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Off the Record

(Record #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  12,864 ratings  ·  1,175 reviews
Liz Dougherty has no idea 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
Paperback, 445 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Montlake Romance
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Leiera Monae Here in Book 1, Liz is described as a college student who is "an upcoming junior," and seeing as how there was mention of bar drinking, I'd think that…moreHere in Book 1, Liz is described as a college student who is "an upcoming junior," and seeing as how there was mention of bar drinking, I'd think that she was at least twenty-one. Brady says that he is twenty-seven years old.(less)

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Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 I ♥ Brady Maxwell stars!

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Is there anything better than a smart and sexy forbidden romance? How about one with fantastic writing, the perfect amount of angst and a leading man thats to die for? Off the Record had it all! It was the perfect package.

Liz Dougherty is on her first big assignment as a reporter for her college paper. With her edi
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★★★★★! Off The Record, book 1 of 3. Prodigal son running for Congress wants clandestine affair with student reporter who is ill-equipped to resist him

“Maybe it was because he was completely unattainable. Maybe it was because there was no way this could go anywhere at all. Maybe it was just because she wanted him.”

Books in The Record Series should be read in order:
Book 1: Off The Record
Book 2: On The Record
Book 3: For The Record

Off The Record (book 1) opens up to Morehead scholar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Journalism studRecord
I've been working my way through some of the books that I've had sitting on my shelves for a long time. 'Off the Record' was one of those books that had been hanging out on my Audible shelf for a while. I'd heard great things about it, but always seemed to have another "priority" book to read. Finally, I decided to give it a try and it ended up being a good choice.

The story is centered on the secret romance between a twenty year-old college reporter, Liz Dougherty, and a young State
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

Jerk + Love Triangle + Angst = Typical K.A. Linde

Jerk + Love Triangle + Angst + Politics = Off the Record


For the most part I liked it. It peaked my curiosity to see how KA Linde would write a forbidden romance set against a political background and I have to say there, she nailed this part. I did feel the illicit thrill of two peo

★★★★ 4 stars!

Off the Record was a refreshing, fast-paced, sexy story that I really enjoyed reading. Once I started it, I could not put it down and I was anxious to find out how the storyline would develop. The fascinating political aspects of the story and the many deliciously forbidden encounters made the story all the more fun to read!

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♡Karlyn P♡

4 'Sex, Secrets & Scandals' Stars

OFF THE RECORD is book 1 in a new NA romance series about a sexy yet forbidden political romance best left off the record. In politics, image is everything. And a romance with a political reporter, especially one who is clearly not in your camp, could wreck the upcoming election. But when lust and desire turns into more, the election is no longer the only thing at risk.

Brady sighed. "This is almost whatever you want it to be. It's not public. It's not in the news. It'ssighed.
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5description BRADY MAXWELL descriptionStars

"She wasn't willing to give up her dreams any more than he was willing to give up the campaign."

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K.A. Linde did a fantastic job of bringing the secret love story of college journalist Elizabeth Dougherty and the hot young State Senator, Brady Maxwell to the world. I honestly loved this story, the execution, the det
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 You got MY vote Brady Stars

Liz Dougherty is at the end of her Sophomore year, she is happy with where her life is going: she is on the student paper, enrolled in career promising courses for the summer, and has great friends. In her mind everything is on track, until one questions change everything.

If there is one thing State Senator Brady Jefferson Maxwell III knows, its how to follow the rules
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
4 "I Vote For Brady Maxwell Stars!!!"

(ARC Provided by Montlake Romance via Netgalley) day last week, I decided to put in a request for an ARC of "Off The Record" on Netgalley.
I knew there was no way in hell I was going to get approved as I often get DENIED!!
Then I'm sitting in my cubicle at work and I go on and low and behold, I see this book sitting on my approved Dashboard!

I nearly screamed!!
Oh happy day for me!!
Yes and maybe I did a little dance, not as cool as Jensen, but you get the drift....I was ECSTATIC!!

4 "I Vote For Brady Maxwell Stars!!!"

