Interlude by Tal Bauer ~ Book Review by Caroline

Title: Interlude
Series: The Executive Office Book 1.5

Author: Tal Bauer

Publisher: NineStar Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/19/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance


Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.

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.

My View:

If you are a Jack and Ethan fan you will really enjoy this one. Interlude sits between book 1 and 2 and is less political and more about the men themselves.

Ethan is living in virtual exile whilst the dust settles with regards to the world becoming aware of their relationship. Jack is busy being President but he is also busy missing his lover and the snatched weekends they manage to grab are not enough for either man. I liked all the different circumstances that the author creates here from the icy reception Ethan gets from the men he now works with to the camaraderie and support both men get from the team of agents working at the White House. It’s like being on a constant roller coaster with the emotions all these circumstances bring out in the men – especially Ethan.

This is pretty light and angst free. If you have read book 2 already you will see how parts of this story fit into that one but mainly you will just enjoy Jack and Ethan starting out on their relationship with some hot, some sweet and some momentous moments.


Interlude on Goodreads
NineStar Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Interlude by Tal Bauer ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. Congratulations Tal, you are developing a wonderfully specific series which stands apart in the M/M romance genre. A real accomplishment of which you should be proud.

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