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Parties in Congress

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  456 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
They say politics makes strange bedfellows...

Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon—who is outspoken, charismatic, and op
Paperback, First, 258 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lexxi Kitty
2016 Update: I'd originally deducted half a star for wincing. Weird, a half star for wincing? Well, whatever that was about, I didn't 'wince' this time, and since that was the reason for the 1/2 star reduction in rating, I've raised this version up to a full 5 stars.
I really wish they had 1/2 stars on here. This is much closer to a 4.5 star book than a 5. Mostly because, while I was pulled along in the beginning by a desire to continue reading, I was also wincing at some of the words actions
Lexxi Kitty
I do not normally reread books. And the last time I read this specific one, the one time before, was in February of 2014. 2+ years seems enough time, eh? heh. I believe this is the first time I've reread a lesbian fiction book.

There are many reasons why I tend to not reread - the easiest to mention is the simple fact that I kind of expect to be 'let down' form any prior experience with a book. I mean, I've read it once before, there will not be any surprises. So . . ..

In this specific instance,
Sep 20, 2014 Penny rated it really liked it
The wittiest! Why the hell did I wait this long to read something from Colette Moody? Why?
Apr 22, 2011 Cheri rated it it was amazing
Very funny book! Loved the characters. So funny. Colette joined us on Cocktail Hour episode 13 to talk about her work. It is probably my favorite show. If you like her work, you won't want to miss it.

***reread 7/8/13 and still love it. Just hilarious.

* 8/2/15 - I needed some laughs after reading a fantastic but moderately depressing read so I read all three of Ms. Moody's books in three days. Loved them all just as much, if not more, than the earlier read
Jul 30, 2015 Kurt rated it really liked it
Quick witted dialogue and a snappy pace made this a pleasure to read.
Jun 28, 2015 Megzz rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, exciting-plot

This is quite a delightful read. It has some of the wittiest flirting and banter I have ever read. The characters are likable and the storyline is exciting. I particularly like the pace of the romance: the attraction is instantaneous but there's a clear conflict of interest. So, they take their time, try to fight it, and as a result, there's some heavy intellectual foreplay during most of the book that keeps you interested. Overall, a fun, sweet and feel good story.

But... the humour takes awa
Jan 17, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this down. Great humor, fantastic dialogue. Definitely will be re-reading it!
Mar 06, 2015 MJS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read Collette's first novel Original Sin and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give this a try. It's a nice story, although I didn't find it as 'laugh out loud' funny as other reviewers have stated, the dialogue was amusing and the interaction between the main characters entertaining. Also, as with most lesfic, the end is rushed. I don't know if there's a word limit on these books or not, but it always seems like the authors have to stop a chapter before they're actually done and then have to cra ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Wildlx rated it it was ok
Bijal Rao, a lesbian indian-american republican gets her first staff position working for Janet Denton, a republican mayor that is trying to unseat an openly lesbian democrat congresswoman, in a red state. As told by Bijal to her best friend in the beginning of the book, Janet, like Bijal is fiscally conservative but has liberal positions regarding LGBT and women rights. Colleen O'Bannon, the congresswoman who is fighting for her first reelection, has gone into politics due to the death of her p ...more
This is a funny, campy, bawdy political comedy with elements of romance. The romance doesn't really play much of a role until the later stages of the book (the two leads rarely spend much screen time together and, apart from political ideology, it was frequently difficult to differentiate between them), but that shouldn't deter readers. The book is chock full of witty banter, political satire and some relatively interesting characters, though we never see much beneath the surface of said charact ...more
Frank Van Meer
Sep 21, 2014 Frank Van Meer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is, by far, the funniest book I ever read. I was chuckling most of the time and there are a few laugh out loud moments. The scene in the bar with the writer was hilarious.

