MEET THE CHIEF--Behind every good man is a real bastard.
Behind every good man is a good woman. That's what they say.
They're wrong. Even my wife would agree.
The truth is, behind every good man is a real bastard—that would be me.
I knew from the day I met Owen that the only way I'd ever get him was to make sure I took whatever it was he loved and wanted most and hold it so close to me that he couldn't help but come with it.
And now…now there are people who want to tear the three of us apart.
I'll die before I let that happen.
I am Carter Wilson, chief of staff to the governor of the great state of Florida.
And, according to him and my wife, a bastard extraordinaire.
Book 3 of the Governor Trilogy. This MMF contemporary political romance features friends to lovers, GFY, a secret workplace romance with high political stakes, power exchange, wounded heroes, a cinnamon roll hero, an Alpha hero who will kill to protect his loved ones, and a guaranteed HEA.
The Governor Trilogy, Book 3, by Lesli Richardson
SPOILER ALERT: IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT THIS SERIES BE READ IN ORDER. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT (BOOKS 1 AND 2).
As with both Governor and Lieutenant, I’m not even going to try to summarize this book. There are blurbs on all the booksellers’ websites. Several chapters of Governor (Book 1) are available for free on Ms. Richardson’s Tymber Dalton website. Believe me, I couldn’t begin to summarize this story and do it justice!
Hold on to your hats, folks! If you thought Governor and Lieutenant were amazing (and they are), you haven’t experienced anything like Chief! Governor is Owen’s story, and it sets the scene for all three books in this series. That’s only right since Owen’s the pivot point around whom both Susa and Carter’s lives revolve. Governor is brilliant. Susa’s story in Lieutenant is heart-wrenching. But Carter’s story in Chief pulls the entire trilogy together. We finally learn the history behind Carter, the reason he’s who and what he is. And it’s a story so powerful, a story simultaneously filled with normalcy, fraught with horror, sheer terror, and filled with experiences that plumb the highest highs and lowest lows a human can experience. I know this all sounds like hyperbole and exaggeration. I assure you, it’s not. Lesli Richardson has outdone herself with every book in this trilogy, but Chief is the crown jewel in this series. I honestly couldn’t put it down. It rips at your heartstrings. You finally understand so much about Carter. It’s a story that broke my heart, made me shake with rage, and scream with frustration. It also filled me with sheer joy and made me shiver with excitement. I cried tears of anguish and happiness. This book is the conclusion to a trilogy that’s impressed me more any other series I’ve ever read! Congratulations, Ms. Richardson, and thank you! This series has been one of the very best reading experiences I’ve ever had. I wish there was something higher than five stars to give this book because it deserves something so much more!
A final note. This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language with some elements of BDSM and ménage sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and all booksellers' websites. Use these resources. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. It's not fair to the author. She works hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to a book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!