Caitlin Sinead’s Red Blooded is a captivating read! An absolute page-turner, I couldn’t put it down! I’m usually not a fan of present-tense first person writing, but I didn’t mind it in this case at all! Sinead takes us through Peyton Arthur’s emotional journey as she travels with her mother, the Democratic VP pick, for the upcoming election, starts college, falls for the new intern, and deals with the loss of her father. Though she is used to being in the spotlight from her father’s fame, she is faced with all sorts of new pressures as she enters the limelight once more. Sinead’s writing is engaging and passionate, and her story is full of emotional depth. Some moments hit me right in the heart and others were very sweet! Peyton’s reactions, curiosities, and motivations were realistic and relatable. There’s a hint of mystery as she tries to uncover the truth about her parentage. While my suspicions were proven right by the end, it’s Peyton’s reactions that kept it interesting. Peyton is an enticing and strong character, as is Dylan. Their relationship is an interesting one, particularly as it hovers between being somewhat forbidden to being all for show. The romance storyline was quite strong, but I liked that her personal journey had a strong line as well. A wonderful read!
With only a few months to the election, Peyton Arthur has been spending her time with her mother on the campaign trail instead of settling into college life like a normal freshman. When rumors start swirling regarding her paternity, Peyton starts to doubt that the man she knew and loved was really her father. And she realizes that she’ll only find out the truth if she searches on her own. But as the daughter of the VP pick, she’s always in the spotlight and people are watching her every move. Which means that if her father wasn’t her biological father, she could be unleashing a huge scandal that could ruin her mother’s career.
Dylan is tasked with watching Peyton’s every move. Not exactly what he had in mind when he left Yale and joined the campaign. As he and Peyton get to know each other, keeping things professional becomes more and more difficult. Peyton is definitely attracted to new intern Dylan. But is he more interested in the campaign than he is in her? As the pressure builds and the truth threatens to come out, Dylan and Peyton distract the media with a story of their own – by pretending to be in a relationship! But is this fake relationship covering up real feelings? Or is it just another political ploy?
Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she's ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.
Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he's been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.
When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she's also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it's not just her past on the line anymore. It's her heart.