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They say politics makes strange bedfellows... Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon—who is outspoken, charismatic, and op They say politics makes strange bedfellows... Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon—who is outspoken, charismatic, and openly lesbian. An even greater hurdle is the subterfuge and pretense that pervades the climate in Washington, D.C., where small missteps are readily painted as major gaffes, and lies are explained away as "in the public's best interest." During the heated campaign, both Bijal and Colleen struggle not to cross the lines of propriety—and perhaps more importantly, their party lines.


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They say politics makes strange bedfellows... Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon—who is outspoken, charismatic, and op They say politics makes strange bedfellows... Elated to secure her first paid political staff position, Bijal Rao is eager to focus her efforts on the election of her candidate to U.S. Congress. However, Bijal's first unforeseen obstacle is her profound and unexpected attraction to their opponent—incumbent Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon—who is outspoken, charismatic, and openly lesbian. An even greater hurdle is the subterfuge and pretense that pervades the climate in Washington, D.C., where small missteps are readily painted as major gaffes, and lies are explained away as "in the public's best interest." During the heated campaign, both Bijal and Colleen struggle not to cross the lines of propriety—and perhaps more importantly, their party lines.

30 review for Parties in Congress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ted

    This book seriously bummed me out. I even tried to lengthen my stride to savor it but that lasted all of a few minutes. The reason is that it's the *last* Moody book in my library. Moody is without a doubt, at least for me, the *BEST* author I've ever seen when it comes to banter. And I do mean the best. Intelligent. Witty. Snappy and sassy. Just amazing. It literally makes the pages fly by. So I'm bummed. No more books from her. Sniff. Sniff. This book seriously bummed me out. I even tried to lengthen my stride to savor it but that lasted all of a few minutes. The reason is that it's the *last* Moody book in my library. Moody is without a doubt, at least for me, the *BEST* author I've ever seen when it comes to banter. And I do mean the best. Intelligent. Witty. Snappy and sassy. Just amazing. It literally makes the pages fly by. So I'm bummed. No more books from her. Sniff. Sniff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    F.

    Absolutely loved this! A screwball comedy that made me wistfully remember the fun back and forth of Philadelphia story or His Girl Friday. I laughed, I guffawed, I neighed like an asthmatic donkey. And when I finished the book I was both smiling and missing the fun already. This is a story that is totally driven by the dialogue and the creation of situations and people in them that fuel the banter. There's also politics, but that doesn't bother me as I like politics and the stuff here doesn't ta Absolutely loved this! A screwball comedy that made me wistfully remember the fun back and forth of Philadelphia story or His Girl Friday. I laughed, I guffawed, I neighed like an asthmatic donkey. And when I finished the book I was both smiling and missing the fun already. This is a story that is totally driven by the dialogue and the creation of situations and people in them that fuel the banter. There's also politics, but that doesn't bother me as I like politics and the stuff here doesn't take itself seriously. Bijal, young (small government not socially conservative) Republican, lands her first job as a researcher for the (hapless but harmless) Republican candidate in a congressional race in Virginia. The smallish problem is that she *really* likes the incumbent Democratic and openly gay congresswoman Colleen, who she is meant to dish the dirt on. There is no unnecessary angst or weirdness. There are moments of political earnestness but then there's the reward of more laughter. I loved both Bijal and Colleen and the characters created. The romance is great, too. I enjoyed every single page of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    2016 Update: I'd originally deducted half a star for wincing. Weird, a half star for wincing? Well, whatever that was about, I didn't 'wince' this time, and since that was the reason for the 1/2 star reduction in rating, I've raised this version up to a full 5 stars. --- I really wish they had 1/2 stars on here. This is much closer to a 4.5 star book than a 5. Mostly because, while I was pulled along in the beginning by a desire to continue reading, I was also wincing at some of the words actions 2016 Update: I'd originally deducted half a star for wincing. Weird, a half star for wincing? Well, whatever that was about, I didn't 'wince' this time, and since that was the reason for the 1/2 star reduction in rating, I've raised this version up to a full 5 stars. --- I really wish they had 1/2 stars on here. This is much closer to a 4.5 star book than a 5. Mostly because, while I was pulled along in the beginning by a desire to continue reading, I was also wincing at some of the words actions and characters. Quite a funny little book, mixed in with the wincing. The mere idea of a gay Republican in 2014 just seems incomprehensible. Course, book is from 2011 or 2010, but still. People have been joking about the Log Cabin Republicans since the '80s. On the other hand, I have personally voted for (and campaigned for) Republicans, Independents and Democrats. Though I haven't voted for a Republican this century. So I guess it isn't that incomprehensible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara Sousa

