Friday, January 12, 2018

Flashback Friday: Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer #Review #Giveaway

Author: Tal Bauer
Book: Enemies of the State
Series: The Executive Office #1
First edition released: February 14, 2016
Second edition: March 21, 2017
Self Published
Length: 341 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.


Okay, saying I love this book is such an understatement! Tal Bauer brings us a story of love, intrigue, patriotism, and sacrifice on such a grand scale. The love between newly elected President Jack Spiers and his lead Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach doesn’t just change the blows it up!

Jack Spiers is a very rare species in politics, he’s an honest to God good guy. He lost his wife to war years ago and has dedicated himself to trying to make the world a better place. He is new to the White House and is struggling to acclimate to his new life. Jack is social and friendly and is finding himself lonely. Keeping the President healthy and happy is a job his detail lead takes seriously. When President Spiers starts to become more introverted and stops working out, Special Agent Reichenbach steps in. When Ethan starts working out with Jack a few eyebrows are raised by fellow agents, but they all trust Ethan to know what’s best. Soon though, Ethan and the President are clearly becoming friends. For Ethan, that friendship feels a lot like love. He knows his feelings are wrong on so many levels. Jack is the President and he’s straight. Ethan needs to get this under control, but Jack doesn’t help the situation. He’s funny, smart, friendly and beautiful....and straight! When Ethan makes a move on Jack, he thinks he’s ruined everything. Instead, the start of an epic love begins, the type of love worth everything. While all of this is happening between them, danger lurks under the surface. An act of terror will tear them apart, but Ethan won’t let anything short of death keep him from Jack. 

There is so much to say about this book, I can’t possibly explain how much you need to read this book. There are four books in the series with more coming with some secondary characters stories. This book will introduce you to some of the greatest secondary characters...EVER! 5 stars don’t seem like enough, but that’s all they’ll let me give! If you haven’t read this, take a’s incredible! 


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  1. I re-read this series just a week or so was even better the second time through!
    I enjoy re-reading quite a few of my favourite series - Temptation series, Cut and Run series, Tameness of the Wolf series, Metahuman Files series to name a few

  2. I have several series that I go back to in a variety of genres...Julie Czerneda's Migration, Thea Harrison's Elder Races, JD Robb's In Death, and I must admit, I have added this series by Tal to that list! Thanks for the excellent review and for sharing the giveaway!

  3. I loved this series! Can't wait for more books from Tal!

  4. Tal is one hellofa story teller. This series left me at the edge of my seat and at the end, I wanted more! A series that I really enjoyed years ago was A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes. I think a lot of folks love those books as well.
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  5. Good flashback, thanks for the memories. I loved this series and found a new author to me in Tal.

  6. I havent read that many but I really want to. I think the closest would be the notebook!!