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(White House Men #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Henley is off-limits for Levar. So why can’t he stay away?

Five years ago, Levar survived a terrorist attack. The bombing left its scars, but he’s picked up his life. He loves working for the vice president—who is openly bisexual—as his press secretary.

Levar can’t afford a pesky attraction that proves to be frustratingly stubborn. Worse, those highly combustible sparks are
Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Published September 21st 2020
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***3.5 Stars***

To put it in a nutshell:

A little bit of intrigue and high topicality here. A love against the rules and lots of emotions there. Oh, and the gayest White House in history... ;-) (In real life, a certain someone would probably tweet-ranting until his phone goes up in flames before being sent into apoplexy.) Not to forget... p(m)anties. Need I say more? ;-)

Overall a heady mixture and a captivating start to a new series with lots of loveable characters who gave the events an authenti
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I tell you that my number one TV show of all time is The West Wing, you can probably guess how excited I am for this series.

And Press is a great introduction to the crazy world that is working in the White House.

I have two minor concerns with this book though which I'm going to spoiler although they don't reveal anything specific.

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I've been following Nora Phoenix's career for a few years now. I'm a part of her facebook group. Her story is a huge inspiration for my own writing. I own a lot of her books. Yet I've never actually read anything of hers until now. I don't even know why, it just didn't happen. I'm sad that it took me so long to get around to it, but I'm happy because now I have so much catching up to do.

I really enjoyed Press. Before I found out about M/M I really enjoyed reading a political thriller every now
~nikki the recovering book addict
5 stars!!

I stayed up way too late finishing this. It was so good! I know it’s not political. But it does have a touch of politics, enough so that it fits the theme but not too much that it just overtakes everything and broadcasts the author’s political stance.

I’m definitely intrigued by the political events in this book and have a feeling it’s going to be a long time before we hear the conclusion to the political events that happened in this book. Can’t wait!
Anyta Sunday
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Smart and sexy

Politics meets romance in this forbidden love tale of a quick-witted Press secretary and a shrewd White House reporter.

Nora Phoenix does a wonderful job escalating the tension between these clever men. Clever dialogue and fast West Wing style pacing makes this story a breeze to read.
I was one of the very lucky people who had the chance to read this book really early. Reading this was a privilege for so many reasons (personal and general) and I've been debating a review that would do it justice.
This is me trying to do it justice…

1. The Beginning…
This book starts with a bang. Five years ago, a tragedy occurs, our two main MCs cross paths, but because of the situation, don’t interact. Fast forward to 5 years later, each man is now holding their dream/almost dream jobs. Now,
Nanna Sander
I have always been a fan of Nora Phoenix's writing, and with each new book she publishes, she just cements that even more.

The characters in this book are real, they remind you of someone you could easily have in your own life. They were maybe not as fully fledged out as some of her other characters in other books, because the plot also takes a lot of focus. But they pine for each other, and they make tough decisions in the name of love.

That brings me to what I didn't like so much about the book
Matt & Brett
Political thriller meets gay romance in this explosive start to a new series. This book was definitely right up my alley - great mystery/thriller elements, intense emotions, forbidden romance.

Henley and Levar are both strongly career-driven individuals. Levar is a White House press secretary and Levar is a White House correspondent for a newspaper. Nothing can happen between them, it would threaten the careers they have both worked so hard for, and yet, they can’t seem to stop themselves. I love
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this!

Oh wow this book was fantastic!  It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the end--it was an amazing ride!  I felt like I was binge watching a TV series on Netflix! Each chapter was a new twist and turn and I couldn't wait to see how everything played out.  The setting was the White House, the main players were the Press Secretary and a White House correspondence reporter for the local paper--Levar and Henley.  As you would expect, them being togethe
Not a bad start to Nora's new series. I suspect the possible, but not probable 'terrorist' storyline will be the main thread that encompasses the entire series (view spoiler), together with the fact that several of the important posts at the White House are taken up by men who are gay . Some of the first names in the story i.e. Calix [WTH?? 😏], Coulsdon etc are rather weird, but what do I know 🤔. ...more
Wendy Moore
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow....I usually don't enjoy the 1st book of a series. I find you are introducing lots of characters a story and a romance. But this was brilliant. I loved both Levar and Henley and the secondary characters were equally interesting. The slow burn, pining they had for each other was real and you could feel it. Loved reading as the characters grew and faced tough times and decision and come out the other side.
I was a little nervous about it being political and all about politics, seeing I am Cana
Heather Martin
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow, wow, wow, wow!!! I’ve only read one book by this author only because my reading interest and her books don’t intersect. I was a little hesitant to read this because it was political in nature and let’s be honest, politics is exhausting right now. But, I couldn’t resist trying it. And I’ve been in a weird reading mood so trying it is what I was doing.

I have spent my entire day reading this book. I started this morning and have cursed interruptions to my reading, lol. I absolutely recom
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intense at times.

There were times when this got really intense, there was just a lot going on in the beginning and at the middle, from external forces. There was also angst in between the two MCs, but only as the story needed. It made me sad, but made the resolution better.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked it! I was a bit scared about the political aspect of this at first, but fortunately it centers more on journalism and press communication from the White House, and the President may be a bit of an asshole, but it's more in his personal life than in politics.

