Series: The Cocker Brothers of Atlanta (#5)
Author: Faleena Hopkins
From: Review Copy
Release Date: 23rd November 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): JUSTIN: I'm about to run for Senator, the youngest Georgia's seen in 200 years. For my whole life, this has been my obsession. It's why I went to Yale. Why I work twelve hour days. I don't want kids. I don't want a wife. I don't believe in marriage, for a very good reason that I will never share with anyone. Going to Washington is all I ever think about, until a smoky-eyed beauty orders, "Jameson whiskey, rocks," and accepts my invitation to what turns out to be the hottest sex of my life. When she leaves me standing there staring after her and zipping up my pants, wondering who the hell she is, I try like hell to ignore the fact that my obsession just switched...to her. JAIMIE: My father needs me. So here I am at the airport leaving everything I've built in Boston and everyone I know, in order to move to Atlanta. Hence the booze before noon on a Tuesday. When Justin Cocker appears at my side, offering himself up as a stress-reliever, I know he doesn't recognize me. Why would he? I only went to his high school for one year, and I was hideous back then. Late bloomer - that's me. He's gorgeous and dirty-minded. Best of all is the look in his eyes. Desire. Lust. Need. He leans in and smirks, "I know a janitor's closet that locks." You think a lady would turn down such an offer, wouldn't you? Not today she wouldn't.
While Cocky Senator is the fifth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. The couples, and the later children of said couples, from the previous books do make an appearance, but they aren't integral to Justin and Jaimie's story. However, it's a great series you really should read it.
So, this book...firstly I'm really annoyed at myself that it's taken me nearly a week to write a review (life just seemed to get in the way!) because there is so much that I want to say about it. Firstly, I read Cocky Senator in one go, and stayed up way too late to do it. The story was addictive and I just wanted to know what happened next.
Justin and Jaimie's chemistry was great, I really felt them as a couple. However I did want to bang their heads together a few times because they just didn't seem to get what the other was feeling, even when it was obvious! Saying that, that's probably one of the things that made the story so great.
There was the added element of political rivalry too, which added something else to the story. It was mostly Jaimie's conflict to deal with.
Now the twist...I really don't want to say too much about it, mainly because it took me completely off guard. But it was really cute, and I loved how the characters responded to it. I think the twist made Justin a far more likable character too, as well as showing the best side of Jaimie.
I think this is the best Cocker Brother book so far, but it'll definitely be interesting to see what happens next in this family!