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Henley is off-limits for Levar. So why can’t he stay away? Five years ago, Levar survived a terrorist attack. The bombing left its scars, but he’s picked up his life. He loves working for the vice president—who is openly bisexual—as his press secretary. Levar can’t afford a pesky attraction that proves to be frustratingly stubborn. Worse, those highly combustible sparks are Henley is off-limits for Levar. So why can’t he stay away? Five years ago, Levar survived a terrorist attack. The bombing left its scars, but he’s picked up his life. He loves working for the vice president—who is openly bisexual—as his press secretary. Levar can’t afford a pesky attraction that proves to be frustratingly stubborn. Worse, those highly combustible sparks are with the very last person he should be falling for: Henley Platt, a well-known reporter covering the White House. Henley may not be Levar’s enemy, but he’s definitely not his friend. He can’t be, not when their jobs put them on opposite sides. Henley is absolutely off-limits, even when he shows his appreciation for the sexy lingerie Levar loves to wear. When the terrorists strike again with a devastating blow to the White House, Levar and Henley lean on each other for support. The sparks become a raging fire that won’t be doused, but what happens if they’re found out? Press is the first book in the White House Men series, a romantic suspense gay romance series set in the White House. Think The West Wing but gay, and with less politics. Each book has a new love story with a happily ever after, but the suspense plot will continue throughout the books, so the series needs to be read in order. Press has 100k words. TW for terrorism and violence.


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Henley is off-limits for Levar. So why can’t he stay away? Five years ago, Levar survived a terrorist attack. The bombing left its scars, but he’s picked up his life. He loves working for the vice president—who is openly bisexual—as his press secretary. Levar can’t afford a pesky attraction that proves to be frustratingly stubborn. Worse, those highly combustible sparks are Henley is off-limits for Levar. So why can’t he stay away? Five years ago, Levar survived a terrorist attack. The bombing left its scars, but he’s picked up his life. He loves working for the vice president—who is openly bisexual—as his press secretary. Levar can’t afford a pesky attraction that proves to be frustratingly stubborn. Worse, those highly combustible sparks are with the very last person he should be falling for: Henley Platt, a well-known reporter covering the White House. Henley may not be Levar’s enemy, but he’s definitely not his friend. He can’t be, not when their jobs put them on opposite sides. Henley is absolutely off-limits, even when he shows his appreciation for the sexy lingerie Levar loves to wear. When the terrorists strike again with a devastating blow to the White House, Levar and Henley lean on each other for support. The sparks become a raging fire that won’t be doused, but what happens if they’re found out? Press is the first book in the White House Men series, a romantic suspense gay romance series set in the White House. Think The West Wing but gay, and with less politics. Each book has a new love story with a happily ever after, but the suspense plot will continue throughout the books, so the series needs to be read in order. Press has 100k words. TW for terrorism and violence.

30 review for Press

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    ***3.5 Stars*** To put it in a nutshell: A little bit of intrigue and high topicality here. A love against the rules and lots of emotions there. Oh, and the gayest White House in history... ;-) (In real life, a certain someone would probably tweet-ranting until his phone goes up in flames before being sent into apoplexy.) Not to forget... p(m)anties. Need I say more? ;-) Overall a heady mixture and a captivating start to a new series with lots of loveable characters who gave the events an authenti ***3.5 Stars*** To put it in a nutshell: A little bit of intrigue and high topicality here. A love against the rules and lots of emotions there. Oh, and the gayest White House in history... ;-) (In real life, a certain someone would probably tweet-ranting until his phone goes up in flames before being sent into apoplexy.) Not to forget... p(m)anties. Need I say more? ;-) Overall a heady mixture and a captivating start to a new series with lots of loveable characters who gave the events an authentic feeling. I had a few issues with the relationship, though, since up until 80% or so - although they do have some nice chemistry - Levar and Henley are not even an item, so the lovey-dovey ending was a bit out of place and not really believable to me. Levar's and Henley's story is told, the story arc is not. Not finished, I mean. I have my suspicions who's really behind the attacks, but there's only one way to find out... By waiting for the next books in this series. ;-)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    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. (view spoiler)[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 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. (view spoiler)[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 🤔 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. (hide spoiler)] 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I'm clearly in the minority here, but I struggled with this one and actually found myself bored at some points. It started off well, but then I feel like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I put it down to read something else before finishing. Understandably, since this is the first in a series with a continuing plot through the series, there were a lot of characters, plot points, and background introduced, and sometimes that just slowed everything for me. The underlying arc is intrigui I'm clearly in the minority here, but I struggled with this one and actually found myself bored at some points. It started off well, but then I feel like it dragged in the middle, to the point where I put it down to read something else before finishing. Understandably, since this is the first in a series with a continuing plot through the series, there were a lot of characters, plot points, and background introduced, and sometimes that just slowed everything for me. The underlying arc is intriguing and I'm interested to see who is behind everything and why, I just didn't gel with the presentation of it I guess. I also didn't feel a lot of chemistry between the two leads, possibly since there is so much going on and they aren't together a lot during the majority of the story. I'll give the next story a go. Like I said, the underlying story arc is good. I just hope with all the character and plot introductions out of the way, the pace and focus will be tighter in the next one. There were also quite a bit of grammatical errors and missing words in the story that could have been avoided with a proofread.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ele

