Congratulations on the publication of NOT THE PLAN by Gia De Cadenet, publishing today worldwide in English (DELL Penguin)!

An ambitious chief of staff risks her career and her heart when she falls hard for her new colleague in this steamy workplace romance from the author of Getting His Game Back.

After nearly a decade of experience in state politics, Isadora Maris is damn good at her job. Aggressive lobbyists and stonewalling senators are no match for her diplomacy and her unflappable commitment to her principles. If all goes according to her meticulous plan, she’ll soon be managing her boss’s successful campaign for U.S. representative and finally land her dream role: congressional aide in Washington, D.C., where she can really make a difference.

But Isadora’s cool professionalism is knocked off-kilter when she meets Karim Sarda. Karim is gorgeous and brilliant and seems to share many of her ideals. So why is he working for the California senate’s most detestable scumbag? Given their bosses’ fierce political rivalry, Isadora finds she can’t risk tarnishing her reputation by flirting with the enemy, and she’s been betrayed enough times to want to keep people at a distance. So she deems Karim off-limits—no matter how flustered she feels whenever he enters the room.

Karim knows that struggle all too well: Still processing the wounds from his failed marriage, he’s ready for a fresh start. But Karim can’t hide his attraction to Isadora’s commanding presence. Her strength is captivating, even as he recognizes something fragile beneath its surface.

When Karim and Isadora succumb to their undeniable chemistry, their initial desire blossoms into something more—something real. But if Karim’s boss takes control of the California senate, everything Isadora worked for could be destroyed. Will workplace politics shatter their chance at love?

Praise for NOT THE PLAN:

“A sexy and sensitive love story set against a backdrop of political intrigue, Not the Plan digs deep into the hard work (and subsequent reward) of letting down your walls and allowing yourself to be loved by the right person. I loved it!”—Ava Wilder, author of How to Fake It In Hollywood

“Love is on the ballot [in] this masterful interracial workplace romance. . . . The chemistry is off the charts and the affection between the couple feels real and entirely earned. This is a winner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Gia de Cadenet is the author of Getting His Game Back. A Maggie Award finalist, BCALA Literary Award nominee, and lifelong romance reader, she is also a business school professor and former translator and editor for UNESCO. A native Floridian, she currently lives in France with her children.

Gia is represented by Leonicka Valcius.