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Nemici dello Stato

(The Executive Office #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,038 ratings  ·  623 reviews
Un’organizzazione governativa corrotta e segreta che ha il presidente nel mirino.
Un agente del Servizio Segreto che infrangerà ogni regola.
Un presidente che si innamora dell’unica persona di cui non dovrebbe: un uomo.

Jack Spiers, neoeletto presidente degli Stati Uniti, sin dall’inizio del suo mandato si ritrova a dover lavorare incessantemente per evitare che il mondo vada
ebook, 503 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Triskell Edizioni (first published February 14th 2016)
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Reread October 2016 This one was even better the second time! Added it to my "fuck yeah, 5+ stars" shelf. Diving into the sequel. Yippie!

Release day! Tal Bauer did a guest post at Gay Book Reviews today announcing that Enemies of the State is part of a series, which means more Jack and Ethan!

First off, plan your day around this one. You will NOT want to put it down. If you have spoiled dogs like I do and it's past their bedtime, this might happen to you:

Newly elected POTUS Jack Spiers is having
In order to read this book, you have to suspend disbelief.


And then more.

I had three major problems with this book (Whaaaaaat? Only three?).

Firstly, this is unrealistic. Not a little, or much. Just I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E. I spent the first 25% rolling my eyes six ways to Sunday (and the rest 75% I managed to combine the eye-rolling with some kind of grumpy acceptance). I was sinking in despair seeing how ridiculous it all was, seeing two grown-up men behaving like teens. Their infatuat
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Well done Tal Bauer! Well done!

I don't do politics. I don't discuss them. I don't debate them. But oddly enough I like to read about them.

And while this one might have been slightly higher on the politics scale then the romance scale for my personal preference, I still loved the hell out of it.

It read like a movie. This could have been a movie. I would watch this movie.

It's definitely a slow build between Jack and Ethan. And there was almost a forbidden quality to their relationship
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Re read October

5 stars!

Yes! Yes! I'm in love again and thank goodness my heart is huge and I can keep falling in love over and over.....


Jack, has just become the POTUS and as the most important man he needs protection. Nathan, is the leader of the secret service for jack he is also openly gay, unlike Jack, who is straight and a widow. Working together Jack/Nathan formed a special bond and soon Nathan finds himself attracted to Jack. He battles with his feeling for Jack, and that fact he can al
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Third re-read: 26.08.2020
I skimmed all the politics - I've read it before, I know what will happen and I hate politics - and only focused on Jack and Ethan's relationship. While it's quite beautiful relationship from friends turned lovers, I still wish we had gotten more. I wish at least of the the males were alpha male. I need me some alpha male. That being said, I did enjoy the re-read, even though I skimmed quite a bit because there's a whole lot of politics in this book. Overall, it stil
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Re-read February 2019

One of my monthly challenge tasks was "re-read an old favorite." I wondered if I would be as obsessed as when I first read and reviewed it. Verdict? Still obsessed.

This was so good.

Why did I wait so long to read this?


If it wasn't obvious, "good" is an understatement. Enemies of the State checked all of my boxes and it checked them hard.

Last night I read until 1 am, t
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 5 Stars
Story 3.75 Stars

I loved the romance, the relationship, the action and suspense, but the political bits and the length of the story, I wasn't to crazy about. 🤷🏽‍♀️ The audio made a big difference in keeping me interested enough to want to finish.
5 Amazing POTUS Secret Agent Stars


This book.. was amazing filled with on the edge of your seat action and the best slow burn romance.

Jack Spiers is the newly elected POTUS has been a widower for 15 years and has never been with anyone until Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach Secret Service comes into his life. Jack starts to befriend Ethan but Ethan has rules , his job doesn't allow him to get close to the protectee i.e Potus. But who can resist Jack's easy going personality, friendliness and his
Sophia Triad
The President and the Special Agent! Of course, I have read it! If anything, it is original.

I am not sure why this is happening lately, but I keep discovering great MM romance books. Maybe it is because my tastes have changed. Maybe it is because new great authors manage to get published. The result is me being a happy girl.

Take this book for example. It is extremely well written and it has the correct balance of romance and adventure. I loved it.

The love story described in this book cannot be
Really, the only thing I can say about this book is OMFG WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS BEFORE NOW???

Seriously, this book has been on my tbr list a while but I kept putting it off. Politics are NOT my thing. I have ZERO interest in books centering around politics. But every time I asked my friend Anne, for a recommendation for something beautiful and romantic, she rec'd this book. She kept on telling me, you will love these two guys. And once again, she did not steer me wrong. I am absolutely and totall
Denise H.
*** A magnificent futuristic story with marvelous characters, who are fated, destined, dynamic !
*** Shady dealings are happening in the military of Washington, D.C. and what happens is shocking. In his late forties, Jack Speirs has won the Presidential election, inherited a load of problems, and 1 1/2 years ago lost his wife.

Now he's awaiting the change of command and looking forward to doing a good job for the people, the country and the world. Ethan, head of the Secret Service detail

Holy conspiracy…

This book reminded me a bit of a gay version of Olympus Has Fallen and I just couldn’t help it, but the image of Gerard Butler always popped up in my mind’s eye when I visualized Ethan ;-)

There were scenes…

… that kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued to my Kindle and I could hardly put it down. Normally, I don’t do politics, I’m not interested in politics, and –what’s more- I don’t understand politics, so I was reluctant at first to read Enemies of the State at all
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites

****4.5 Stars****

Wow! Such a great story!
Enemies of the State came to my attention because the sequel, which will be released soon, started popping out on my feeds. I have to confess that despite all the good rates from my friends I went into this walking in eggshells. Politics is not usually appealing to me in a story. I decided to take the plunge though and loved it!

The intricate world of politics was very well played. It was nothing boring, perhaps due to action and mystery elements that wer
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2017, m-m, 4-stars
The one man he’d gone and fallen for, and he was so many different kinds of off limits.

Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach has finally been given the lead position of the Secret Service. He’s watched over three presidents and always kept his professional distance, until now. Newly elected president Jack Spiers is not what he’s used to. He’s friendly and lonely and seems to want Ethan as a friend. But it’s against the Secret Service rules, and his fascination and desire for Jack is not helping E

Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
HAVE to read it again! At last, book three is coming. Still one of the most gripping and exciting and romantic books I've ever read!

10/2/16 Reread for SEQUEL! Loved it as much, if not more than the first time!

1st read 2/1/16 So, I started reading at 2:30 pm and finished at 1:40 am, only because I was forced to stop reading by Real Life and dinner.

This was a little reminiscent of a Tom Clancy novel with Jack Ryan as a gay man! A story of politics and foreign policy, and a very slow burn romance.
Re-read in October 2016 : I confirm my rating, really good and ready to go for "Enemy of my enemy" :-)
I’m not really into thrillers, but I gave it a try because 1)the reviews were good, 2) I’m a huge fan of the TV series « the west wing », and 3) I have a soft spot for GFY books, especially involving mature men. Glad I took the plunge.

Jack, a widow in his forties, is the new POTUS and feels a bit isolated even though he’s constantly surrounded by people. He
Melanie A.
Audio: 5 STARS!
Story: 4 STARS!

The love story was WONDERFUL, the political intrigue was top-notch, but I just wasn't a big fan of how the action slid into OTT territory.

But if romantic suspense is your thing, I'd definitely recommend!
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the first half of this book. The US President and his Secret Service bodyguard falling in love with each other. Slow burn, partly gay for you - perfect! I really loved Ethan. He was a very likable and relatable guy.

Then around the 50% mark, they became flawless lovers, celebrating their undying love with hearts in their eyes - constantly proclaiming how they would do anything to be with each other. No relationship or identity finding issues at all...

The action sequences reminded

DNF @ 65%....

...mostly because I'm not doing the book justice.

It's very heavy on the politics. Like REALLY heavy. US politics or foreign politics than I'm not familiar with. I don't even know some of the terminology in English.

Please don't let this review discourage you from reading it. It's very well written and everyone seems to love it. The characters are very well sketched too.

Impressive for a debut author; I'll definately look out for more of their work in the future.

I was just struggling t
I'd like to start by offering some helpful advice:
- If you're looking for a story that has a strong hold on reality, it's not for you!
- if you are not ready for some GFY sweet romance, that has ALSO a very, VERY, dominant side-plot of politics/action, look elsewhere. It's full of it!

Now to my review:
Who would have thought..??
I certainly didn't!! (Read: March 9 2016)

I was checking my TBR shelf for hours but nothing, absolutely nothing "did it" for me.
This book blurb sounded nice, but sort of
2nd re-read
Prepare yourself for an over use of loved, I can't contain it
I loved Enemies of the State when I first read it, but let me say that it's even better on the re-read.
When I first read it I was so swept up & overly excited by this epic romance between a 'straight' President of the United States and the Head of Presidential Secret Service Detail that I barely paid attention to all the politics. This time around I was able to take my time and oh my god did I miss out on the tense and c
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
An Exceptionally Written Wonderful Political Romance Thriller!

At 62%

my * heart-tump-in'*'double time.

Man oh man that scene at 62% and the few more that followed behind was INTENSE!

There is so much to love about this book

-The Romance was great, it was a slow seductive burn.

-The cuddling, I love.

-The smexin scene was STEAMY GOOD! Acutal Sex at (view spoiler)

-The mystery/thriller aspect gave me many twist and unexpected turns.

-The SCs, wow I want more of them.

-The storyline
I did end up enjoying this book overall, but BEWARE: it is a sloooooooow burn with lots of feelz as the pay-off (there are very few sexy times involved). And, in case you didn't catch this when you saw that the book was the first in a series called "The Executive Office," Enemies of the State only leaves readers with a HFN. Up side? More Jack and Ethan to come! And come, hopefully. ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Guys, this moved me. M-O-V-E-D me.

This is going down as a favorite of the year.

The intrigue, the suspense, the friendship, loyalty and shit, the love.

I never wanted this to end but couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

My God did I need a book like this, And now, I need ten more.

So good.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I could not quite see how the set up for this book could work. The president of the United States falling in love with a guy? I did wonder whether this would turn into some totally unbelievable fairy-tale and whether the author would be able to pull this off.
Well, Tal Bauer did, and spectacularly, if I may say so.

The development of Jack and Ethan's relationship felt realistic and was done extremely well. One straight, but sexually indifferent, the other one gay, but eternally unattached. Both a
Oh man, wow.

I was nervous at first because I’m not a fan of politics and I was afraid I may put it down, but I just needed to give it a chance and dear lord!

I… couldn’t… stop… reading...

I was in the mood for something with a little bit more of action, that's why I ended up with this book. So happy it didn't disappoint me!

Love, action, suspense, conspiracy, betrayal, angst. It has it all!

Right now I can barely hold myself awake because I stayed up till 2 am finishing this. So I apologize for m
I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would, considering that politics is the LAST thing I want to read about, 6 weeks before a major election, here in the US. I didn't find the suspense plot line too overbearing and loved the romance between Jack and Ethan. Can't wait until I get my hands on book 2! Gimme!!! :)
4.5 ⭐️

I can’t believe I had this gem on my tbr for so long!
Ethan and Jack have made my very short list of favorite mm couples. This was suspense and romance at its best, and neither outweighed the other.

I’ll always choose romance over plot, but this storyline was so freaking brilliant that even the tense, heart pounding moments where a kiss or goggly eyes were the last thing on your mind because you were just praying that no one would die (stops to take a breath). Even in those moments you sti
5 + stars

This book just made my top 10 books of 2016 and Tal Bower is now an auto-buy.

I honestly don’t know how I can possibly do this book justice. It. Blew. My. Mind.

I am a total sucker for men in uniform, especially those that wear it as well as I imagine Ethan wore his when he was in the army. Ethan is the special agent in charge for newly elected president Jack Spiers. I totally geeked out reading about the inner workings of the secret service, from how they operated, to the way the auth
So my dears, that was a journey... and I was really not sure if I could reach my destination.
About this series was made a huge hype from the beginning. Therefore, this came in my special shelf with books that everyone talks about. In the meantime, the author has published quite a number of new books, and "Whisper" in particular made me so curious that I had to read it immediately. And "Whisper" blew me away. It devoured me with skin and hair. Epic proportions.
Now that you have read something so
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Tal Bauer is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBT romantic thrillers. He is happily married and lives with his husband in Texas. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

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The Executive Office (3 books)
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