An underground pipeline has ruptured, spilling oily sludge into Minnesota’s pristine Lake Bunyan. Taking the media’s heat for Nations Oil is Corporate Communications Director Cathryn Mack, an old pro when it comes to spinning the facts in her company’s favor.
Stuck in Duluth to handle the press during eight weeks of cleanup, she finds a silver lining when Stacie Pilardi pops up on SappHere, a mobile app that seeks out nearby lesbians. Stacie is smart, funny, sexy as hell, and wants a longterm relationship as much as Cathryn—which is to say, not at all.
A perfect arrangement, until they realize they’re rivals—Stacie is head of the Clean Energy Action Network, in town to protest the greed and recklessness of oil companies and the havoc they wreak on the environment.
It’s best for everyone involved if they end this, and that’s exactly what they intend to do. Eventually…
KG MacGregor explores an interesting and timely debate in her latest book, the ongoing desire for cheep fuel versus the environment. She has clearly done her homework on both sides and speaks with authority about the situation. Despite being a political book KG manages not to make the reader feel guilty for not being as engaged as we might be. She has created thoughtful read which hopefully will make people think without being polarised by preaching.
The two women have obvious chemistry and the attraction grows rather than being destroyed by their opposing positions. KG shows that an intellectual divide can be overcome and that intelligent debate can be healthy when there is respect. It is only when Cathryn realises that her company, her position, has been morally compromised that she begins to doubt, and eventually it is the internal moral battle which moves her.
The story carries a level of drama, aggression, deceit and passion that keeps it moving. It forces the moral and political argument into a by-line to the main plot of corporate greed and political activism, surrounding a brief but intense affair. By doing so Ms MacGregor stops the politics overwhelming and makes them human.
Cathryn and Stacie are both characters we will all be able to identify with and their co-workers and friends are recognisable with all their faults and foibles,
Well thought out, well written as always, this is a good romance and a through provoking story.
(publisher review copy received)
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