Title: Interlude: First Noel
Author: Tal Bauer
Series: The Executive Office #1.5
Publisher: NineStar Press
Reviewer: Cee Brown
Release Date: 12/19/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Gay-For-You, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Erotica, M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 126
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.
Step back to Jack and Ethan’s first Christmas season and the tentative early months of their relationship under the world’s spotlight.
Three months into Ethan’s transfer-in-exile in Des Moines, Iowa, the pressures of dating Jack, the president of the United States, start to wear Ethan down. His weeks are measured by the days he works in Iowa, chasing counterfeiters and financial crimes, and the weekends he manages to steal with Jack back in DC. The media stalks his every move, he’s isolated by his coworkers, and loneliness hammers at his heart.
In DC, Jack tries to piece together a global alliance to take down the Caliphate, while the world seems focused on tearing apart his personal life. Hostility surrounds him from all corners of the globe, but a surprise offer from President Sergey Puchkov may pave the way for a tentative alliance…and perhaps the beginning of a friendship.
As Ethan finds himself in the middle of an investigation that rubs too deeply against his soul and Jack tries to balance leading the free world and keeping his and Ethan’s relationship going, the two men must face what their love has become…and where they are heading together.”
♡☆(¸.•♥´Political Drama at its finest!!
The best part of Tal Bauer’s series, jumping into Jack and Ethan’s world. The worst part, closing the last page. The hours I spent lost in Interlude was like watching a drama/action/romantic movie. Tal has kept me on edge from the first story Enemies of the State and continues to drag me along for the ride. One I never want to get off of.
Interlude takes place between book one and two, Enemy of My Enemy in the six months that Ethan was exiled to Des Moines following his and Jack’s momentous outing.
I enjoyed the ride the author took me on, intercepting Ethan’s drive to break his case that was more than both he or his partner thought. There was intrigue and the wonder of everything falling into place when it should have backfired.
Then there was Jack, trying to fulfill his job as POTUS while wishing he had Ethan closer. Jack and Ethan proved time and again they belonged together and their interactions were just outstanding. Even on paper you could feel the love radiating off of them and their need to be there for one another. Even as things got rough, it made them fight even harder to be together.
I think we as readers were all wondering about those missing months and am glad Tal graced us with this full novel and especially one that hinted at firsts. I wait for book 3, no matter how long it takes. A must read for lovers of political drama and MM romance.”