Playing With Trouble (Capital Confessions #2) – Chanel Cleeton 4 STAR REVIEW

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. – Harry S. Truman

PwT-ReviewTour Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

July 21, 2015

Capital Confessions #2

Contemporary Romance


The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate’s most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest “Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up. When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?Playing-with-Trouble-Chanel-Cleeton-300x489



Chanel Cleeton’s Capital Confessions series is the best kind of escapist reading, it has it all drama, intrigue,  and passion in spades. Unlike teachergirl73 who took poly-sci in university I was never that interested in politics. In fact, when pressed I am sure that what political views I have are likely contentious. I never did watch The West Wing, the closest I got was a great appreciation of The American President. I love it when TBS airs that. There is something about Michael Douglas, he just looks so presidential. But I digress I finally listened to my besties pleas and binge watched Scandal this spring. All four seasons! It was awesome but I was left with a burning desire for… well more and that is when I thankfully discovered the awesomest of awesome Chanel Cleeton. I devoured Flirting With Scandal, it was not as I stated in my review just another Scandal ripoff but a whole new entity that appealed greatly to my nighttime drama lovin’ heart. If you haven’t read it yet, take my advice get it now.

Blair was the perfect legitimate sister introduced in FWS who unlike the majority of the inhabitants of Washington was a) nice and b) didn’t go off the deep end and blame her sister Jackie for the tawdry nature of her birth and upbringing as the daughter of a notorious political mistress. This rare creature intrigued me and I was anxious to read her story – get my fix – as soon as I completed Flirting. Playing With Trouble was if possible even better than Flirting With Scandal. Blair and her bad boy, now reformed, professor were so enjoyable to read about. Truly is there anyone who doesn’t love the hot professor trope?

In Playing With Trouble, we find out that the Capital Confessions blog is stronger than ever and sadly still fixated on the Reynolds family. Blair, much to her senator father’s chagrin opted not to marry her fiancé whom she caught in flagrante delicto with the best man on her wedding day, is trying to rebuild her life with limited success. Her grades allowed her into an average law school where she is struggling with not just the concepts but with her ridiculously demanding professor who seems to delight in putting her on the spot each and every class.

Graydon is also seeking redemption, he flew too close to the sun back home in Chicago and one trip to rehab later he is clean and sober looking to make a fresh start. His marriage and skyrocketing legal career were casualties of the rock and roll life style he was living. The last thing that he wants or needs is the complication of the attraction he has to his student. A relationship with her would not only trash his fledgling teaching career but destroy the beginnings of his new beginning in Washington. However, he cannot ignore the draw of getting to know Blair better when the opportunity presents itself thinking that he can withstand the temptation.

Suffice it to say I loved Playing With Trouble, without a doubt the Capital Confessions Series is one of my favourite discoveries of 2015. I can hardly wait for the next installment Falling for Danger, which tells us Kate’s story and even better she’s working for the CIA!



Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

May 19, 2015

Capital Confessions #1

Contemporary Romance



The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals…

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she’s landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she’s determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It’s time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn…

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret…



Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.


Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International

School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.


Praise for the work of Chanel Cleeton:

Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.

I loved this book! – New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. – USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King




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