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Chris Roberts believed two tours in Afghanistan was more than enough to prepare him for his new job in the Secret Service. After all, babysitting the son of the president of the United States is a walk in the park compared to a warzone, right? Well, it might have been if his protectee hadn’t been Jamie Barratt, America’s new sweetheart in need of an attitude adjustment.
Isolated in the Hamptons as Jamie recovers from hospitalization, an unlikely friendship forms between the two when they find common ground. Chris’s professionalism slips as he gets to know the real Jamie Barratt and friendship quickly snowballs into sex, romance, and, very probably, love.
Everything is perfect in their own little bubble, as long as the president doesn’t find out.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating between Jamie & Chris’s perspectives.
There are a few parts that could have been researched/fleshed out better: mayors of cities have no control over the VA or their funding, inconsistencies like sometimes calling Pierce mayor and sometimes Governor, communication within the secret service refers to the First Family by code names of the same letter – not as ”The President” and “First Son”, policies for communication/protection by the secret service, etc
That said, I really enjoyed Jamie and Chris. Jamie had been through so much and Chris was the perfect fit for him. The shared past of both having served in the military helped smooth the transition to becoming very close very fast. Their relationship was a great balance of steamy and sweet, gentle and passionate. The forbidden/secret romance was nice. Adorable ending.
My Favorite Quotes
“It had been the worst idea of his life, and yet the absolute best idea at the same time.”
“I have never felt this way about anybody in my whole life. I know it’s stupid and reckless and so damn fast, but I’m in love with him.”