Monday, January 9, 2017

{Book Review} Commander in Chief by Katy Evans



Commander in Chief by Katy Evans
Published: January 5th, 2017
Series: White House #2
Source: Received by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.
I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history wasn't done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the beginning...

{Review}

And when I did not think it was possible to love a second book more than the first in a duet, Katy Evans proves me wrong.  I was swept up in the forbidden romance that began to bloom between Matt and Charlotte in book one, but Commander in Chief absolutely blew me away.  This second book almost had a different ‘feel’ to it, but I absolutely loved the difference between the two.  I think that this was an amazing conclusion to duet that is full of love, passion and American pride.

Katy Evans writing is just as phenomenal as it was in Mr. President.  It had beautiful passages and descriptive writing, but also flowed effortlessly.  This book is slower than the first, but it also takes place over a longer period of time, four years to be exact.  This made me feel like I really had time to understand these characters and made the conclusion to their story feel that much more solid.  I did not feel that one thing was left unsaid when I turned this last page and am SO happy with the finale to this duet. 

I enjoyed the plot to this book slightly more than I did the first!  It was interesting getting to see all the trials and tribulations that Matt had to endure as President and Charlotte struggling to find her place within his world.  One thing that I really appreciated about this book was that it was not full of drama or angst; it was simply a love story between two people and their struggles to make a complicated situation work. 

This book does delve deeper into the mystery surrounding Matt’s father’s assassination, which I did enjoy, but ultimately was slightly disappointed with.  It seemed like it was building up to be something so much more exciting and then it just wrapped up too simply.  It would have been nice if there would have been something a bit more unexpected, but it did not affect my love for this story!

This book made me love these characters even more (if that was even possible).  I think that Matt and Charlotte are some of the most down-to-Earth characters that I have ever read about.  This book allowed readers to witness how much they grew as individuals and as a couple.  I LOVED the romance in this book.  It was simple, but deep and genuine.  All the small gestures of affection they shared were adorable.  I will have to say that the steamy scenes were taken up a notch!  They didn’t bother me, but near the end, they started to become a bit repetitive.

Overall, I LOVED this duet!  I loved the angst and forbidden romance in Mr. President and then how their love deepened and grew in Commander in Chief.  I also really enjoyed all the American history interwoven within this book.  It never became over barring, but always showed the pride that the characters had in their country.  This is defiantly a duet that I can see myself revisiting in the future and I am really looking forward to reading more by Katy Evans!

{Rating}

“I crossed and ocean to forget him, but I’d swim across thousands for this man.  My heart will always beat for him.”

Also check out some of Evans’s other books below.

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