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3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  489 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Jack Christensen has everything he ever wanted. He's a rising star in US Diplomacy, the youngest man to have been appointed as an Ambassador of the United States. A career diplomat who's just been sent to a politically interesting Embassy in Europe, he has the perfect wife, speaks five languages and has all the right credentials, yet there's something missing and he doesn' ...more
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Published December 1st 2007 by Dreamspinner Press
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Aug 16, 2009 JenMcJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has a lot of diplomatic research and interesting plotting. I was very curious every step of the way to find out how this could possibly turn out well. Two men hooking up, one married, the other engaged has a lot of mountain to climb to make the characters sympathetic, but this does manage it quite well.

Up front, those of you with a serious aversion to cheating are not going to be able to get past the first 1/3 of the book. Jack does cheat on his wife with Lucas and he does it quite d
Aug 03, 2009 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2009
This book had the exact plot and characters who are fitting to my fetish. I like handsome, powerful men in tailored suits. The romance is so perfect and so sweet that made my head spin. There are tons of cliché but I loved that book just for it. Jack Christensen, USA ambassador,was perfect man with perfect marriage and education. His career was on its prime and he was striving for the higher position. His marriage with perfect woman, whom everybody admired was flawless, but something was missing ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Ele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ele by: Karen
*2.5 stars*

Had I read this book in my early m/m years I'm absolutely sure I would have LOVED it. Now though, it didn't leave much of an impression. I didn't hate it and I did't really feel the need to dnf bu at the same time I did get bored and there was a lot of eye rolling involved.

For a man who never gave in to his needs to be with another guy in order to protect his career, Jack gave in way too easily to Lucas. The cheating came easily with just a little bit of guilt and the wife was, conve
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★
Lucas and Jack, Loved Each Other So Much,

and they were Adorable~ I Loved It!

Things I Love About This Book~

I Loved the story-line, typical, but, one of my favorites.
I Loved both MCs, adorable , huggable and lovable, yum.
I Loved their Chemistry and oh my GAWD their Passion, yummy, yum, yum.
I Loved men with Powerful HAWT jobs~

Lucas'~the British liaison to the American Embassy.

Jack~ Ambassador of the United States.

I Loved both MCs they exuded suaveness, and did it swoon-worthy well.

I Loved the pac
This was awful. Considering it's a m/m book, the language used was very stilted and awkward (OK, it's supposedly a diplomatic service book, but come on!) - the author kept using the word 'member' (I immediately thought of Victoria Woods 'Dinner Ladies' and the episode where the canteen girls are trying to get their Xmas ornaments back, the look on Dolly's face when she discovers the 'winged members' in the box, priceless!!). There were a few howlers too (I only got up to 28% and gave up) - I alw ...more
Anna Kļaviņa
Dec 15, 2015 Anna Kļaviņa rated it did not like it
Boring story and average writing. DNF

May 01, 2013 Anke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this in August 2008 and after several tries it was a DNF for me. Now I found it again, the blurb sounded interesting enough, again:), so that I gave it another try. And realized that my taste obviously has changed. This time I liked the book very much. The development of the relationship kept me reading on and I had no problem with the cheating in this book. If something was disturbing, it was the rather detailed description of the diplomatic side of the story. On top of that I found the Luc ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
3.5 stars. Great cover!

What I liked:

* Jack's instant attraction for Lucas. He doesn't try too hard to fight it and the scene where he teaches Lucas how to cook as an excuse to touch him in front of wife and girlfriend is so hot for me (and nothing major happens, but still... oh my!)

* Lucas (the young British diplomat) is the seducer, he's younger than Jack (the Ambassador), but he's more experienced. He is very protective of Jack and he is very open in his affection, maybe because of his age. He
Elisa Rolle
Do you know that feeling? when you come accross a book and read the blurb and say, no this is not for me, but somehow you know you are making a big mistake? Cause something in that book draws you and you know you have to read it.