    hehe I believe this is the first book I’ve read that made me laugh out loud and hard to the point of tears. This was so good! Even though it involves politics and a slow-burn relationship between a Democratic Congresswoman and a Republican woman who helps the campaign of the opposition, it had a lot of funny moments and the banter and dialogue between Bijal and Colleen was very enticing and sweet and sexy. Anyways, I don’t live in the US but it was interesting to read about what a campaign involv hehe I believe this is the first book I’ve read that made me laugh out loud and hard to the point of tears. This was so good! Even though it involves politics and a slow-burn relationship between a Democratic Congresswoman and a Republican woman who helps the campaign of the opposition, it had a lot of funny moments and the banter and dialogue between Bijal and Colleen was very enticing and sweet and sexy. Anyways, I don’t live in the US but it was interesting to read about what a campaign involves and how it all works. And even though I don’t believe that in real life a relationship between people from both parties would work out, I liked reading about it and seeing it work in here. And I gotta emphasize again that the funny moments are really funny 👌🏻😂😂 I’ll for sure re-read this again when I want to have a good laugh. 100% recommend

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Colette Moody is one of my favorite authors, and has a unique writing style. This was another fun read with lots of her trade-mark humor and good feels.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    I do not normally reread books. And the last time I read this specific one, the one time before, was in February of 2014. 2+ years seems enough time, eh? heh. I believe this is the first time I've reread a lesbian fiction book. There are many reasons why I tend to not reread - the easiest to mention is the simple fact that I kind of expect to be 'let down' form any prior experience with a book. I mean, I've read it once before, there will not be any surprises. So . . .. In this specific instance, I do not normally reread books. And the last time I read this specific one, the one time before, was in February of 2014. 2+ years seems enough time, eh? heh. I believe this is the first time I've reread a lesbian fiction book. There are many reasons why I tend to not reread - the easiest to mention is the simple fact that I kind of expect to be 'let down' form any prior experience with a book. I mean, I've read it once before, there will not be any surprises. So . . .. In this specific instance, the reread just reinforced how impressive this book is. And how much I liked this funny humorous book. Rereading enhanced instead of subtracted from the experience. And, looking over my prior review, I do not agree with what I'd previously written - for the most part. I mean, I mentioned wincing while reading. Whatever was causing that in the past, didn't smack me in the face this time. The only real thing that is vaguely mind-boggling from the prior read and this read here is the mere idea of a lesbian working for a Republican. But, to a certain extent, I had a better 'handle' on it this time. Oh, and as some might have noticed, this book pushed me to absurdity - in that I've finally created the shelf I'd threatened in the past - the six star shelf. And placed this book on it. It's a quite good book. re: ages. I know one, the Democrat, is 34. I had thought the other was in her twenties, but then there were some comments from her about how young someone was acting (a twenty year-old she bumped into at a bar). So both might actually be in their 30s. Then again Bijal Rao (rhymes with cow) is on her first paid political job assignment, so maybe my 20s impression is correct. May 25 2016

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Great dialogues; liked the banters and underlying sarcasm between Bijal, Colleen and Fran. Minimum angst 3++ stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cab

    Loved this book! The banter (it’s too good to be called dialogue) between the two main characters (Bijal – Republican / Colleen – Democrat) is fantastic and more often than not gets me laughing so hard that I am crying. It’s witty and engaging all the while making some fantastic political points while making me wish politicians really did say what they believe and work towards goals that are in the best interest of the people and not what was in the best interests of their pocketbooks. If this b Loved this book! The banter (it’s too good to be called dialogue) between the two main characters (Bijal – Republican / Colleen – Democrat) is fantastic and more often than not gets me laughing so hard that I am crying. It’s witty and engaging all the while making some fantastic political points while making me wish politicians really did say what they believe and work towards goals that are in the best interest of the people and not what was in the best interests of their pocketbooks. If this book is any indication of how this author writes I'll be looking for more or her published works. 12/09/2019 I re-read this book and I'm so glad I did. I'd forgotten how much fun the dialogue was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laz the Sailor

    This is a very slow burn, but a delightful story, with lots of lustful build-up, dilemmas, and snarky quips to make you laugh. Bijal's bad similes are hilarious. This book is a little preachy in places, but it you like F/F, you'll probably be singing from the choir. Several characters are a bit over-the-top, but they are so genuine and fun that I didn't really care. Not a lot of steam here, but lots of lust. This is a very slow burn, but a delightful story, with lots of lustful build-up, dilemmas, and snarky quips to make you laugh. Bijal's bad similes are hilarious. This book is a little preachy in places, but it you like F/F, you'll probably be singing from the choir. Several characters are a bit over-the-top, but they are so genuine and fun that I didn't really care. Not a lot of steam here, but lots of lust.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    Very funny book! Loved the characters. So funny. Colette joined us on Cocktail Hour episode 13 to talk about her work. It is probably my favorite show. If you like her work, you won't want to miss it. http://www.cocktailhour.c-spot.net/ar... ***reread 7/8/13 and still love it. Just hilarious. * 8/2/15 - I needed some laughs after reading a fantastic but moderately depressing read so I read all three of Ms. Moody's books in three days. Loved them all just as much, if not more, than the earlier read Very funny book! Loved the characters. So funny. Colette joined us on Cocktail Hour episode 13 to talk about her work. It is probably my favorite show. If you like her work, you won't want to miss it. http://www.cocktailhour.c-spot.net/ar... ***reread 7/8/13 and still love it. Just hilarious. * 8/2/15 - I needed some laughs after reading a fantastic but moderately depressing read so I read all three of Ms. Moody's books in three days. Loved them all just as much, if not more, than the earlier reads. *6/12/20 - I love a book that leaves me with a huge smile on my face when it ends.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jae Jae

