“Enemies of the State” by Tal Bauer was a wonderful surprise and lived up to the blurb that captured my attention. I was enthralled by the progression of the relationship between Ethan and Jack. The conflict between duties of the office and the human need for companionship begins to erode the lines that separate duty and desire, and the heat that rises between the two is delicious to watch even as one aches for the confusion and hurt that have to be worked through. The struggles are realistic and the glimpse of the challenges faced by both men in their respective roles made the story start a little slowly for me but I was drawn into the action as it became more intense and then took off on a meteoric ride. The interludes provided by the glimpses of global events gradually build to the exciting events that threaten the new relationship, and the twists and turns that threaten to change the world were mesmerizing and dramatic. I am delighted to have found a new author to follow, and impressed that this story is nicely self-contained yet provides a delicious beginning to an exciting series. I can’t wait to read about more of Jack’s and Ethan’s adventures.
This exciting m/m romantic suspense thriller is the first book in the ‘Executive Office’ series and follows Ethan Reichenbach, the head of the presidential Secret Service detail, as he becomes accustomed to the incoming president, widower Jack Spiers. The transformation from viewing Jack as another high-profile protectee to friend and perhaps more, challenges Ethan’s strong sense of ethics and may compromise his hard-won position. Dangers mount as betrayal and political maneuverings threaten to destabilize world peace even as Jack and Ethan begin to explore their feelings for each other, and they may find it impossible to survive long enough to defeat both internal and external foes—especially those who wear the guise of friendship.
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 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.
*** Expanded second special edition, with 15,000+ additional words, expanded scenes, and character artwork.