Author: Tal Bauer
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Page Count: 672
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A federal judge running from the truth.
A U.S. marshal running from his past.
A trial that can plunge the world into war.
Federal Judge Tom Brewer is finally putting the pieces of his life back together. In the closet for twenty-five long years, he’s climbing out slowly, and, with the hope of finding a special relationship with the stunning Mike Lucciano, U.S. Marshal assigned to his DC courthouse. He wants to be out and proud, but he can’t erase his own past, and the lessons he learned long ago.
But a devastating terrorist attack in the heart of DC, and the subsequent capture and arrest of the terrorist, leads to a trial that threatens to expose the dark underbelly of America’s national security.
As Russia beats the drums of war, intent on seeking revenge, and the United States struggles to contain the storm before it races out of control, secrets and lies, past and present, collide in Judge Tom Brewer’s courtroom. With the world’s attention fixed on Tom and this case, he suddenly discovers he may be the only person who can put everything together in time to stop the spark of a new world war.
It took me a while to get into this story. It wasn’t that the writing wasn’t great – it was. It wasn’t that the story wasn’t interesting – it was. What wasn’t happening, for me, was connecting with either MC.
Loved it! The first half is purely relationship-focused (my Kryptonite – if Tal ever writes a whole book without suspense, I’ll trip a bitch to read it, no lie).
And then the second half was more of what you’re used to from the Enemy series.
If I had my way, the relationship would stay front and center, and the sexy times would be a tad more descriptive. Hey, a girl can dream.
It was long, but not a single gratuitous word is used. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great read!
P.S. Kris is my favorite, and I want a book about him next!
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