    3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    I've been following Nora Phoenix's career for a few years now. I'm a part of her facebook group. Her story is a huge inspiration for my own writing. I own a lot of her books. Yet I've never actually read anything of hers until now. I don't even know why, it just didn't happen. I'm sad that it took me so long to get around to it, but I'm happy because now I have so much catching up to do. I really enjoyed Press. Before I found out about M/M I really enjoyed reading a political thriller every now I've been following Nora Phoenix's career for a few years now. I'm a part of her facebook group. Her story is a huge inspiration for my own writing. I own a lot of her books. Yet I've never actually read anything of hers until now. I don't even know why, it just didn't happen. I'm sad that it took me so long to get around to it, but I'm happy because now I have so much catching up to do. I really enjoyed Press. Before I found out about M/M I really enjoyed reading a political thriller every now and then. So this really was the best of both worlds. The plot was engaging, I was rooting for the Mc's, I really cared about some of the secondary characters (I can't wait for some of them to get their own HEA's). However I do think a few years of reading M/M have softened me. I wasn't all too happy about some of the violent things happening. The first chapter had me horrified. It does come with a trigger warning for violence though, so I mean, I can't blame anyone. I'm looking forward to next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Not a bad start to Nora's new series. I suspect the possible, but not probable 'terrorist' storyline will be the main thread that encompasses the entire series (view spoiler)[ I suspect American right-wing white supremacists myself, trying to stir up trouble (hide spoiler)] , together with the fact that several of the important posts at the White House are taken up by men who are gay . Some of the first names in the story i.e. Calix [WTH?? 😏], Coulsdon etc are rather weird, but what do I know 🤔. Not a bad start to Nora's new series. I suspect the possible, but not probable 'terrorist' storyline will be the main thread that encompasses the entire series (view spoiler)[ I suspect American right-wing white supremacists myself, trying to stir up trouble (hide spoiler)] , together with the fact that several of the important posts at the White House are taken up by men who are gay . Some of the first names in the story i.e. Calix [WTH?? 😏], Coulsdon etc are rather weird, but what do I know 🤔. I have no idea how long the series is planned to be, but I've already picked out the leads of some of the other stories...Rhett, Calix, Seth, oh and maybe even President Shafer himself. As is usual with Nora's stories, I had real problems with the quality of the 'so-called' editing, grammatical errors, typos etc. For heaven's sake, PLEASE start using the services of a professional editor!! Perhaps she's comfortable with who she uses and is not too bothered by/couldn't care less what her readers think, and perhaps one of these days I WILL vote with my purse and stop buying her substandard work? I also think she suffers sometimes from the fact that she's not American and is probably thinking with her European hat on...and yes, I'm being generous. 3 rounded down stars. ***edit March 2021. Have called a halt to this series and Nora's work in general. If she doesn't care enough about her readers to put out a decently edited 'product', then I can't be bothered to buy any more of her stories. Sorry, not sorry.***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anyta Sunday

    Smart and sexy Politics meets romance in this forbidden love tale of a quick-witted Press secretary and a shrewd White House reporter. Nora Phoenix does a wonderful job escalating the tension between these clever men. Clever dialogue and fast West Wing style pacing makes this story a breeze to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Press is the first book in Nora Phoenix’s White House Men series. She describes the series as “The West Wing but gay, and with less politics.” For those familiar with the TV show, there is that same vibe of energetic idealists working to make the world better. Phoenix also throws in a few Easter eggs, including a White House correspondent named Danny (who I presume is a nod to the show’s reporter Danny Concannon), as well as the frequent request to “walk with me” A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Press is the first book in Nora Phoenix’s White House Men series. She describes the series as “The West Wing but gay, and with less politics.” For those familiar with the TV show, there is that same vibe of energetic idealists working to make the world better. Phoenix also throws in a few Easter eggs, including a White House correspondent named Danny (who I presume is a nod to the show’s reporter Danny Concannon), as well as the frequent request to “walk with me” (which harkens me back to the “walk and talk” style of the show). That said, while the story gave me a touch of nostalgia for the TV series, there is definitely no reason you need to be at all familiar with it to enjoy or follow along with this book. Press follows dual paths of the romance between Levar and Henley, along with a simmering suspense element with regard to the bombing. Not only do we witness the attack through the prologue in the eyes of both men, but it is clear from the start that the Pride Bombing has deeply affected both Henley and Levar. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    5 stars!! I stayed up way too late finishing this. It was so good! I know it’s not political. But it does have a touch of politics, enough so that it fits the theme but not too much that it just overtakes everything and broadcasts the author’s political stance. I’m definitely intrigued by the political events in this book and have a feeling it’s going to be a long time before we hear the conclusion to the political events that happened in this book. Can’t wait!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Wow, this was a great story and exactly what I wanted. Levar and Henley are really interesting characters and I loved how the relationship developed. Cant wait for next book ... and I really hope thst Rhett and Cavix will get one together

