Interlude: First Noel (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Interlude: First Noel (The Executive Office #1.5)
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

More adventures with Jack and Ethan! This one is love and comfort and fluffy, fluffy, fluffy! These two are too fucking cute! Their love story is sappy and cheesy and leaves me stupid-happy. This is romance at its best.

Ethan had never loved anyone like he loved Jack. And he’d never been loved by anyone the way Jack loved him. It was still new, just six months old, but that love had remade Ethan’s entire world. So far, he’d put up with anything. Everything. As long as Jack kept looking at him like that. Kept loving him like that.

Interlude falls right in between Enemies of the State and Enemy of my Enemy. Ethan is still plugging away in Iowa, trying to get his career as a Secret Service Agent back on track.

Those of you who have read Enemy of my Enemy know that it is a fruitless endeavor.
Ethan is flying to DC every weekend to be with Jack, but the long distances between them are starting to take their toll and stress each other out.

So, Christmas vacation! Ethan visits DC for a holiday filled with love, unflinching happiness and plenty of good sex.

This is a perfect interlude to the adrenaline rush that are books one and two. These boys need time to cuddle and love on each other before the shit start hitting the fan again.

Highly recommended!

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Galley copy of Interlude: First Noel provided by NineStar Press in exchange of an honest review.