Saturday, December 24, 2016

ARC Review: Interlude: First Noel (The Executive Office, #1.5) by Tal Bauer

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.

Jewel's  rating:

Interlude: First Noel is just what I needed to satisfy (for now) my craving for more Jack and Ethan! I love them! And Interlude: First Noel is so much more about them than it is about war and intrigue. And it was beautiful. Jack and Ethan's first Christmas as a couple. *swoon*

And, though I think that Interlude: First Noel can be read before Enemy of My Enemy, since it takes place between books Enemies of the State and Enemy of My Enemy, I found myself actually paying attention to certain characters more because of events that happen in Enemy of My Enemy and I tell you what, it's hard to trust anyone. But! There are no traitors brought to light in Interlude: First Noel. Nope, Interlude: First Noel is a gorgeously fluffy and sexy Christmas story.

We get so much Jack and Ethan in Interlude: First Noel. So much! We get their silly texts, their sexy talk, their deliciously dirty sexytimes a plenty, and Jack and Ethan making plans for the future. And their Christmas gifts for each other actually made me tear up a bit. Plus dancing together at the Christmas Ball, and Jack's very public display of affection.

And threaded through the story is Ethan's current case and Jack's planning a war, and while we get some meat there, the real focus is the dessert. And that dessert is so delicious, I might just go back for seconds.

So, if you're a fan of this series, do not miss Interlude: First Noel! You'll love it, I promise.



Review copy of Interlude: First Noel was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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