Presidential by Lola Keeley
Emily Lawrence, a passionate environmental lobbyist cross paths with the first-term president, Constance ‘’Connie’’ Calvin, after an unfortunate turn of events. Quick enough, one meeting turns into more and political promises are at stake.
To be able to make the best review of Presidential, I’ll have to split my review in two different points of view on this book both as valid as the other, because on one hand, I was expecting so much more from the book with its first chapters; but on the second part of the book, I think everything fell into place. So, bear with me through this, as it seems I am one of the few who had some things to say about it.
At first, kudos for having the first American female president on paper. For that alone, this book is worth a read. Add to that the ‘’Age-Gap Romance’’ theme and it’s a recipe for success.
The passion and confidence Emily and Connie share in their day to day life are impressive, yet, I felt like it didn’t quite reach their relationship, which at first, in my opinion, was missing great and bold romance between both characters.
From the moment they met and started speaking to each other, I could feel where the writer was trying to take us, emotionally, torn between unstoppable force meets an immovable object. As they quickly get together, at times, their moments lacked the sparks that we usually get from other Keeley’s books, I could feel their constant battle throughout the novel, but I would still have love to read and feel more chemistry between them.
I was disappointed by the ‘’ date’’ scene, which I think was cut way too short for what it could have provided to the story in the long run. I also found the characters were lacking the dept and research we usually get from Keeley’s books.
But then, as the book progressed, I found the scenes to be more complete. The feelings were more intense and a lot more realistic than in the beginning. It felt amazing that Emily and Connie were sharing more of their personalities and it felt more like the story I was expecting early on. This part is what saved the book and its rating for me.
Presidential is a good read, even with all I mentioned, I had a pleasant time reading. I am left under the general impression that Presidential could’ve been a lengthier novel. Some scenes felt ‘’cut short’’ to allow the second half of the book to be as complete as it is. I felt like many of the scenes I thought were lacking dept, were scenes that had to be reworked on, thus left having a lot less meaning than usually intended. For once, I would like to read the first drafts to compare them.
I’ll give 4.5 for it, since the ending was so beautifully written and saved it all.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*