Book two of The Easy Part
New York socialite Alyse Philips is not the airhead people take her for—she's great at convincing D.C.'s rich and powerful to open their wallets. Never one to coast on her family's connections, her real dream is to help charities in a bigger way. Before she can pursue her ambitions, she discovers a money-laundering scandal that's got her signature all over it. If Alyse can't clear her name, she'll never work in nonprofits again.
Political blogger Liam Nussbaum has been pining after Alyse for six months, certain she'd never go for a quiet guy like him. Helping her with the investigation is a no-brainer. But going up against a seedy network of money and influence isn't just a romantic opportunity or a chance to grab the headline that will take him into the big time—it's a gamble that could destroy his blog's reputation.
As Liam and Alyse dig deeper, their hearts collide alongside their ambition. Will they choose love or politics? Because in Washington, everything comes at a price.
In her second novel set in the lobbyist world of Washington, D.C. (after Special Interests), Barry strikes an easy balance between the intrigue of scandal and the tension of new romance. Alyse Philips wants to prove that she is a capable professional fundraiser, not just an airheaded socialite living off her family's connections. During an annual audit of the literacy nonprofit that she works for, she finds discrepancies that implicate the organization and her in money laundering. Liam Nussbaum is a political blogger and analyst who has had a crush on Alyse since he met her, recognizing her flirtatious silliness as an act. When she asks him for help investigating the money trail, he can't turn her down, and when Alyse is threatened, he can't turn her away. He's the only one with the influence to investigate the files, and the only one with the emotional understanding to support her. Barry provides a solid romance as well as a nonpartisan reminder that there is more to politics than the news cycles reveal.