WOW! I couldn’t put this book down and stayed up until 3am to finish it. It’s a great mix of political intrigue, double agents, espionage, a plot to murder the president and then add into that a fantastic M/M relationship, passion, emotion and some steamy sex scenes and a book doesn’t get much better!
I loved how Jack and Ethan’s relationship grew. Jack is the newly elected President and a widow of 15 years. He’s alone in the white house since he had no children when he was married and having trouble settling into his job and the isolation he feels. Ethan is the head of his secret service detail and he knows that it’s imperative not to get involved with the protectee in any form. No friendships, no investment – a distance must be maintained. However, he truly likes and respects Jack and sees how he is struggling to acclimatize. So he offers to work out with him in the mornings and slowly breaks his rules as he forms a friendship with the president. There is a lot of political intrigue in this book and lots of scenes and dialogue about world events and politics but it never overshadows the relationship between Jack and Ethan. Of course Jack and Ethan don’t overshadow the suspense either. In fact, I thought it was a perfect mix. Not only that I wasn’t sure who the bad guy was and that rarely happens. There was a ton of action and the book had me on the edge several times! Bottom line: wonderful characters, moving romance, fantastic political intrigue and edge of your seat suspense. This was my first Tal Bauer book but I’m going to go buy the next book in this series as soon as I post this review! Definite 5 charm book – I highly recommend this one!