Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge: Anchored by Bridgette Quinn

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

This week's book is Anchored by Bridgette Quinn.

About the book:

How do you stay anchored when you’re attracted to your co-anchor? Barbara King’s dream is to become the next Barbara Walters. But for now, she’s anchoring at the fledgling Phoenix news channel, covering car chases and interviewing drunken showbiz has-beens. If she can just out-fox the conniving anchors at her cable channel and move up to its prime-time line-up, she’ll be able to fly the coop and ascend to a real news network. Enter Jack Stone, Barbara’s dynamic, witty—and did she mention sexy?—new co-anchor. Another potential competitor, Jack’s attitude is chilly toward Barbara at first, but it’s not long before a genuine friendship forms. Soon they find themselves finishing each other’s sentences, discovering all they have in common and, ultimately, attempting to ignore how wildly attracted they are to each other. Meanwhile, on the set, under television’s bright lights, they sit just inches apart, their chemistry even apparent to the quirky cast of characters in the gossiping newsroom. Will Barbara give in to her attraction to Jack and betray her husband, Ben, her sweet-souled moral compass? When a life-altering news event propels the Phoenix to the #1 news channel in the nation, will Barbara sell her soul to become a prime time star? How do you stay true to yourself when you’re being seduced by stardom—and your co-star?
Anchored gives readers a look at the world of television news.  Barbara is trying to make it big on the air.  She tries really hard to make sure her stories are delivered with integrity.  However, she has a new producer that is trying to make the news a little more "interesting."  Meanwhile, her boss has brought in a new co-anchor that is from another station, Jack Stone.  They do not seem to hit it off at first, but before long they realize they have a lot of chemistry...not just on  air.  Barbara is struggling with this because she is married and has a son (Jack is also married).  As she starts working on bigger stories, she starts compromising on the questions she asks (at one point she questions someone's patriotism!).  Jack gets a prime assignment that puts their working relationship in jeopardy and his safety.  As the story progresses, Barbara is involved in a slight scandal and thinks Jack has stabbed her in the back (did he or didn't he?).  Barbara must decide if she wants to take a job because of the scandal and how she is perceived.  The book to me ended on a cliffhanger with Barbara's job and with how things stand with Jack & her husband.  There are a lot great side characters; I think my favorite character was the makeup lady.  Like I mentioned, this book gives a lot of insight into the news profession.  It shows how cutthroat it can be and how people are as big as their next story!  

PS I think my favorite thing about the book is the "Hello Newman" Seinfeld reference! :)     
Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Brigitte Quinn is the morning anchor at 1010WINS radio in New York City and a former television news anchor at Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and NBC. "Anchored" is her first novel.
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