Published by Arthur A. Levine on September 27, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.
BOOK: Interference by Kay Honeyman
WHICH CLASSIC: Emma by Jane Austen
This time Emma is played by high school junior Kate Hamilton who thanks to some political blunders has moved from DC back to her dad’s hometown in West Texas in order to overhaul his Senatorial career.
Kate, dealing with her own PR troubles was glad enough to go. But her talents in sizing up a situation, working the room and putting the necessary spin on a story are doing her more harm than good.
BEST CLASSIC MOMENT: In the original, it is one of the sweetest moments when Emma discovers Mr. Knightley’s feelings for her are more than those of just friendship.
Hunter stared at me.
“We’re still friends, right?” I asked.
He looked down at his boots. “That’s the thing. I don’t want to be friends.”
“Don’t say that. I know I’m hard to be friends with, but—“
“Kate, I want to be more than your friend.”
I shook my head. “But that’s impossible. I…I’ve done nothing but screw up.”
“You keep things entertaining.” The corners of his eyes crinkled.
“Is that spin?”
His eyes slipped to that focused intensity. “It’s not spin.” He took a step closer….
“Kate you are the most wonderfully stubborn, amazingly caring person I have ever met.” He held my face and brushed his thumbs against my cheeks. I could smell the earth and wood scent that hung around him. It was so real. He leaned closer and brushed his lips at the corner of mine, then pulled back to study me. I smiled and tipped my head toward him, and we kissed, long, slow. It rumbled deep inside me….
“I…I thought you liked Ana.”
He raised an eyebrow. “You might want to seriously reconsider your future as a matchmaker.”
“I think I’ll retire.”
Hunter pulled me close and kissed me again.
HOW IT STACKS UP: Decent
Despite the fact that she is spoiled, clueless and a bit of a ditz, Emma Woodhouse is one of the most likeable characters in literature. And that was the hang up for me, hard as I tried, I couldn’t really like Kate Hamilton. Maybe it was because as a reader I was in her head too much, or maybe because she always seemed to have an ulterior motive, but I could never quite manage to really root for her.
On the other hand, I totally have a crush on Hunter Price. He’s a decent guy who does what’s right, is secure in his own decisions and seems to really care about people—like a reincarnated Matt Saracen. I imagine him just as cute too.
Overall it’s a fun story that is well written. I really enjoyed the exploration of Kate’s budding photography talents—and her relationship with her photography teacher. And of course, any scene where Hunter made an appearance.