(ARC Provided by Montlake Romance via Netgalley) day last week, I decided to put in a request for an ARC of "Off The Record" on Netgalley.
I knew there was no way in hell I was going to get approved as I often get DENIED!!
Then I'm sitting in my cubicle at work and I go on and low and behold, I see this book sitting on my approved Dashboard!

I nearly screamed!!
Oh happy day for me!!
Yes and maybe I did a little dance, not as cool as Jensen, but you get the drift....I was ECSTATIC!!

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I have been waiting for this book since I first read a teaser to chapter one over a year and a half ago!

This is a tale of an off the charts hot and scandalous romance between North Carolina Senator Brady Maxwell III and young UNC College Reporter, Liz Dougherty.

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Liz and Brady first meet at one of his press conferences, where he announces he is running for a spot in the United States House of Representatives. Their attraction seems to spark right from the moment they lay eyes on each other, and Liz actually knocks Brady for a loop with a hard hitting question.

They run into each other a couple more times and seriously I was swooning a little over Brady and his charisma, and total bad boy persona underneath the straight laced politician facade.
I was actually a little shocked at how forward he was with Liz in the beginning.
Liz was not an easily likable character for me.
Something about her personality rubbed me the wrong way.
I can't really cast judgement on her for the choices she made where Brady was concerned.
Readers might think she made stupid decisions but if a man like Brady was who you could spend time with, I think a lot of us may have done the same thing.
I know I would!!!

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Brady is asking Liz to be with him on his terms.
He can't give her a normal relationship.
His #1 priority is his campaign.
Everything comes after that, including her.

They have some really hot booty calls!! WOW!!
Senator Brady is a naughty boy!!!
At times I was so cringing thinking they were being a bit reckless in their hookups.
So worried they were going to be exposed.

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The problem with this arrangement is that ultimately feelings are going to get stronger, and can Liz be satisfied with being Brady's dirty little secret??
It's in our nature as women to want more and ultimately Liz will have to decide, can she go on in secrecy in hopes one day they will be able bring their relationship out in the open?

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Although this is not a love triangle, there is another man that Liz had her eyes on before she met Brady.
Hayden Lane, is her newspaper editor, and she had been crushing on him for the past two years.
I don't know how to really take him yet.
He seemed hot and cold.
Giving mixed signals, which I didn't care for.
But there is an easy way about things with him that Liz can't ignore.

I will be interested to see how things play out there in the next book.

I wasn't really liking Brady too much in the beginning of the story because there were things that happened earlier on that I had hoped would have played out a bit differently.
Then he later explains some of his behavior and I started to forgive him and found myself swooning over him later on in the story.

The ending leaves us with a bit of a cliffy.
Nothing too crazy.
So it's not torturous.
I loved Brady's speech!!!
So full of deep meaning where Liz is concerned.

I'm thinking Liz is about to make the ultimate sacrifice.
We will have to wait and see how it all plays out in book 2!!

"Hey," he murmured softly, brushing his fingers across her jawline, "you want to see me. I want to see you. Call me. If you don't, you'll regret it."

"I didn't come here to talk politics with you, baby," Brady said, pushing the door closed behind them. "Lecture me after I'm done with you."

"I'm giving you what I can give you, and I'm telling you in advance you might get hurt. But it's worth it to take the risk. I can damn well promise you that it's worth it."

Her eyes were suddenly cloudy with tears, because she knew then that in her heart what she really wanted was Brady. It had to be Brady. And yet... he couldn't give her what she needed.

"You're the only person I've ever met who so completely disarms me. I feel like sometimes you aren't looking at me; you're looking through me. Like you know every single secret in my you know exactly what I'm thinking. That was exactly what I meant that very first day we met, when I told you that you were my airplane. You totally fuck me up, Liz!"

Liz had simply acted like a passenger, letting him guide the car wherever it might go. She had been active and even demanding at times, but she never really pushed the limits. She never did anything drastic enough to make him say enough was enough.

