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Secret Service | Tal Bauer

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Release Date: June 18th, 2022

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Blurb

A passionate, thrilling, and addictive standalone MM romance.

President Brennan Walker captivated me from the moment I walked into his Oval Office.

He’s a mystery I’m determined to unlock. I don’t know what’s hiding inside Brennan’s gaze when he looks my way, or why black lightning keeps crashing between us. He’s a storm at midnight, a dark moon rising, trouble on the horizon.

I’m on the verge of sliding into discoveries and truths that maybe I’m not ready for.

I’ve never been with a man, but now? I’m dreaming about his bleu clair eyes and wondering what it would feel like if his lips touched mine. There’s something here, something between us, like the oxygen we’re breathing is igniting before each inhale.

But he’s the president. I’m his Secret Service agent. He’s the job.

He’s forbidden.

If we cross this line, Brennan could lose everything.

I know I have to walk away.

But I can’t.

How much are we willing to risk?

And how badly will this go up in flames?

*****

Secret Service is a standalone MM romance, full to the brim with passion, suspense, and forbidden pleasures. Fall in love with Special Agent Reese Theriot and President Brennan Walker… and hold on tight for the ride of your life.

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About The Author

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Tal Bauer writes breath-taking, heartfelt, and often action-packed gay romance novels. His characters are head over heels for each other, and fight against all odds for their happy ending.

Nothing stands in the way of love. Tal is best known for his romantic suspense novels, including the Executive Office series, The Murder Between Us, The Night Of, and his MM sports romance, The Jock.

Visit Tal at www.talbauerwrites.com and on Facebook or BookBub today.

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Tal Bauer writes political suspense romance like he’s personally directing the reader’s experience

secret_service_MMSecret Service: A M|M Romance by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No words. I need more stars and I have the world’s biggest book hangover ever.

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Reading Secret Service was like watching an episode of 24 (the TV show with Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer 😎) as it covers – in the main narrative – a period of less than 24 hours in the lives of the US President and his Secret Service Agent In Charge/lover while also offering glimpses into the past.

We get to see their relationship already established in the opening Chapter and are then given its development in key moments which tie in to what’s going on in the main part of the story.

And OMG what a story it is. The Blurb gives you some idea, I won’t be offering any insight into what this is about because it works as you read and the plot unfolds in all its twists, turns and outright WTF moments.

It’s also scarily prescient, it was written previously to the events of February 2022 when Russian troops invaded Ukraine, but that’s what forms the intricate element of Tal’s sequential revelations.

You are caught up instantaneously in the lives of Brennan Walker and Reese Theriot as they break all the rules by falling in love. Theirs is a slow burn romance, Reese has never been attracted to a man before, Brennan hid his sexuality two decades earlier as he started down the road to the Oval Office.

I know I’ve said it before in previous reviews of Tal’s political thrillers, but he has some insane insider knowledge! I’d love to know what branch of the alphabet agencies he served with because I’m sure he must have 😂

The detailing within this novel is incredible, you feel Brennan’s pressure in the role of President, the fears of being discovered in a relationship not only with a man but with the man charged to protect him. Reese is torn by his devotion to duty, his unwavering devotion to the role of President but also the man in that spot.

There’re so many times you think you’ve got a handle on what’s going on before the thread veers off somewhere totally unexpected. Some things are exactly as they seem, others you’re blindsided by, although I will say I had half guessed one of the villains almost from the off but the impact of it still punched me in the gut when it was confirmed.

I cannot rave about this book enough. Previously to this, Tal’s Executive Office series was top of my list for my favourite political thriller, but he’s just kicked it off the first place with Brennan and Reese and those that surround them.

This book is unputdownable. I read it in one go, not stopping to do anything else until I’d devoured it.

I’m seriously hoping there will be another book coming in this series which features one of the best side characters and total cinnamon buns ever to deserve a happy ending. I’ll leave you to work out who that is when you read it!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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This political thriller is an absolute edge of the seat triumph

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!

Repeat about a million times, throw in a half dozen WTF moments and then mix up with a sprinkle of “I don’t believe it” and you come vaguely close to trying to describe the complete head rush of The Night Of.

I can’t actually write a review about the book itself because – like all of Tal’s novels – they have to be experienced blind.

If you’ve ever read anything from him, then I’ll summarise by saying this book has all the feels of Enemies Of the State, the absolute mind twisting of Hush and Whisper, and the thrilling edge of The Murder Between Us.

It’s romantic suspense perfection and the subtle nods to that other White House couple were the best kind of Easter Eggs.

I don’t know exactly what Tal did in his previous political/legal-y Government-y career, but the intricate detail in the narrative felt wholly believable to me!

The actual deep plot, while it feels and sounds like it should be implausible, actually has precedents, although not to this level, and reminded me of all the best political Cold War thrillers.

This works as a standalone, but there’s definitely wriggle room to get another peek into Jonathan and Sean’s lives and a couple of the other Government spooks intrigue me too!

Do yourselves a favour and read this one as soon as it’s out, you really don’t want to have it spoiled.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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