Title: Interlude: First Noel
Author: Tal Bauer
Series: The Executive Office #1.5
Publisher: NineStar Press
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: 3 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.”
Review: This is a Holiday story for one of my favorite series. It takes place between book 1 and book 2 and it is more about Ethan and the time he spent away from Jack. This story is a softer where the excitement and political drama are concerned, but there is still some action that is a nice lead into the second book. This is not a stand alone book and you will need to read Enemies of the State book 1 before you read this book. The plot has Ethan working in Iowa after his demotion in the Secret Service. He is missing the president and is facing challenges from his superiors because of his relationship with The President of The United States. We also see how the friendship builds between Russian President Sergey Puchkov. Which is a great lead-in to the second book Enemy of my Enemy. The chemistry is hotter than ever as these to men steal moments with one another via phone, text, skype or in person. The pacing is fast and the ending brings us to a touching moment before the storm that is about to happen. I love how these characters are portrayed and this book brings out their softer more intimate side.