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Red Blooded 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 uestions about the tragic loss of her father But when a reporter uestions her paternity her world goes into a tailspinDylan 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 uestions 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 distanceWhen 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 any It’s her heart72000 words


10 thoughts on “Red Blooded

  1. Antonella Antonella says:

    Peyton 18yo is on the campaign trail for president election where her widowed mother is a candidateLike we can expect from politicians there are secrets covers up media coaching fake relationships and like we can expect from teens there are messes parties and in the case of this particular teen very little drama and temper tantrums I was upset for her then she was She sure is very forgiving And level headed Very mature Throughout the book we get to read Payton's father book entries from the book he wrote before he died It was very emotional and cute and my favorite part of the book I was not bored with political part of the book But I should mention that this is not romantic book or at least romance is not main thing in it There is mystery in it but it was very predictable I didn't mind it at all OverallNot bad


  2. Kailey Kailey says:

    As you get older the years move along like pegs in a zipper All the possibilities between the two sets of fabric are laid out but you tug along year by year clasp by clasp closing them off until you look back and the zipper is completely zipped All the possibilities are closed offFrom the start Red Blooded was tedious and flat but in spite of this troublesome beginning after I got past the first few chapters I felt myself being drawn in and unable to put the book downWhile this novel was predictable I still found myself intrigued I can't exactly put my finger on what was so special about it but a major part of why it was such a good read is because of the bond between Peyton and her deceased father Not to mention I enjoyed the political aspect and the forbidden romance And readers do not fret The writer's focus was not subjected to heavy political beliefs or constant courtship between Peyton and Dylan Caitlin Sinead really balanced everything out and the focus never deters from Peyton's journey or growthMy first instinct when reading any novel is to find a connection with the protagonist and once I can do that I find myself content with what I'm reading And I have to say I enjoyed reading about the leading lady She was such a well polished character that I could easily relate to Now of course I didn't agree with all of Peyton's actions but I understood the choices she made Do I think she should have waited until after the election to look into her biological father? Yes Did I get where she was coming from about wanting to know sooner rather then later? No doubt She lost her father the one who raised her at such a young age She was hurt by the fact that the father she loved wasn't biologically related to her It made sense that her first instinct was to go searching for the truth Although I do hope in the future when someone asks her to be patient she'll find the strength to do so Peyton has a tendency to act before she thinks which isn't always a good thingAs for Dylan I was glad Sinead didn't write him with cliche character tropes like bad boy and broody It was nice to read about his sensitive side a smart guy who really cared about his job He had real concerns about following the rules which I respected His feelings for Peyton were real there was evidence of that but he knew what was considered right and wrong His inclination was to be level headed and do what he felt was ethical Dylan showed a great level of maturity and there is nothing I find appealing in a guy then acting one's ageThere was so many positive things about this book Sinead wrote beautifully and I cried as I read the excerpts from Richard Arthur's novel at the beginning of each chapter The fatherdaughter relationship was so important to me and I have high praise for the way it was done Not all family relationships are bad and I appreciate an author who's willing to address the flip side of what's considered normal in narratives nowadaysSome of you are probably wondering why I gave Red Blooded four stars instead of five? Well I was very disappointed in certain character behavior and how it was handled Peyton told Dylan about the clothes pins she kept inside her sleeves and she specifically asked him not to use that information in the campaign She willingly shared something personal with him and he went behind her back because he wanted to win the election It was not his place to do so and I don't really believe he was aware of how wrong that was I also did not find his apology sincere enough and I was distressed that Peyton was uick to forgive himI was not content with the ending in fact it fell flat as the beginning had So Red Blooded respectfully earned four stars from me Having said that I recommend this read And if you're looking for similar stories you should check out The Wrong Side of Right and Blocked


