Review: Pride and Politics by Daisy Harris

Thursday, August 30

Title:  Pride and Politics*
Author:  Daisy Harris
Series:  Men of Holsum College #6
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand
Format:  e-book
Date/Year:  August 2012
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Aloof and arrogant, Holsum College Junior Hunter Ford has enjoyed all the perks of being from one of America's most prominent families. Hunter can have anything he wants—except time away from his family's political spotlight and the image consultant hired to keep him there.

Steve’s job is simple—make Hunter toe the line for the duration of his uncle’s vice-presidential campaign. This is the break Steve's been waiting for and a chance to provide a better life for his deaf sister. But he didn't count on an attraction to the broken scion—one that rearranges everything Steve thought he knew about himself.

As Steve melts Hunter's icy exterior, the heat between them threatens more than just their hearts. Then a ghost from Hunter’s past shows up on the campaign, challenging Hunter’s stability, and straining Steve’s ability to defend and protect the man he’s growing to love.

My Musings:

I’m a big fan of Daisy Harris.  Unfortunately, this was my least favorite in the Men of Holsum College series.  I had trouble connecting with the characters on a consistent basis throughout the book.  The flow of the story felt disjointed and I kept getting knocked out it.  I had to make a conscious effort to adjust my thinking and keep up, which has never happened for me with a Daisy Harris book.

If you’re familiar with the series you’ll already know Hunter Ford.  I’ve always thought of him as being conceited and cocky, basically he’s an arrogant prick.  Transforming a character I actively dislike into someone I can connect with is a huge obstacle for an author to overcome.  Harris did it though, she exposed a vulnerable side of him that has never been seen before.  I started to understand him and actually began to empathize with him. 

I was a fan of Steve’s the minute I met him.  He’s a great guy.  He stood up to Hunter and had all the nice guy qualities Hunter was lacking.  He had his priorities in life figured out and wasn’t going to allow a cocky kid (a.k.a. Hunter) to screw it up.  As Hunter and Steve grew closer, Steve really won me over by standing up for Hunter when he couldn’t do it for himself.

I was never pulled in by the two of them together.  I saw they were good for each other but it always felt more like a HFN (happy for now) type of romance.  As their relationship developed, the dynamics of the relationship changed.  Steve became very submissive to Hunter and Hunter once again became that cold and untouchable guy I didn’t like.  It seemed to work for them, but I couldn’t make the transition with them on an emotional level.  I felt very disconnected from both Hunter and Steve once they took the turn into a more dominant/submissive relationship.

Pride and Politics was a strange book for me.  I really liked the first part of the book but once the relationship changed, I couldn’t go with it.  I always have had problems with books requiring me to understand characters craving a D/s relationship and I’m sure that’s what caused me to lose interest halfway through.  Whatever the cause, my lack of connection with the characters made this just an average book for me.


Overall: 2.75
Sensuality level: 3.5

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