Love or politics? Which one is stronger? I would vote for love every time, and Emmy Barry proved that I am right in her third installment of The Easy Part series.
Party Lines is a charming story about opposing political standpoints, and love, in time of the elections. I really liked how the author succeeded in combining a love story and political election. She did a wonderful job bringing the atmosphere of the elections and she throws in some of those dirty games that surround them. It is also great how she crafted the relationship between Michael and Lydia within the election frenzy. Although this story is written well, the balance between election part and relationship part was on the election side and the pace of the story would be faster if things were reversed, because the romance is what pushes this story forward.
Both characters were amazing, three dimensional, and so well written. I felt all their fatigues, joy, and happiness; I could understand their motivations, fears and ambitions. I like how they develop through the story. The author created this amazing synergy between them and the secondary characters (both recruiting ones from the previous series installment, and the new ones). The dialogues between characters are also well written; they flow nicely, they are natural and funny.
All in all this is one well written story that is worth reading. I am definitely checking the first two books in the series.
It's not personal—it's politics.
Michael Picetti: a cynical Democrat who has seen too many failed campaigns. It's not his first primary, and it's been a while since he's truly believed policy and public good trump all.
Lydia Reales: young, hard-working, optimistic…Republican. Getting her candidate in office means everything to her, and leaves zero time for a love life.
Both are determined that opposites don't attract—at least when it comes to crossing party lines. As aides for opposing presidential candidates, Michael and Lydia are competing in an industry that requires total loyalty to their side. It doesn't matter that with each teasing encounter they're more and more attracted to each other. It doesn't matter that casual flirting escalates to a powerful physical connection. It doesn't matter that they might not be able to step away from each other without consequences.
As the campaign rages on and a reckless affair becomes a relationship, the inevitable reality sets in. In the end, loyalty to the campaign has to win. It doesn't matter at what cost.