Well Diplomacy is that book for me. When first came out, I read the blurb: cheating man, NO. married cheating man, NO NO. married cheating man who has a relationship with another committed cheating man, NO NO NO. But... it's a may / december relationship, YES. It's an of
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson
Nov 17, 2013 Dean MacKinnon-Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m/m romance lovers
3.5/5 - rounded up to 4

An unusual book in so far as it deals with numerous LGBT themes, but somehow manages to avoid the typical overt pushyness when doing so. Strong characterisation, and a respectable plot. However there were issues, but its important to keep in mind this author isn't a native English speaker.

Plot: (view spoiler)
Jul 27, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-gay, romance
Greeeeeeat book!

I love how powerful both men are! All the politics and intrigue is fantastic.
I like how they fall in love, and how much it was impossible to both admit it. How can USA embassador be gay? It's a suicide to his carrer, he can't admit he felt in love with another man.. And not just any man, but the second in command in the British embassy! No... Impossible... Right?

Read to know :)

I adored it, and devour this book in one day. The story was perfect to me :). I was searching a romance
❣✐❃ Michaelle ❃✐❣
Apr 17, 2016 ❣✐❃ Michaelle ❃✐❣ rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
2.3 Stars

A M/M Romance Group Team Spin Spellapalooza Challenge read. (Go Team 6 - Living In Spin!!!)

So, yeah. This book.

Well, I only barely didn't like it. It was okay. I'm not a fan of blatant cheating but I chose to challenge myself; I decided to keep reading even after I realized that the wife is still there and all this is going on under the radar. But, okay, I do like imperfect characters and character growth so I chose to pass all that prejudice through a filter to see if I could let it g
Nel corso di questi pochi anni in cui il genere m/m si è inserito nel mercato italiano, poche volte è stato affrontato in questi romanzi il tema del tradimento, quello per intenderci tra marito e moglie.
Nei vari blog e forum che trattano la narrativa romantica, spesso si trovano opinioni alquanto virulente al riguardo, che sfiorano a volte le risse verbali. È colpa di lei, è colpa di lui, è colpa dei figli, della suocera, del lavoro, del sesso, e si potrebbe continuare all’infinito.
Quindi mi a
FiFi Bee ❥ bewitched by smexy heroes & dem heartbreakers ❥
Diplomacy was a wonderful novel that made Zahra Owens a must read for me. It is set over a period of a number of years and it starts off in a memorable time period. The whole story has a very realistic touch because all the political issues are accurate and well researched.

This book is about Jack Christensen, an American ambassador to Belgium and Lucas Carlton, British Liaison to the American Embassy. The two men meet at a banquet hosted by the US embassy and they quickly strike off a friendship
Mar 05, 2015 Jacq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just right . loved It!
Anita Bianchi
Dec 21, 2013 Anita Bianchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Questo romanzo mi ha piacevolmente stupita: mi aspettavo una storia incentrata più sulle difficoltà che una relazione tra due uomini pubblici come un ambasciatore e un diplomatico in cariera comportano, ed invece ho trovato sentimenti e solidarietà.
Non fraintendetemi: Jack e Luke devono affrontare molte traversie e devono fare dolorose rinunce, ma possono contare sul profondo legame che li lega e sull'amicizia (anche t
Jun 26, 2013 Valérie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-books
J'ai adoré cette romance moderne dans un monde ou l'apparence compte tellement, Zahra Owens a fait un travail remarquable en faisant des recherches minutieuses pour décrire ce monde politique afin de rendre crédible son récit, il y a une authenticité qui se dégage des lieux où se situe l'intrigue comme de tous les évènements qui se passe dans le monde de la diplomatie. Ces deux héros sont attachants et suivre leur parcours sur plusieurs années est un vrai plaisir, nous avons une belle histoire d ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
Questo romanzo ti prende sin dalla prima riga, ti seduce e ti trascina.
Come l’ambasciatore Jack incrocia due particolari occhi color cioccolato e ne rimane totalmente stregato, anch’io non sono più stata capace di scollarmi da questa storia: sarà per l’ambientazione originale (dopo tanti ranch e cowboys, la vita dei diplomatici è un po’ una novità), sarà per l’attesa di scoprire come i due si sarebbero organizzati per riuscire a stare insieme, nonostante mogli, fid
Michelle B
Oct 23, 2011 Michelle B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't sure what to expect from this author with this topic, so I was very pleased with this interesting look into European diplomacy. While reading, I was struck by just a sense that this author was a European, and it turned out to be true. She has written about the setting as if she has been there and walked the streets, and I found that aspect intriguing. It served to add an element of authenticity, along with the different flavor of the author's voice.

