SECRET SILVER NIGHTS - Zuri Day
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REVIEWER: Janet Caldwell | RATING: A
SYNOPSIS: The third son of a powerful Northern California dynasty, Nico Drake has dreams of one day becoming governor of his state. First item on his agenda-beating his newest mayoral challenger. Ivy League dazzler Monique Slater is already swaying voters with her innovative ideas…and arousing an irresistible desire in the heart of her unattached opponent.
REVIEW: Zuri Day’s latest offering in her Drakes of California series has an unusual twist that pairs two headstrong individuals vying for the same political office.
Monique Slater is a successful Los Angeles attorney who, at the request of her godmother, is running for mayor of the tiny town of Paradise Cove, California. Monique has venerated her political opponent from afar since she defeated him in a debate tournament back in college. No matter how hard she tries to concentrate on “practicality, politics and Paradise Cove” her traitorous body flips out whenever Nicodemus “Niko” Drake is within earshot.
Niko Drake was born with a silver spoon in his mouth as a member of the affluent Drake real estate family. With a winning personality and strong desire to pursue a career as a public servant, no one is surprised at his decision to throw his hat in the political ring. He is an ideal candidate with swagger and irresistible charm. His only shortcoming was at the hands of Monique in that infamous college debate.
Monique and Niko share an unorthodox attraction that is apparent from their first encounter. Neither is looking for a relationship especially with a political rival. After an unconventional dinner date to match political wits, it is obvious this attraction must be explored, but the question is to what extent without affecting their political aspirations.
Day returns to Paradise Cove for the setting of SECRET SILVER NIGHTS. The setting is familiar to this series as the Drakes are one of its founding families and what better place for a native son to sow his political seeds. Characters impacting this story include the close knit Drake family, Monique’s small but ambitious family and their ex-friends with benefits which are instrumental in an unforeseen side story.
The love story in SECRET SILVER NIGHTS won’t disappoint Zuri Day fans; however, I felt the political subplot contained some discrepancies. For example, Monique refers to a campaign ad as a “public service announcement”. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) would vehemently disagree with that. Regardless, overall I recommend this charming tale.
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