Their feelings bore down on them with a hopeless, crushing desire, with a need that bordered on addiction.
Duchess Nicole
Wow, I didn't expect to love this book so much. I may have to break down and read this author's other books now.

What initially started as a sort of opposites attract, reporter/politician romance turned out to be a very well put together tale of forbidden love. Brady is extremely single-minded and focused on his career, but his fascination with Liz is nothing short of a beautiful trainwreck.

Full review to be posted in the February 2014 issue of InD'tale Magazine
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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ARC received from the publisher via NetGallery.

Off the Record is the story of forbidden love, politics and secrets. Liz has wanted one thing her entire life, to be a reporter. She’s never wavered on her goals, she’s never risked anything that could tear her dream from her grasp. But that was before she met Brady, the Senator – the man who is running for Congress.

Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four Brady-licious Stars!

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What a refreshing spin on contemporary romance! I was a bit unsure going into this book how the political aspect of it would play out and I was pleasantly surprised it was seriously one of the highlights for me!

Liz Dougherty is a sophomore journalism major, working on the school newspaper. When sh
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Liv is a reporter for a college newspaper and she's all about the facts. There's no room for any gray in her life, only black and white. That's a pretty strong stand for someone who has just completed her second year of college but she's wanted to be a reporter all her life. When she's given the opportunity to question Brady, she lets him have no holds barred. Little does she know he doesn't hold back from what he wants either.


Brady's always wanted to be in politics and that certainly cannot be
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4.5 Vote for Maxwell Stars!

After meeting K.A. Linde at a book event last month with Juanita (who told me I just had to read this series!), Linde told us that she worked on President Obama's 2012 campaign and my reaction was I NEED THIS BOOK LIKE NOW! There's nothing like an author writing from experience!

I really liked this story! I think I loved it actually. Maybe cause I'm a sucker for political reads (ahem American Queen). I wasn't sure going in how I would feel about this one, but I fell
S.M. West

I really enjoyed this political romance that had secrets, forbidden love, angst and a whole lot of sexual tension...yes, there was more to the story than that! But like I said, that's what I enjoyed!

Liz Dougherty is a journalism student working at the North Carolina college newspaper covering the political beat. It begins with her attending a press conference of the State Senator.

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State Senator Brady Maxwell III has presence, charisma, oozes sex appeals a
☆ Sammy ☆彡
3.5 Strictly Off the Record Stars

Liz Dougherty is working her first major assignment as a reporter for her university's newspaper. With her editor and boss Hayden at her side, Liz's job is to cover Senator Brady Maxwell III's press conference. Liz is a very driven to become a successful reporter so she hopes that the press conference will be her to chance to prove herself as a serious journalist.

Liz disagrees with many of Brady's political standpoints so to prepare for the conference she drafts several
Claire Contreras
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I'll come back to say something about it.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 'OMG this book drove me bloody nuts! please excuse me whilst I rant' stars.

Ok so I seriously don't know how to review this book. If I base a book on whether it gripped me and entertained me and made me want to keep turning the pages then this would be a 4.5 star book. HOWEVER..... I have never in all my life read a book where the heroine drove me so completely and utterly fecking insane and the hero, well I started out loving him, but by the end I just wanted to kick him in his non existe
Geri Reads
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

This is my first K.A. Linde. Yes, you read that right. And definitely not my last.

The Story
Off the Record is a story about Liz Dougherty, a college reporter who's embroiled in a love forbidden love affair with State Senator Brady Maxwell. He's running for Congress and she's a reporter whose politics doesn't match his own and she's still a student. Simply put she's not the kind of girl that an aspiring congressman should be involved with.

But their attraction to each other was too muc
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I was going through Scandal withdrawal and a friend of mine recommended this series. I expected some Olitz-type happenings. Not quite what I got but the story was interesting nonetheless. Add one part politician, one part college co-ed, and a dash of a secret love affair and that's what this book is about.

