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Serve & Protect

(D.C. Files #1)

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  35 reviews
What happens when you fall in love in the heart of politics?

Sam Daniels' life turns upside down when he meets an amazing guy and gets a job offer he can't refuse almost at the same time. Working in politics and sustaining any kind of personal life is never easy, but when you're running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States,
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ebook, 167 pages
Published May 28th 2015 by MLR Press
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Gigi
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The sequel is coming Nov. 13!



Campaign manger MC Sam Daniels is hanging out at a Washington DC bar, lamenting the fact that his boss is retiring and he doesn’t know what to do next. Ex Navy SEAL and current flight instructor at the US Naval Test Pilot School, Blake Morin sees Sam and asks if he can have a seat at Sam’s table in the very crowded bar. The men have a nice, casual discussion and Sam starts to feel a lot better about his future unknown. Eventually, the boys flirt a little bit and find
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Anne Boleyn's Ghost
2.5 stars rounded up because there were no Republicans.

I needed a LGBTQ political romance for a reading challenge. Much to my dismay, I kept finding romances featuring gay Republicans. Look, when Jabba the Trump and Mike “conversion therapy is good” Pence have banned transgender people from the military, argued that employers can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, and rescinded directives protecting LGBTQ students...well...I...



Nope.com. My rage would overflow.

While contemplating h
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Ami
3.5 stars

For a story with a political backdrop, about a gay campaign manager for a female Presidential candidate and an ex-Navy SEAL with a six-year old daughter, this story is surprisingly angst and conflict free. Which could be a good or a bad thing ...

Sam was upfront with Blake about what to expect, should Blake wanted to continue with the relationship. There would be LONG working hours for Sam. There would be weeks and weeks of Sam traveling across the country, which means that he and Blake
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⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
3.7 Stars

This was surprisingly pretty good. I randomly picked it because I wanted a political-theme for challenge and didn't have any expectations. Well, for a first-for-me author I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

The plot is linear, but with large gaps between events. Nothing terribly dramatic; no OTT plot devices, just real life kinds of struggle and experiences one would expect in this situation. I liked how the paparazzi issue was handled between the guys, how they talked out just
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A.
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Not gonna lie. It made me want to rewatch West Wing again. <3
Elena
A straightforward romance, from the very first encounter in a bar to a pretty solid HFN/HEA (it depends on how you see it), passing through a slow but steady relationship development, with a touch of political backdrop and some minor conflicts to keep things from becoming too perfect and boring.
The characters and writing were good and the kid’s presence relevant without becoming too much. Not a bad way to spend a few hours, but I don’t feel the need or curiosity to read any other book in the ser
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Leaundra
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...This ended up being really good and reading it while our real life election is going on was kind of weird but cool.
Didi
Copy of this book received for the exchange of fair and honest review.

Reading this while news of Democratic Debates splashed over the media (and I'm not even American) made this story more... THERE. It also reminds me of The West Wing and Commander in Chief tv series, without any bad guy to get pissed about (well, not much). Which is good as the whole plot was quite angst-free and both MCs were quite upfront from the first time of their situation. There were a couple of potential "trouble" but q
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Leseparatist
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, owned
I inhaled the book in a day and a half, and if not for pesky work, it would have been half that time. Full disclosure: this book is written by a friend whom I've known for almost a decade, so I was inclined to like this novel straight off the bat, but I have no doubt that its merits are its own. Despite being a person with relatively little interest in m/m romance (f/f/m would be my drug of choice, were it readily available on the market in high quality), I found myself completely forgetting abo ...more
Lisa
This book was given to me free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Sam meets Blake in a bar just before he is asked to run a Senator's presidential campaign. Most of the book takes place over long distances phone calls as Sam is in DC not very often.
The book follows their relationship for just over a year. I loved them together even Blake's daughter Olivia. If anything I guess there might gave been a little more angst. There were signs of issues but these were quickly solved. I thin
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NeRdyWYRM
It ended THERE

3 stars just for THAT.

I am not at all an aficionado of the political world. I'd go so far as to say that I hate every behind the scenes (and front and center) part of the current political process because hypocrisy, mudslinging, back-scratching and the like give me a fundamental, down-to-my-soul case of the heebie-jeebies.

[Climbing off the soapbox] phew!

That said, this book was engaging, the relationship felt real. The actual-world problems were believable-ish. I've got a couple of
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Coco.V
Dec 26, 2018 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
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Blurb:
Sam Daniels thought he won a jackpot when he met an amazing guy, but then the very next day he got a job offer he couldn’t refuse. The problem? Sustaining any kind of personal life while working in politics was never easy, but when you were running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, it might become nearly impossible.

Blake Morin lived a quiet life with his daughter after spending years as a SEAL and
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Amanda
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
A solid four stars!

Blake and Sam meet at a bar and hit it off. The next day, Sam gets a job offer to run the Presidential Campaign. They decide to carryon with their date anyways and soon they are getting more and more attached.

I love that Sam and Blake kept the communication open. Hey are essentially in a long distance relationship the majority of the time so communication is a huge factor in keeping them strong.

