I thoroughly enjoyed "Winning the Campaign Manager". The hunky characters captured my attention and I devoured the story in about 15 minutes. This novella made me smile, laugh out loud and then steamed up my glasses. Which I appreciated! If you're looking for a quick bite of romantic M/M deliciousness, this is for you.
Romance on the Go ®
Cade Avery is running for a position on his local county council. He’s extremely good at what he does and is a valuable asset to his community. The trouble is, he upsets people, says the wrong things, and rides rough-shod over other people’s plans and ideas. His assistant, Mary, eager to improve Cade’s public image, hires him a campaign manager.
Quentin Rayworth is thrilled to be working with such a formidable public figure. It’ll be a challenge, but he’s confident he can help Cade to win the election, and knows that the achievement will look impressive on his CV.
It’s soon clear that the two men are set to be an excellent team. That is, until Cade’s werewolf makes its intentions known—in Quentin, it has found its mate, and it will not rest until he has claimed him. But can Cade—and his wolf—win over the campaign manager?
Be Warned: m/m sex
Quentin gulped. He was well aware of what a fantastic opportunity he’d landed in working with Cade Avery, and how good it would be for his career, but he wasn’t at all sure about the idea of telling the man what to do. Quentin had seen him on TV, and he was terrifying. Not only was he almost as wide as he was tall—and that was in muscle and bulk, not fat—he had a formidable personality, too. But then, he reminded himself, that was precisely why Cade needed him, Quentin Rayworth, to be his campaign manager. He needed, to coin an oft-used phrase, to win friends and influence people. And Quentin could help him do exactly that.
Pulling in a deep breath, he stood up and forced a smile past his nerves and onto his face. “Thank you, Mrs. Summers. I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me.” Then, hoping he sounded much more confident than he felt, added, “I won’t let you down.”
She nodded. “I know. And I’ve told you, it’s Mary. You make me feel about a hundred years old calling me Mrs. Summers. Now, go get him. Out the door, turn right, and Mr. Avery’s office is second on the left. You can’t go wrong—his name is on the door. Relax, and be yourself. And, most importantly, don’t let him walk all over you. I know he can be a bit intimidating, Quentin, but in this situation, you are the expert. So be confident in your abilities. If he’s difficult, just remind him you’re here to help him. To make sure he wins this campaign. And, if he gets to be too much, just come and tell me.” She tipped him a playful wink. “I’ll sort him out for you.”
“Okay.” Quentin nodded. He huffed out a breath, then bent and picked up his bag, slipping the strap over his shoulder. Straightening, he smiled again, and this time it came with much less effort. “Thank you, Mrs—Mary. For the advice and, well, everything.”
Returning the smile, she reached out and gave him a gentle shove towards the door. “You already said that, sweetheart. Stop stalling. Delaying isn’t going to make him any less scary.”
Biting his lip, he strode towards the still-open door and straight through it. Turning, he closed it—flashing a grin at Mary through the glass after doing so—then reminded himself of her instructions to find Cade Avery’s office. Turn right, and Mr. Avery’s office is second on the left.
It wasn’t far at all, and Quentin couldn’t decide if that was a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, it didn’t give him much time to build up his courage. But on the other, it also gave him less time to get even more nervous. Not that it mattered whether he was feeling courageous or nervous—he had a job to do, and Cade was expecting him, imminently. It wouldn’t do to keep him waiting.
Peering at the silver name plaque, Quentin assured himself he was at the correct door. Needlessly fidgeting with the strap on his bag, he raised his other hand and knocked on the smooth wood.
The response was instant. “Come in!”
Cade Avery’s voice was deep and commanding—apparently even more powerful in real life than on the TV—and all of a sudden, Quentin’s palms were as damp as his mouth was dry. Gulping hard, and frantically wiping his hands on his trousers, he opened the door. Fixing a smile on his face, he walked in and closed the door behind him. “Mr. Avery. I’m Quentin Rayworth—pleased to meet you.”
