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Flirting with Scandal

(Capital Confessions #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,410 ratings  ·  303 reviews
The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and sha
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by InterMix
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★! Flirting with Scandal (stand-alone). Illegitimate daughter & secret gossip blogger fights her attraction to aspiring politician, but can’t help flirting with scandal!

“Love plus orgasms did not equal happily ever after. Not with the obstacles we faced.”

Flirting with Scandal (stand-alone) follows student and part-time undercover gossip blogger Jacqueline Gardner, Jackie and former executive and aspiring politician William Andrew Clayton, Will.

She is the illegitim
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 "seriously fine" stars

I tried to convince myself to stand off books for a couple of days because I read so much during last week that I could feel my brain cells turn into jelly and I was in no position to separate reality from fiction (what do you mean aliens don't exist?). But then I thought come on, one fun contemporary romance can't harm, right? I won't get trapped inside my oh-so-familiar-and-cosy-screw-the-world pink bubble. It will be a...fling.
Oh boy, I was so wrong. There's no suc
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Stars

We'd created something wild here, something dark and dangerous that wound its way through me, tempting me to break every rule I'd ever set for myself.

I'll admit, I'm not a fan of politics and I'm especially not a fan of having it in my books. So when I got the chance to read this book, I was skeptical whether I'd like it. But that blurb was just too tempting to pass up so I jumped in...and I'm so glad. What an incredibly pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. I can hone
5 Capital Stars.

Jackie is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful politician who never acknowledge her- Now in her last year of university and interning for a PR firm that does political campaigns, she wants to keep her past secret at all costs. Until she’s assigned to do the William Clayton campaign, a young and promising politic running for Senator. They are immediately attracted to each other and it’s hard to resist temptation when they work together. Will is set on having he but she’s set
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"Why me?"
"Because when you touched me,
I had to have more."

I just found a new obsession, the Capital Confessions series!I really devoured it, it was refreshing,captivating and so hot!It's my first political romance and I loved the plot so much that I didn't want to put it down!Also I found the fact that before the start of each chapter there was a blog post from Capital Confessions very brilliant!Flirting With Scandal has the perfect combination of amazing plot,a forbidden romance
Jennifer Kyle
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
”Looking for a new man-crush? Look no further than the state of Virginia. - Capital Confession Blog”

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Well, well a political love story with two likable main characters, juicy secrets, and NO DRAWN OUT DRAMA made this book an enjoyable read... and this one is a standalone!


William Andrew Clayton is the hottest thing on Washington’s political scene. The single, handsome senator incumbent meets Jackie Gardner at a bar in D.C. and is totally smitten with her. Jackie is a senior in co
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


I was a little reluctant to start this book since I’m not a fan of political romances and while I didn’t love the political aspect here (too much) or how was done, I have to say this book was enjoyable and refreshing. It was something different from what I usually read and I’m glad I gave it a try. Needless to say I was a little surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The story fallows Jackie Gardner, a 21 years old girl, senior in college, a girl who hates politicians, but loves
Geri Reads
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, hot damn! What a little gem this book has turned out to be.

This book has a great set up from the get-go. Jackie Gardner is a powerful politician’s dirty little secret. She’s the illegitimate daughter of a powerful Senator and her mother is known in the DC area as a professional mistress of politicians. Drawn by the allure of DC politics, Jackie have reinvented herself into a smart, savvy young woman on the verge of a career breakthrough.

William Clayton is an up-and-coming political power
4 STARS! ★★★★

"Your personal life is the campaign. When you started running for office, every single thing about you became fair game. That includes the women in your life."

I'll admit- I'm a complete sucker for political romance and when my eyes caught on this title and blurb, it was in my first instinct to give this one a shot. Being a huge fan and religiously following the TV series 'Scandal', I would say this was the exact kind of read I was looking for to tide over the months of waiting f

Title: Flirting with Scandal
Series: Capital Confessions, #1
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Release date: 19th May, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

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Politics is in no danger of being my Question Time specialised subject of choice and because of this I almost missed out on reading what is now one of my favourite books this year. Flirting with Scandal was a fun, sexy, emotionally engaging read and definitely has my vote.

Jacqueline Gardner is a twenty one year old college studen
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Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton was one hot, sexy, politically charged, provocative and deliciously scandalicious read!! I absolutely LOVED this book and could not put it down!!! This was my first read from this author and it definitely won't be my last. Ms. Cleeton did an amazing job with this political romance that was brimming with angst, sex, drama, emotions, love and of course scandals. There are not enough
Wendy Darling
Smart, sexy, and oh-so-fun. I've spent a lot of time at the Hay Adams and St.Regis and have been around my fair share of DC politicians, so I can vouch that this book's setting and political world feel convincing--but never boring. It's so great to find erotic romance with solid stories, especially ones in which the heroines are intelligent and career-focused and the guy is both commanding and thoughtful. Yes, an actual hot but nice guy!

I also love that this couple quickly resolved misunderstan
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

I hate to say this but there was a lot I didn't like about this book. It was so cheesy at times, there was insta lust, that part with the elevator *rolls eyes* and not to mention my *ahem* favourite scene.

