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Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer
Series: The Executive Office
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Pages: 324 • Format: eBook
Published By: NineStar Press
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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.
“I don’t consider myself gay. Being with Ethan wasn’t some kind of realization of who I was deep inside. It wasn’t a…yearning of my hidden gay man, buried deep.”-Jack
“It was just me falling in love,” Jack finally said.
“And figuring out how to make that work with Ethan.”
Brace yourself this review is a mess because my thoughts are whirring right now!
I didn’t think I would make it to the promise land after starting this book. I don’t know how many eyes rolls I did, I counted at least 4 sobs from Ethan in the first half. I wish I could rate the second half because that’s a glowing 4 stars for me, but it’s not fair to the first half which is a huge letdown. It’s complete boredom. I was bored, super bored. I was tired of all the filler information. A couple of people told me to keep going because by 30% I was ready to DNF it. I’m glad I finished it, because the second half was super worth it. I like political thrillers and the author did a good job on the bad guys because I didn’t guess it. I felt like it should have been 100 pages less then it would have been all good. It was extremely too much political information. I like those things, but again it was all filler things that wasn’t important to me as a reader.
The first half of the story was so much anguish from Ethan’s perspective that I think it could have gone better if Jack had point of views as well. Ethan’s character didn’t seem to match up with his character in book one. The emotional side of him, which I’m usually wanting was unbelievable for me. It seemed so one sided when it came to those sobs, and tears. I didn’t connect with that part. It just seemed to insta-love on his part. This is why Mr.President should have had a point of view because it was needed. Coming from Ethan’s perspective I expected his to be New Adult Age instead of a 40 year old man with all these experiences under his belt. Not saying that it’s wrong to be emotional, but it didn’t fit his character. Stoic Ethan got replaced with a New Adult guy suffering from breaking up with his one true love. I just didn’t by that part at all. I can’t blame everything on Ethan, because Jack personality was a little faulty as well. He is the president so he had to be in politics for a while to get there. Those parts in the first half on needing Ethan drove me crazy. I was kinda happy we got things resolved and he needed to act like the leader of “The Free World”
The second half is where it’s at. I really like the second. It picked up with the actions, the feels, the physical part as well as the communication between Ethan & Jack. I also liked that the author made Jack bisexual instead of Gay, just because it’s okay to be bi, and admit to loving a person and not a gender. I really liked Jack’s character a lot. He took the bull by the horns, and thought the relationship out with Ethan. I think the author did a great job with the cast of characters. The Russian president was hilarious in his twisted mind kind of way The whole disavowed military unit was my thing. I was screaming B613 the entire time!!! I guess that means Collard would be by Huck! I cannot wait to book two. I would love to see more of these two, but Faisal definitely made an impression on me.