Strange Bedfellows captured my interest as soon as I read the blurb.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.
As the sole offspring of the Democratic United States president and his political operative wife, Trevor Moga was raised in an environment driven by the election cycle. During childhood, he fantasized about living in a made-for-television family, and as an adult, he rejected all things politics and built a highly successful career as far from his parents as possible.
Newly elected congressman Ford Hollingsworth is Republican royalty. The grandson of a revered governor and son of a respected senator, he was bred to value faith, family, and the goal of seeing a Hollingsworth in the White House.
When Trevor and Ford meet, sparks fly and a strong friendship is formed. But can the billionaire son of a Democratic president build a family with the congressman son of a Republican senator? Forget politics, love makes strange bedfellows.
Love certainly does make strange bedfellows, but this strange? I was intrigued. I also wondered if this romance could be made believable. These characters are on complete opposite sides of the aisle on the political spectrum. At least I’m assuming. Ford is a Republican congressman from a long line of Republican office holders. He’s also deeply religious and believes in his family and faith. Trevor is the only child of a Democratic President and his power house of a First Lady. Imagine if you will if Bill and Hillary Clinton had a gay son and he fell into an affair with one of the Bush’s. This was the scenario that was on my mind when I read this romance.
That being said…. I liked Trevor and Ford together. They meet by accident when Ford can’t deny himself any longer and steps into a gay friendly bar. He picks up Trevor and it’s not until they’ve had a little fun that he realizes exactly who he has taken his clothes off for. Somehow Trevor talks Ford into believing him when he says what they’ve done won’t go any further than the two of them. Then they spend the rest of the night getting very well acquainted. It seems Ford likes it dirty and Trevor and his filthy mouth are more than happy to give him exactly what he wants and needs.
Over the next seven months these two meet in secret. No one knows Ford’s secret and he is fully aware that if it gets out he will lose the support of his party and quite possibly his family. But after months and months of secret nights at hotels and being afraid of being seen, both Trevor and Ford are tired of hiding. They are also in love and want to be together out in the open.
These two were very sweet together, and incredibly sexy. I liked the thought of them overcoming the odds to be together, but it all seemed just a tad too easy. Their differences politically were just glossed over, no big issues came up during those late night getting to know you conversations. I kind of wished they were. Anyone in America knows how wide the gap is regarding issues like same-sex marriage, women’s reproductive rights and healthcare between the two parties. While I did believe the two fell in love and enjoyed them together I guess I wanted just a bit more conflict.
Even with all that Cardeno C. does write a compelling story. I found myself unable to put this book down because I couldn’t wait to find out how they would work it all out. I loved that despite Trevor’s dislike of politics he goes all in to be able to stand beside Ford, and that Ford risks himself to admit his true self and not hide his love away in the dark. I liked how each of the families threw their support behind the two, even if I got the impression that Ford’s father was more in it for the politics than anything else. There is a solid HEA that was quite lovely.
I do think fans of this author will find themselves adding this title to their keeper shelves. Final Grade-C
“You can be anything with me, Ford.”