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Off the Record: The Record, Book 1 | [K. A. Linde]

Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy. Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell.
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Publisher's Summary

It all started with a question.…

When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy.

Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell that could destroy the careers they each hold dear.

Unsatisfied with sneaking around and realizing things with Hayden might not be strictly platonic, Liz faces a difficult decision: Should she take things with Brady to the next level or call the whole thing off? They soon discover that in love, unlike politics, there’s rarely a clear winner.

©2014 K. A. Linde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Maureen 03-23-14
    Maureen 03-23-14

    A romantic at heart, don't mind hot and steamy. I like alpha male characters to have a male narrator.

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    "Sex and Politics - a fraught combination"
    If you could sum up Off the Record in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing, emotional, interesting,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off the Record?

    After the build up - the emotional end without doubt - then to be CONTINUED, really !


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some of the men's voices sounded the same.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I looked forward to hearing Brady's speech at the outcome of the primary election, wondering want the future would hold for Liz. In the end I felt she had been emotionally abused by the relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Gives readers a behind the scenes look into the worlds of journalism and politics.
    I would recommend readers wait until the second book is out before they read book 1. It really is frustrating to be left hanging. If the second book isn't out until August 2014, I will lose the thread, some of the details and the fantastic build up to the end of book 1.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-17-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "ON THE RECORD... I LOVED IT"

    This is a well-written, well described story about the heartbreaking conflicts and decisions made when lust and love come between careers and dreams. It's definitely a "just one more chapter" listen as I didn't want to hit the 'pause' button and I couldn't wait to hear the HEA ending but at the same time I didn't want it to finish and then, oh then, when the narrator said those dreaded words TO BE CONTINUED.... well I was left tearing my hair out as it's book 1 of a trilogy and book 2 isn't out until August and I'm lacking the patience gene!!

    Liz is studying Journalism and is now a Reporter for her College Newspaper but when she goes to a Press Conference given by the handsome, charismatic and drool-worthy State Senator Brady she's in awe. She doesn't agree with his politics and gets to ask him one question and that's all it takes for the mutual attraction and sexual awareness to kick in and she soon discovers he has it all - money, good looks, a body to die for, pedigree, sexual stamina and her. However, gorgeous Hayden, the Editor of the Newspaper, who she has had a crush on for two years sadly never made a move on her until it was too late.... or maybe not?

    Yes, there's a political theme running through it as Brady is running for a place in the House Of Representatives so he can't let the forbidden and doomed relationship interfere with either his Campaign or his goal. So Brady and Liz have to keep everything secret but when there's secrets upon secrets and secrets between the lovers then their affair and blossoming love is threatened so eventually something has to give. The political aspect of this listen is slight compared to the touching, sexy and heartbreaking romance between Brady and Liz. Hayden also makes his move unaware that he has given Liz an alternative to the life she's currently leading. Told from Liz's POV except the last chapter which was an emotional insight into Brady's POV and there's some interesting secondary friends, relations and potential enemies.

    Worth a credit? Definitely but, at under $10, I just bought it and saved my credit but if I'd used a credit on this listen then I'd still be smiling.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-18-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WOW! Just hit add to cart!"

    It's rare I find a contemporary romantic trilogy that doesn't disappoint, well Merry Christmas to me!

    I have read books 1 and 2 now and the third is downloading but I wanted to get this review in before the weekend. The witty banter, the classy writing, the lack of made up drama, the amazing characters, I just can't say enough good things about this series! It doesn't talk down to the reader, it isn't all fluff and happily ever after and everything just magically works out, these books are raw and they feel like they could happen to people you know.

    The tagline of this book should be “Even smart women can lose their heads over a man”. I found myself empathizing with this woman, she is brilliant, has the highest academic merit scholarship you can receive, she wants to be a journalist specifically for the political arena and all her planning and all her education couldn’t stop her from falling for a guy…the ultimate WRONG GUY! He’s powerful, he’s attractive, he’s in the spotlight, and he is a sitting Senator…why not just throw a vegetarian and a butcher together, they make about as much sense! She wants to be a hardnosed reporter uncovering scandal in the political arenas, she doesn’t want to BE the scandal!

    This story holds on to you from the start, can she accept being a secret, should she even want to accept being someone’s secret? She’s smart, young, attractive…so why oh why can’t she get this guy out of her head!?!?!?!

    Great book, I really liked it, even though I wanted to throw my phone out the window at a few spots…but if you ever found yourself wilting under the power of your lovers smile you will understand this book. Sometimes everything you thought you knew gets flipped all around when the guy you have fallen for simply smiles at you.

    There isn't really a cliffhanger, no one standing over someone with an axe, but you are left with the "WHAT ....was that it? What happened next? vibe....so be prepared with book 2.

    Narrator was awesome! Sexy North Carolina accent for our deep talking leading man didn't hurt either!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Lampe Michigan 09-11-14
    Tracie Lampe Michigan 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"
    What other book might you compare Off the Record to and why?

