Title: Interlude: First Noel (The Executive Office #1.5)
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.
Step back to Jack and Ethan’s first Christmas season and the tentative early months of their relationship under the world’s spotlight.
Three months into Ethan’s transfer-in-exile in Des Moines, Iowa, the pressures of dating Jack, the president of the United States, start to wear Ethan down. His weeks are measured by the days he works in Iowa, chasing counterfeiters and financial crimes, and the weekends he manages to steal with Jack back in DC. The media stalks his every move, he’s isolated by his coworkers, and loneliness hammers at his heart.
In DC, Jack tries to piece together a global alliance to take down the Caliphate, while the world seems focused on tearing apart his personal life. Hostility surrounds him from all corners of the globe, but a surprise offer from President Sergey Puchkov may pave the way for a tentative alliance…and perhaps the beginning of a friendship.
As Ethan finds himself in the middle of an investigation that rubs too deeply against his soul and Jack tries to balance leading the free world and keeping his and Ethan’s relationship going, the two men must face what their love has become…and where they are heading together.
What could I possibly say other than that I’m a gooey mess..!! Jack and Ethan just make me fall in love with them more and more and more every time I read about them. I just melted when I read Interlude. Melted into big piles of mush…!!!
Interlude picks up after Jack’s rescue in Enemies of the State and describes Ethan’s ‘exile’. Jack and Ethan are separated and besides dealing with that, Ethan also has to deal with the media constantly hounding him. They just found each other and to be separated is hard on them. What this book is about their growth as a couple. This books shows how deep their bond goes, how they both discovered more about each other and how they fell more in love. Jack and Ethan learn how to be in a relationship and explore the dynamics of their relation. The difficulties they face, how they face them as a couple and how it strengthens their bond is being explored in this story.
Jack and Ethan are sweet…!! In fact nauseatingly sweet (which just means that they are a fictional couple who I’m honest-to-God jealous of). They are silly, flirty and unbelievably sexy. The author has upped the chemistry in this book. Personally I always wanted to read their sexy times more and felt that in midst of everything their sexy times were falling a little behind but this book is an answer to that. Jack and Ethan are hot..too hot…off-the charts in fact!! The author has done a tremendous job in exploring their chemistry and using their chemistry as a way to strengthen their relationship. They both set the pages on fire..!!! There was not even a single moment in this book when I did not smile or turn into big pile of goo. They just made me fall more irrevocably in love with them.
What is also special is that this book as much as is about their relationship also tells about events which sort of bridges the gap between the first two books and explains some things in more detail. And also there are few other interesting events/incidents in the book which really contributes a lot to the story and also to their character growth. I don’t want to say more and spoil it for anyone but I’m in awe of how the author still manages to bring about their unique style of story telling in this book.
Jack and Ethan are two characters who feel real to me. From the first page of Enemies of the State I felt invested in their story and nothing has changed that, except maybe I’m more invested now. They are two such fictional characters who make me fall in love with them more and more with each and every word written about them. They feel real and close to my heart.
Interlude is a stunning and soul-stirring glimpse into the love story of two men who had the courage to be with their soul mate. Read this book for an emotional, deep, profound and exquisite journey. I’m still reeling from the high left by Jack and Ethan..!!