But I had serious problems with the main characters. Bijal confused the hell out of me, her actions didn't make sense to me most of the time (especially after they aired that ad). And Colleen, the squeeky clean congresswoman with high morals, grabbed the first chance she got to bring a collegue down (even though that coll
Dec 12, 2016 Natazzz rated it it was ok
This book was so bad, but yet such fun. It's got a very thin and totally unbelieveble plot, with bizar over the top scenarios, which constantly had me going: wtf? The first chapter of this book is so so bad, but it does get better towards the end. What I did really enjoy about this book is the two main characters' great banter and fun interaction, can't complain about the romance part either. In sum, one of the best 2 star books I've ever read.
Jae Jae
Jul 11, 2011 Jae Jae rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Bijal, who works to get her republican boss elected to congress, finds herself attracted to the political enemy, Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon. A fun read with fresh dialogue and a spunky first meeting.
Lia A
Dec 14, 2014 Lia A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved it. The wittiest indeed.
Mar 14, 2011 KT rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Great story, funny dialogue and angst free.
Loved it.
Jun 03, 2013 Ulla rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, paperback
An entertaining read!
Worth the read. It's more serious than Moody's other two books but there's still some humor to be had. Easy, enjoyable read.
Jun 30, 2013 TheGooch rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! made me lol so much! It's a definite Re-read :-D
Jan 24, 2016 poppp rated it liked it
Okay so the back and forth banter was entertaining and very witty. And issues were discussed eloquently. However, in terms of the romance, I felt like the plot was lacking.
Hilarious and sweet. One of my favourites of the year.
Jodie Atkinson
Jun 01, 2011 Jodie Atkinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
Bijal Roa is excited about her first political staff position and is looking forward to helping to get her boss, small town Mayor Janet Denton, elected to Congress. If only she wasn't instantly attracted to the opposition, incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon. Bijal constantly finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, on the wrong side of the snarky campaign manager Donna and playing catch up with the Mayor's many campaign mistakes and faux pas. Not to mention becoming more and mor ...more
May 09, 2016 Jahnavi rated it really liked it
3.5 stars- The plot itself is pretty interesting, and I like the premise of the novel. Also, the dialogue is very clever and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but it's also part of the problem. How are Colleen and Bijal so witty all the time? It feels artificial to the point of where I couldn't take their romance seriously. It's like they were flirting the entire time as opposed to having moments when they were in an actual relationship. And did I mention I can't stand Bijal for some reason?She fe ...more
Aug 02, 2012 T rated it really liked it
i wasn't sure at all that i'd like this book, based on the political plot. i'm not one for politics and don't find it at all entertaining. But i got the book because i found 'the seduction of moxie' absolutely entertaining, and the reviews stating how funny this book was, were believable because i knew the author has the ability to create laugh out loud humor through the written word.

It didn't fail to entertain and did make me laugh on just about every page. So even if you don't like the idea of
Jul 05, 2013 Sunny rated it it was amazing
You know a book is probably going to be good when the acknowledgement page makes you laugh.

I don't think I've ever read a book that made me laugh out loud as much as this one did. The main characters, Bijal and Colleen, were wonderful and their banter was sexy and hilarious all at the same time. Fran was absolutely priceless as were many of the other secondary characters. At some point, I'm going to go back through it and make a list of all the funny sayings that I want to remember. The only pro
May 29, 2011 Cab rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance, e-books
Loved this book! The banter (it’s too good to be called dialogue) between the two main characters (Bijal – Republican / Colleen – Democrat) is fantastic and more often than not gets me laughing so hard that I am crying. It’s witty and engaging all the while making some fantastic political points while making me wish politicians really did say what they believe and work towards goals that are in the best interest of the people and not what was in the best interests of their pocketbooks.

If this b
Nov 19, 2013 sweetPixiesmile rated it really liked it
Parties in Congress was a fun, light-hearted read. While clearly biased and stereotyped, what really made this book shine was the dialogue from the innuendo sparring to the best friend banter. The rapid-fire 80's/90's references were hilariously engaging.

I don't pretend to know anything about American politics, but this book is obviously LGTB army friendly. It was like a really great romcom, complete with the slutty best friend (we all know one, don't we?), the smart and sassy love interest, the
Bethany Harvey
Nov 20, 2012 Bethany Harvey rated it liked it
Lesbian romance, like any fiction niche, has a high self-published, badly-edited, ridiculous-euphemism-ridden crap factor. I'm inclined to give this book an extra star just for not falling into the well of painfully earnest dreck, but I don't need to, because it's also funny, well written, and entertaining as hell. And the sex scenes, far from being cringe-worthy, were actually hot.

The woman who recommended it to me said, "You'll laugh with it, not at it," and she was absolutely right. It's exac
MT Rose
Feb 15, 2015 MT Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chesty von Yum Yum and Spyxie Sugarbottom has a fun and endearing love story. Both characters have spunk and sass that they embody so well that every time they deliver a line it's believable and makes the readers giggle/laugh a handful of times - at least I did, about 7 giggles every time.

Let's not forget those f@ggity-a$s french fries as I'd like some of it. Given I love french fries, I might love it even more if it's f@ggity af.

Finally : You Fist my Heart and Up to Her Elbow: Reaching for Love
Oct 30, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
This book was pretty enjoyable to read! It was funny, had a slowly starting romance (which I definitely like more than 2 ppl meeting & jumping into bed together), witty banter, and politics. There were times, however, that I felt like there was too much wit between Bij and Col. Have a real conversation! Bijal only speaks in clever remarks most of the time. There were also times that I wanted to yell at Bijal for not quitting her job. I also must say that I was really fond of Colleen! Overall ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
This is the latest in my dash through lesbian romance novels. It's written by the same woman who wrote The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin (the lesbian pirate romance novel). It had a lot of the funny banter but didn't quite rise above general beach read. This is a political one and at times was preachy. Not that I was against what she preached, it just felt preachy rather than adding to the story. Fun, but not ridiculously fun.
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Colette Moody has long been an avid bibliophile and fan of history (and swashbuckling). When she isn’t doing research or crafting scenes for her next romp of a novel, she can be found doing one or more of the following: trying to best her high score on Wii Tennis; sequestered in the kitchen eagerly trying to prove that everything DOES taste better with bacon; meticulously recreating classic cockta ...more
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