4.5 Star Review by Ashley
I have been counting down the days to this release since I saw the first teaser. Joanne Schwehm had me completely enthralled in this fast-paced and different love story. My emotions ranged from happiness to heartache to anger and back to happiness with the surprises Incumbent had.
I really liked how different Lucy and Drake were. I haven't read characters like them before. Lucy is shy and reserved. She keeps to herself and only has one friend, Mason. Drake is the guy dreams are made of. He is incredibly intelligent, sexy, a family man, has a killer body and heart of gold. When these two meet it was as if the world stopped and was thrown back on its axis. There was something about the other that just drew them in. I think my favorite thing about them was that they were nerds and embraced it fully. If it wasn't reading an actual newspaper it was the love for history, learning and teaching. At their core was someone who wanted to help shape and better the lives of those around them. For Lucy it was through her teaching. For Drake it was through policy change with his seat in the Senate. I loved the relationship between Drake and Lucy. It was light and easy and they both got to be themselves. They were able to relax, let their guard down and just be.
But with Drake being in the public eye and his every move scrutinized they have to be very careful. This is the one thing that makes Lucy nervous because she has a past that she ran from that could come back to bite him. When what all happened was revealed, my heart broke for Lucy. And then I got angry that it happened to her. While Drake's reaction was to be expected, Lucy's wasn't. I didn't think she would handle things the way she did. But when the events of her troubled past come to light, it is Drake and the entire Prescott family to the rescue. Drake is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves. His actions made me fall for him even more than I already had. More so, however, it was how Lucy stepped up that me smiling from ear to ear. This woman is spectacular. Its no wonder Drake was so in love with her.
I LOVED the Prescott clan. Everyone from the baby sister, Gretchen to the budding pro athlete, Dane played some sort of role in the development of Lucy and Drake's relationship. And I can't forget Mason, Lucy's best friend. We all need someone like him in our lives. Someone who loves you unconditionally and isn't afraid to tell you when they think you're making a mistake. Someone who will be there for you at the drop of a hat, even when they think you're wrong. Joanne Schwehm delivered BIG time with Incumbent. Not only was it a great story of overcoming loss, starting over and finding yourself and love; but it was a great set up for what is sure to be an amazing series.
About the Author
Joanne Schwehm is a wife, mother and romance author who loves to write and read romance. She loves to create stories that readers can get lost in. Her desire is to have readers want to get to know her characters and be a part of their lives.
She loves the NY Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys and also enjoys playing golf (and the cute outfits that she gets to buy to wear on the course). Her motto is, "If you can't play well, then look good trying."
To put it simply, Joanne believes everyone should have romance in their lives. She hopes her books bring joy and happiness to readers who enjoy modern day fairy tales and breathless moments.