Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Interlude: First Noel
SERIES: The Executive Office #1.5
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 19th, 2016
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.
You know, I wasn’t expecting this one to be as sad as it was. My heart was ripped out repeatedly for all the crap Ethan had to endure during his banishment to Iowa. I think it showed just how deep Ethan’s feelings for Jack really ran because he really did endure so much to be with him.
In Interlude we see Jack and Ethan trying to navigate a long distance relationship under incredible amounts of stress and pressure. Ethan is thrown into a department that despises him and everything he represents.
Jack, on the other hand, is left to run a country that is dissecting his personal life under a microscope. Not allowing outside influences to sway his feelings he puts loving Ethan at the forefront of his mind, while also ensuring the safety of the United States of America.
What I loved about the interactions between Jack and Ethan is the fact that they were so desperate…so passionate. These were scorching HOT encounters these two had…it was like they were trying to burrow into the others body. It was friggin UNBELIEVABLY hot!!!
I loved this little novella because it really showcased the emotional side to Ethan and Jack. Even knowing what happens in Enemy of my Enemy there is no denying what these two mean to each other.
This was a great addition to the Ethan Jack saga…much needed…recommend for lovers of the series!