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Private Politics

(The Easy Part #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  31 reviews
New York socialite Alyse Philips is not the airhead people take her for-she’s great at convincing D.C.’s rich and powerful to open their wallets. Never one to coast on her family’s connections, her real dream is to help charities in a bigger way. Before she can pursue her ambitions, she discovers a money-laundering scandal that’s got her signature all over it. If Alyse can ...more
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Published September 8th 2014 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
In this book we have super sophisticated heroine and the geeky hero who has been crushing on the heroine for the past 6 months. Sometimes I get tired of reading about all these slick heroes who should basically be a walking STD, but in this one we have a hero who is all about relationships and is shy and awkward with women like the heroine since he thinks she is out of his league. However when the heroine discovers something shady at work she finds herself in closer proximity to the her
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Last year I read and enjoyed Special Interests by Emma Barry and was excited to see she had another book coming out revolving around DC politics. Now, before you scrunch your nose and tell me you don’t want to read about our lovely government, let me tell you – Emma Barry makes it very interesting. Where we could get bogged down in dry terminology and boring details, Barry makes lobbyists, bloggers, and non-profit groups intriguing! In this one we have a scandal that our heroine must uncover all ...more
Amy Cousins
Whip smart and funny. I'm a bit of a politics junkie who has probably been saved from a lifetime obsession by never moving to D.C. This book hits me in all my sweet spots: romance, awesome ratcheting up of sexual tension, clever writing, politics. It's not actually about politics, but you get a terrific sense of the political maneuvering that goes on in D.C. about anything. The way the operators work, connecting with people, following information, figuring out how best to make use of what they l ...more
Brandy Painter
I really enjoyed Barry's first book, Special Interests, but I LOVED this one. There are so many books out there where the quiet, often overlooked girl finally gets the hot guy she's always secretly (or not so secretly) wanted. You don't often see that gender reversed. I like that here it is. Liam is such a great hero in so many ways. I have to admit I have a fondness for ridiculously optimistic despite all evidence to the contrary journalists. I'm actually married to one. (There aren't that many ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Emma Barry's prose is so fresh and revigorating. I love that the HERO is not the usual ALPHA - this 'bad boy' recipe is getting old. I loved how he struggled with his own feelings and how happy he was in his own skin.
Guilty as charged! I love nerdies, geeks and vulnerable men. So, if you like politics, Beta heroes and love stories that progress in an actual pace, you'll love this book.
Elisabeth Lane
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Elisabeth here. I gushed so effusively about Liam, the hero of Emma Barry's latest DC-set romance, that my husband pestered me until I let him read it. I asked if he had any thoughts he wanted to include in my review. As it turned out, he had lots of thoughts. So I just let him write it. I'll pick back up with the recipe after his thoughts about the book.]

If you had told me two years ago that I would be an avid reader of romance novels, I would very likely not have believed you. And if you had
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Easy Part series by Emma Barry, Private Politics is the story of Washington fundraiser Alyse Phillips and political blogger Liam Nussbaum. Alyse didn’t always know what she wanted out-of life, only what she didn’t want. She knew she didn’t want to have a just-good-enough-marriage in the upper East Side just like her parents and sister. Alyse essentially stumbled into a career she loves. She is passionate about her work raising funds for an international girl’s literacy non ...more
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Barry's latest in The Easy Part series, PRIVATE POLITICS. Hero Liam may fall under the beta category, but he is the loveliest, smartest, and sexiest hero I've read in a long time, even though he can't pull off a suit and tie. He helps heroine, Alyse, caught in some fraudulent money matters at Young Women Read, a charity helping underprivileged girls to read, clear her name and ensure her future in the volatile atmosphere of Washington D.C. politics. Alyse shows growth and, though she ini ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good between 3.5 and 4.

I liked this one a lot! This series continues to be great and enjoyable. What I really liked is that the first sex scene or whatever between the two of them wasn't long drawn out? Like it happened quick and was over fast and that happens more often in reality than what romance novels give us sometimes. So it was nice to see that. These two played well on the opposites coming together situation.

And she continues to do a good job of grounding the series in its setting.

Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3,5 - 4,0

The political part of the book is a bit of a turn of for me, but the romance between Alyse and Liam is SO DAMN CUTE, it's impossible to resist.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was GREAT. I love this series. And am tremendously excited about the third book.
This maybe dragged for me a bit by the end, but overall, I liked it a lot!
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author has a really nice voice, I like the way she writes very much.

