Apologies for running late once again. Day job woes and real life stealing away my time from reviewing and blogging on time.
First a huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy for A Chequered Romance.
A Chequered Romance is similar to Red, White, and Royal Blue with a bit of Scandal thrown in the mix (sadly without the fabulous Ms. Pope), so the premise intrigued me immediately. George it the Prime Minister of Britain with a rather checkered (pun completely intended) past when it comes to romance. He has had flings with some very prominent people including one who is a married member of his cabinet. Very scandalous.
This is told in third person from multiple point of views. I mention this specifically because I know some readers can have trouble connecting to the main characters when multiple POV’s are thrown in the mix. For me, George was charming and endearing enough to pull me in, but it’s a point to mention because it can be a stumbling block for some readers.
George is faced with a hefty decision when his first love Masimba Dewele’s life is in jeopardy in his home country of Zimbabwe where he is the leader of the opposition bent on taking down a corrupt government. His heart is still drawn to Masimba and George takes some possibly questionable tactics toward insuring Masimba’s safety when he sends special forces to extract the other man from the perilous civil war he’s found himself in. Not a… wholly ethical decision and one that George may live to regret when the British Press catches wind of this.
A Chequered Romance is a fast paced MM romance which features some heavy story lines including political scandals and the desperate lengths men and women in power are willing to go to retain their standings and further climb the ladder of political success. I think sometimes the depth of the betrayals and slanderous actions of those involved as they claw their way to the top overtook some of the romance. I would have loved to see a bit more of of George and Masimba’s more carefree college days played out since their adult lives have taken such serious turns where practically their every move could have dire consequences.