There is no drama, a sweet little girl and two men who know what they want and w
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Anke
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Took me forever to finish, couldn't hold my interest, found it boring.
Dreamer80
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dbml-reviews
*A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Blake Morin, after spending years as a SEAL, lives a quiet life with his daughter Olivia and he’s fine with that. One night he meets Sam Daniels in a bar and it’s like love at first sight. Sam has a quite interesting life… soon he will start to run a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, and starting seeing someone, it isn’t going to be easy. I really liked to rea
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Love Bytes Reviews
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Heart Review by Roberta

So, I’m really unsure what to write about this book. I saw that this book had politics and a former Navy Seal….I was expecting action, adventure…Blake even has a kidlet…I couldn’t wait!! Yet, this wasn’t that kind of book.

Sam Daniels is a man who has worked in politics his whole career and he’s about to be at loose ends at the congressman he works for is retiring. He gets the chance of a lifetime in working a presidential campaign and he accepts. Sam meets this intriguin
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Anita
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book from the author through the Don't Buy My Love program on the MM Romance GR group. My thanks to the author and the mods of the group.

What a lovely read. Probably more of a 3.5 but rounded up because I really liked the MCs. Blake and Sam meet rather casually and then embark on a very mature and honest relationship that, given the political life Sam leads, is surprisingly angst-free. The depiction of Sam's life in politics was well done and Blake's difficulty with it
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Bookjunkie12
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dbml
I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Okay so I thought I was going to be reading a romantic suspense, don't ask me why I thought that but I did and this wasn't. What I did read was a sweet romance story. You know the kind were there isn't a ton of angst and the characters seem real and straight forward.

Sam and Blake meet just before Sam is offered a job that will leave very little time for a social live let alone a new relationship. But ther
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Alexis Woods
(I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via the Goodreads Don't Buy my Love program.)

Excellent, just perfect. Ms.Linden pulled me right from the very beginning. If it wasn't for sleep or work, I don't think I would have put it down for even one minute.

When I offered to read this story, I hadn't expected several weeks to fly by before I got the chance to indulge. So when I finally started reading I was surprised by the content. This was a very good thing. I immersed myself
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Wax
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, own-have
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sam meets Brent before one of the biggest events in his life. He's worked on multiple political campaigns and most recently ran the office for a retiring Senator. None of that compares to being asked to run the presidential campaign. Brent is a Navy SEAL with a daughter who is his priority in life. He doesn't know if he is willing to take on a relationship with someone who won't even be in the same city for over a yea
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Avid Reader
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Serve and Protect: Megan Linden
M/M romance
3.5 stars
I was given this story for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

This story, while well thought out and well executed was just missing something for me. It seemed that the characters were always talking about how they were apart and despite the distance, they wanted to make things work. While I understand how taxing a long distance relationship can be, I felt that it was just too much of the story.

I didn't feel that Blake's SEAL background had
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Inked Reads
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
ThreeandHalfStars
This story, while well thought out and well executed was just missing something for me. It seemed that the characters were always talking about how they were apart and despite the distance, they wanted to make things work. While I understand how taxing a long distance relationship can be, I felt that it was just too much of the story.

I didn't feel that Blake's SEAL background had a lot to do with the story, which is why I did not categorize it as a military romance. While he was
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Morgan  Skye
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review

Sam is a political consultant who ends up running the presidential campaign for the first woman president. On the night he’s offered the job he meets Blake, a man perfect for him.

Blake is an ex-Seal and though he’s not in the closet, he’s also not out and proud. He has a daughter and he wants to keep her out of the limelight.

It’s amazingly tough being in a relationship with someone on the road more than they’re not and especially at the beginning of the relationship. But…these guys are mad
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Kek219
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
In  "Serve and Protect", the first book in the DC Files series, Blake is a former SEAL raising a young daughter.  He meets Sam in a bar the day before Sam gets the offer of a lifetime running a presidential campaign for a female US Senator.  Between days and weeks on the campaign trail, Sam and Blake manage to find time to move forward with their relationship.

I really liked this book.  While the attraction between the MCs is instant, it was not insta-love.  Both men are committed to their jobs a
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KellyJo
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via the Goodreads Don't Buy my Love program.

With the current election process going on, I was really interested in reading a book in a similar time frame, political setting. The added bonus of a Seal as one of the MC was just gravy for me. The book has a nice, easy flow to it which makes it a quick read. There is no insta love and despite all the time apart due to campaign not a lot of angst. Liked getting to see the two make a long d
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Meg
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books was given to me free in exchange for an honest review.

Sam and Blake meet at a bar and make a date to go out. Little do they both know that Sam is going to be asked to be the campaign manager for hopefully the first female president the next day. This is a story about how to sustain a long distance relationship.

Both characters are likable and we see good family relationships on both sides. Blake's six year old daughter is in the story but not much. Most of this book is about long dist
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Natalija
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I really enjoyed Serve & Protect. I have a special fondness for the characters who are mature not only age wise but in behavior as well, and neither Sam nor Blake disappoint me in that regard. As for the plot, there was no external conflict here, instead it focuses on work-life balance, but that's not a criticism just an observation.

Bottom line, this was a great start to a series and I can't wait to read the next one when it comes out. Recommended to those who prefer some substance with thei
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Michelle
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to be great...and it wasn't. The problem with this book wasn't that it wasn't written well, it was just boring. There was no real conflict other than the characters missing each other when they were long distance and a small invasion of privacy. I also never really felt like they were really in love with each other. Part of that is probably because they were separated from the very beginning, but their relationship just wasn't deep at all. Also, the dialogue felt very stiff to me a ...more
Rie
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
*2.75
Audrianna
An alright read...

I just couldn't get into it. To slow of a buildup for me. I found no problems with the writing style...I was just looking for something more
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