Title ~ Enemies of the State : The Executive Office
Author ~ Tal Bauer
Publisher ~ NineStar Press
Published ~ 15th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romantic Suspense
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.
Freya’s Book Brief
Enemies Of The State is a delicious tale focussing on, among other things, the presidential secret service. To quote from the book:
Falling for a protectee was part of Secret Service Agent 101 training and summed up in one word – don’t.
Jack is the President. Ethan a Secret Service Bodyguard. And the way their relationship should be (nothing more than protector and protectee, with little interaction) is not what either of them want. But, was what they did want, the same thing? You’ll have to read and find out. Ethan is immediately likable and is dedicated to his duty. So, when he starts to have feelings for Jack, it throws him in all directions. Breaking the rules is not something Ethan does flippantly. That’s not all there is to this story either; there is all the drama, political intrigue and world goings on that is worthy of a story based in The Whitehouse. It’s all the best parts of The West Wing meets Black Hawk Down with some extra’s thrown in.
This story ticked all my boxes. In my literary world, stories don’t come much better than, two important men, forbidden feelings, and the possibility of a world of hurt. It gets me all tingly. And this story was no different. Enemies Of The State is one of those reads that I didn’t want to leave, but when I had to (and, believe me, I only left under protest), I raced right back to it.
The story has depth and a large cast, but, is told in such a way that I didn’t get lost. In fact, each chapter started with a news bulletin, which kept me on course as far as the political stage. All the time I read, my heart thumped with anticipation. And I felt everything I believe the author wanted me to feel. Not a word was wasted and the more I read, the better the story got. It didn’t disappoint on any level. Everything I hoped would happen, did happen, and more.
What can I say about this story that doesn’t make me sound like a gushing teenager? Not much. Except, the drama, the angst, action and everything about this story was beautifully intoxicating. Enemies Of The State, for me, was a literary orgasm.
Meet Tal Bauer
Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal's stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.