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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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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 12-18-14

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!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 04-28-14

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

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Cliff hanger - doesn't stand alone

Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

I'll finish the series but feel it is a cheap trick to blatantly trick readers to have to buy the next book to finish the story. Hope each book in whole series ends in cliff hangers. Doubt I'll try a different one of her series for fear the same trick will be pulled.

What do you think your next listen will be?

next in the series but may go to another author - one that writes books that may be in a series but with each book able to stand on it's own.

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  • 08-02-17

Poor plot and all about explicit sex scenes

What disappointed you about Off the Record?

If you're looking for chapters of sex, this is your book

What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

Great

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

The chapter long sex that is very very descriptive. I was looking for a casual read, not erotic fiction

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Part 1

I wasn't aware that this book isn't complete- that makes me crazy. I need an ending!!!!!

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Riveting

Was a very riveting book and great performance by the narrator. Was stunned to be left hanging at the end.

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Really like the story, but...

Where does Off the Record rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm always a sucker for a good love story and I really am enjoying this one between Brady and Liz. It's not up there with Outlander or even Into the Wilderness series'. But I want to know what happens to Brady and Liz.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Victoria, Liz's friend, she just tells it like it is no matter what.

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

No, this was my first Natalie Ross performance. She did a very good job with the men's voices. I will look for more books read by her.

Any additional comments?

Now for my "but..." from the headline! The only negative thing about this book is the excessive use of the "F" word or even the use of it at all. I just don't think it is necessary in any content, in any story or even in life. It cheapen the relationship and story. I almost didn't buy the next book because of it. But in the end, my curiosity about Liz and Brady's relationship and where it was going and seeing Liz's character grow, won out. Plus, they were on sale!

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  • 05-17-15

My First KA Linde - Great Start To the Trilogy

What did you like best about this story?



The man is running for the nomination for the US House of Representatives in North Carolina. He is handsome, charismatic & sexy.

She is a college student working for the local paper the college paper. She is sent to cover the race. From the start, when they see each other, there are sparks and fireworks.

He says they cannot be seen together because it will jeopardize his chances as she is considerably younger than him. She becomes his booty call wherever he, whenever he calls.

I was rather annoyed at first - that she allowed herself to become the doormat. Once I accepted it the book was sexy, edgy and engaging.

Something happens near the end that resets and changes everything. I cannot wait to start book number two.

I enjoyed the narrator with the exception that all of her male characters sounded the same.

Note: This is for the 18+ crowd for language and mature themes

Credit worthy: I say yes.

If you found my review helpful please select yes directly beneath this text. Thank you.

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Whew!

Where does Off the Record rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Natalie's performance really made it great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hayden, well, because!

What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed how she dramatized it a little bit.

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

There was, but if I say what it was then it would spoil it for readers that have not read this book yet.

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Held My Attention...Will Listen to Series.

Where does Off the Record rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a good audiobook but I have listen to better ones. But I would recommend it to anyone that enjoy erotica & sexuality books.

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

Vicky the roommate was hilarious...I loved when she was part of the story line.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator was excellent...I loved the southern accent.

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

Yes, it really did hold my attention. I will listen to the entire series.