REVIEW: Mr. President by Katy Evans

mr-presidentAuthor: Katy Evans
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Series: White House #1
Rating: 2/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one–and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

I’ve never read anything from Katy Evans before even when my all-time favorite, Emma Chase, has been gushing about her books ever since. And boy was I in for a surprise.

This political forbidden romance was nothing like I’ve ever expected and I’d like to commend the author for braving to write such timely book that packed so much angst and intensity.

Matthew Hamilton has never wanted anything to do with politics. Being a son of an ex-president, he knows how things work around the field and how in a heartbeat he can lose everything. And that he did. After his father was assassinated and his country’s state went to shambles because of the leadership, things changed. His decisions changed. He changed. And now he’s running as an independent candidate. And he wanted Charlotte to be in his campaign. The same girl whom he met when they were young, when his father was still alive.

Charlotte knew the risk in joining Matt’s electoral campaign. But more than that, she wanted to be included in the history for change in the US because she loved her country. That change was Matt and when he won, she’d have her share of pride knowing she helped him get there–his whole electoral campaign did. All that patriotic stuff.

But the risks were so high and only one of them could come out alive from their secret affair.

I had such high expectations from this book because it was just so promising. On the surface, the plot was very challenging, tricky and forbidden. But deep down, the pacing was such a drag and didn’t deliver on the relationship side of Matt and Charlotte. It focused more on Matt’s candidacy and him being one of those characters that’s easy to hate and to love. I loved his perspective on the political side of things. Yes, he’s smart, determined and driven. Also yes, he’s hot af.

What I didn’t get though was the fact that he wanted to stay single even when it was clear that he had feelings for Charlotte. That conflict of him staying single while running the presidency was so weak. It’s not like Charlotte was a distraction. It’s not like she came from a controversial family. It’s not like she’s a whore. If anything, she’s the total opposite of that. Yes, I got that it had a forbidden element because Charlotte worked for Matt but it’s not like they couldn’t be together and couldn’t come clean after that. That wouldn’t even cause a scandal in my opinion. Maybe if Charlotte happened to have a dark past or something that could be discovered by the press and would cause a downfall to Matt’s career because he’s linked to Charlotte? But no.

It was also disturbing that Matt treated Charlotte like she was a piece of something he could just use anytime he wanted. It was like they were going to be punished for being together when they were both consenting adults.

Charlotte went from being strong in the beginning to being a doormat heroine who couldn’t stand her ground to be treated well. No abuse or anything like that but it was like she just became Matt’s booty call–there to satisfy his desire for her whenever he wanted. And she was fucking okay with that.

The book had so much potential because of the chemistry and the angst but the repetitive scenes that went on and went on (Matt wanting Charlotte but he realized he couldn’t do it because he’s a presidential candidate and all that and would cause a controversy but still have sex–rinse, repeat–and conversations that were hashed out already being rehashed again) messed it up. It seemed like the author just dragged it all out and kind of didn’t know where it should be going–hence, the cliffhanger that’s very uncalled for. The build up would’ve been nice if the story were whole and complete.

Overall, I think this is just a so-so book. A lot should and could be improved. I would still read the next book though just to know if it was worth the wait.

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