On The Record (Record, #2) by K.A Linde
For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger...
The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on...or to pick up right where you left off.
Emma - 4 Crowns
Book 2 in The Record series.
I have to start this book by saying I absolutely loved book one, Off the Record. It was my first K.A Linde read and it really drew me in. I felt like I have been waiting for On the Record for ages; especially given the cliffhanger she teased us with. Would this be another winning candidate, or a disappoint? Only one way to find out.
On the Record starts two and a half months following Liz's decision to walk away from her secret relationship with State Senator Brady Maxwell. Liz has struggled emotionally with her decision and whether she did the right thing. She has thrown herself into work, trying to move on and forget her broken heart. We meet up with her at a party on election day when it is announced that Brady has won and will now be a congressman in the House of Representatives. It is finally the confirmation Liz needs that although it doesn't feel like it, she has indeed made the right decision for them both by walking away. Now it's time to move on and into the willing and open arms of her editor and one time crush Hayden Lane.
As her relationship with Hayden grows and deepens she finds herself surrounded by reminders of the blissful summer she spend falling in love with Brady. His Sister Savannah becomes a close friend and when she finds out that Brady has also moved on it is like a arrow straight through her heart. She loves Hayden, but she just can't forget Brady. After running into Brady she decides it is time to draw a line in the sand and finally throw all her eggs in one basket; with a man she trusts, respects and feels deeply for.
Will Hayden be able to fill the void that Brady's left? Will she be able to forget the love she had for Brady? And will the secrets of that summer be uncovered?
I really liked this book but need to be honest and say that it wasn't, for me, quite as good as Off the Record. The thing I loved most about book one was Brady, and I will warn you now that as much as Off the Record was Brady and Liz's story, On the Record is Hayden's time to shine. I liked Hayden in book 1, but I was team Brady all the way so I seriously missed his presence in this book. However this is a trilogy and I knew that at some point Hayden would be featured a lot more and their potential relationship was something that was sure to be explored.
I am not going to go into a plot overview as this would spoil your read. I will however say that this is a very different book. Angsty but on a different level, it certainly focuses more on moving on from a relationship when emotionally you are unable to. Being honest to yourself and others, trust and betrayal. I really want to say more at this point so instead I will bite my tongue... I will say though that you will get frustrated and angry with Liz's decision making and you will see a different side to Hayden; he is certainly not as likeable a guy as he appears.
Once again we are left with a cliffhanger. I liked where it ended though, it really does set up the final instalment 'For the Record' perfectly. An really enjoyable read that moved the story forward perfectly just sadly lacking Brady for me. Roll on November, I need my Brady fix :)