*Warning* The use of the phrase “Towel Head” is used in this review to extenuate a feeling for one of characters. This represents a derogatory slur that has been put out there by the world and does NOT represent my feelings towards Arabs in any fashion.”
Kris Caldera worked in a forgotten office of the CIA. Then September 11, 2001 and now he’s become one of their most valuable assets; a young, Puerto Rican, gay man who never hid his true self from the white boy club aka CIA.
Once deployed overseas Kris meets David. At first he doesn’t understand David’s angle. Why is always around? So close? Almost protective? David has wall’s up that even Allah can’t see into let alone Kris. Until they start to crack, quake, and fall.
David and Kris travel all over the middle east in search of terrorists. To avenge those lives lost, create important allies, and try to not lose their lives while falling in love in the one place on earth that would kill them for it.
Eventually a plan is foiled and everything goes to hell quickly. Kris is the lone survivor of an attack and David is….gone.
Judge Tom Brewer is a baby judge with the federal court. For over 20 years he’s lived in the closet; a life of solitude. After an experience in college he decided it was for the best.
U.S. Marshall Mike Lucciano is an out and proud gay man. After one of the worst days of his life he confides in Judge Brewer that him and his boyfriend broke up, which makes Tom rethinkeverything. Especially the ways he’s lived, or not lived, for the past 25 years and spring hope into his being.
Deciding to take baby steps, Mike takes Tom to the DC Pride March. They remain on the outskirts but Tom is fascinated at the acceptance.
Then, everything goes terribly wrong, when there is an assassination attempt on the Russian president and Mike and Tom see it happen.
From there JudgeBrewer becomes assigned to the case of the suspected terrorists behind the plot and Mike doesn’t want to leave his side.
With the battle of Tom’s past, Mike his present, Russia readying for war; what does the future hold?
Everyone keeps hyping up, and deservedly so, the Executive Office Series while A Time To Rise is a forgotten relic. So I want to bring it back to everyone’s attention since it is my favorite book of Tal’s.
Alain is a member of the Swiss Guard, protector of the pope, and hand picked by the pope to be a hunter. His Prey? The paranormal. Only two other people besides Alain know exactly what he does. This makes him an outcast. Nobody understand him not wants to get to know him. Same holds true for his partner Father Lotario. He’s seen as a plague amongst priests. Even when desperate times make Fr. Lotario call out for help, the cries fall upon deaf ears.
What starts off looking like a rogue ghoul is terrorizing the church Alain and Lotario go after it; guns, holy water, and vodka at the ready. Just when they’re realizing there’s more to the story Luca, leader of the Swiss Guard, throws a wrench in Alain’s daily life by making a mentor to an ill mannered and tempered recruit.
How is Alain supposed to keep what he does a secret and be a mentor?
This story captures how Jack and Ethan survived their relationship after Ethan was transferred to Des Moines, IA. The heartbreak, anguish. The sweet and gushy love moments. For everyone wanting more sex, Tal delivers.