Aloof and arrogant, Holsum College Junior Hunter Ford has enjoyed all the perks of being from one of America's most prominent families. Hunter can have anything he wants—except time away from his family's political spotlight and the image consultant hired to keep him there. Steve’s job is simple—make Hunter toe the line for the duration of his uncle’s vice-presidential campaign. This is the break Steve's been waiting for and a chance to provide a better life for his deaf sister. But he didn't count on an attraction to the broken scion—one that rearranges everything Steve thought he knew about himself. As Steve melts Hunter's icy exterior, the heat between them threatens more than just their hearts. Then a ghost from Hunter’s past shows up on the campaign, challenging Hunter’s stability, and straining Steve’s ability to defend and protect the man he’s growing to love.
Steve is hired by Hunter’s uncle to be his personal image consultant for the duration of his uncle’s campaign, which Hunter has been roped into. Steve’s not thrilled at basically babysitting a spoiled rich boy and frankly Hunter’s not thrilled at having his actions watched and judged.
Steve, during the course of the campaign, comes to see Hunter in a new light and discovers that maybe he’s not the person Steve thought he was. For Hunter he discovers that there is finally someone who sees beneath the façade that he’s so carefully cultivated and sees him for who he really is inside.
I have to admit that when I saw that Hunter Ford was one of the main characters in this story I was excited but yet leery of reading the story, if that makes any sense. Hunter was a complete shit in the two previous books that he was in and quite frankly I wasn’t sure that he was redeemable in any way, shape or form. I should have had more faith. lol Hunter starts out as his normal cocky self and remains that way for a while. As we get to know him, however, we see another side to Hunter. The one that’s been hurt by not only other people but also by his own family and their complete lack of belief in him. In Hunter’s family it’s all about image first and anything that might tarnish that image isn’t to be tolerated. We see that in Hunter’s life there have been things that he’s had to deal with that no one should have to and yet Hunter did and did it basically alone as he had no support from his family. It shed new light on the true man that Hunter was. Now, I do wish that Hunter himself had told Steve about his family’s demands of perfection in his formative years (as well as now) but he didn’t actually come out and verbalize that. We got this mostly from watching Hunter. While this was good I would have liked Hunter to open up a bit more to Steve that way.
Steve was really on the ball when it came to keeping Hunter in line. He was serious about his job and wasn’t going to let some rich kid who always gets his way fuck it up. As the campaign went on and they moved from city to city Steve learned more about Hunter, his life and his background and Steve opened his mind a bit more. He really wanted Hunter physically from moment one but wasn’t about to let himself get sucked in by his lust. Yeah, that didn’t last all that long and when the pair did finally come together it was oh so good. I loved seeing the attraction between the two turn in to so much more. Steve also had a sister who was deaf and had just gone to college. I thought this part was cute but honestly I wasn't sure why it was there. Maybe to show that Steve was a responsible person and he really needed the money and that's why he put up with Hunter? IDK.
In the end Harris gave us another wonderful read. She certainly redeemed Hunter in my eyes and gave us a very different but really great love story. Now obviously this book is better if you’ve read the series as you get to see Hunter’s not so shining moments in previous books, but this can definitely be read as a standalone as well.