    Bijal, who works to get her republican boss elected to congress, finds herself attracted to the political enemy, Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon. A fun read with fresh dialogue and a spunky first meeting. Bijal, who works to get her republican boss elected to congress, finds herself attracted to the political enemy, Congresswoman Colleen O'Bannon. A fun read with fresh dialogue and a spunky first meeting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anastacia

    This was my second book that I read from this author. I found at the beginning of this book it’s a bit slow but after the first meeting of the MCs, the book becomes so hilarious!! I can't believe if the name of the menu has really existed! And I’m not going to spoil it with my review. This book is a combination of politics romance and humor. Recommend to read it! This was my second book that I read from this author. I found at the beginning of this book it’s a bit slow but after the first meeting of the MCs, the book becomes so hilarious!! I can't believe if the name of the menu has really existed! And I’m not going to spoil it with my review. This book is a combination of politics romance and humor. Recommend to read it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megzz

    3.5 This is quite a delightful read. It has some of the wittiest flirting and banter I have ever read. The characters are likable and the storyline is exciting. I particularly like the pace of the romance: the attraction is instantaneous but there's a clear conflict of interest. So, they take their time, try to fight it, and as a result, there's some heavy intellectual foreplay during most of the book that keeps you interested. Overall, a fun, sweet and feel good story. But... the humour takes awa 3.5 This is quite a delightful read. It has some of the wittiest flirting and banter I have ever read. The characters are likable and the storyline is exciting. I particularly like the pace of the romance: the attraction is instantaneous but there's a clear conflict of interest. So, they take their time, try to fight it, and as a result, there's some heavy intellectual foreplay during most of the book that keeps you interested. Overall, a fun, sweet and feel good story. But... the humour takes away from what the story could have been. Something more heartwarming. With more feelings. More intimacy. More affection in the women's gestures and words. Not only is the witty banter quite tiresome after a while (despite it being the cause of wonderfully clever dialogues), it is also quite unrealistic. Who on earth is able to sustain this much wit? all the time? in every conversation? I think the main problem, though, is the lack of characterisation. It's hard to get attached to the protagonists, when what we know of them only scratches the surface of who they really are. We hardly know anything about their past, and about how they look at life outside of the political realm. I can only assume, since the reader is witness to every conversation the women have, that they don't know each other all that well either. Most importantly, it was even hard sometimes to differentiate both women's personalities. Both are sexy, beautiful, smart, on the same level of the butch/femme scale. They are both into politics, both really flirty, both confident, etc. And they almost speak the same way. Which is disturbing when you try to imagine them together. Bottom line, they don't really complete each other. They're cute, but they are not entirely convincing as a couple. I will however read other stories by Colette Moody when I'm feeling a bit sad. Because it's bound to uplift your mood.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I couldn't put this down. Great humor, fantastic dialogue. Definitely will be re-reading it! I couldn't put this down. Great humor, fantastic dialogue. Definitely will be re-reading it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosi

    Please, I need a new Colette Moody's book! Please, I need a new Colette Moody's book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lia A

    I loved it. The wittiest indeed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Although much of the book was completely implausible, it didn't stop me from laughing out loud and loving every minute of it. Although much of the book was completely implausible, it didn't stop me from laughing out loud and loving every minute of it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dide

    This should have taken me a few hours of my reading time but I was too ensconced by the wittiness, brash humour, drama, characters especially Fran and I guess the whole book to want to end it sooner. So I tried very hard to savour it for 3 days and am I happy and thoroughly satisfied. I love this author's skill... She just got me as a fan! This should have taken me a few hours of my reading time but I was too ensconced by the wittiness, brash humour, drama, characters especially Fran and I guess the whole book to want to end it sooner. So I tried very hard to savour it for 3 days and am I happy and thoroughly satisfied. I love this author's skill... She just got me as a fan!