“Likewise.” The man’s smile didn’t quite reach his eyes, but he was polite nonetheless. Gesturing to the chair on the other side of the desk to his, he said, “Please, come and sit down, Mr. Rayworth. According to Mary, we have an awful lot to discuss.”
With a quick nod, Quentin closed the space between them, taking the opportunity to have a good look at the other man. He currently stood by the window, affording Quentin a pretty impressive view. Since the first time he’d seen him on TV, as well as being intimidated by him, he’d found Cade Avery impossibly attractive. He ticked all of Quentin’s boxes, and he was sure if he looked up “alpha male” in the dictionary, Cade’s photograph would be there right next to the definition. Even in the few seconds he’d been in the same room as him, it was apparent that Cade oozed masculinity. More than his fair share, in fact—he’d probably make Hugh Jackman or Chris Hemsworth look like mere mortals—even in their superhero guises. Probably just as well he’d never find out—being in close proximity to those three at once would likely cause him to melt into a puddle of lust. Just one of them was already sending his hormones into overdrive.
Lucy brings us another short, sexy story. Cade needs help. If he is to be elected to represent his local area he needs a bit of a PR boost. His aide, Mary, hires a Campaign Manager and tells Cade he is to listen to him and do as he says. Non to pleased with this turn of events Cade meets Quinten, and finds his inner wolf has found his soul mate. A sexy fun great quick read.
Two men who get together out of entirely selfish reasons, one of them a werewolf running for office and the other an ambitious campaign manager, sounded like an excellent potential source of conflict, interpersonal sparks, and potential heat to me. And let me tell you – ‘Winning the Campaign Manager’ did not disappoint. Cade is a tough guy – wait, that may have something to do with the fact that he is a werewolf. True to his heritage, he is direct. Blunt, and doesn’t really care all that much what others think. He knows what’s right – and they better get behind him if they know what’s good for them. This actually sounds worse than it is – Cade does have a heart of gold and wants to do the right thing for his community, ahem, pack – but qualifications like these are not usually part of the description of a politician. Hence, the campaign manager hired by Cade’s well-meaning assistant, for the purpose of image improvement. Quentin is nervous, close to terrified even, to be working with someone of Cade’s caliber – and impressive physical presence. Quentin is good at figuring out what people need to do to be liked, but he knows that he has his work cut out for him not just from seeing Cade on TV, but even more so from the moment he meets Cade in person. “Shaking in his boots” with nerves is an exaggeration, but not by much. Quentin goes from terrified to almost melting with lust -while still being terrified – within seconds of the first meeting, and it gets worse from there. Cade starts out wanting to win the race for public office but very quickly adds another objective – win the campaign manager, as in “convince” him to become his mate. Quentin starts out wanting a formidable public figure as a client on his resume but very quickly discovers that Cade is a great guy and they work together really well. Professionally that is. The personal side takes a little more time – not much - and I enjoyed every second of it. These guys are not just a hoot when they get together, they very quickly discover there is incendiary heat and loads of passion between them on a most intimate level. If you like your romances hot and lightning-quick, if you enjoy shifter stories with a heavy serving of humor on top of an entertaining plot, and if you’re looking for a read that goes from funny to hilarious, and from hot to scorching, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. I think it’s extremely amusing and the characters’ shenanigans made me laugh out loud more than once.
Having read Lucy before I knew I would enjoy this story, and I so did. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments, which earned me a few funny looks from my family, lol. As you'd expect from a short story, this is a fast paced read and things happen very quickly, but, hey, when a shifter meets his mate, he just knows, right? If you're looking for a fun, hot little shifter story, then pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
This short story is a fun, quick read with a bit of hotness. Cade is a good guy running for office, but even his staff know he needs help with his image and hire Quentin to help Cade get elected. I liked both MCs. Although I think it would have been fun to see more of Cade's interactions before he meets Quentin, this story doesn't have the scope for that. I loved watching Cade try to reach out to Quentin and have issues since his wolf is being uncharacteristically pushy. I think Quentin's reactions were pretty spot on. I really liked these two together. It would have been great to see them form their bond, but the ending was still good and happy.