  11. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    Disclaimer.... I was a sensitivity berareader for this book.... I was one of the very lucky people who had the chance to read this book really early. Reading this was a privilege for so many reasons (personal and general) and I've been debating a review that would do it justice. This is me trying to do it justice… 1. The Beginning… This book starts with a bang. Five years ago, a tragedy occurs, our two main MCs cross paths, but because of the situation, don’t interact. Fast forward to 5 years lat Disclaimer.... I was a sensitivity berareader for this book.... I was one of the very lucky people who had the chance to read this book really early. Reading this was a privilege for so many reasons (personal and general) and I've been debating a review that would do it justice. This is me trying to do it justice… 1. The Beginning… This book starts with a bang. Five years ago, a tragedy occurs, our two main MCs cross paths, but because of the situation, don’t interact. Fast forward to 5 years later, each man is now holding their dream/almost dream jobs. Now, they most certainly interact, in a professional aspect only. 2. The MCs… - Levar: Age: 32 years-old Job: the VP’s press secretary Inspiration pic: Levar focuses on the job. Five years ago, he survived the terrorist attack, but not without emotional and physical scars. Today he is ambitious, focused, and determined to rise up and get through any obstacles he may face. - Henley: Age: 39 years-old Job: White House Reporter Inspiration pic: #DaddyZac with brown eyes Henley has also survived that fateful day five years ago. He’s doing what he loves, has a boyfriend, and has fun antagonizing Levar. But that slowly unravels and Henley is left questioning his life choices and the reasons behind them. 3. The Plot… Based on the title alone, you know there will be politics in it. You’re in the white house quite a lot, our MCs interact there, changes occur there, especially after the second terrorist attack. What was refreshing though, was that the politics never overwhelmed the story. The romance didn’t take a backseat to the politics. On the contrary, everything that happened in the white house somehow makes our MCs grow closer together, despite the many obstacles thrown their way. 4. The Relationship… As you might imagine, Levar and Henley aren’t supposed to or allowed to be together because of their jobs. there’s a conflict of interest there and both of them are professional to a fault, loyal to their jobs, and determined to stay that way. Nevertheless, they start a friendship at first, based on their shared tragedy and their genuine interest in each other. However, this friendship slowly morphs into more. The transformation is as innocent as it is inevitable. Any hang-ups each MC has with himself is negated by the other’s acceptance. They’re truly puzzle-pieces who fit in every way. “Thank you. For being a creep? For being sweet and affirming me the way I am, Levar said.” 5. The Intimacy: This is a slow burn romance at its best. Pseudo-enemies, to friends to lovers. The transition was smooth and seamless. These men didn’t fall into bed right away, and their sex scenes, though hot and heavy, were not the most intimate parts of their relationship. The hugging, being there for each other, their banter and serious discussions, and the acceptance of every facet of the other’s personality and appearance were much more poignant. “You’re talking to your friend Henley, not reporter Henley Platt from Washington Times, he said softly.” P.S. the sex is still hot though… “Hush baby… This is my show, my gift to you.” 6. The Suspense… This aspect of the plot is pretty consistent throughout the whole book. There is always something happening; a problem to be solved, a crisis that needs to be averted or worked through. You’re on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen, be it with the MCs’ relationship or the White House crises. A literal “Blast From The Past” changes everything and the story takes a huge turn towards change. 7. The HEA… Our MCS work HARD to get their HEA. Sacrifices and changes are made to ensure the continuity of their relationship. Both MCs grow and thrive in their new roles and that only brings them closer still. “Levar had the best friend in the world….and also the best boyfriend.” I highly recommend this series, and I can’t wait to see what the other books will bring to the table. #happyreading

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nanna Sander

    I have always been a fan of Nora Phoenix's writing, and with each new book she publishes, she just cements that even more. The characters in this book are real, they remind you of someone you could easily have in your own life. They were maybe not as fully fledged out as some of her other characters in other books, because the plot also takes a lot of focus. But they pine for each other, and they make tough decisions in the name of love. That brings me to what I didn't like so much about the book I have always been a fan of Nora Phoenix's writing, and with each new book she publishes, she just cements that even more. The characters in this book are real, they remind you of someone you could easily have in your own life. They were maybe not as fully fledged out as some of her other characters in other books, because the plot also takes a lot of focus. But they pine for each other, and they make tough decisions in the name of love. That brings me to what I didn't like so much about the book and why it cannot get 5 stars from me - the plot. There is a suspension plot here that is really interesting, but there is also a LOT of talk about politics. I understand that we are dealing with a White House press secretary and reporter, but as someone who does not really get American politics (or just in general has very little interest in any politics), some parts were a little complicated to follow. I look forward to seeing more from this series, and seeing some of the other characters find love (with each other?) - I'm just hoping to see a little less political intrigue.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matt & Brett

    Political thriller meets gay romance in this explosive start to a new series. This book was definitely right up my alley - great mystery/thriller elements, intense emotions, forbidden romance. Henley and Levar are both strongly career-driven individuals. Levar is a White House press secretary and Levar is a White House correspondent for a newspaper. Nothing can happen between them, it would threaten the careers they have both worked so hard for, and yet, they can’t seem to stop themselves. I love Political thriller meets gay romance in this explosive start to a new series. This book was definitely right up my alley - great mystery/thriller elements, intense emotions, forbidden romance. Henley and Levar are both strongly career-driven individuals. Levar is a White House press secretary and Levar is a White House correspondent for a newspaper. Nothing can happen between them, it would threaten the careers they have both worked so hard for, and yet, they can’t seem to stop themselves. I love a well-executed forbidden romance, and I thought this one was great! This is a pretty heavy story, both main characters (and most of the important side characters) are survivors of a terrorist attack that occurs in the prologue, and the repercussions of the terrorist attack are felt throughout the book. Each book in the series will focus on different main characters, but it’s worth noting that the mystery/thriller elements are not resolved in this book - they will be ongoing throughout the series. The ongoing threads of mystery have already dragged me in, I can’t wait for the next book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Finnegan

    An exciting new series by Nora Phoenix, and if the rest of the series is like book 1, then I am in for a great time indeed. This book was informative and fun, with a sizzling hot, yet real romance between two very likeable men. Levar and Henley are both fully-rounded characters, each with his own voice, and I love them both and was totally invested in their HEA. I also liked the secondary characters; the plot was interesting and I think there are surprises ahead in the books to come. I usually h An exciting new series by Nora Phoenix, and if the rest of the series is like book 1, then I am in for a great time indeed. This book was informative and fun, with a sizzling hot, yet real romance between two very likeable men. Levar and Henley are both fully-rounded characters, each with his own voice, and I love them both and was totally invested in their HEA. I also liked the secondary characters; the plot was interesting and I think there are surprises ahead in the books to come. I usually hate books about politics (or politics, full stop), but the politics is few and far between, more as background then an actual topic. It just set the stage for a believable story. There is descriptions of violence (view spoiler)[ (bombings and its aftermath) (hide spoiler)] in the book, so read carefully if that is a trigger.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    4 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loved everything about this! Oh wow this book was fantastic!  It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the end--it was an amazing ride!  I felt like I was binge watching a TV series on Netflix! Each chapter was a new twist and turn and I couldn't wait to see how everything played out.  The setting was the White House, the main players were the Press Secretary and a White House correspondence reporter for the local paper--Levar and Henley.  As you would expect, them being togethe Loved everything about this! Oh wow this book was fantastic!  It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the end--it was an amazing ride!  I felt like I was binge watching a TV series on Netflix! Each chapter was a new twist and turn and I couldn't wait to see how everything played out.  The setting was the White House, the main players were the Press Secretary and a White House correspondence reporter for the local paper--Levar and Henley.  As you would expect, them being together is a serious conflict of interest, but they had a chemistry and and a connection that couldn't be denied! Their romance was sexy, it was sweet and endearing, and it was very heartwarming.  I also really enjoyed their amazing, sharp and witty banter throughout, it was so well done! This is the start of a brand new series by the fabulous Nora Phoenix and the storyline will be continuing throughout.  I am completely hooked already. There is suspense, drama, political intrigue, romance, a mystery brewing...you name it, this book has it all!  We are introduced to a ton of fabulous supporting characters here, all of whom I suspect will be playing larger roles in future books.  I am 100% invested in this and cannot wait for the next book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    ML

    This book will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. The suspense, the romance and the political intrigue had me not wanting to stop this book once I started it. While there are politics in this book, it’s not overly political at all. So if you thinking eww politics.. it’s not like that. Levar and Henley are great characters. I loved them both. The secondary character game was strong as well. It made for a very well rounded story. It was dual POV and you really learned these ch This book will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. The suspense, the romance and the political intrigue had me not wanting to stop this book once I started it. While there are politics in this book, it’s not overly political at all. So if you thinking eww politics.. it’s not like that. Levar and Henley are great characters. I loved them both. The secondary character game was strong as well. It made for a very well rounded story. It was dual POV and you really learned these character’s personalities. It was almost like reading a movie script. I’m really looking forward to the future books in this series. It’s going to be a wild and suspenseful ride! I’m here for it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was not my usual Nora Phoenix book. Not heavy on the sexy times but heavy on the intrigue. Me likey. I mean I love her sexy books as well but this was really good. I couldn't put the book down. And it made me cry! Yes, the romance was the main part of the story but there was so much going on all around them that I was turning pages as fast as I could. The situation hasn't been resolved regarding the intrigue but that just makes me want the second book even more. Tricky! This was not my usual Nora Phoenix book. Not heavy on the sexy times but heavy on the intrigue. Me likey. I mean I love her sexy books as well but this was really good. I couldn't put the book down. And it made me cry! Yes, the romance was the main part of the story but there was so much going on all around them that I was turning pages as fast as I could. The situation hasn't been resolved regarding the intrigue but that just makes me want the second book even more. Tricky!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Moore

    Wow....I usually don't enjoy the 1st book of a series. I find you are introducing lots of characters a story and a romance. But this was brilliant. I loved both Levar and Henley and the secondary characters were equally interesting. The slow burn, pining they had for each other was real and you could feel it. Loved reading as the characters grew and faced tough times and decision and come out the other side. I was a little nervous about it being political and all about politics, seeing I am Cana Wow....I usually don't enjoy the 1st book of a series. I find you are introducing lots of characters a story and a romance. But this was brilliant. I loved both Levar and Henley and the secondary characters were equally interesting. The slow burn, pining they had for each other was real and you could feel it. Loved reading as the characters grew and faced tough times and decision and come out the other side. I was a little nervous about it being political and all about politics, seeing I am Canadian and don't follow American politics. But it really wasn't. It was a truly enjoyable read. There is romance, suspense and a great story and I had trouble putting the book down. I am looking forward to the next wondering who the romance will be with but also to find out more of ongoing story within the White House.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kk

    4 Flags Flying 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 As an Aaron Sorkin fan, this book can slot right in the West Wing verse. Levar is a tripping CJ- even though CJ was probably more masculine. Henley is a more open Danny Concannon. Its exciting to read!! Seriously, its a MM version of West Wing. The relevant issues make for good background story as the series unfolds. The VP is an open bisexual but with a wife & son. It brings up intelligent conversation about what bi really means... as well as being Pan in politics. The bo 4 Flags Flying 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 As an Aaron Sorkin fan, this book can slot right in the West Wing verse. Levar is a tripping CJ- even though CJ was probably more masculine. Henley is a more open Danny Concannon. Its exciting to read!! Seriously, its a MM version of West Wing. The relevant issues make for good background story as the series unfolds. The VP is an open bisexual but with a wife & son. It brings up intelligent conversation about what bi really means... as well as being Pan in politics. The book opens with a horrific bombing of a Pride Parade in NYC. Levar & Henley are there to witness & report. Years later, they grow closer & act on their attraction. The name calling was a bit much. Consecutives, moderates, liberal, republican, democrats, straights, gays, queer. We are still Americans. We all deserve the right to the same protections provided in our constitution. **gets down off soapbox** Levar & Henley have a great love story. Can't wait to read more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Badh

    Intense at times. There were times when this got really intense, there was just a lot going on in the beginning and at the middle, from external forces. There was also angst in between the two MCs, but only as the story needed. It made me sad, but made the resolution better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    June

    I really liked it! I was a bit scared about the political aspect of this at first, but fortunately it centers more on journalism and press communication from the White House, and the President may be a bit of an asshole, but it's more in his personal life than in politics. The romance is between a White House correspondant at the Washington Post and someone working for the Vice President, at the communication level. That's obviously a huge conflict of interest, and I liked that the reason they ke I really liked it! I was a bit scared about the political aspect of this at first, but fortunately it centers more on journalism and press communication from the White House, and the President may be a bit of an asshole, but it's more in his personal life than in politics. The romance is between a White House correspondant at the Washington Post and someone working for the Vice President, at the communication level. That's obviously a huge conflict of interest, and I liked that the reason they kept getting closer was the comfort and understanding they found in each other, not just the Sizzling Attraction. Can't wait for book 2! the terrorist/political intrigue is nowhere resolved, and I didn't skip any detail this time around...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This couldn’t keep my attention for some reason - I kept skipping forward or skimming. That’s not my usual reaction to a book from this author, not sure why this one was different. Maybe because so much of the story was our boys separated and focused on themselves, careers and other very important issues? So then when they were together, the sex and manties thing seemed a little bit gratuitous? The elements were all here, but it just didn’t click for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Martin

    Press Wow, wow, wow, wow!!! I’ve only read one book by this author only because my reading interest and her books don’t intersect. I was a little hesitant to read this because it was political in nature and let’s be honest, politics is exhausting right now. But, I couldn’t resist trying it. And I’ve been in a weird reading mood so trying it is what I was doing. I have spent my entire day reading this book. I started this morning and have cursed interruptions to my reading, lol. I absolutely recom Press Wow, wow, wow, wow!!! I’ve only read one book by this author only because my reading interest and her books don’t intersect. I was a little hesitant to read this because it was political in nature and let’s be honest, politics is exhausting right now. But, I couldn’t resist trying it. And I’ve been in a weird reading mood so trying it is what I was doing. I have spent my entire day reading this book. I started this morning and have cursed interruptions to my reading, lol. I absolutely recommend this book. Seriously, whatever you’re reading now, put it down and read it. Absolutely fantastic. I read it in KU but I’ll be buying it and I can’t wait for the audiobook. Just wow. I may even read it again in the next few days it’s that good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I have to say, I was completely surprised by this book. Totally. I love pretty much anything Nora writes, but this is definitely out in left field of what she normally writes and I was happily surprised it turned out the way it did. I almost felt like I was reading a James Patterson book for a minute. She nailed the story, the way things work, the interplay for the White House. The emotions, the PTSD, the after story, just everything pertaining to the bombing. It was just an amazing shock to see I have to say, I was completely surprised by this book. Totally. I love pretty much anything Nora writes, but this is definitely out in left field of what she normally writes and I was happily surprised it turned out the way it did. I almost felt like I was reading a James Patterson book for a minute. She nailed the story, the way things work, the interplay for the White House. The emotions, the PTSD, the after story, just everything pertaining to the bombing. It was just an amazing shock to see how well she nailed this story. And I’m happy I got to read it. As a new reporter, more or less, Levar was just filling in commentary for the Pride Parade when life for him changed in ways he never thought of. And across the way, the same could be said for Henley, who was taking pictures that day. The bombings, the pictures, the stories live that day, the heartbreak and everything in between, left devastation in it’s wake. No one could have imagined this. And yet, both are almost outside themselves as they are reporting this live. But after all the heat has settled down, their lives have changed in other ways as well. Levar is the VP’s press secretary, Henley, the White House correspondent. But things are about to take another turn that neither were expecting. They can’t stay away from each other, although it’s forbidden and Levar could lose everything. But what they claim is nothing between them, is quickly becoming an issue of falling in love. But another bombing and other things are happening that cause the heat to be turned all the way up. And now it’s being said to them, they can’t stay together. Both are miserable, and both have things they have to work through, especially Henley. But can they stay apart like they are supposed to or is someone going to have to do something drastic in order to get what they need? That’s the one thing that sucks about being a part of the White House. Everything has to remain hush hush, certain relationships can not happen, NDAs have to be signed, it’s one thing after another. But it’s understandable because there are so many things that could go wrong. And in this book, Nora points out several things that could and did go wrong because of rules not being followed. Because greed and pettiness, jealousy and so much more, a good presidency and vice presidency ended up being separated instead of joined together in a united stance. And it ended bad. You’ll have to read to find out. The point is, life in the White House is not easy. And being in the positions Henley and Levar were in, made it even harder. Henley could have used things Levar said so many times in his paper, but because they had struck up a friendship that had set boundaries in things like that, they knew when they needed friendship, not to be on the record. Also, with things they had been through with the bombings and such, they knew how each other and sometimes quiet was all they needed. Someone who got it, without it having to be explained. And I get why they got together, despite the danger. They were everything each other needed, even when they didn’t want to admit it. Henley need someone he could lean and rely on, where he didn’t have to be ‘on’ all the time, and Levar gave him that. And for Levar, Henley gave him life. He appreciated EVERYTHING about Levar, especially his little secret, and because of it, Levar had more confidence in who he was. He didn’t have to hide for Henley. But it still meant their jobs. Or Levar’s. Or could have. Like I said, not an easy thing. And unfortunately, in this interest, it took several drastic things to make things finally come to light about how happy they really were and what it was going to take to change it all. It was a rough journey for the both of them, but then again, sometimes the best relationships come out of the hardest things. Look at a diamond. Or a pearl. The stuff, the pain it takes to make one, but the beauty being worth every bit of it in the end. https://lovebytesreviews.com/

  26. 5 out of 5

    L.D.

    The White House press room is the last place Levar thought he would find love, and honestly, it should be the last place he finds love. Levar is one of the assistant press secretaries for the vice president, and he has no business making friends, much less falling in love with, a White House reporter. Especially when that White House reporter is the charming and sexy Henley, a man known for his investigative journalism skills and dedication to the job. But even knowing something logically isn’t The White House press room is the last place Levar thought he would find love, and honestly, it should be the last place he finds love. Levar is one of the assistant press secretaries for the vice president, and he has no business making friends, much less falling in love with, a White House reporter. Especially when that White House reporter is the charming and sexy Henley, a man known for his investigative journalism skills and dedication to the job. But even knowing something logically isn’t always enough to stop the heart from doing what it wants. Yet, unexpected and tragic events soon throw Levar and Henley’s world into a tailspin and they’ll need to rely on each other to make it through to the other side. Press is the first book in the White House Men series, a new contemporary romance series by Nora Phoenix. Like the series title and book blurb suggests, this book does have a political setting, but it’s not a political book. There’s no in depth analysis and review of political policies, Congressional debates, and the other technical (and sometimes boring and tedious) details that surround politics; instead, Nora deftly uses the drama and excitement that surrounds the White House and throws in her signature romantic charm to create an enthralling love story full of action, drama, and excitement. What’s really great about this book is how much it has to offer for everyone. There’s romance for the those of us who adore happy love stories. There’s politics, government agencies, and an inside look into the media for people who enjoy a good political storyline. There’s action and suspense for those of us who want a thrill. Nora mixes all of these different elements and uses them to create a unique and fabulous read. The plot is exciting but not overdone and over the top. There’s a lot of little details that Nora adds that make the book and plot feel realistic and plausible. You can tell Nora’s done her research, but she also doesn’t go overboard and bog down the reader with too much technical and historical details that would detract from the story. Instead, she strikes a nice balance with realistic details and the exciting fictional element that makes the story so much fun. The romance between Henley and Levar is really wonderful. It’s refreshing to have two grown men communicate with each other and act maturely. Their love may be forbidden, and it may hurt having to be apart, but they figure it out in a really respectable and fantastic way. It’s great to have a romance story that doesn’t rely on toxic behavior and immaturity to make the story interesting. Instead, Nora’s characters act maturely and professionally, and work through their problems. Plus, there’s some really, really hot sex scenes (omg, panty kink – I love it) as well as some beautiful tender moments. I highly recommend this book. I’m so excited for the second book and can’t wait for it to come out.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    Penises and terrorists. Two things you may not think go together in a M/M romance review (unless the thought of a penis is terrorizing for you)...but hang with me a minute. First of all I've been a journalist in high school and college, so I'm always up for a good story that highlights one of my former lines of work/study. I felt the reporter angles in Nora Phoenix's "Press" were well covered and did a great job of highlighting the long tedious hours spent working on a story that may not bear fr Penises and terrorists. Two things you may not think go together in a M/M romance review (unless the thought of a penis is terrorizing for you)...but hang with me a minute. First of all I've been a journalist in high school and college, so I'm always up for a good story that highlights one of my former lines of work/study. I felt the reporter angles in Nora Phoenix's "Press" were well covered and did a great job of highlighting the long tedious hours spent working on a story that may not bear fruit, trying to read between the lines of a press release, or sit through a press conference during which they're trying not to say much of anything in the most obtuse, obfuscating manner possible. There was also a refreshing look at journalism from two varied angles-- that of a newspaper "beat" reporter (Henly) and a press liaison (Levar). And both done extremely well. It's tough to make journalism glamorous once you've seen it from the inside, but I got a bit nostalgic for the work as I read "Press". I still don't miss it and I left it for the same reason I stopped pursuing law (no offense to any attorneys out there), I just felt there were certain elements of both I could not perform and still sleep well at night. But enough of that...now on to the other big (no pun intended) ticket item in this story for me. It seems such a small (no pun intended) thing that Nora did when describing Henley's penis (or more aptly, he described it himself), as "not all that big down there". There were a couple more lines about it and then he and Levar moved on to a nicely described bout of love-making. What is important here for me is that sometimes less is more (pun intended). My intent is to say that not making every male character in an M/M romance hung like an Arabian stallion is refreshing. I mean, the odds that not all men (and I speak from experience here)...no matter how good looking are guaranteed to have tape measure-worthy dicks. This is turning out to be a long-ass digression isn't it? Lemme just say that it's a gracious plenty to contend with the basics of most M/M literature in which two ridiculously good looking men at the outset have just been dumped/divorced/can't find a date-- which becomes even less believable when it's revealed that they are also packin' some serious meat. So, I must doff my cap to Ms. Phoenix here for giving Henley an average-size weenus as a blow for realism in M/M fiction, and reduce the pressure on her gay readers who can now see a bit more of themselves (irony intended) in the characters. Finally, I was a bit surprised that many issues with the terrorists were not addressed in any significant way as the book closed. Suffice it to say that I don't think all has been said about who they are and why they're acting at such strange points in the plot. I am pretty sure that the terrorists will be a running thread in the series, which is interesting and adds a sense of foreboding and mystery to the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    This is a fantastic, well written book with a super-interesting plot, loveable MCs, a great slow-burn romance, hot steamy scenes, plus as an added bonus, some keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense and intrigue … basically, it checks all the boxes. Surprisingly, I’ve seen a number of people comment that they weren’t sure if they’d read it because it is about “politics”. I’ve also heard and seen (even in the description) the book referred to as a gay “West Wing”, and while that’s cute and cat This is a fantastic, well written book with a super-interesting plot, loveable MCs, a great slow-burn romance, hot steamy scenes, plus as an added bonus, some keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense and intrigue … basically, it checks all the boxes. Surprisingly, I’ve seen a number of people comment that they weren’t sure if they’d read it because it is about “politics”. I’ve also heard and seen (even in the description) the book referred to as a gay “West Wing”, and while that’s cute and catchy, I actually don’t think that’s an apt comparison. The TV show The West Wing was very politics-driven, communicating a liberal agenda and a lot of grappling and fighting between the Democratic and Republican parties and their respective agendas. But this book isn’t like that. I mean I get it - this is a book in a series centered on men who work in the White House, so it’s not an unreasonable assumption, but that’s not what this book is about and I hope people don’t miss out because it’s really one of the best books I’ve read recently. So then what’s it about? The setting is politics - the backdrop is the White House - but the plot is not. I’m not spoiling anything here by telling you that the issues relate to LGBTQIA+ rights and terrorism because it helps provide the framework for events that spotlight the theme of this story - love and sacrifice. You’ve got two terrific, multi-dimensional MCs: Levar, WH press secretary, and Henley, WH reporter. It’s a forbidden romance slow-burn and we get to experience the characters dealing with the fall-out from traumatic events and making sacrifices for things they love, whether it be a country, a job or a romantic partner. Levar and Henley’s relationship is authentic and beautifully developed, and they have insane chemistry from the get-go. This book is part 1 of a story arc so you will need to read the books in sequence as they come out, but this book has a very definite HEA. Overall, I highly recommend it and am really looking forward to the next in the series. * I received an advanced copy of this book, but there was no obligation to review. My comments are provided voluntarily and reflect my honest opinions and views.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    Nora Phoenix's Press is the first book in the White House Men series. And it's fabulous. From the first page, I was hooked. Set in The White House, this book illustrates some of the crazy atmosphere and pace of working in The White House. I have never seen The West Wing, but am told this is modeled after that show. Thus, anyone who's a fan of that show, will definitely love this book. I know I loved it. The writing style is wonderful, as I've come to expect from this author. The characters are c Nora Phoenix's Press is the first book in the White House Men series. And it's fabulous. From the first page, I was hooked. Set in The White House, this book illustrates some of the crazy atmosphere and pace of working in The White House. I have never seen The West Wing, but am told this is modeled after that show. Thus, anyone who's a fan of that show, will definitely love this book. I know I loved it. The writing style is wonderful, as I've come to expect from this author. The characters are complex and their storyline full of action, danger, romance and more. There's plenty of time devoted to the conflict of interest aspect which is all well done. And then there's the kink. This is an author who always delights us with some kink, and this time it's a business man who wears panties under his suits. Hot! Levar and Henry make for a fantastic couple. They both experienced a horrific terrorist attack, which is all very well detailed. And then they find themselves in political jobs that won't allow them to be together. I love the conflict involved and the forbidden aspect of the storyline. This is a tale with lots of political talk, along with plenty of suspense and intrigue. Both men are working in their dream jobs and the friendship that develops is compelling, making for a nice read. But it's the attraction, tension, and desires that make this one ever better. If you don't like politics, I don't think that matters too much. Yes, there is plenty of politics involved, but overall, everything has to do with these men, their jobs, and their connection to the political scene. Press is a fun story. This Nora Phoenix gem starts the White House Men series on a stellar note. I can't wait to see what happens next to all the characters involved and the overall mystery. Basically, this book is a great forbidden romance which will leave you happy to have read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MMFANGIRL

