September by Robert Winter

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September: by Robert Winter
Series: Pride and Joy #1
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Pages: 290 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.

four-half-stars

Robert Winter’s September is an intimate look at love, grief, death, and learning to love again.

I am so shocked with my feelings and outcome of this story. My first read by this author, and I am amazed at his level of writing, and the emotions that he was able to evoke out of me. I’m just happy, had some ugly cries while reading this, but most of all happiness. Robert Winter first novel is a huge success. He had a thought plot, interesting characters, and heartbreak and love folded into this tale.

Brandon & David gave me hearts eyes, and I devoured this book so quickly. I honestly didn’t want it to end. I can see up until a certain point I was on the road to giving it 5 stars, but certain acts won’t allow me to do it. No worries, folks I still finished and enjoyed this story. I will admit the title confounded me for a bit, but I got it. I loved and understood it.

David is 48 yr old successful lawyer who is barely getting by in life. He’s working and keeping fit, but that’s it. He’s been numb to his surrounds for the past 2 years since his lover passed away. It’s hard for Robert to open up and allow someone in. From the snippets throughout the story his childhood was horrid, those events shaped him into the man he is now. He’s caring, self sufficient, he’s loving, generous, and a fixer. I think this were amazing qualities in a guy, and I really liked his character. Was he perfect? Hell no, he made mistakes but he’s human and I was able to forgive him. I think meeting Brandon was one of the best things he could have done for himself. I truly loved his character. He is the epitome of how I think a guy should be flaws and all, and he’s incredible in my eyes.

Brandon, **Le Sigh**. I am enamored with Brandon’s character. Not often do we see a character who is mature at such a young age. HA! I can call him young since I’m pushing 3-0 this year. Brandon was able to crack open some walls that David has built around himself. I loved how he handled David, knowing that this man is still grieving. Instead of pushing him to be over his lover, he embraced Kyle. He wanted to know more about him, their life together, and how they were. Such maturity, and compassion from Brandon. It brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions in the book.

Them getting together was perfect from the very beginning. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, and loved how detailed each scene was set up. Robert Winter had some amazing characters Matt,  Joe & Terry, and darling Colin. I am happy that these guys had an amazing support system. The plot was well written and detailed, the right amount of steam(they were super hot together), enough dialogue between the two, and the general story was very good.

I look forward to book 2 in this series. Look forward to more of this author’s writing, because it really works for me. Definitely recommend this book!

 

 

About Robert Winter

Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.

Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

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enemiesofthestate500Enemies 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.

 

three-stars


“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.

About 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.