I am not a big fan of this book though, the subject of politics and lobbies in Washington, is a very dry subject to me, which I find it hard to read. Moreover, tried as I might, I can not seem to like the heroine Alyse. I was unable to have any strong affection towards the hero and heroine as a couple. Several times I contemplated to DNF the book, although I had persevered, I remained unimpressed at the end.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just really didn't like either of them as people
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
It seems I like Emma Barry more when she’s writing with Genevieve Turner. I find that while I love the more progressive parts of her romance, I find it difficult to get invested in her couples.
Home. Love. Books.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book, I think it’s because in another life I would have loved to have lived in DC and worked for a non-profit or been a political blogger, or really just had anything to do with the whole political scene (although given the state of politics today I am so glad I didn’t go that route). This was kind of the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and mystery rolled up into one.

I liked Alyse, who work
MB (What she read)
1/16/15 Weeellll..., I was really liking these two characters and their intriguing and suspenseful plot, until Chapter 17. At that point, she made a TSTL move (which turned out to be unimportant, so I'm over it), and he turned from nebbishly sweet guy into a pushy controlling pouty Drama Llama. Talk about a switch!

So, they made up, and everything is okay with them as a couple in fictionland, but I'm still kind of ticked. I didn't like the way the balance of power shifted, where she had to grovel
Ellen Parker
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Happily ever after applies to more than romance.

Alyse Philips believes in the mission of her employer, the non-profit Young Women Read, Inc. She’s worked her way up to Special Events and Fundraising Director during seven years of employment. While assisting with the annual audit she comes across some suspicious information.
Liam Nussbaum, a second tier political blogger, is frustrated. For six months Alyse has ignored his attempts to establish a relationship. He’s not exactly the law expert thei
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Romance set among the world of politics, blogging and money laundering
The mystery plot was kind of okay, not mind blowing or anything, bit tepid.
The nerdy H was very nice, genuine, he adored the h; one of those books where H is more into h than she is into him. I felt the h was using H,, she called him when she needed him and dismissed him when she didn't and didn't really care if she hurt him, even when he was so kind to her.
I was glad when H said enough is enough and drew the line. In the end
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 brainy stars!Because feeling smart without necessarily being so is still a nice feeling.
There are not enough words in the english language to describe how much I love this novel. So I will keep it short and simple.
Emma Barry wrote my definition of a perfect novel: one that I could connect with 100%, bless her heart.
The writing is truly outstanding:it flows smoothly and while reading you have the feeling that it makes you somehow smarter...
Of course the political theme and the DC backdrop pla
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Oh, boy. I didn't really connect with either Liam or Alyse until later, their connection something that I felt only about after halfway through. I couldn't be sure why, but the language was a bit of a deterrent for me, too. But the romantic moments made me sigh and giddy and happy, and a few elements—particularly the "nondescript" nerd for a hero (the third book describes him as a bit of a mess, and I love that picture), the erudite heroine, the fact that he was so into her the moment they met a ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley-arc
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When I picked up this book to read I didn’t realise that this was the second book in a series. But when I did start reading it I realised that I didn’t need to read the first book to read this one.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Emma Barry made DC politics much more interesting to read. I loved the bit of detective work that they did throughout the book between the main characters. It was the complete backbone of the story and I thought that wit
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Another above average contemporary by Emma Barry. I love her intelligent heroines and plots that involve so much more than "will I ever find Mr. Right." But so far the second half of her books don't quite live up for the first. Loved watching Alyse find her inner strength and realize that Liam, the charming beta hero who was desperately in love with her, was just what she needed, but the resolution of the intrigue plot was anti-climactic and the roadblock in the love story seemed arti ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The political storyline of this book was not as compelling to me but I loved the relationship between Liam & Alyse. Liam is adorable. The nice guy who gets the girl. I loved how Barry describes him. No six-pack abs, muscles bulging. He is solid. He is steady but he is sexy and hot in his own sweet way. Quick read. ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I just loved these two a lot.

There was something nice about the background of the relationship—how he was interested from the start, but it took her some time to come around—that was really honest and a good change from other romances.

Plus, they ended up balancing and supporting each other really well.

(OMG can we not with the apartment key and the like minded dinner purchases?!)

Review will appear in September issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
So good!
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Review to come (once I've wrapped my head around it).
Katie Casanova
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this series.
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Emma Barry is a novelist, full-time mama, recovering academic, and former political staffer. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves her twins’ hugs, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, her dog’s tail, and Earl Grey tea.

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