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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 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 with the very last person he should be falling for: Henley Platt, a well-known reporter covering the White House. Henley may not be Levar’s enemy, but he’s definitely not his friend. He can’t be, not when their jobs put them on opposite sides. Henley is absolutely off-limits, even when he shows his appreciation for the sexy lingerie Levar loves to wear. When the terrorists strike again with a devastating blow to the White House, Levar and Henley lean on each other for support. The sparks become a raging fire that won’t be doused, but what happens if they’re found out? Press is the first book in the White House Men series, a romantic suspense gay romance series set in the White House. Think The West Wing but gay, and with less politics. Each book has a new love story with a happily ever after, but the suspense plot will continue throughout the books, so the series needs to be read in order. Press has 100k words. TW for terrorism and violence.


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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 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 with the very last person he should be falling for: Henley Platt, a well-known reporter covering the White House. Henley may not be Levar’s enemy, but he’s definitely not his friend. He can’t be, not when their jobs put them on opposite sides. Henley is absolutely off-limits, even when he shows his appreciation for the sexy lingerie Levar loves to wear. When the terrorists strike again with a devastating blow to the White House, Levar and Henley lean on each other for support. The sparks become a raging fire that won’t be doused, but what happens if they’re found out? Press is the first book in the White House Men series, a romantic suspense gay romance series set in the White House. Think The West Wing but gay, and with less politics. Each book has a new love story with a happily ever after, but the suspense plot will continue throughout the books, so the series needs to be read in order. Press has 100k words. TW for terrorism and violence.

30 review for Press

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    ***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 ***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 authentic feeling. I had a few issues with the relationship, though, since up until 80% or so - although they do have some nice chemistry - Levar and Henley are not even an item, so the lovey-dovey ending was a bit out of place and not really believable to me. Levar's and Henley's story is told, the story arc is not. Not finished, I mean. I have my suspicions who's really behind the attacks, but there's only one way to find out... By waiting for the next books in this series. ;-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    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. (view spoiler)[First is the choice of 'bad guys', which just felt to me personally a bit too "going with the stereotypical options" and reminds me of big Hollywood 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. (view spoiler)[First is the choice of 'bad guys', which just felt to me personally a bit too "going with the stereotypical options" and reminds me of big Hollywood movies where the villain always has an English accent. However, I am hopeful, given elements of the overall series plot which are revealed here, that it may turn out to not actually be as obviously the case. If so, then it will be a fantastically clever twist. The second is a really tiny thing and more a me problem than the book itself and it concerns character names. When Henley calls Levar by a nickname, it instantly takes me to one of the slang words for a toilet here in the UK - not quite as sweet as the use would indicate 🤔 The other is Calix, Levar's boss. His name just made me think of a kids scientific building system, which is again totally on me and I'm sure I'll get over it. (hide spoiler)] So they were the only two things which popped me out of a narrative which is superbly paced, packed with great world building without a dumping of information and which has a realness to it which I'm really looking forward to seeing develop further. Levar and Henley are a gorgeous pair. They're scorching hot, the chemistry and connection between them flies off the page. There's also a fantastic set of secondary characters who are going to make up the rest of the series as I understand it and I'm very keen to see how Nora is going to pair them all up. The main plot itself is intriguing, I love anything which hints of dodgy dealings in the corridors of power 😁 Very much itching to find out more as this series progresses. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I'm clearly in the minority here, but I struggled with this one and actually found myself bored at some points. It started off well, but then I feel like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I put it down to read something else before finishing. Understandably, since this is the first in a series with a continuing plot through the series, there were a lot of characters, plot points, and background introduced, and sometimes that just slowed everything for me. The underlying arc is intrigui I'm clearly in the minority here, but I struggled with this one and actually found myself bored at some points. It started off well, but then I feel like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I put it down to read something else before finishing. Understandably, since this is the first in a series with a continuing plot through the series, there were a lot of characters, plot points, and background introduced, and sometimes that just slowed everything for me. The underlying arc is intriguing and I'm interested to see who is behind everything and why, I just didn't gel with the presentation of it I guess. I also didn't feel a lot of chemistry between the two leads, possibly since there is so much going on and they aren't together a lot during the majority of the story. I'll give the next story a go. Like I said, the underlying story arc is good. I just hope with all the character and plot introductions out of the way, the pace and focus will be tighter in the next one. There were also quite a bit of grammatical errors and missing words in the story that could have been avoided with a proofread.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ele

    3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    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 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 and then. So this really was the best of both worlds. The plot was engaging, I was rooting for the Mc's, I really cared about some of the secondary characters (I can't wait for some of them to get their own HEA's). However I do think a few years of reading M/M have softened me. I wasn't all too happy about some of the violent things happening. The first chapter had me horrified. It does come with a trigger warning for violence though, so I mean, I can't blame anyone. I'm looking forward to next book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anyta Sunday

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆

    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)[ I suspect American right-wing white supremacists myself, trying to stir up trouble (hide 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 🤔. 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)[ I suspect American right-wing white supremacists myself, trying to stir up trouble (hide 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 🤔. I have no idea how long the series is planned to be, but I've already picked out the leads of some of the other stories...Rhett, Calix, Seth, oh and maybe even President Shafer himself. As is usual with Nora's stories, I had real problems with the quality of the 'so-called' editing, grammatical errors, typos etc. For heaven's sake, PLEASE start using the services of a professional editor!! Perhaps she's comfortable with who she uses and is not too bothered by/couldn't care less what her readers think, and perhaps one of these days I WILL vote with my purse and stop buying her substandard work? I also think she suffers sometimes from the fact that she's not American and is probably thinking with her European hat on...and yes, I'm being generous. 3 rounded down stars. ***edit March 2021. Have called a halt to this series and Nora's work in general. If she doesn't care enough about her readers to put out a decently edited 'product', then I can't be bothered to buy any more of her stories. Sorry, not sorry.***

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    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” 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” (which harkens me back to the “walk and talk” style of the show). That said, while the story gave me a touch of nostalgia for the TV series, there is definitely no reason you need to be at all familiar with it to enjoy or follow along with this book. Press follows dual paths of the romance between Levar and Henley, along with a simmering suspense element with regard to the bombing. Not only do we witness the attack through the prologue in the eyes of both men, but it is clear from the start that the Pride Bombing has deeply affected both Henley and Levar. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~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!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    5++++++++ stars audio 4.5 OMG I want more stars story! I need the other books on audio stat!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loulou

    Disclaimer.... I was a sensitivity berareader for this book.... 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 lat Disclaimer.... I was a sensitivity berareader for this book.... 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, they most certainly interact, in a professional aspect only. 2. The MCs… - Levar: Age: 32 years-old Job: the VP’s press secretary Inspiration pic: Levar focuses on the job. Five years ago, he survived the terrorist attack, but not without emotional and physical scars. Today he is ambitious, focused, and determined to rise up and get through any obstacles he may face. - Henley: Age: 39 years-old Job: White House Reporter Inspiration pic: #DaddyZac with brown eyes Henley has also survived that fateful day five years ago. He’s doing what he loves, has a boyfriend, and has fun antagonizing Levar. But that slowly unravels and Henley is left questioning his life choices and the reasons behind them. 3. The Plot… Based on the title alone, you know there will be politics in it. You’re in the white house quite a lot, our MCs interact there, changes occur there, especially after the second terrorist attack. What was refreshing though, was that the politics never overwhelmed the story. The romance didn’t take a backseat to the politics. On the contrary, everything that happened in the white house somehow makes our MCs grow closer together, despite the many obstacles thrown their way. 4. The Relationship… As you might imagine, Levar and Henley aren’t supposed to or allowed to be together because of their jobs. there’s a conflict of interest there and both of them are professional to a fault, loyal to their jobs, and determined to stay that way. Nevertheless, they start a friendship at first, based on their shared tragedy and their genuine interest in each other. However, this friendship slowly morphs into more. The transformation is as innocent as it is inevitable. Any hang-ups each MC has with himself is negated by the other’s acceptance. They’re truly puzzle-pieces who fit in every way. “Thank you. For being a creep? For being sweet and affirming me the way I am, Levar said.” 5. The Intimacy: This is a slow burn romance at its best. Pseudo-enemies, to friends to lovers. The transition was smooth and seamless. These men didn’t fall into bed right away, and their sex scenes, though hot and heavy, were not the most intimate parts of their relationship. The hugging, being there for each other, their banter and serious discussions, and the acceptance of every facet of the other’s personality and appearance were much more poignant. “You’re talking to your friend Henley, not reporter Henley Platt from Washington Times, he said softly.” P.S. the sex is still hot though… “Hush baby… This is my show, my gift to you.” 6. The Suspense… This aspect of the plot is pretty consistent throughout the whole book. There is always something happening; a problem to be solved, a crisis that needs to be averted or worked through. You’re on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen, be it with the MCs’ relationship or the White House crises. A literal “Blast From The Past” changes everything and the story takes a huge turn towards change. 7. The HEA… Our MCS work HARD to get their HEA. Sacrifices and changes are made to ensure the continuity of their relationship. Both MCs grow and thrive in their new roles and that only brings them closer still. “Levar had the best friend in the world….and also the best boyfriend.” I highly recommend this series, and I can’t wait to see what the other books will bring to the table. #happyreading

  12. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Wow, this was a great story and exactly what I wanted. Levar and Henley are really interesting characters and I loved how the relationship developed. Cant wait for next book ... and I really hope thst Rhett and Cavix will get one together

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Kamau

    I put this one off for so long, afraid I was going to hate it since politics is really not my strong suit. I’m glad I’ve not watched Designated Survivor or The West Wing, so I had to candle to measure this book against. I’ll definitely make my way through this series, only because I want to see how Rhett’s story plays out

  14. 5 out of 5

    Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew

    Very solid 3.5 stars Terrific story centred on the fall out from a dreadful bombing at a New York Pride parade five years before the main action. The story's told through two survivors of that day, Levar (now a press secretary to the Vice President) and Henley (a White House press correspondent), with a focus (obv) on the public communication of events, following a second horrific incident. I really liked: (a) the sensitive and nuanced exploration of survivors' reactions to having survived; (b) the Very solid 3.5 stars Terrific story centred on the fall out from a dreadful bombing at a New York Pride parade five years before the main action. The story's told through two survivors of that day, Levar (now a press secretary to the Vice President) and Henley (a White House press correspondent), with a focus (obv) on the public communication of events, following a second horrific incident. I really liked: (a) the sensitive and nuanced exploration of survivors' reactions to having survived; (b) the confident way the strands of the plot are introduced and explained, through the lens of the White House press corps. (There's an interesting (though brief) discussion about the extent to which journalists are responsible for the uses to which other people put the information they publish.) (c) the hugely authoritative details of how the press corps and the White House operates. Is it accurate? No idea, but to this massive "West Wing" fan, it felt spot on, and I was totally captivated by the expert scene setting. Where does that leave the romance? Well...trailing, I'm afraid. Phoenix is good at charting the developing friendship between Levar & Henley, and using their jobs to illustrate their characters. But tbh the flipping from friendship to ILY came a bit out of nowhere, and I was annoyed by the frequent & stupid breaches of their professional responsibilities. In structural terms, the solution to their "we can never be together" conflict was provided by a third party. I know I'm being picky, but a deus ex machina always makes the MCs appear weak: I prefer my MCs to solve their own problems. To be fair, the plot - which will stretch over 7 books, I think - is complex & the ramifications far-reaching, so it's perhaps no wonder that the romance feels overshadowed. I'm certainly going to pick up the next couple of books in the series (which will each feature different MCs) because the plot and setting really hooked me in. PS I have no idea who is meant to be featured on the cover, but he looks in need of a laxative. And a nice warm vest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Finnegan

    An exciting new series by Nora Phoenix, and if the rest of the series is like book 1, then I am in for a great time indeed. This book was informative and fun, with a sizzling hot, yet real romance between two very likeable men. Levar and Henley are both fully-rounded characters, each with his own voice, and I love them both and was totally invested in their HEA. I also liked the secondary characters; the plot was interesting and I think there are surprises ahead in the books to come. I usually h An exciting new series by Nora Phoenix, and if the rest of the series is like book 1, then I am in for a great time indeed. This book was informative and fun, with a sizzling hot, yet real romance between two very likeable men. Levar and Henley are both fully-rounded characters, each with his own voice, and I love them both and was totally invested in their HEA. I also liked the secondary characters; the plot was interesting and I think there are surprises ahead in the books to come. I usually hate books about politics (or politics, full stop), but the politics is few and far between, more as background then an actual topic. It just set the stage for a believable story. There is descriptions of violence (view spoiler)[ (bombings and its aftermath) (hide spoiler)] in the book, so read carefully if that is a trigger.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Nora is one of those authors that can jump through tropes and genres and do something amazing every time. This series is more political than any of her books (barring maybe the irresistible omegas series, but that is also very fantastical) and I swear this is the only way you can get me to read the functioning of a foreign government. Set in a parallel timeline, this book starts with a terrorist attack that both main characters live through. It has dashes of forbidden love and relying on, helpin Nora is one of those authors that can jump through tropes and genres and do something amazing every time. This series is more political than any of her books (barring maybe the irresistible omegas series, but that is also very fantastical) and I swear this is the only way you can get me to read the functioning of a foreign government. Set in a parallel timeline, this book starts with a terrorist attack that both main characters live through. It has dashes of forbidden love and relying on, helping and trusting each other even though they know they shouldn't. It's beautiful and 100% worth the time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    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 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 and why it cannot get 5 stars from me - the plot. There is a suspension plot here that is really interesting, but there is also a LOT of talk about politics. I understand that we are dealing with a White House press secretary and reporter, but as someone who does not really get American politics (or just in general has very little interest in any politics), some parts were a little complicated to follow. I look forward to seeing more from this series, and seeing some of the other characters find love (with each other?) - I'm just hoping to see a little less political intrigue.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    4 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liya

    Likable MCs, connection and steam, solid relationships development - fast but believable, trust, hurt-comfort. On a downside - action/political story arc wasn't my favorite. Likable MCs, connection and steam, solid relationships development - fast but believable, trust, hurt-comfort. On a downside - action/political story arc wasn't my favorite.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 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 together is a serious conflict of interest, but they had a chemistry and and a connection that couldn't be denied! Their romance was sexy, it was sweet and endearing, and it was very heartwarming.  I also really enjoyed their amazing, sharp and witty banter throughout, it was so well done! This is the start of a brand new series by the fabulous Nora Phoenix and the storyline will be continuing throughout.  I am completely hooked already. There is suspense, drama, political intrigue, romance, a mystery brewing...you name it, this book has it all!  We are introduced to a ton of fabulous supporting characters here, all of whom I suspect will be playing larger roles in future books.  I am 100% invested in this and cannot wait for the next book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ML

    This book will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. The suspense, the romance and the political intrigue had me not wanting to stop this book once I started it. While there are politics in this book, it’s not overly political at all. So if you thinking eww politics.. it’s not like that. Levar and Henley are great characters. I loved them both. The secondary character game was strong as well. It made for a very well rounded story. It was dual POV and you really learned these ch This book will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. The suspense, the romance and the political intrigue had me not wanting to stop this book once I started it. While there are politics in this book, it’s not overly political at all. So if you thinking eww politics.. it’s not like that. Levar and Henley are great characters. I loved them both. The secondary character game was strong as well. It made for a very well rounded story. It was dual POV and you really learned these character’s personalities. It was almost like reading a movie script. I’m really looking forward to the future books in this series. It’s going to be a wild and suspenseful ride! I’m here for it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    I loved this book! I was a little leary about starting something that sounded a bit political. I know from reading her newsletters the author told readers not to worry, but still. And then to have this come up in a challenge during inauguration week of all times...let's just say I wasn't sure how it would be. But it was amazing. It was so much better than the author's usual work. There's more depth -- both in plot and in the characters. There's real world issues, fantastic secondary characters, I loved this book! I was a little leary about starting something that sounded a bit political. I know from reading her newsletters the author told readers not to worry, but still. And then to have this come up in a challenge during inauguration week of all times...let's just say I wasn't sure how it would be. But it was amazing. It was so much better than the author's usual work. There's more depth -- both in plot and in the characters. There's real world issues, fantastic secondary characters, and political intrigue. And though there's some smoking hot sex scenes, they don't come until the end. Why? Because the author allowed these two characters who work in conflicting careers to get to know each other, respect each other, value each other's opinions and life choices, and then... (view spoiler)[she broke them up! Well, their career conflicts did that. (hide spoiler)] But not to worry, by the end the men had taken back control of their lives and careers and made a commitment that will lead to their HEA...someday. In the meantime, some of those secondary characters are going to have star in some fantastic (I hope!) sequels to this one. I can't wait! PS. How did I forget to mention Levar wears "manties" and sexy, lacy boy boxers. My favorite trope!

  23. 4 out of 5

    June

    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 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 kept getting closer was the comfort and understanding they found in each other, not just the Sizzling Attraction. Can't wait for book 2! the terrorist/political intrigue is nowhere resolved, and I didn't skip any detail this time around...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miriah

    I really liked the two MCs and this book had a strong supporting cast but my god, the overarching plot was boring. Give me more romance and less American politics and political history. Maybe that was more enjoyable for people who live in the states? I loved the premise and loved the beginning but it slowly petered out. I found myself skimming chunks of the middle, and the ending was far too much given what we’d seen so far. I feel bad saying that because all the elements were there for perfectio I really liked the two MCs and this book had a strong supporting cast but my god, the overarching plot was boring. Give me more romance and less American politics and political history. Maybe that was more enjoyable for people who live in the states? I loved the premise and loved the beginning but it slowly petered out. I found myself skimming chunks of the middle, and the ending was far too much given what we’d seen so far. I feel bad saying that because all the elements were there for perfection, just didn’t quite work out. My biggest complaint was the first chapter - the prologue. It was violent and awful with absolutely no warning. I was not prepared for that level of pain in the first chapter of a romance novel. I’ll read the next ones but my expectations are lowered.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was not my usual Nora Phoenix book. Not heavy on the sexy times but heavy on the intrigue. Me likey. I mean I love her sexy books as well but this was really good. I couldn't put the book down. And it made me cry! Yes, the romance was the main part of the story but there was so much going on all around them that I was turning pages as fast as I could. The situation hasn't been resolved regarding the intrigue but that just makes me want the second book even more. Tricky! This was not my usual Nora Phoenix book. Not heavy on the sexy times but heavy on the intrigue. Me likey. I mean I love her sexy books as well but this was really good. I couldn't put the book down. And it made me cry! Yes, the romance was the main part of the story but there was so much going on all around them that I was turning pages as fast as I could. The situation hasn't been resolved regarding the intrigue but that just makes me want the second book even more. Tricky!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sepia Reece

    I DNFed this book. It wasn't holding my attention particularly well but more, I was bothered by (view spoiler)[ the Pride parade getting blown up my a Muslim group. (hide spoiler)] It just wasn't something I wanted to immerse myself in so close to the Trump presidency and all the horrible isms it made worse. I might get back to it later. But probably not. I DNFed this book. It wasn't holding my attention particularly well but more, I was bothered by (view spoiler)[ the Pride parade getting blown up my a Muslim group. (hide spoiler)] It just wasn't something I wanted to immerse myself in so close to the Trump presidency and all the horrible isms it made worse. I might get back to it later. But probably not.

  27. 4 out of 5

    L Ann

    This story wasn't bad but it didn't read like a typical romance. Political intrigue greatly overshadowed what little romance was presented and even though the story wasn't hard to follow I wasn't prepared to be as invested in the overall plot to enjoy this as much as I could have. I wanted romance first, politics and political mystery second. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here. Levar Cousins, 32, starts off as assistant press secretary to the vice president and is later promoted to press se This story wasn't bad but it didn't read like a typical romance. Political intrigue greatly overshadowed what little romance was presented and even though the story wasn't hard to follow I wasn't prepared to be as invested in the overall plot to enjoy this as much as I could have. I wanted romance first, politics and political mystery second. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here. Levar Cousins, 32, starts off as assistant press secretary to the vice president and is later promoted to press secretary. Henley Platt, 39, is the White House Correspondent for the Washington Times. They are both survivors of a terrorist bombing and therefore understood each other in ways most others couldn’t. They also… couldn’t stop flirting with each other. Because having any relationship beyond a professional one created a conflict of interest that could get Levar fired, they never let their relationship develop beyond a certain point. Their feelings for each other continued to grow but they never fully acted on them until the end of the story. They did have sex a few times but there wasn’t any intense longing, jealousy, possessiveness, or passion. They mostly tried to ignore their feelings, focus on their jobs, and try to convince themselves that any relationship they might have is doomed to fail. The overall plot is not resolved and I do plan on eventually reading the second book. Again, this story wasn’t bad, it just didn’t have enough romance. I’m hoping that since the groundwork has been laid for the overall plot and all necessary character introductions have been made, future stories will focus more on the relationships of the main characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Moore

    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 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 Canadian and don't follow American politics. But it really wasn't. It was a truly enjoyable read. There is romance, suspense and a great story and I had trouble putting the book down. I am looking forward to the next wondering who the romance will be with but also to find out more of ongoing story within the White House.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kk

    4 Flags Flying 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 As an Aaron Sorkin fan, this book can slot right in the West Wing verse. Levar is a tripping CJ- even though CJ was probably more masculine. Henley is a more open Danny Concannon. Its exciting to read!! Seriously, its a MM version of West Wing. The relevant issues make for good background story as the series unfolds. The VP is an open bisexual but with a wife & son. It brings up intelligent conversation about what bi really means... as well as being Pan in politics. The bo 4 Flags Flying 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 As an Aaron Sorkin fan, this book can slot right in the West Wing verse. Levar is a tripping CJ- even though CJ was probably more masculine. Henley is a more open Danny Concannon. Its exciting to read!! Seriously, its a MM version of West Wing. The relevant issues make for good background story as the series unfolds. The VP is an open bisexual but with a wife & son. It brings up intelligent conversation about what bi really means... as well as being Pan in politics. The book opens with a horrific bombing of a Pride Parade in NYC. Levar & Henley are there to witness & report. Years later, they grow closer & act on their attraction. The name calling was a bit much. Consecutives, moderates, liberal, republican, democrats, straights, gays, queer. We are still Americans. We all deserve the right to the same protections provided in our constitution. **gets down off soapbox** Levar & Henley have a great love story. Can't wait to read more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Badh

    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.

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