A very solid opener to this new “West Wing” style series
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
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 because in my head, his name is pronounced La-va when I guess it should be sounded Lee-var 🤔
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.
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.