  19. 5 out of 5

    andrea

    Really well written. Great dialogue. I found myself laughing at a few points. Just not my thing. I think I’m politicked out unfortunately. I’ll revisit this one in a few years.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva Reddy

    Clever, witty and entertaining. An extremely well-written book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MJS

    I'd read Collette's first novel Original Sin and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give this a try. It's a nice story, although I didn't find it as 'laugh out loud' funny as other reviewers have stated, the dialogue was amusing and the interaction between the main characters entertaining. Also, as with most lesfic, the end is rushed. I don't know if there's a word limit on these books or not, but it always seems like the authors have to stop a chapter before they're actually done and then have to cra I'd read Collette's first novel Original Sin and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give this a try. It's a nice story, although I didn't find it as 'laugh out loud' funny as other reviewers have stated, the dialogue was amusing and the interaction between the main characters entertaining. Also, as with most lesfic, the end is rushed. I don't know if there's a word limit on these books or not, but it always seems like the authors have to stop a chapter before they're actually done and then have to cram everything in. The story is at it's best when the two women are together and sharing witty banter, and that was enough to keep me reading. It's a nice, quick read, and a not bad way to kill a few hours. (view spoiler)[I had a few problems with the storyline, not least of which was a lack of respect for Bijal in compromising everything she believed to stay with a crappy campaign and a candidate she no longer really believed in. Also that Bijal would be helping to investigate the opposing candidate, but doesn't know what she looks like? Yeah, not too believable. And the ridiculous situations that happened to her candidate were beyond belief... one of those may happen to a campaign, but all of them? Please. There's no way she'd have been allowed to continue to run. I agree with one of the other reviewers who pointed out that you don't really know why they're together, they're attracted to each other, sure, but outside of that? Bijal knows a lot about Colleen I guess, through her research and following her campaign, but Colleen knows next to nothing about Bijal, except that she doesn't have the courage of her convictions, which isn't all that attractive I don't think. I often find lesbian fiction doesn't really manage to fully explore the dynamics behind why the characters fall in love though, so it's a failing of most lesbian fiction, nothing new there. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is a funny, campy, bawdy political comedy with elements of romance. The romance doesn't really play much of a role until the later stages of the book (the two leads rarely spend much screen time together and, apart from political ideology, it was frequently difficult to differentiate between them), but that shouldn't deter readers. The book is chock full of witty banter, political satire and some relatively interesting characters, though we never see much beneath the surface of said charact This is a funny, campy, bawdy political comedy with elements of romance. The romance doesn't really play much of a role until the later stages of the book (the two leads rarely spend much screen time together and, apart from political ideology, it was frequently difficult to differentiate between them), but that shouldn't deter readers. The book is chock full of witty banter, political satire and some relatively interesting characters, though we never see much beneath the surface of said characters. Editing and proofreading were, as far as I could tell, flawless. The only criticism I have is that a significant plot element (view spoiler)[the discovery of Coleen and Bijal's relationship, and the resulting political fallout (hide spoiler)] was heavily foreshadowed by multiple characters and situations. Unfortunately, it never came to anything. When the book ended, I found myself surprised that it was actually over, fully expecting there to be at least another act. It never really felt like the story reached its intended conflict or resolution, it just sort of wandered along. All in all, this was still an entertaining read, however.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natazzz

    This book was so bad, but yet such fun. It's got a very thin and totally unbelieveble plot, with bizar over the top scenarios, which constantly had me going: wtf? The first chapter of this book is so so bad, but it does get better towards the end. What I did really enjoy about this book is the two main characters' great banter and fun interaction, can't complain about the romance part either. In sum, one of the best 2 star books I've ever read. This book was so bad, but yet such fun. It's got a very thin and totally unbelieveble plot, with bizar over the top scenarios, which constantly had me going: wtf? The first chapter of this book is so so bad, but it does get better towards the end. What I did really enjoy about this book is the two main characters' great banter and fun interaction, can't complain about the romance part either. In sum, one of the best 2 star books I've ever read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    KT

    Great story, funny dialogue and angst free. Loved it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ulla

    An entertaining read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    TheGooch

    Loved this book! made me lol so much! It's a definite Re-read :-D Loved this book! made me lol so much! It's a definite Re-read :-D

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Some great lines in this book. Love a book with a sense of humor!

  28. 4 out of 5

    lov2laf

    Worth the read. It's more serious than Moody's other two books but there's still some humor to be had. Easy, enjoyable read. Worth the read. It's more serious than Moody's other two books but there's still some humor to be had. Easy, enjoyable read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Oh the sarcasm! One of the funniest and more eloquently written books I've read. Witty and smart. Oh the sarcasm! One of the funniest and more eloquently written books I've read. Witty and smart.

  30. 4 out of 5

    poppp

    Okay so the back and forth banter was entertaining and very witty. And issues were discussed eloquently. However, in terms of the romance, I felt like the plot was lacking.

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