    The Billionaire series by Jessica Clare. Because both narrator nailed the female and male voices.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Brady.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't make promises I can't keep.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 04-23-14
    Denise 04-23-14 Member Since 2014

    I do not give a synopsis of the book, just my opinion on the listen. I am not a book critic, just one who loves to read!

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    "Very calm love story"
    Where does Off the Record rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's entertaining, but in a quiet sort of way. I do not think it warranted a sequel. I think the story could of been told in one book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off the Record?

    When Liz FINALLY decided to let go of Brady. It was a long time in coming. I don't want to thing that there are women that out there that are willing to hide and take left overs.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like her voice. I would love to hear her in other stories. Her performance is clear and pleasant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was easy to put down and go back to. Perfect if you have things to do but want a distraction.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Anaheim, California 04-18-14
    Kindle Customer Anaheim, California 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Off the Record?

    The story is just so good and it just keeps you wondering who's gonna find out, when they're gonna find out and what's gonna happen then.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't to sure about reading a book about politics and romance, but seeing who the narrator was I took a chance. I'm so glad I did, the overall story was outstanding. I can't wait for the second installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 03-19-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, love the storyline.


    What other book might you compare Off the Record to and why?

    I can't think of any.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    Natalie did a good job in each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was good to be broken up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Osheta Cambridge, MA, United States 03-23-14
    Osheta Cambridge, MA, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Even Worth $7"
    Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

    Probably not. I think K.A. Linde is a good writer, she can describe steamy scenes well, but other than that, I found the story lacking in authentic connection between the main characters. She also relied on too many stereotypes the characters were all one dimensional. Natalie Ross is a good narrator, but I think her male voices sounded too similar.


    Would you ever listen to anything by K. A. Linde again?

    No. I really wanted to like this book. For the price and the length I gave the book so much more lead-way to impress me, but when I was indifferent about starting part two, I realized I really did not like this book and probably wouldn't like anything else by this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    I think Jill Redfield would have been wonderful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Off the Record?

    It wasn't a matter of too much, as much as not enough deep meaningful conversations between Liz and Brady, and that's' not the editor's job, it's the author's.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. I did, but I hated it. I felt Brady was just a spoiled brat on steroids, "I want political career, I want sex with Liz, I want it all on my terms. Give me now!" This is how I felt every time Brady talked about their relationship or every time he treated Liz like a booty call. I wish they had more public banter and love/hate dynamic prior to the first time having sex at the gala, that would have built tension and respect for the characters they they are both strong willed, intelligent people. A debate on campus where Liz is thrown in as the moderator and her bias happens to show through would have been a fun scene to see how they navigate this mutual respect, intense attraction, and the impossibility of truly being together. To me, they just seemed like two twenty-somethings looking for a summer fling. Brady visiting Liz to cuddle her when she was almost in a drunk-driving accident, wasn't enough to get me thinking Brady was worthy of her love. I think it would have been sweet if she tried to come on to him in her drunken stupor and he refused to have sex (thereby showing he cares about her as person and not a sexual outlet) but kept her talking to help her get over her shock from getting pulled over, watching her friend go to jail, and nearly dying. It would have showed some interest in her as a person and not an object. He doesn't even realize that she's a merit scholar until 10 hours into the book. Crazy! I wanted more conversations and romance between the two. Yes, yes, I get it they wanna tear jump each other like rabbits. Cool. Great love scene, but I have to ask, where is the love? At one point I started feeling sorry for Liz and wondered why there's even a contest between Hayden (her cute editor who respects Liz as a journalist and friend) and Brady, our super sexy spoiled brat. This book is not even worth the $7 I spent on it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Candyce 03-13-14
    Candyce 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    What did you love best about Off the Record?

    I really enjoyed that it kept me guessing iOS thought the main character was going to do one thing and he would do something totally different and the ending was a huge surprise!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off the Record?

    Many memories to just pick one I can tell you that I could not put the book down I didn't sleep at all I listen to offer the night I'm tired as can be but it was totally worth it. The lessons are great not too graphic not too many not too little it was an all-around fabulous read I'm really excited for the next installment to come out.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    She is a fabulous narrator she can do the males voice is the female voices and doesn't have a problem switching back-and-forth she's a flawless narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the last two minutes of the book is what hit me the most.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone likes romance should get this book, the price is fabulous you don't even have to use a credit and it's definitely worth the listen! I will definitely read/listen to this again and keep my eyes open for the next installment to come out!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    I am so glad I got to find these books. I waited to hear all three books before I wrote yhis review because I wanted to have an overall idea of the storyline.

    I like romances. I am a true believer and a huge fan of these books and I have quite a big selection in my library and let me tell you this serie surprised me.

    At long last a different topic to base a romance on rather than the usual rich guy. This one is based on a political career and a collage student studying to be a political reporter... How refreshing !!!!!

    It had its twists, the hot scenes and drama!!!

    I had a little bit of reserve on the narrator but finally I got used to it and I was captivated.

    I highly recommend it if you are in doubt if you should buy this or not!

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