BUT I did find myself engaged in the story and the writing. The sexual tension was really well done and it was pretty hot. I'd recommend it to those who like to read about a nice guy for a change. I most probably will try another book by this author.
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

4.5 STARS .

(But I will not be rounding up and I'll explain why)

*NOTE: reposted, as the original review was accidentally deleted because I, like Jackie, suck at computers :(

I'm a total junkie for political romances, but alas there aren't a lot in the romance/erotica genre right now. Needless to say, when I first learned about this book my reaction was very much....

What Is It About? .

Step into a world where Gossip Girl and the tv show Scandal make a lovechild. Flirting With Scandal, is the fir
Cora Tea Party Princess
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Politics, scandal, love, family, rumour.

If you know me, then you know I've got a soft spot for Chanel Cleeton. And if you've ever read any of her books then you know there's a reason for that. She's the author who restored my faith in New Adult, showed it could be more than badly rewritten sex scenes and regurgitated plots. And in Flirting with Scandal she keeps up the good work.

There is passion and intrigue and right at the centre a fantastic character in the shape of Jackie, someone w
This was unexpectedly a good read. It was not too heavy on the political aspect as I would have expected, although the drama revolved around the heroes political campaign and the heroine's secret with her political father, it was balanced well: the relationship did not suffer too much from the plot and was focusing on the couples developing romance. Nevertheless, it was not an easy romance for them in a harsh environment that made it nearly impossible for their love to survive. There were many a ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 crazy, wild, and totally not politically correct stars. This is my first book by Chanel Cleeton and I loved it. Honestly, where can I get me a William Clayton because he's perfect. Will is a dying breed of man and it depresses me! The story line was interesting, the heroine and hero were equally awesome, and all the moving parts were laid out well.

As a budding publicist and politically knowledgeable person I found the story line interesting and a fun spin on a romance. Jackie is hardened from
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I was backroom deals and wading in muck and scandal. Will was shiny and elegant, the poster child for a new political dynasty. We couldn’t have been more ill suited if we tried.

The thing about being a nice guy was that once you were, people always expected you to be nice. They didn’t seem to realize that “nice guy” wasn’t synonymous with pushover. I wasn’t afraid to go after what I wanted, or to do what I needed to in order to keep it.

Will character is very likable. Charming. Swee
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "There's no crying in politics." Stars!

Flirting With Scandal is the first book I have read by Chanel Cleeton, and if the rest of the Capital Confessions series is as entertaining, she has got a new fan for life in me.

”This one looks like trouble”

I think there is a fine line when you are writing a romance story set in a specific arena, politics, medical and technical backgrounds can be tricky to get right, and there is a risk the story gets bogged down with the over inclusion and explanation
Sláinte Wanderlust


These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways).

Jackie & Will

Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
What a refreshing change of pace! A political romance where the guy is actual good, smart, incredibly kind, and phenomenally sexy.

So, what do we have? We have two people making eye contact across the bar. Both working in the political field and both feeling the same charged moment where they just know things won’t ever be the same.

I thoroughly enjoyed Flirting with Scandal. Fun and witty, it’s the perfect weekend read.

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Anne OK
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
DANG – I loved everything about this one!

A new-to-me-author, Chanel Cleeton, writes an intelligently crafted trope, with superb imagery, starring two characters whose connection is magic, along with witty and smart dialogue that makes this a hard-to-put-down reading treat.

A strong and smart heroine, although somewhat bruised and battered just by being born, and a hero that just happens to be every girl’s idea of an off-the-charts sexy Prince Charming. Add a heavy dose of scorching hot romance,
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really crushed on Will hard!!
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Blurb: Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she’s landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she’s determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, hi
4.5 stars

This one was a (unnecessary)drama-free read. I literally just stumbled upon this one, and I was not the least bit disappointed. There was a nice build and a solid foundation and characters sure of themselves and not stumbling everywhere due to their insecurities and whatthefucknot - AND it was set in a political background. Like whoa there braingasm! Everything about this just worked. And you know, I'm basically in love with the author's life. All in all, I loved it. I am most definitel
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Yaaay I finished it! I didn't quit! I must say I'm proud of myself ;P However, the last 50% wasn't so bad, so I'm kinda glad I didn't give up :)
Rate: 2.5 stars.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favorites
I don't usually like politically themed romances but this one grabbed me from page one and didn't let go until the very end! Great couple with lots of sexual tension plus an engaging story... a real page turner.
Will... what an AMAZING guy! Seriously, not only did he win my interest, he also won my vote. :) It was very refreshing to read a story where the hero is not portrayed as an overbearing, possessive alpha-hole. Will was just a nice, great guy who has his priorities in the right place... B
Nina ~ Valentine PR & Literary Managment
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
“What was that?” I asked, my voice breathless, my body utterly wrung out. He stared at me, and then slowly his lips curved, transforming his whole face. It was a naughty private smile, one I couldn’t help but think he’d only share with me. “The beginning.”

I picked up Flirting with Scandal for one reason…it was a political romance. I have a huge sweet spot for this little mini genre and I seem to not be able to get enough. For me, a man in political power is about as sexy as they get. So when Ch
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
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Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba, The Last Train to Key West, and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba.

Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her y

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