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Enemy Within (Executive Office #3) (The Executive Office) - Tal Bauer

Review: "Olive Juice" by TJ Klune

Olive Juice - T.J. Klune

"One thing that they don't tell you is that fires can't burn bright forever."

 

 

All the reviews for this book are like "OMG, I'm a blubbering mess." and "OMG, don't read any spoilers.".

 

So yeah, you REALLY shouldn't read any spoilers and just go along for the ride.

 

But there are two things that I just want to point out anyway:

 

1. TJ Klune has always been a great writer, but he outdid himself with this one. The writing quality is excellent, and given the heaviness of the story, it was beautiful, tasteful and one of the best-written books I've ever read.

 

2. Since everyone is recommending to avoid spoilers at any costs and go in blindly, I still feel like this book could have used a trigger warning, given the main target of M/M readers:

 

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

Trigger warning: abduction of a family member, with no final conclusion or explanation to the disappearance or the whereabouts

(show spoiler)

 

So while a romance this is NOT, the writing and the revelation of bits of information a little at a time totally worked for me. This has been one of the darkest and most depressing books I've ever read. But I'm glad that I did, because not everything in life is just rainbows, kittens and sunshine.

 

Oh, and just to be clear: there's a tentative HFN, so this can still be considered as a romance. Though just barely.

 

Thanks to Elsbeth and Cinna MMon for the BR.

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Olive Juice - T.J. Klune

BR with Cinna MMon & Elsbeth.

 

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Hot Dudes Reading, #48
Hot Dudes Reading, #48
Awesome post, Julie! And yes, character casting is IMPORTANT.

Character Casting: A reader’s reflection on Ella Frank’s Logan and Tate

Reblogged from A Gandy Girl:

So it was in November of 2013 when I stumbled upon this book in Goodreads and decided to dip my toes into the M/M genre.  Having never read anything like this before, I thought I would give it a “Try”.  Reading, hunkered down with my kindle, during a Thanksgiving break with family surrounding me...I am not sure I have fallen for a couple quicker…I was captivated.  Since then I have submerged myself into this genre.  Meeting friends on line, buddy reading with some amazing bookworMMs like myself, heading to book conferences, sharing our love for reading and men in love and to this day I am still amazed that my to read shelf continues to grow at a faster pace than I could ever imagine finishing.

 

So, while it is not with every book, with Logan and Tate my images were clear.  I quickly found my casting and only until recently have I thought twice about them…these men were just the perfect image of this quite amazing couple.

 

Tate (Marlon Teixeira)

 

 

 

Logan (David James Gandy)

 

 


Yes, I know…big shocker.  And knowing the Gandy Girl that I am, David is not a go to casting.  There are only a handful of characters that he fits for me.  And Logan is certainly one of those.

 

Over the years I have read, reread and posted numerous updates and nearly all of them include images of these two beautiful men.  See my reviews and updates here:

 

Try

 

Take 

 

Trust

 

And now…here we are 3 and a half years later and Ella has revealed some of the most beautiful revamped covers that I have seen in a while.  Gone are the men from the older covers that frankly never worked as Tate and Logan for me at all.  And quite honestly this is the case I find with many author casting selections...their castings just don't work for me.  Why is that? I can only assume we each pull together visions in our own heads that work not only for what we are reading but what we ourselves find attractive. 

 

But these selections…let me say…I am pleased, quite pleased.

 

 

These men are gorgeous and the absolute perfect portrayal of these men.  I am quickly finding my brain is switching gears on me and no longer picturing my Marlon and David.  Wow!  That is saying something. But come on…if you have read this series at all then you can see that Ella’s images are quite perfect and to get these men on her covers is just all the more fantastic. I eagerly await book 4 and getting my grubby hands all over these paperbacks. 

 

Tate (Clement Becq)

 

 

Logan (Adam Cowie)

 

 

On my next read…which casting images will surface?  Hmmmm…I may just have to broaden my search criteria and use them all.  <3

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Enemy Within (Executive Office #3) (The Executive Office) - Tal Bauer

"Somehow, between falling in love with Ethan and now, his life had been remade, reformed into something that required two hearts beating as one. Two souls in tandem with each other: his and Ethan's. Being without his other half felt like a piece of his own heart, his own soul, was missing."

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

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Enemy Within (Executive Office #3) (The Executive Office) - Tal Bauer

I'm absolutely terrified to start this book.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

OMG, WHAT???  O__o

 

Reading progress update: I've read 46%.

Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

"I love what we have built. I only have to say I need you, and you have me. You have me, no questions asked. I trust you more than I trust myself, sometimes. I can look at you in the Situation Room and know what you're thinking, and take your hand when I need to." He took Ethan's hand and pressed a kiss to his palm. "Or when I want to." Another kiss. "Which I always do."

Ethan's lips had parted, falling open in the face of Jack's declaration.

"I don't want to hide this anymore," Jack whispered. "I don't want to hide how much I love you."

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Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

"And this was what he loved about Jack. Strength wrapped in an effusive optimism, a soul that promised the world would be a better place if you only just held on and never let go. A solid core of unflappability, the center of him rooted in gentle happiness. Jack radiated joy to Ethan's soul, and he basked in Jack's grins, his playful personality, like a tree turning its leaves to the sun. His whole life was reoriented toward Jack. Who would have thought his world would be remade by this man with a goofy smile and stunning blue eyes?"

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