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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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    Lorrieane 03-27-14
    Lorrieane 03-27-14

    Lorrieane

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    "Duh, Awful!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A endng would have been great!


    What was most disappointing about K. A. Linde’s story?

    The end of the story to be continued, yikes, not worth the money.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Would have never bought this book , don't waste your time!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 01-02-15
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 01-02-15

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Twenty Going On Twelve"

    While very well written, this story is about Liz (20) and Brady (27) who have the emotional maturity of a 12 year old.

    Of course I didn't realize how young the characters would be - the description mentioned a journalist (actually for college newspaper) and a senator (state nor US).

    Senator Brady doesn't want to be seen dating a college student during an election campaign, so he asks Liz not to tell anyone that they are lovers.

    When Liz agrees to be his dirty secret yet drops everything to meet him whenever he wanted sex, I lost interest in both characters.

    Hope someday this author writes a book for the over 30 crowd....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 12-23-14
    Christine 12-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Love to read and listen to books. With audibles, I can actually clean the house and not feel guilty that I am sitting and reading for hours

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    "Loved the story, not sure about the narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Off the Record to be better than the print version?

    I had not read the print edition. The audio version was okay. The narrator sounded in her early-mid thirties and she is supposed to be a 20 year old college student. Not sure that made sense. All the male voices except for maybe Justine sounded the same. I looked up the narrator to see how old she was but I really found little to no information on her age, etc. I see that she has done narration for other books, but I would never seek her out like I have other narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how K.A. Linde did Brady's POV in the last chapter. I loved that. I really do not like dual POVs, but I love when an author just gives a glimpse of the other character's POV.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not sure I can answer that.


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

    K.A. Linde is the queen of angst. Her books are my guilty pleasure because half the time I am yelling at the heroine how stupid she is, but I can not stop reading. Sometimes the story frustrated me but I can not wait to see how the story unfolds.


    Any additional comments?

    Any chance I got, I did listen to the book. The narration was okay and every time I restarted listening to it, it took me a few minutes to get used to narrator's voice, but it made Christmas wrapping fly since I was into the story. I just bought book 2 and ready to listen to it.

    0 of 0 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 2014

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Marietta, GA, United States 12-16-14
    Elisa Marietta, GA, United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Finally the heroine got a little stronger. I was worried she would be a door mat the entire book. Good turn around and great ending, even though it was a cliff hanger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 12-10-14
    Kathy 12-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think anyone


    Any additional comments?

    The main character's personality is warring between driven college student and slut. This book has no plot. I'm three quarters through it and I have yet to determine the plot. This book should be classified as erotica with a warning of explicit language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Lilburn, GA, United States 12-09-14
    Kimberly Lilburn, GA, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Politic! True Love! Funny! & Excitement!"
    Would you listen to Off the Record again? Why?

    Yes, definitely! Because the author plant the ground for the plot of story so well and good. She began the story with a bang and began to build the character so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have a lot of favorite character in this book, here are my top three: Brady, Liz & Victory.
    Why because Vicky is funny and lovable person and she protects her friend and stand by them and not judge. Brady is men who is used to have whatever he want and when he have to work hard to have both the love of his life and his care too he work hard at it. Last but not least Liz she make mistake and learn from it. She independent and she know what she want. She will not give up and fight for what she belive in and wanted. There are other character that I like but those are my top 3 choices.


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

    I LOVED THEM ALL !


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

    No I think if the author put it all in one book it either become too long or she have to cut a lot of good suft out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    by making the story into 3 part the author make the story more exciting and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Almost_Famous It's a Dry Heat, AZ 08-28-14
    Almost_Famous It's a Dry Heat, AZ 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nearly Perfect"
    Where does Off the Record rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20. Loved the story, just the right amount of angst. Fantastic narrator, did a great job changing her voice to suit different characters. A few little quirks but nothing that sticks in my memory. I waited up until midnight just so I could download the next in the series on release day.


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

    Comparable to other romance novels in the fact that it's a bit of a forbidden love story, but for me personally, I hadn't read any other books with a political back drop so it was new and different.


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

    Definitely Liz. Natalie did an awesome job capturing Liz's voice. She was believable and interesting, didn't sound too young but also didn't sound like my grandmother (nothing worse than when a narrator makes a character sound 30 years older than they actually are).


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

    Yes, and I did! And then I went back and listened a second time. Really good story, kept me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Natalie Ross, narration will make or break a story for me and Natalie definitely made it!
    One warning, this story has an open ending and will leave you wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "4.5 Stars for the Senator and Liz!"

    Being an Aussie I don't know much about American politics but I loved the West Wing TV series and reading about Brady the politician in this book reminded me of that and kept me interested.

    Liz is a beautiful, career driven, very smart and opinionated journalism student who stumps Brady with a questions at a press conference.

    Brandy is as young hot as hell State Senator, good looking, confident, tall dark, handsome, dominant, who always appears calm and in control - until he meets Liz and this is where their story begins.

    Brady seeks Liz out after the press conference and offers her his number to call him. She doesn't but after a second meeting she relents and is swept away by this beautiful man. He sets all the rules about how this is going to play out and Liz agree - which is totally out of character for the rational and conservative girl she normally is.( Seriously I don't know whose brain wouldn't go to mush if Brady propositioned them).

    Their secret meetings for hot casual sex turn into a secret summer romance and they both realise they want more from this seemingly impossible relationship. Liz is conflicted so many times and I felt her hurt, pain and joy each step of the way. She wanted more than he could give and was prepared to let him go each time she thought that's what he was going to do. Brady wanted it all and and couldn't let her go despite seeing how much it was hurting Liz. Like I said IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    I liked the support characters in Hayden, Victoria , Chris and Clay, but Heather, Elliott and Calleigh not so much. I suspect that Hayden may play a bigger role in the next book and Calleigh is a snake in the grass but who knows.

    This book doesn't end on a cliff hanger but nothing is clear or resolved and leaves you with more questions than answers regarding their relationship and where it will go.

    I am really looking forward to reading the next book and hope that Liz and Brady get to spend more quality time together, get to know each other better and have more than just a few stolen moments as was the case here.

    I loved this book but, if you are looking for warm and fuzzy hearts and flowers read this isn't what you are going to get.

    Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of thre story

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 03-14-14
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Political Garbage"

    The only thing that saved this book from being tossed out was the narrator. Twenty seven chapter's of sleazy conduct, by people we should be honored to look up to is a bit much. Why in the hell this author couldn't finish the story, after 12 hours and 27 chapters is beyond me. I will be thinking very hard before buying the next book in this series.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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