Jade is another first-timer to the blog. One of the things I love about blogging, outside of getting to read all the books, is getting to read authors that I wouldn’t otherwise have read. I’ve picked up several authors that are now on my must-read list because of that. But, enough of that, let’s talk about Jade Cary’s book, First a Lady.
The story goes thusly. Lady Grace Aston was the daughter of a duke. Her mother was American, so she spent a lot of time in the US. While in the US, she met Matt Coolidge, fell in love, and married him. Then, the politicking started. First Matt went into Congress, then he became POTUS. He was a 3rd party president, a Libertarian, the person that no one expected to be president, but there he was. He had a good 1st term, and was running for his second term. On a campaign stop in New Orleans, after having just been introduced by a speech given by Grace, he is killed by two men who were in his Secret Service detail. John Marin, who was also part of the detail, saw what was going to happen milliseconds before it happened, and he tackled Grace while the shooting was happening, and then grabbed her and carried her away from the building, into a limo, and drove her away from the scene. He was, of course, keeping her safe. But he had to be questioned to make sure that he wasn’t in on it.
Fast forward a year, and Grace is living in London. She has turned down the Secret Service’s protection, which I totally would too. But, she’s about to participate in an event at the US Embassy in London and then fly to the US for a memorial service for her husband. The current president has decided to force her hand and told her that she has to have protection. She said fine, she would get her own security. That’s when she turned in John Marin.
For his part, John has spent the last year hip-deep in a bottle of rum on a boat in the Caribean. When Grace’s private secretary called to ask him if he would protect Grace, he turned the man down. But when Grace showed up on the pier outside his boat, it was harder to turn her down, so he didn’t. But he told her that she would have to do whatever he told her to and that she wasn’t to keep anything from him. Of course, if it were that easy, we wouldn’t have a book, now would we?
So, I love John and Grace together. They very much drive each other crazy, both in a sexual way and in a purely frustrated way. I think that’s awesome. They are both strong, stubborn people who butt heads like a pair of rams looking at a pretty ewe. Overall, I do like the book. However, it danced a fine line with some conspiracy theories going on and nearly crossed over, at least for my liking. But, it didn’t mess with my enjoyment of the book, so it’s all good.
I’m really not going to put anything down here, except for this. I don’t know that I would be worried about the conspiracies going on in this one if the US political scene wasn’t what it is now. I don’t have to have total escapism when I read a book, but that’s my thought on the matter. If I read this 2 years ago? I don’t know if the line would be where it is currently, but it isn’t, so I can’t tell you for sure. Anyway, I liked the book and had a hard time putting it down, one way or the other, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a problem.
That’s all I have to say about this one. Go on over to the Almighty Zon and check it out. Remember, if you do read it and you like it, make sure to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be a long one, it can be as simple as saying that you like something, but leaving reviews helps out authors. Happy reading!