The romance is between a White House correspondant at the Washington Post and someone working for the Vice President, at the communication level. That's obviously a huge conflict of interest, and I liked that the reason they ke
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I was completely surprised by this book. Totally. I love pretty much anything Nora writes, but this is definitely out in left field of what she normally writes and I was happily surprised it turned out the way it did. I almost felt like I was reading a James Patterson book for a minute. She nailed the story, the way things work, the interplay for the White House. The emotions, the PTSD, the after story, just everything pertaining to the bombing. It was just an amazing shock to see ...more
The White House press room is the last place Levar thought he would find love, and honestly, it should be the last place he finds love. Levar is one of the assistant press secretaries for the vice president, and he has no business making friends, much less falling in love with, a White House reporter. Especially when that White House reporter is the charming and sexy Henley, a man known for his investigative journalism skills and dedication to the job. But even knowing something logically isn’t ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Penises and terrorists. Two things you may not think go together in a M/M romance review (unless the thought of a penis is terrorizing for you)...but hang with me a minute. First of all I've been a journalist in high school and college, so I'm always up for a good story that highlights one of my former lines of work/study. I felt the reporter angles in Nora Phoenix's "Press" were well covered and did a great job of highlighting the long tedious hours spent working on a story that may not bear fr ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fantastic, well written book with a super-interesting plot, loveable MCs, a great slow-burn romance, hot steamy scenes, plus as an added bonus, some keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense and intrigue … basically, it checks all the boxes. Surprisingly, I’ve seen a number of people comment that they weren’t sure if they’d read it because it is about “politics”. I’ve also heard and seen (even in the description) the book referred to as a gay “West Wing”, and while that’s cute and cat ...more
Amy Dufera
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nora Phoenix's Press is the first book in the White House Men series. And it's fabulous. From the first page, I was hooked.

Set in The White House, this book illustrates some of the crazy atmosphere and pace of working in The White House. I have never seen The West Wing, but am told this is modeled after that show. Thus, anyone who's a fan of that show, will definitely love this book. I know I loved it.

The writing style is wonderful, as I've come to expect from this author. The characters are c
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly done, loved this book!

I wasn’t particularly surprised that I loved this book as it’s from one of my favorite authors, but I do admit I had just a little hesitation with the setting prior to reading it, since there is so much going on politically and otherwise in the US-I write this in September 2020. I like my books to have realism but I also want them to be an entertaining escape, not in your face with current problems and events. There are a couple moderately descriptive scenes of t
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Henley and Levar are on opposite ends of the reporting spectrum. Henley is employed as the press secretary for the Vice President. Levar is a White House correspondent for a DC newspaper. The two men can’t seem to get away from each other and it’s become harder and harder to resist temptation.

These men have a somewhat shared history. Five years ago, they were both at ground zero for a terrorist bombing at a pride parade. Which hurt my heart so much. Once they’re both in DC, they have a push/pul
Stephanie Chambers
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than five stars, I absolutely would. And I don’t say that lightly. The first book in Phoenix’s new series is far and away her best work yet, and that’s incredibly impressive considering some of her books!

First of all - avoid spoilers. It is SO MUCH BETTER when you don’t know what’s coming!

Second, I know a lot of people don’t like fiction that gets overly political. Lord knows we get enough of that in real life these days. I’m one of those people who will deduct whole st
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Several things:

First, I love these two men. Both in powerful positions and responsible for channeling information to others. They both have to dedicate a large amount of time figuring out how to do that and also be themselves. Levar is kind, caring, loyal and so torn. Henley discovering himself and working through things. The taboo nature of their relationship when it starts. Happy sigh. 

Second, this book is placed without the nation's political place of power. Politics are part of it - but they
Smut Librarian
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t care if you’re into politics or enjoy political drama – you need to read this book!  I’m an Australian who couldn’t care less about American politics (apart from the basic awareness of everyday decisions that affect world events) so it’s not the premise of the setting of the White House that drew me in.
If you’ve read Nora’s Irresistible Omega’s series, you’ll know that Nora has a gift for suspenseful plotlines which plant mental seeds in your brain. Her ability to make you wonder what’s
Joyfully Jay
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Press is the first book in Nora Phoenix’s White House Men series. She describes the series as “The West Wing but gay, and with less politics.” For those familiar with the TV show, there is that same vibe of energetic idealists working to make the world better. Phoenix also throws in a few Easter eggs, including a White House correspondent named Danny (who I presume is a nod to the show’s reporter Danny Concannon), as well as the frequent request to “walk with me”
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Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!!! If you enjoy books about politics and scandals, books that are so suspenseful you just can’t put down this book is for you. And if you love slow burn forbidden romance stories with strong main characters this book is also for you. I honestly loved every single word. It made me laugh, the banter between Levar and Henley was so much fun, it made me cry, the prologue just broke my heart, and it kept me guessing. I can’t wait to continue with the series and find out more abou ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! From the very beginning you are pulled into this story with so many emotions and suspense, it was phenomenal!! Ms. Phoenix has a way of making everything feel so real and intense. I was hooked!

The plot itself is very political but it is not between parties and it is not demeaning to anyone the way most people think of politics. From the blurb itself we know that there are terrorists, bombings, and somehow the White House is involved, so we know some politics will be involved...however, the
Katrina Pitt
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Press is the first in a new series by Nora Phoenix, White House Men.
It is a MM romance with an intrigue aspect. The Intrigue thread keeps your interest, but you feel that it is still building. This is the very start of it. I have so many questions, a few theories, and can’t wait to see where it goes.
Most of the story is getting to know the world, and the people in it. Mainly Levar and Henley, two men who are living with trauma, whilst striving and succeeding at high level jobs in a high pressure
Jules Natasha
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