Hes a conservative Senator and shes a social worker with opposing views on how to handle youth gangs and the return of compunctious members into the mainstream. In the background thread is Taz, the girl shes trying to help break out of a violent gang and his efforts against it and the result thereof. Okay so she's a committed to the cause as her own sister was gang member and died a violent death but I wish she would have more careful of her own safety being a single mom. Despite all this, the H is very likable as a single and confused dad, a conscientious politician and a sexy and adoring lover for the h.
I thought it was going to be great like all of the other books she forces on me, but I was wrong. I just want to say that if it hadnt been for the characters or the circumstances, it would have been a great book. The interactions between Clay and Bailey were nice when they were together without any of the other crap in the way, but the crap overwhelmed the good parts. It states on page 3 that the reason Bailey went to jail was because she knowingly harbored a boy that committed a murder. Being an accessory after the fact to murder can put a person in jail for life, and you would think that the prosecutors, judge, and all those involved in the system would want to be sure that the boy had actually committed a murder and wasnt protecting himself. in a conversation about how Baileys job is dangerous: Yes, and how you endanger yourself. Supposedly the identity of the Street Angel is secret, but every public official and random person on the street knows her as such. This was not a great book for me, and I think that the two characters would be divorced in no time at all.
I'm rather partial to politician heroes (this IS romantic fantasy, after all) and I liked Clay. While Bailey's reluctance to admit that it's more than just sex between them is understandable, I did find her attitude dragged on a little too long. No matter how much I read, I was still a long way from the end. Oh, there's sex but no descriptions and Shay doesn't have the word 'cock' until towards the end of the book.
The most innocuous were - the unbelievable story, you switch royalty with politics, but basically you have the same 'fairy tale' settings. And I mean the unbelievable settings, events, timeline.. With few exceptions this book dragged a lot -the stupid love story. At the end of the book he betrays her trust, all of her life work, and has a girl killed. Sorry, that is not a story I want to read, nor he's a guy I can or will root for.
Now, Clay is a senator with Vice Presidential aspirations and Bailey is the 'Street Angel' running an anonymous hotline to help kids get away from gangs. Set against this background romance is Bailey's attempts to help a young girl called Taz escape from a vicious gang called the GGs, but as Clay and Bailey get more involved Clay gets more concerned about Bailey's safety and tries to get her to quit.
Bailey O'Neil is known as the "Street Angel" for her work in helping kids get out of gangs and into a better life. Clay believes the gang members are criminals who should be arrested, and that Bailey is more or less helping the criminals escape justice.
She works in a nonprofit that helps kids get out of gangs. Bailey writes articles and lobbies for money to help her nonprofit. Clay visits Bailey at her work. Story length: 372 pages.
As I read, I couldn't really think of any way for there to be a good resolution to the conflict, but the rest of the book was well-written, so I trusted the author to pull something out of a hat. (view spoiler)Instead, she simply makes the heroine give up everything she believes in and become the Republican senator's wife, which feels like a copout and definitely *not* a happy ending for her.
Such great characters and story. Bailey was a great heroine and I loved her relationship with Clay.
Someone To Believe In (The O'Neils Book 1) The love story of Bailey and Clay.
Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women's college she attended in upstate New York. But says Kathryn, "I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that." Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-one books for Harlequin, nine mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format. Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn.