her Personal Life Handbook and tries to
I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and the characters made me care more about politics and their far-reaching lives. Grace was a lovely heroine, who--although frustrating at times--really inspired me and made me believe in who she was with Ethan. Most heroines claim that the heroes of the story make them "better people", but following Grace through her struggle and being with her during her epiphany was very realistic and just made me like her even more. Ethan was a realistic sweetheart who wasn't ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant mix of a quirky heroine, a witty Casanova on a mission to win her heart, and their head-to-head banter which only brings out their undeniably sizzling chemistry together in the middle of political crosshairs. If these aren't the perfect ingredients for a no-hassle and feel-good romance story, I don't know what is!

Stephanie Draven brought out a fresh twist to the phrase 'good girl gone bad' in a pleasantly endearing way that makes you appreciate your own quirks. And she did this in the
Melissa Maxwell
Sep 30, 2012 Melissa Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd say it was more 4.5 stars but I rounded up. I really enjoyed the book even though I thought at first it would be boring (its not by any means). Grace is your typical overachiever type A work alcoholic. She spends most of her life working for a man she idolizes and pining away for a man who thinks of her as a friend with the occasional benefits. When Grace was away at college she met Ethan and the chemistry was explosive between them but something happened and now she thinks of him as a mista ...more
Nas Dean
Sep 28, 2012 Nas Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

IN BED WITH THE OPPOSITION by author Stephanie Draven is an Entangled Publishing release for October 2012.

Grace Santiago met Ethan Castle after ten years and realised that she was still attracted to him. She felt the jolt of awareness every time he looked at her. Dare she let him back in her heart again? After all she had an explosive secret in her past.

Now both of them work for opposing political parties and were competitors. Would Ethan act on his attraction for Grace or would he let politics
Oct 17, 2012 Dalia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a political romance. The romance is set during a campaign for senate. SD's voice is very captovating. The political background is very well written. The secondary characters are very lively.The main characters are likeable & well portrayed. Grace is a quirky & uptight h who likes lists, rules & order in her life. Ethan is a campaign manager & talk show celebrity. They had a hot affair at law school and when they meet again, 10 years later, sparks starts to fly. Grace is t ...more
Oct 28, 2012 waterbaby786 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a Netgalley Arc an I give it 4 stars.
I'm usually not into politics and I follow zilch but I was happy to see this story didn't challenge me too much on that front. It was a smart funny story about two people who's lives crossed in the past and ended abruptly due to unfortunate circumstances. They meet suddenly and find themselves on opposite sides, one is willing to fight to make things work and the other is blow hot blow cold and doesn't know what she wants, and follows the road that s
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
*I recieved this book for review but that has in no way effected my opinion.*
Wow! This was such a quick and exciting read. Grace made me chuckle with her holiday undergarments. Ethan just refused to give up and together they made the perfect pair.
I hadn't read a book before that had anything to do with politics so that part of this book was definitely different for me. I must say it really threw a wrench into the story, but the added drama really worked.
I will definitely be looking for more boo
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
Oct 04, 2012 Jennifer (FFT Reviews) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (FFT Reviews) by: Lesley
I loved the political setting of this contemporary love story: perfect for an election year read. Grace was a strong heroine with quite a few quirks that made her lovable while Ethan just made me fall head over heels. I really liked all the West Wing references (I'm a dork, I know). The main issue I had with the book was that I didn't like all the time jumps. I thought Ethan and Grace were a fun couple to read about and I wanted a little bit more about the development of their relationship. I'll ...more
Ashley Nelson
2.5 stars Grace and Ethan. This book is from the Entangled Indulgence line, which come to find out is much tamer on the sizzle factor than their Brazen line, which I prefer. I liked the setup and I liked Ethan, but I didn't like Grace. She was too wimpy and I couldn't respect her, and that made me not care about anything she did. Parts of the drama that drove the story, especially the past for Grace and Ethan, didn't make sense - it just wasn't that big of a deal. I was a bit bored overall. I li ...more
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Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories t
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“You're smart and sexy. You're prudent and courageous. You're a good girl and a bad girl. You're a waffle girl and a Napoleon cake girl. I've told you before that you can have it all. You don't have to put yourself in a box, Grace, because you're already the whole package. -Ethan Castle” 9 likes
“For a moment, Ethan’s cool veneer slipped. He smiled at her out of half of his mouth. “Governing,” he mirrored her severe tone exactly. “You make it sound about as fun as eating broccoli.” “I like broccoli… and governing.” “What’s so great about it?” “Well, for one, broccoli aids digestion—” “Not that,” he snapped.” 2 likes
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