Off the Record : The Record

  • by K. A. Linde
  • Narrated by Natalie Ross
  • Series: The Record
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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This is a well-written, well described story about the heartbreaking conflicts and decisions made when lust and love come between careers and dreams. It's definitely a "just one more chapter" listen as I didn't want to hit the 'pause' button and I couldn't wait to hear the HEA ending but at the same time I didn't want it to finish and then, oh then, when the narrator said those dreaded words TO BE CONTINUED.... well I was left tearing my hair out as it's book 1 of a trilogy and book 2 isn't out until August and I'm lacking the patience gene!!

Liz is studying Journalism and is now a Reporter for her College Newspaper but when she goes to a Press Conference given by the handsome, charismatic and drool-worthy State Senator Brady she's in awe. She doesn't agree with his politics and gets to ask him one question and that's all it takes for the mutual attraction and sexual awareness to kick in and she soon discovers he has it all - money, good looks, a body to die for, pedigree, sexual stamina and her. However, gorgeous Hayden, the Editor of the Newspaper, who she has had a crush on for two years sadly never made a move on her until it was too late.... or maybe not?

Yes, there's a political theme running through it as Brady is running for a place in the House Of Representatives so he can't let the forbidden and doomed relationship interfere with either his Campaign or his goal. So Brady and Liz have to keep everything secret but when there's secrets upon secrets and secrets between the lovers then their affair and blossoming love is threatened so eventually something has to give. The political aspect of this listen is slight compared to the touching, sexy and heartbreaking romance between Brady and Liz. Hayden also makes his move unaware that he has given Liz an alternative to the life she's currently leading. Told from Liz's POV except the last chapter which was an emotional insight into Brady's POV and there's some interesting secondary friends, relations and potential enemies.

Worth a credit? Definitely but, at under $10, I just bought it and saved my credit but if I'd used a credit on this listen then I'd still be smiling.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

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
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio