Title: Enemies of the State
Author: Tal Bauer
Series: The Executive Office Series, #1
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: 14 February 2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance; Contemporary; Suspense; Political Drama
Page Count: 324 Pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
What a brilliant offering by a first time author! I enjoyed this from the word go, devouring this lengthy political thriller in one sitting because I simply could *not* put it down! Jack Spiers is a newly elected president, and he’s feeling alone and like he’s the single goldfish in a bowl when he’s used to being part of a reef colony. Ethan Reichenbach has seen three presidents through their terms by following the rules and has had infinite success, but now he’s been presented with his walking wet dream, and staying professional just got a whole lot harder.
This is a slow burn buildup that gets increasingly political as the book goes on, just as a presidency gets increasingly political during a term in office. The chemistry is absolutely undeniable and sizzling in its limited allowances. Ethan’s primary duty is to protect Jack, and in order to do so, there are rules that must be obeyed, chief of which is never ever engage or become involved with the protectee. Emotions lead to mistakes, and a mistake in this job will be far more reaching than just Ethan’s heart. The rather frank assessment of life in the White House is tempered by the friendship that forms the foundation of both the success and the potential downfall of this pair.
I was blown away by the premise and the pacing of this story. While it gets technical in parts, slowing down the pace, it doesn’t become a burden leaving you feeling like you need to skip parts to get back to the action. Each bit of information is another piece of this very intricate puzzle. The peripheral characters and the various locations used in the book create a full, rich world that is entirely plausible for reality where there is no need to suspend any beliefs about what is or isn’t real. This is an astounding book that is absolutely a must read – five stars of thrilling incredibleness!
Review Copy of Enemies of the State provided by Nine Star Press for an honest Review.