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The First AffairJamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House Although she doesn't hit it off with the other interns lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn't faze them; she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportu. The First Affair was a book which I wouldn’t typically pick up but I’d read some great books by Emma McLaughlin Nicola Kraus previously that I decided again to venture out of my usual comfort reading zoneDespite not being a huge fan of cheating in books I felt myself compelled into reading this story because of our MC Jamie Her relationship if you can really call it that with the president kind of just happened when Jamie found herself with the president when he wasn’t in the best state With so much pressure with the presidential election around the corner the president was trying his best to deal but this wasn’t the case Jamie walked into him having an anxiety attack and by comforting him this led to a kiss out of the blue Before you know it Jamie’s making the extra effort when going into work just in case she bumps into the president soon this turns into impromptu calls into his office and late night calls from the president himself I understand how Jamie felt around him he was a powerful man and he made her feel what another man was never able to do But to me from the very beginning it was very clear that this relationship did not mean to him as much as it meant to Jamie There were early rumours flying about previous affairs and if he really cared about Jamie wouldn’t he have done anything possible to be with her Instead she was fobbed off to another unpaid apprenticeship this time away from the White House and Jamie was told soon after the election he would sort everything out Poor Jamie was a complete sucker instead of listening to her best friend and going back home Jamie kept running back whenever he called and just kept waiting in the wingsThe reason I kept reading The First Affair despite being annoyed by both Jamie and the president’s behaviour was because I was waiting for the aftermath I think McLaughlin and Kraus did a brilliant job with this usually you’re not aware of what’s going down backstage and you’re just given titbits of information But this time we get to experience first hand everything falling apart And it was painstakingly horrible to watch with people going back on their word people coming out of the woodwork to get their two seconds of fame and Jamie not knowing who she could trust It was a brutal time for Jamie but through it all a better character emerged within Jamie and a stronger relationship between her and her sister Jamie’s sister Erica wasn’t the easiest person to like but through everything coming out in the open Erica was the only real person that was there for Jamie when she needed someone the mostThe First Affair for me was a decent read; there were plenty of twists and turns which I didn’t see coming which had me reading until the very last page But there were also parts which did take me a while to get around But overall despite not uite feeling The First Affair initially I’m glad that I gave this book a goThis review can be found on The Readers Den

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Icted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point Jamie can't help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her But she must have confided in the wrong person because she soon finds herself and everyone she cares about facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg's political enemies and perhaps no matter how much he cares about her at the hands of Greg himsel. Ok I saw the reviews on this one but decided to read it anyway since I have enjoyed EM NK's books in the past The story itself is not bad and is entertaining for the most part My problem was that I found that it was just written strangely I don't think I am too old to get the speech patterns but I found myself rereading whole paragraphs too many times There are a couple of mentions of getting on line at Starbucks to orderand I kept wondering if this was a typo but it came up twice Apparently on line is the same as in lineis this a regional thing Also there would just be lines of dialogue that would jump from one thing to the next without any kind of smooth transition A few examples of awkward writingpg 34 Because I was following the evaporating trail of a cigarette down the street that I wanted to inhalepg 79 Let's be clear Jamie I'm not now nor have I ever telling you what to dopg 142 The whole conversation with Pattypg 149 The scene with the coatJamie's character was not the smartest but a little of that is too be expected for her age and the situation Her relationship with her sister was strange and actually her whole family dynamic was strange It seemed as though the snippets of interaction with Jamie's family were supposed to give us insight into why she is the way she is but I just found them distracting and we needed time with them to better understand If I didn't have to work so hard to read this I think I could have given it a better rating As it was I was reading with the feeling that too much explanation had been edited out It was just too hard to see exactly what was going on

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review The First Affair 103 ↠ Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House Although she doesn't hit it off with the other interns lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paNity while it lastsAn unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late night phone calls their relationship uickly escalates Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong he's married he has kids he's the President Yet each time she tries to extricate herself Greg pulls her back inWith the confl. One would think that to be a young intern at the White House one would have to have strong allies an impressive resume intelligence common sense personal integrity and standards luck and be mature enough to conduct oneself appropriately in the scrutinizing eyes of the public or at least not get caught The First Affair proves that the human element can cancel out all the rest In what reads like the ClintonLewinsky debacle authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus plunge us deep into the mind of Jamie a new intern who has gotten a prized position at the White House and manages to find herself in the arms of one of the world's most powerful men the President Of course it all unravels because Jamie apparently has not heard the phrase Loose lips sink ships I failed completely to connect to Jamie her maturity level selfishness and neediness failed to gain much support from me She did come from a dysfunctional family but this does not excuse or explain her actions The character of the president was too weak to be believed he was flat The subplots are what held my interest filled with the intrigue and hidden agendas of Jamie's friends there is definitely a dog eat dog feel to this book but as far as happy endings or even a satisfying ending I didn't feel it An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for my honest reviewExpected Publication Date August 27 2013Publisher Atria BooksISBN 9781451643428Number of Pages 256Genre DramaFictionRecommended Audience New AdultAdultMy Rating 3 starsAvailable from Barnes Noble For reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook