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Summary

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.

Contains mature themes.

©2017, 2020 Tal Bauer (P)2021 Tantor

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John Solo irritates the hell out of me sometimes..

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Four stars for the audio. John Solo really does cheesy language well, but still makes me cringe sometimes at his OTT narration.

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Well, one thing you can't deny about these two is that they love each other...deeply and irrevocably. The secret service bear was such a puddle of goo touch too 🧡...really enjoyed the story. 4.5 stars, many thanks Tal.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 16-02-22

Great story. Great narration.

This story was a nice interlude sandwiched in between action packed thrillers. Yes, there is still a sufficient quantity of action and suspense, but the reader gets a chance to see Jack and Ethan's relationship develop before the next two books full of heart stopping action packed scenes. This story can be read at any point after book one, but it takes place before book two.

I liked the hopefullness in this story. The right words said at the right time can make such a huge difference. I also appreciated how certain characters backed up their words with action. Those characters were taking a risk, but they didn't let fear of consequences stop them from doing what was right.

All the books in this series are an amazing read, but I think the core focus of this book is the reason why so many of the characters fight the "good fight" in all the rest of the books.

Once again, John Solo's narration was entertaining, and I enjoy hearing Jack and Ethan's voices brought to life.

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  • Purple
  • 07-04-22

Happy ending - read last

This book takes place chronologically after book 1. People will disagree with me but you should really read it after book 3. This is because book 3 is full of war and difficult to read. Interlude, book 4, is full of love and a much happier ending to the series. Great book and narration.

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  • Tessa.
  • 02-01-22

Tal Bauer never disappoints but...

...the several "soul" mentions really got to me, given that Tal's writing is considered a"high bar".

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  • Diane
  • 30-04-21

Loved it

I so love this series. Their gifts to each other for Christmas had me crying some happy tears.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 17-04-21

Numbered 4, but is really 1.5 in the timeline

Would I listen to it again: yes
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Was I invested in the characters: yes

📖 I'm listening to this series in time line order, so this is a great little addition between book 1 and book 2 (not that it's particularly short!). An expanded snippet into Ethan's life while he is in Des Moines, and his and Jack's first Christmas together, it's an opportunity for fans of Enemies of the State to spend some time with the guys without the chaos that accompanies them in the full length books.

🎧 Enjoyable story superbly narrated by John Solo. The characters from book 1 are voiced consistently and easily distinguished, the emotions of the story are there and it's just like spending time with familiar friends.

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  • KatB
  • 17-03-21

Perfection

I expected perfection with this narration, and I got it. This is a beloved series and John Solo delivered everything we could have asked for in the narration, and more.