Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review Tour w/Giveaway: The Congressman's Wife by Arie Pavlou & Charlene Keel

The Congressman's Wife
by Arie Pavlou & Charlene Keel
GENRE: Contemporary Women's Fiction


Arie Pavlou & Charlene Keel will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.



All Eden Bancroft has ever been to her high-profile politician husband is a trophy wife, born and bred for the part.  She believes she has no choice but to play it—until she meets a talented chef and restaurant heir who shows her the real meaning of love. The more her husband uses and belittles her, the more deeply Eden falls for Kaleb.  Even with Mitchell’s congressional campaign in full swing, the lovers manage to find brief stolen moments together. When her husband is wounded by a bullet from an angry lobbyist, Eden must stay by his side.  What she learns can set her free, if she has the courage to take a stand. The beautiful wife of a would-be congressman falls for a sexy chef in this steamy debut novel . . . A spicy outing that should feed readers’ hunger for romance.”Kirkus Reviews The Congressman’s Wife is a thrilling roller-coaster ride from beginning to end: fast-paced, sizzling with sex, yet constantly balanced on the edge of disaster . . . This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read . . .”

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Excerpt Two:

Be a Cougar

Your husband is an inconsiderate ass,” Sybil said over dirty martinis after their drive up the mountain. “Why do you put up with it?”

Like I have a choice?” Eden had just told Sybil about her birthday dinner with the Romano brothers. “If I left, where would I go? Mom’s still living in Texas, in a little two-bedroom house, with another woman. There’s no room for me and the kids. I guess I could take them to my dad’s—and they can get to know their thirty-year-old step-grandma.”

Sybil laughed. “It would serve him right if you showed up.”

Yeah,” Eden agreed. “But seriously, I can’t do that to the kids. It would rip their world apart, if I left their father just because I’m . . .”

She paused, searching for the right word.

Unhappy?” Sybil supplied.

Not really,” Eden said. “It’s just . . . when I’m not angry with Mitchell I’m bored out of my mind.”

Even with the campaign in full swing?”

Especially with that,” Eden said. “It’s nothing I haven’t done before, just on a bigger scale. I don’t think Mitchell can win and he’s spending so much money. At this rate, we’ll never get out of debt.” She blinked back the sudden, hot dart of tears before Sybil could see. “Still no reason to end a marriage.”

Maybe when the kids are older.”

Eden finished her martini and signaled the bartender for another. “In ten more years, Rosie will be sixteen,” she said. “I’ll be almost forty-five. All the men my age will be looking for a younger woman.”

So get a younger man. You need a secret boy toy. Be a cougar—it’s all the rage.”

A quick image of Kaleb Stavros flashed through Eden’s mind. “Yeah, right,” she said.

What about that hot young cook you met at the fundraiser?”


Whatever. Did you call him?”

No point. Mitchell and his campaign need my full attention, twenty-four-seven. Any time I have to myself, I plan to sleep.”

All the more reason you should have a little som’n-som’n on the side,” Sybil said.

Oh, come on—you know that’s not me. I may flirt a little here and there, but when it’s time to deliver—I don’t.”

Well, that’s depressing.”

Mitchell’s my husband. I took vows, you know. For better or worse—”

Blah, blah, blah,” Sybil interrupted. “So let’s just forget him, at least for the weekend. Tonight—starting in twenty minutes—full spa treatment followed by hot chocolate in front of the fire. Tomorrow we’ll get your silly antiquing done in the morning and your blasted autumn leaves out of the way in the afternoon, and then little Sybil’s going on the prowl. You can come along and watch.”


4 stars

As much as I love reading, this book has me thinking hard. Why so much unhappiness both in the world and our lives. Yes I know its just a book, just a story and the characters are not real. or are they. This book is about the other shoe, normaly its about the politicians who cheat on their wives, but this one here is about the wife cheating on her husband.
But did she really, there is no love there, this is a man with more ambition then love for his wife, she is the trophy wife.
But she does meet someone who makes her feel cherished, not a trophy slung on his arm, but for her self, and what woman would not want that.
The more her husband treats like dirt, the more she falls in love with Kaleb. Eden and Kaleb manage to find time for each other despite the campaign being in full swing.
All through this her husband is shot by someone very unhappy, and since she is stuck at his side she does learn a few things that could be they key to her happiness. Will she have the courage to grab it or will she remain where she is.

I received a free copy for my honest review!

Review by Jara


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books as well as multiple episodes of popular TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Days of our Lives.  Her Dell book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera.  Recently she co-authored The Tracks, a YA supernatural trilogy.  Shadow Train, the final installment, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award.  Keel has also written screen adaptations of novels by bestselling authors, and has worked as editor or managing editor for a few international magazines.  In her spare time she ghostwrites books and screenplays for celebrities, doctors, corporate moguls, spies, strippers and anyone who has an interesting story to tell. 

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Arie Pavlou is a popular chef who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and then perfected his craft at some of the top-rated Michelin restaurants in France and New York.  He has lived and worked in France, Cyprus and the U. S. and is an avid world traveler who speaks five languages.  He enjoys all sports and has a talent for knife-throwing, which he perfected at Le Cordon Bleu.  Currently Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Bridgehampton Inn in New York, his specialties include Caramelized Baked Alaska, Winter Salad, Roast Lamb Fondue, Wild Game and Poached Pears with Mint Ice Cream.  The Congressman’s Wife is his first novel, and he’s currently writing a cookbook. 
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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Hi, Lisa - thanks so much for following the tour. Good luck with the giveaway!

  2. Thanks for the post and chance to win1

    1. Hi, Kim - Good luck with the giveaway. Thanks for following us on the tour.
      Charlene Keel & Arie Pavlou

  3. I've enjoyed following the tour for The Congressman's Wife and reading all of the excerpts and reviews along the way. I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing :)

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    2. Hi, Victoria - thanks for following us on the tour. We hope you do check out The Congressman's Wife (on sale for just $.99 for a few more days). We think it's spooky how our Russian villain parallels some of what's going on in the news these days. In Book # 2 (The Congressman's Mistress) we promise an even scarier villain.

    3. No problem - I definitely will! :)

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    1. Thanks, Gwendolyn. We appreciate your good wishes. Best of luck with the giveaway.
      Charlene Keel & Arie Pavlou

  5. Thanks for hosting us on this stop of the tour, and for your nice review. We love telling readers about The Congressman's Wife.
    Charlene Keel & Arie Pavlou

  6. This sounds like a great nail biter! Can't wait to check out.

  7. I have enjoyed following this tour and look forward to checking out this book!