    "Press" by Nora Phoenix @nora.phoenix "Press" is book one from Nora's series "White House Men" It was really good, but that is to be expected from Nora Phoenix. All her books are really good. So, let me tell you why I liked this one so much... . . . Levar, who is the Vice President's Press Secretary is attracted to Henley who is a famous reporter working at the White House. They aren't enemies but they certainly cannot be together because it would be a major conflict of interest. This book is a slow "Press" by Nora Phoenix @nora.phoenix "Press" is book one from Nora's series "White House Men" It was really good, but that is to be expected from Nora Phoenix. All her books are really good. So, let me tell you why I liked this one so much... . . . Levar, who is the Vice President's Press Secretary is attracted to Henley who is a famous reporter working at the White House. They aren't enemies but they certainly cannot be together because it would be a major conflict of interest. This book is a slow 🔥 & it is lovely the way Nora develops & builds these two MC. For the plot... Both Levar & Henley survived a terrorist attack at a Gay Pride Parade five years before the story begins. When I tell you Nora had me gripped with her intro & writing about this event... I am not exaggerating... It felt so real the way she described it all through the two MC eyes. . . . So on to the meat and potatoes of the book... It was amazing reading this attraction between these two, & the forbidden love was oh so hot. Seeing them fight off temptation, & reading both their POV on how much they not only wanted but needed each other was heart wrenching💔 If you guys have read any of my other reviews, you know I am an angst whore. I love an angsty story, and I got my fill with this one. These two fall in love without even trying to, in fact, they were trying desperately not to fall for each other... Funny how that works, eh? The plot continues with some shady 💩 going on around them @ the WH. I won't write spoilers but the plot takes a twist & it was enthralling to read about the political scandals & tragedies... I love the slow 🔥 burn angsty stories! And the love scenes Nora writes are so hot 🔥 they are worth the wait!!! Overall this one gets a 5 🌟 review from this MMFANGIRL. Luckily, book #2 "Friends" is out and currently downloaded on my Kindle. Both are #kindleunlimited 🙆 Yay!!

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