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A secondstringer with firstclass talent, Barrie Travis is stuck at a lowbudget independent television station struggling to survive among the giant networks Then, suddenly, she receives an invitation from First Lady Vanessa Merritt for an offtherecord conversation Barrie's reporter's instincts are instantly aroused During a furtive, emotionally charged meeting, Barrie sees that the President's beautiful wife is stunned by grief after the crib death of her infant son Vanessa's motive for meeting Barrie seems to be to share her heartache with another woman What Barrie overlooks in her excitement at hearing the confidences of the First Lady are the questions she should be asking: Why would Vanessa Merritt call her? And why would the President's wife hint to an unknown reporter that her child may have been murdered? Blind to everything but getting her exclusive, Barrie is determined to investigate the death of the President's child But she soon realizes that getting her story will test her ethics and her patriotism Would she expose information that could topple the presidency? She confronts this problem when she tracks down Gray Bondurant, a former presidential aide and war hero who shunned the politics of Washington in favor of life on a remote Wyoming ranch And when they both begin to follow a trail of lies and intrigue right to the White House door, Barrie's exclusive puts at least three people on the firing line: the First Lady, Gray, and herselfas crimes and ambitions combine to endanger their lives and the future of the nation


10 thoughts on “Exclusive

  1. A. A. says:

    4.25 Stars

    A good thriller with good characterization and disappointing romance that finally, finally blooms in the few final pages. It pissed me off because Brown led us to believe the hero (view spoiler)[ was deeply in love with another woman right until the end.



    I mean, I had my doubts, but still. I was afraid the whole time the heroine would be just a consolation prize. (hide spoiler)]


  2. Mo Mo says:

    First off, can this woman write a bad book?


    This quote is from the TV series, The Newsroom - it's not meant to insult anyone, especially Americans but I thought it was appropriate especially regarding the subject matter of the book.


    No stars could be seen, of course, because of the city lights. But there was a pretty moon.




    This one probably dropped a star as I really wanted some more one on one time for Barrie and Gray... where was it?

    Barrie Travis is stuck at a low-budget independent television station struggling to survive among the giant networks. Then, suddenly, she receives an invitation from First Lady Vanessa Merritt for an off-the-record conversation. Barrie's reporter's instincts are instantly aroused. During a furtive, emotionally charged meeting, Barrie sees that the President's beautiful wife is stunned by grief after the crib death of her infant son.>



    Vanessa's motive for meeting Barrie seems to be to share her heartache with another woman. What Barrie overlooks in her excitement at hearing the confidences of the First Lady are the questions she should be asking: Why would Vanessa Merritt call her? And why would the President's wife hint to an unknown reporter that her child may have been murdered? Blind to everything but getting her exclusive, Barrie is determined to investigate the death of the President's child. But she soon realizes that getting her story will test her ethics and her patriotism. Would she expose information that could topple the presidency?



    This one left me seconding guessing to the end again - OK, I had an inkling of who might be the bad guy.... but still, SB can spin a tale and keep you captivated right until the final line.


    She confronts this problem when she tracks down Gray Bondurant, a former presidential aide and war hero who shunned the politics of Washington in favor of life on a remote Wyoming ranch. And when they both begin to follow a trail of lies and intrigue right to the White House door, Barrie's exclusive puts at least three people on the firing line: the First Lady, Gray, and herself - as crimes and ambitions combine to endanger their lives and the future of the nation.



    Not sure what the breed of dog in the book was but let's put Binky in there!


    As with most SB books, go in blind. You are better off in case you see any spoilers.

    And he stayed there.
    And stayed.
    Fucking her in his mind.
    Sweet heaven and holy hell.
    It was the most sustained, most intense, most intimate, most satisfying, most frustrating encounter he had even experienced.




  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    To be completely honest I found this book to be a bit average which is a shame because I know lots of people who think this author is the best thing since sliced bread. The story was far fetched and the characters unbelievable. On the other hand it was very readable with plenty of action and a nice little twist at the end. A book to read on the beach or on a plane.


  4. Barbara Barbara says:


    After having coffee with First Lady Vanessa Merritt, whose baby recently died from SIDS, TV reporter Barrie Travis decides - with just about zero evidence - that the baby was murdered and sets out to prove it.

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    This leads to big trouble because President David Merritt, who is as corrupt as they come and has his own hit squad, doesn't relish adverse publicity for his administration.

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    Looking for evidence Barrie tracks down Gray Bondurant, a former advisor to the President who allegedly had an affair with Vanessa. Barrie travels to Gray's ranch in Wyoming and falls into bed with the handsome hottie minutes after meeting him.

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    He is the strong silent type though, and refuses to give out much info. Nevertheless, the reporter becomes more and more convinced that something is rotten in the Merritt administration and continues to snoop; Gray, apparently smitten after sex with Barrie, follows her back to Washington to watch her back.