  3. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    Originally posted on my blog Over The BookshelfDuring a campaign stop Peyton is asked to address the rumors regarding her deceased father Rumors about him not being her biological father Like she has been trained to do she shakes off the uestion but it plants the seed in her head and she can’t help but wonder if the rumors might be true When her mother refuses to answer any of her uestions she decides to try and find the truth on her ownAfter it’s revealed publicly that Peyton’s not 100% sure of her paternity the media goes wild After a couple of “missteps” involving Peyton trying to figure out the truth about her father the campaign manager assigns cute intern Dylan to shadow Peyton and make sure she doesn’t get into any trouble I expected Dylan to have a stronger reaction about essentially being demoted to babysitter He left Yale to join the campaign because he wanted to make a difference and now he’s stuck playing babysitter I think at that point he definitely already had feelings for Peyton so he didn’t hate it as much as i thought he wouldI loved Peyton although sometimes I felt really bad for her She idolized her father and it hit her really hard when he died He wrote a book about it and how she was handling the situation so the media and the public felt connected to Peyton like they were sharing her grief It makes everyone feel like the know her and it gets to her a little bit She was really smart and I love that she cared about politics not just because of her mother and she wasn’t afraid to speak up about things that she cared aboutI really liked Dylan I love that in the beginning of the book he and Peyton are already friends They already knew each other and liked each other He is extremely driven and cares a lot about politics He wants to make a difference and he’s dedicated He eats sleeps and breathes politics so it was fun to see him slowly step back a little and start to care about Peyton and not just the campaignThe fake relationship was pretty entertaining They were already sort of heading in that direction and it was interesting to see them pretend that it wasn’t than it was It works out pretty well and they slowly start to develop real feeling but then one of them of course has to do something stupid and it creates tension Now they really have to fake it and it was very entertaining Overall I really loved the relationship and I’m so happy with how it turned outThe one thing I was worried about with this book was the politics I’m not a very political person so I was a little worried I wouldn’t connect with the book but I didn’t have a problem at all with it It was easy enough to follow along with everyhting that was going onI loved this book for so many reasons The romance was really sweet and I enjoyed that there was a little bit of a mystery in regards to Peyton’s biological father It was a easy read and I was able to read it in one sitting I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to reading from this author in the futureE Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Melody Schreiber Melody Schreiber says:

    After the election I found it hard to focus on reading books My attention kept slipping back to social media feeds and news stories The books themselves reminded me too much of what was happening a WWII novel about protecting vulnerable people in Vichy France; a nonfiction book about rowing in the Olympics in Hitler's GermanyAnd so on a whim I began reading Red Blooded It was at the end of my list not because of its uality I knew it was good but because being reminded of politics would hit I thought too close to home Peyton is the 18 year old daughter of the Democratic vice presidential nominee and her life is deeply entwined in all the painful public revelations that accompany election seasonsYet this book ended up being escapist in the best way possible It is fun and romantic and thought provoking sure and I would recommend it for any of those reasons But even than that it reminded me that there are people out there who genuinely want to change the world for good Leaders who will give up every private moment of their lives in order to improve the lives of millions of strangers Yeah politicians aren't perfect But what they do involves a ton of sacrifice and there are politicians who are genuine about the changes they advocateIt reminded me that the acrimony of the recent election was nothing new all elections are difficult and charged and dramatic Yet it also harkened back to a time where the scandals didn't revolve around hate around the elevation of one kind of person at the expense of many other people That's still my country that's still the country I know and love


  5. Catherine Catherine says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review 'Red Blooded' is told from the point of view of Peyton an 18 year old girl whose mother is running for VP and whose father died a couple of years ago Her father was an author and he wrote a book about his life as he was dying much of it about Peyton and this catapulted her and her mother into the spotlight This book starts with a reported uestioning whether Peyton's father really was her father both of her parents have brown hair and she has red and this leads into the rest of the intrigue and mystery in the book This book is part mystery surrounding her dad part romance and part politics as we watch Peyton struggle to deal with the accusations while also supporting her mum on the campaign trail Everything she does is watched by the media and so in the end they assign a campaign intern Dylan to watch over her Dylan is young and cute and funny and he seems to just get Peyton and something starts to build between them The thing is he's also extremely committed to the campaign and doesn't want to do anything to hurt it including dating the VP's daughterI liked the relationship between Peyton and Dylan It was fleshed out well and didn't feel rushed at all It was nice seeing them get to know each other and support each other We see the relationship build and I really wanted them to get together I thought Peyton was a great main character level headed but also determined and curious to find out about her past I also thought she was well built by the author she had certain uirks like crying practically all the time I can relate and loving gummy bears and being able to add up the electoral college points for different states I also liked the extracts from Peyton's dad's book at the beginning of each chapter it was nice to see her from a different angle and you get to know him in the process too which made his death all the heartbreaking This was a bit cleaner than a lot of NA books there's still sex but not very much and not as explicitly described However I really enjoyed it as an entry into the NA genre because I feel like that it was a lot driven than some of them They can stray a bit on the plotless side only held together by the will theywon't they but this novel has a plot and a purpose and the romance is a strong part of the story but the book could function without it This was a fun and uick read and I found myself not being able to put it down


