Book Review: Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller

Prime Minister

Title: Prime Minister (Frisky Beavers #1)
Author: @ainsley_booth & @SadieHallersPen
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Romance
Length: 354 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

Gavin:
Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She’s also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada.*
That’s me. The PM.
She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she’s my intern, I can’t twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I’d like her to do with that pretty pink mouth.** Ellie:
How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He’s intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way—and he demands the same of his staff.
How much I want him never wavers.
There’s something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he’d cross the line in a late night work session. I’d take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him.*** * This is a fictional erotic romance. No prime ministers or interns were harmed in the making of this book.
** Except it’s a BDSM romance, so they were hurt a little.
*** Spoiler alert: she gets more than a taste. And she likes it.
Ivy's review

The Good

Color me surprised: Give me a dirty, mostly implausible fantasy about the Canadian PM (and seriously who hasn’t had one? lol), a heroine with some dirty fantasies to fulfill, and ground it all with some genuine emotional connection, and it’s lead to my biggest surprise this year. Ms. Booth (whose Horus Group series had intrigued me) and Ms. Haller (whose books I’ve never read) have combined to create an intriguing series. I’ve got some things to suss out, so let’s get to it.

An intern is doing what?: Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting much from this premise and yes there’s alot of implausibility that you need to look past. The idea that an intern could possibly have the access to the PM and become this indispensible to him so quickly? That they could possibly manage to have sex in the places they do and go under the radar as long as they do? Welp, it’s a bit out there. And yeah, you have to have a great ability to suspend disbelief. Luckily, I am a longtime soap fan, so this was not a problem for me.

Craziness aside…: Once you get past the (slightly) slow beginning and really delve into the romance though? Fun and kinky sailing. Gavin and Ellie have excellent chemistry, and the sex is stellar (more on that later). However, it’s the time and care spent in setting up believable emotional conflicts between them that I was impressed with. While not perfect (thank goodness), their missteps and flaws are handled in a realistic manner. Way more realistic than you would expect.

Plenty of kinky effery for all: About that kinky sex. This is a book that states right off the bat that it’s got BDSM, and there are elements of it, though I’d consider it more BDSM lite with a penchant for role play. That said, there are scenes that aren’t for everyone and contact with others is a no-no for some.

About that ending: Max, Gavin’s best friend (natch) is super intriguing throughout this book, as it’s implied pretty heavily that his kink is more hardcore than Gavin’s. So, when you get a glimpse of his heroine and how his book is going to go? Well, slap my ass and call me Violet, peeps, cause I’m so on board with that.

 

The Bottom Line

I really enjoyed it. Implausibility aside, at its core, Gavin and Ellie’s romance is well constructed with two adults trying to navigate their slightly kinky way to an HEA. I’d recommend it for smutty forbidden romance fans like myself.

– Ivy

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