    As the President scrambles to hide his past actions, protect himself from bad publicity, and win a second term he plans to kill off anyone who might expose him, including his wife.

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    This all plays out more or less as you might expect and leads to a conclusion that doesn't quite jive with all the characters' personalities.

    To me the plot of this book was unbelievable, over the top, and full of clichés. There were also too many gratuitous, repetitive sex scenes. This might be an okay beach or plane read, but I wouldn't have missed anything by skipping it.

    You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....


  5. S.M. West S.M. West says:

    4 'Hail the Chief' STARS

    I gotta love SB for getting me out of my losing streak with the past couple books!! I really enjoyed this thriller that involved the Oval Office, The First couple and the tragic death of a baby. One of the many gifts Ms. Brown has is her characters and their development. There are a whole slue of characters and each of them were real, original, quirky, layered and some were down right devious and evil.

    Barrie Travis is a smart yet impulsive reporter whose career is in the dumps thanks to a huge blunder on her part. Things are looking up for Barrie when the First lady contacts her to talk off the record. From there ensues a wild, dangerous and riveting mystery. Along the way, Barrie meets Gray Bondurant. He's the strong silent type, an ex-marine and ex-adviser to the President.

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    While this was certainly way on the back burner as this story unfolded, the chemistry between Gray and Barrie was so strong, and running through all of their scenes, that it was practically its own character!



    Surging through her was a rush of passion, of life, that could not be contained or even disciplined. She had never experienced anything like it, this assault of carnality, this all-encompassing, overwhelming, primal, unconscious instinct to mate-soon, quickly, now!

    I could hardly put this book down. And the ending...a couple of HUGE things are revealed at the end. One of which I had suspected for the majority of the book (view spoiler)[that Spence was the baby-daddy (hide spoiler)]


  6. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    Another prolific author that I will always read. I do like the romantic threads to her books, to be honest. The villains are always bad bad people, and the goodies end up on top, even if they have to try their damndest to get there! Love her male protags the best though, when it comes to Ms Brown. Barrie Travis is a go-getter in a dead end television job, approached by the First Lady, things get a bit hectic. An enjoyable read.


  7. -ya -ya says:

    Can the nation be conned by men in absolute power?

    It is the premise of Exclusive, I think and one I was curious to know how the story unfolded. But the interesting premise was followed by shallow characters, forced/alien romance and a disorganized storyline. It took me a while to finish this long book and evidently, I would not recommend:/


  8. Lisa - (Aussie Girl) Lisa - (Aussie Girl) says:

    Not my favourite Sandra Brown... but even an average Ms Brown is better than a lot of other romantic suspense I read.

    3.5 stars - but an extra half a star for the killer last paragraph!


  9. Jane Stewart Jane Stewart says:

    2 ½ stars. At best OK, but forgettable. Nothing new or different.

    Barrie is an investigative reporter looking into bad things done by the President. Gray used to be one of the President’s advisors. He is helping Barrie.

    Gray is smart and always right. Barrie argues with him on almost everything. The effect is similar to “they are hiding, he tells her to be quiet, and she says loudly why.” She also assumes incorrect things, frequently. I was annoyed with some of her actions.

    There is too much pondering and dragging out the story. The interesting parts would make a much shorter story. There is nothing new or special. It’s the kinds of things used in most suspense stories. There’s a twist at the end, but it raised a question about someone’s death instead of answering it. I did not like having this open ending.

    Romance exists, but it wasn’t well done. It was barely there.

    The narrator had a snippy smartalecky tone to her voice which was ok for Barrie. But it did not fit Gray.

    DATA:
    Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 13 hrs and 21 mins. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: strong, but rarely used. Number of sex scenes: 6, most are brief. Setting: current day Washington D.C. area and a little Wyoming. Book copyright: 1996. Genre: romantic suspense thriller.


  10. Carol MacInnis Carol MacInnis says:

    I won this fabulous book from a contest on Goodreads! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Barrie Travis is holding down a job as a reporter at a low-budget television station. Barrie was a good broadcast journalist but unfortunately, the stations management (and her 'creepy' boss) blocked her ideas to produce feature stories and instead give her menial 'junk' to report. She just needs one big break. Then, the First Lady of the United States, Vanessa Merritt, called to meet Barrie not long after Vanessa lost her infant son to SIDS. But the meeting was more than 'unsettling' to Barrie. She knows she must delve further and get more facts and try to speak with Vanessa again. Barrie meets up with Gray Bondurant who was once the right hand man to the President of the U.S., David Merritt, and knows things about the White House and it's staff. With the help of Barrie's dearest friend, Daily, they begin to uncover what could be the most scandalous and horrific events ever to come out of the White House itself.

    Just a riveting, nail biting story that once again has me put Sandra Brown at the top of my list of most amazing authors ever!