December 7, 2014

REVIEW: For The Record by K.A. Linde

Synopsis:

With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple’s future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work…and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it’s falling apart.

On the road to reelection, the passionate bond between the congressman and the journalist gets tested at every stop. Threatened by shameless media sensationalism and jealous exes, Brady and Liz now have to learn to trust each other despite what they read in the papers.

In the finale to USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s sexy Record trilogy, Liz and Brady may be setting off fireworks along the campaign trail, but can their love transcend politics as usual?
Previous Series Reviews:

REVIEW:

For The Record was a well done completion to K.A. Linde's Record series. I really wanted to see where Liz and Brady's story would finish off, especially with the cliffhanger ending in On The Record!

Although the book served as a completion to the series and answered all questions from the last two books, I have to say that out of the three books in the series, For the Record was probably my least favorite. The plot moved a little bit slowly for me and I really didn't feel connected to Liz and Brady this time around. In comparison to Off The Record and On The Record, the issues they faced seemed somewhat anticlimactic. K.A. Linde has always been hands down my top favorite angst queen so I think she was competing with herself in this case. Although The Record series had it's moments, I just didn't feel as wowed with it as I was with the Avoiding Series. That being said, I did enjoy the political perspective surrounding the story. I feel as though I got a whole new understanding of the behind the scenes political and electoral realm. It was an outside of box romance scenario, which was definitely a breathe of fresh air in that sense. The book was an extremely well written, detailed and informative, so for that I give K.A. Linde props!
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Do not read the next paragraph if you haven't read the book yet!!

Okay, I have to be honest here. I could be missing the point of the story but character wise, I didn't feel very satisfied with how Liz ended up. The first two books were all about how important her career as a reporter was to her and in this book it seemed like she had to sacrifice almost too much to be with Brady. I realize that Linde was going for the "one door closes, another one opens" aspect but I felt as though Liz had to settle on a secondary career choice while Brady got to pursue his primary career dream. I just really didn't love how she ended up. I felt let down despite the HEA. There was a really well done epilogue that served as my sense of closure however and saved the ending for me. I also like anything from Brady's point of view.

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One thing I will say is that the book left me wanting to know more about the secondary characters - Brady's brother Clay and his sister Savannah for example. I can tell there is much more outside of Brady and Liz to explore here! I am very curious to read their stories and would definitely check out any other books that K.A. Linde writes in regard to this series.

This was a 3-star book for me, but one that I would recommend to anyone who has read Off The Record and On The Record. If you've read those, there is no way you cannot finish the series!

About the Author: 
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.