The diplomat is a very unhappy fellow, a
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Distinguishes itself from other m/m romances

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- Realistic (to a degree) - the characters struggle with not only the personal but also the political consequences of their relationship.
- Sweet sex scenes full of feeling; however, see the cons list below also.
- Unusual in that it (a) covers a longer period of time than many m/m romances and thus shows not just the "happily together" but the "happily still toge
Eric Renoult
Sep 01, 2013 Eric Renoult rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zahra Owens tisse ici une histoire pleine d’amour malgré les obstacles, tout d’abord le milieu choisi qui n’est pas très gayfriendly, puis le poids de la société. Et pourtant malgré les obstacles, un couple se créera et essayera d’atteindre son propre paradis.
Jack est un homme fort et qui avec sa femme forme le parfait couple de diplomates, pourtant une chose manque, la passion d’un amour. Jack est aussi un homme de principe qui contre vent et marée ne voudra pas se cacher. je dois dire que je c
T'Lar Jones
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Mar 17, 2016 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

It doesn't happen often for me not to finish a book I once start, but there's just nothing keeping my interest in this one. I like the cover, and the blurb sounded interesting... mmm, men in diplomatic services, Europen settings, all the mental visuals of dark suits and white shirts, yes, rub it all over my face and I'll be happy - only I wasn't happy. With all the Brit/American, younger/older man fillers instead of actual names, I had to constantly remind myself of who was who; the insta lov
i read this book in french (le diplomate) -- i'm learning french and would pretty much read ANYTHING in french that i can find for my kindle. it's not bad --- A LOT more explicit sex scenes than i was expecting though. otherwise, fun to read (in french) and it certainly expanded my french vocabulary!
Sep 01, 2009 ElaineY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would when I started it. There was a sparkle when Jack and Lucas first met but it just got dragged out until the entire drama felt overly long. When I finally got to the end, I saw there was an epilogue and groaned loud enough for my DH to ask if something was wrong.

I have to say I lost interest somewhere in the middle of the story even though it wasn't so dull as to make me abandon it altogether. Both Jack and Lucas are nice guys, handsome and urbane an
Nice story of an older man who has always known he was gay but married and had to live in the closet until the "one" came into the picture. I like the struggle the get to one another and the break up to get back together. Nice.
J'ai préféré à "sous les nuages du ranch" largement. Même soucis de rythme mais l'aspect "monde diplomatique" assez inédit a permis de passer au dessus. J'ai adhéré à la psychologie des personnages alors que"sous les nuages du ranch" j'etais pas du tout dedans.
May 13, 2014 Marc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm

Bien que l'histoire soit assez mignonne, elle souffre malheureusement de nombreux défauts : style de l'auteur, traduction, mauvaise gestion de la tension, évènement dramatique qui arrive comme un cheveux sur la soupe et qui est résolu immédiatement, épilogue qui fait le tiers du bouquin, etc.
Christine Strowbridge
It was okay. I initially bought because of the synopsis. I was intrigued by the the idea of a "happily" married man falling in love with another man. I had thought there would be more drama and confusion (especially on the "straight" mans part) but it was not really that dramatic. Not enough intensity for me. I found the ending to drag out as well. It jumped two years every paragraph and I would get confused and have to go back and read the paragraph again after I figured out it was "two years l ...more
I found myself skipping through a lot of this. It just didn't hold my interest
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