Title: Trust & Confidence (D.C. Files #2)
Author: Megan Linden
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Page Count: 150
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Stevie Callan is the personal assistant of the White House Chief of Staff and knows all the reasons why dating someone from the press corps is a bad idea. Faced with all the British charm of one of the best reporters in D.C., Stevie’s resolve crumbles, but soon after he finally crosses the line they’ve been balancing on for months now, the news about his father’s illness put everything into question.
Will Newbrough hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Stevie for months and now it finally looks like they may get their shot. But with the new story that falls into his lap, he’s risking more than he imagined when Stevie gets dragged into the middle of it.
Press & Hold is the third book in the D.C. Files series, exploring the lives of men in politics, secret service, military and the press in Washington DC. I loved the first book Protect and Serve, kind of liked the second book Trust & Confidence and enjoyed this edition.
Press & Hold revolves around Stevie Callan, the personal assistant to the White House Chief of Staff and Will Newbrough, a member of the press corps. These men have enjoyed several months of flirting and getting to know one another before Will finally breaks the ice and asks Stevie on a date.
Both men realize that they need to keep their personal and professional lives as separate as possible to avoid any top-level information leaks but sometimes the moles in the White House spill the beans and questionable alliances wind up in the press. This happens to Will and Stevie and manages to stop their relationship before it really starts. Add in a parent’s illness and Stevie leaving D.C. for long periods of time, these boys spent more time apart than together.
The was a quick read and the angst wasn’t too hard to handle for the addled reader’s brain. They wasn’t anything really special about this book, unlike book 1 which was hot and exciting, but I can recommend this for a nice, quick, low-angst read.
This book can be read as a stand alone, but there are characters from the first two books here. None of them have roles big enough for confusion and the author does a nice job of explaining who they are.
If you are looking for an exciting political M/M romance, I’d read book 1 over this one, but if American politics are your thing, you’ll want to read all 3.