  6. Camille Camille says:

    I received this ARC via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThis was such a fantastic book in all the ways From the top the things that stood out to me about this book were the diversity the mystery that kept the plot moving forward and the excerpts from Peyton's father's book The writing of course was excellentWe are introduced to Peyton as the yes girl at the beginning of the book but she grows so much throughout the book The mystery is introduced in a way that made me just as speechless as Peyton—during a live interview she is confronted about the possibility of her father not being her real father Lots of facts slowly piece themselves together leading Peyton to different conclusions that kept me the reader guessing until the truth was revealed I had to read this book in one sitting because it was impossible to stopNot only is the swoon worthy hero—Dylan—a diverse character he's Hispanic but there were countless major characters of various ethnicities in this novel It is difficult even in recent years to find romance and New Adult novels that naturally depict the world as it really is As a WOC it warmed my heart to see a non white presidential candidate non white friends etc THIS is how you write diversityThe other thing that tugged at my heartstrings in this book was how excerpts from Peyton's father's book were included at the beginning of some chapters Not only did they add cute anecdotes that brought his character to life on the page but they also added to the story in that it illustrated Peyton and her father's relationship despite him not being present It is such a central part to the novel and this was a creative way to show it I found myself really feeling for Peyton and her lossThe romance was adorable and developed so well I like how they begin with a friendly relationship—even though Peyton thinks Dylan is gorgeous—that carefully morphs into a romance that leaves you breathless and with a fuzzy feeling They do each make their mistakes—big mistakes that any couple would go through This was realistic and made me appreciate their HEA that much They work so hard for their happy ending and I enjoyed itAll in all this book was fantastic and I can't wait to read books by Caitlin Sinead


  7. Jess Jess says:

    Okay I want to get my nitpicks out of the way first before I talk about how much I loved this because while I decided they weren't enough to dock points for they were things that bugged me enough that I thought abou itview spoiler1 I would have liked a active relationship shown between Peyton and her mom Running for vice president I get that but if I'm to believe that Peyton is that close to her it would have been better to actually show them being close2 Leaving aside the I'm not sure you can actually fake parentage like that any part while I can buy no one uncovering it for one of Peyton's politician parents I have a really hard time swallowing it for two But that could just me being picky It didn't really bug me until I started thinking about it so that certainly suggests the picky thing could apply3 The timeline felt off? They kept saying the election was only a few weeks away and then there would be another month to go and while I suppose four weeks is only a few I generally cap that phrase at two myself hide spoiler


  8. Katie Katie says:

    35ishI liked this but it also felt maybe not entirely there Take the romance When the book started I thought Oh a nice slow burn romance But it felt like it never emotionally progressed past the beginning of the slow burn I didn't get enough sense of the connection between them Also view spoilerI was pretty upset with Dylan for the pin thing hide spoiler


  9. Laura Rueckert Laura Rueckert says:

    I really really enjoyed this book The passages from Richard are absolute highlights for me I loved them and would happily read an entire Richard book I also loved the inclusivity in terms of characters Peyton's friend Tristan is a stand out The behind the scenes information about politics and especially the politicians themselves were really good and the story's ending was perfect If you're looking for a book with a lot to the plot than just a romance this is it


  10. Cait Cait says:

    35 starsI was really into this I was surprised that the plot went the way that it did like I expected so much of the book to be about finding her dad I mean it was a pleasant surprise


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