Title: Red Blooded
Author: Caitlin Sinead
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 3, 2015
Source: ARC from Publisher
Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she’s ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he’s been taken to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she’s also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it’s not just her past on the line anymore. It’s her heart.
Sometimes, I discover books completely randomly. I’ll be on Goodreads or on NetGalley and randomly come across a book I hadn’t heard about before but sounds like something I would enjoy. That’s how I found Caitlin Sinead’s Red Blooded and I’m more than happy I did.
Peyton Arthur is ready to start college in the fall, but before that happens she has a few obligations to fulfill on the campaign trail. As the daughter Democratic pick for vice president, Peyton gets to answer awkward questions about the loss of her father and try to flirt with Dylan, one of the interns working the campaign. It shouldn’t be too hard, but then a reporter starts questioning whether or not Peyton’s father was really her father. Not knowing what to do, Peyton starts digging for answers, no matter how many times people tell her to leave well enough alone until the campaign is over. As Peyton digs for answers, Dylan is tasked with making sure she doesn’t jeopardize the campaign. And as the two spend more time together, they realize that the election and Peyton’s pas aren’t the only thing at stake any more.
There is nothing I love more than making random book discoveries. As plugged into the publishing world and the book world as I am, I am sad to say that it doesn’t happen nearly as often as I would like it to. But every so often, I still manage to find out about books just by randomly browsing websites like Goodreads or NetGalley. With Caitlin Sinead’s Red Blooded, I hadn’t heard of the book until I randomly came across it on NetGalley. Though I hadn’t heard about it until that point, I knew right away when I read the description that this was a story that I would very likely enjoy. And as it turns out, it totally was even if it ended up being a little different than I thought it would be. I mean, this is an NA story, I totally expected lots of romance. It’s pretty much what the genre is known for. And don’t get me wrong, there absolutely was romance in Red Blooded, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story. At first it threw me, but the more I read, the more I liked the fact that this story was more about Peyton finding herself and finding out where she came from, than it was about her relationship with Dylan. It was a refreshing change from all the romance I had been reading right before picking up Red Blooded. That’s not to say that I didn’t love the romance between Peyton and Dylan, because I totally did. Which probably had a lot to do with the fact that I also really liked Peyton and Dylan themselves.
I liked Peyton. A lot. With everything she had to deal with because of her mother’s political campaign, I felt for her a lot of the time. But then at other times I kinda wanted to ask her why she always insisted on doing exactly what she had been explicitly told not to do. I mean, I get wanting answers and as someone reading her story, I wanted those answers just as much as she did. But as much as I sometimes got exasperated with her, I still admired her determination, how she wanted to find answers no matter how afraid she was of what those answers might end up being. I busted wanted her to a actually trust Dylan as much as she claimed to. Because right from the start, I could tell that Dylan really cared about her, even if he was trying to hide those feelings. He was exactly the kind of person that Peyton needed. He understood the pressure she was under because of her mother’s campaign, and he was ready to do just about anything to help her. And they were adorable together, even before they ever got together romantically. So yeah, even if the romance wasn’t always the main focus of this story, I was totally rooting for Peyton and Dylan.
I might not have found out about Caitlin Sinead’s Red Blooded until quite recently, but I’m happy I did. This story wasn’t what I expected but I loved the mix of romance and slight political intrigue I got instead. If you’ve been curious about Red Blooded, it’s definitely worth the read.