I think I was looking for more suspense, but the only anticipation I felt was wondering when they would get caught. They were pretty ridiculous in their subterfuge because they definitely were
Kayla at MyBookMuse
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*


It hurts to write this and after reading other reviews I might be in the minority but Off the Record left me underwhelmed.

Liz Dougherty, a journalist major at UNC, gets her first stab at reporting when she attends the political press conference of state Senator Brady Maxwell. There with her editor-in-chief and current crush, Hayden, Liz is determined to finally prove her worth as a reporter to Hayden and herself. When
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No one does forbidden romance better!

K.A. Linde owns this genre. The illicit pull that her characters have toward one and other is searing hot. The reasons why they keep their distance, initially, are believable and solid. Could the public accept their relationship, or would it damage their careers and aspirations that have defined them as individuals? I fell in love with Liz and Brady’s chemistry and was really pulling for them to fi
Tara | Slow Readers Blog
I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. I remember reading the first chapter in the back of one of the Avoiding series books and being hooked instantly. Time went by faster than I expected but then once the cover was revealed it slowed to a crawl. It was like the last month of pregnancy. If you've had a baby, you know what I'm talking about. That last month never ends. Seeing the cover was like seeing a sonogram picture and waiting to get my hands on the book was like wait ...more
Sophie's Reading Corner
Definitely my favorite K.A. Linde book so far!! 😍
I can't wait to read more about Senator Maxwell! ❤ Although there were moments I wanted to slap some sense into them, especially to the heroine that wasn't clear to the people around her. But I understand how she felt, so I'm giving to her the benefit of the doubt and can't wait to how this series is going to continue & delve deeper into the story!
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Double layered Moon Pies…who knew.

All I really know about politics is that, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," and elephants. That being said, my interests weren't all that interested in reading Off the Record. It's exactly like Moon Pies. I've known about MPs since I was a kid, but nothing about them sounded appetizing. Graham crackers….they're okay. Chocolate….generic. Mallows….could totally live without. Well, a year ago, I ate one. I ate a Moon Pie. It was at that very moment, m
Lori ~Lover of Books~
5 Off the Charts Amazing Stars
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Off the Record is the first installment in the Record Trilogy by K.A. Linde. I was really excited about this book. It didn't disappoint! I don't know how K.A. Linde does it, but I can never put her books down once I start them.

Since the book will not be released until March 2014, I am going to try to keep this completely spoiler free and s
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

Forbidden love story between a politician and a college reporter written by K.A. Linde – it was a no brainer had to read it! And who knew a Senator could be so sexy. Brady Maxwell is delicious!

Liz Dougherty dreams of being a big-time reporter one day. She is an upcoming junior at UNC, works at the newspaper, and finally getting her first shot at being a reporter while at a political press conference for NC’s state Senator Brady Maxwell. She’s there with her editor Hayden Lane, who sh
Jan 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I just could not wrap my head around the idea that this relationship was supposedly forbidden??? 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... so what is the problem?? Honestly, there really was not a good reason that they could not openly be together except that she did not agree with some of his political decis ...more

I'm going to make this short and sweet...

"Are you going to kiss me?" she murmured. "Senseless."

In true Linde fashion, she knows how to hook, line, and sinker the reader nearing the end. The last 35% had me on the edge and where it drew the most emotion. It was the best for me and I couldn't put it down at that point! For once I am thankful I waited to read a book since the second one comes out in the next few days. I don’t consider the ending to be a cliffhanger, but it did leave me wanting f/>"Are
2.5 to a low 3 stars

Now that I've had time to think things over, I think I may not be so willing to read the sequel of Off the Record. This is my first K.A. Linde book and judging by people's reviews of her Avoiding series, she definitely loves her angst. But I don't and I try to stay away from love triangles (so I wonder why I even picked this up in the first place).

Actually, I thought the premise was really interesting. I do appreciate a good book with a politician MC and I've read several, so I am quite familiar with
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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels ...more

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Record (5 books)
  • On the Record (Record, #2)
  • For the Record (Record, #3)
  • Struck from the Record (Record, #4)
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