REVIEW: “ENEMIES OF THE STATE” by Tal Bauer

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TITLE: Enemies of the State
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: The Executive Office  – book 1
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ART: Aria Tan
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 336 pages
RELEASE DATE: 14th February 2016

 

BLURB: A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.

A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.

A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Enemies of the State contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

 

Federica Politics and me do not mix. My knowledge of American politics is limited to say the least, but I rather like the fictional political movies about American President’s and as soon as I saw the blurb to this book, my curiosity was roused, I knew I had to read it.
And it was the right decision, it was everything I expected but also, so much more.

This is not just a political drama, it’s also the most wonderful of romances (which everyone knows is my favourite) in fact it had everything – suspense, tension, international intrigues and twists and turns at every corner.
This is my first Tal Bauer book and I loved it, a wonderful surprise. I was held spellbound from the very first page to the very last.
I’ll let you into my guilty secret, when the romance is twinned with a secondary plot, I have been known to skip some pages to get to the romance, but not with this one.  The plot was as riveting as was the romance, I adored the tension and suspense side of things, especially as nothing was guaranteed….
But the romance was guaranteed and this GFY storyline was perfect.
Jack Spears is the new President of the United States. He has been a widower for many years and very straight.
Ethan Reichnbach is the Chief of his Security Team. He’s gay but doesn’t have relationships. His whole life has been dedicated to his work and has certain “rules”, the main one being “never get involved with the person you have to protect”.
Up until now, it has never been a problem. But he knows that Jack Spears could be a big problem.  Not only is he a good man but he’s also very lonely.  Ethan cannot keep away, he can’t distance himself, breaking his own rules.
The suspense storyline was very fast paced unlike the romance, it was a slow burn, they took their time and that made the book for me – the icing on the cake.
Ethan struggles because he is full of doubts, he’s tried to deny his feelings but then finally realises that it’s just impossible. Jack however, though shocked after their first kiss, is  very willing to discuss every possibilities on offer.
It truly is a wonderful book.

Highly, highly recommended.

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