Review: Kneel Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher

June 4, 2015 Review 0

Review:  Kneel Mr. President by Lauren Gallagher

Sworn to have their lover’s back, front, or any other side that needs covering.

Secret Service agent Kent Sinclair, head of POTUS security, thought himself prepared for every contingency. Until the First Lady—a woman who barely tolerates his presence—approaches him with a request that startles the hell out of him.

Carlene Broderick is frightened. With the weight of the country and impending war on his shoulders, her husband, James, is buckling under the strain. The key to helping him cope is the name he calls out in his sleep—and it’s not hers. It belongs to his fellow ex-SEAL team buddy. His ex-lover. Kent.

Without hesitation, Kent plunges into treacherous emotional territory, only to realize it’s not really him that James needs. The Commander in Chief needs to give up complete control in the bedroom.

To relieve that much pressure, Kent and Carlene must work together and declare a truce that rapidly heats up into something more. Something that leaves James caught deep in forbidden territory—torn between his beloved wife and the man he’s never stopped loving.

Warning: Contains three forty-somethings discovering whole new sides of themselves, a rejuvenated marriage, and plenty of kinky fun. All brought to you by an ex-SEAL in a wetsuit, a bisexual President, and a First Lady with a tattoo on her ass.

Title: Kneel, Mr. President
Author: Lauren Gallagher
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby, The Best Laid Plans
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: June 9, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 307
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

What a lovely fantasy world this author created for us.  A world where a president allows himself to be elected because he wants to serve the people, not because he has a political agenda.  Well, he does kind of have an agenda, get aid and support for military personnel and their families, that should actually be theirs by right of service but is usually forgotten and/or pushed aside in favor of other political aspirations.

This president also is not going to be pushed into a war just because a “show of force” is wanted or for any other political reason.  War is an absolute last resort, not a knee jerk reaction.  Lovely thought.  I was amazed that this president was actually allowed the power to enforce this stand and wasn’t just the figurehead that usually takes the blame for anything and everything that may go wrong.

On top of all of that, this president did use the resources available to him to respond – covertly – to the threat and neutralize it without unnecessary death and destruction.  How wonderfully refreshing.  Not only were the news media kept in the dark so they couldn’t “warn” the rest of the world what was happening, but so was congress and everyone else.  Something this particular reader would have liked to see from out leaders some 30 years ago and has despaired of ever seeing.  I was rather pleased to see this author also had such a fantasy.

How providential that I happened to read this on Memorial Day weekend.  This is how we military, both former and current, would like our world to be.   Strong decisive decision making by a leadership that says, “To hell with the politics” and does what needs to be done to get the job done.  It made my heart sing and dream of an actual world where this might happen.  *sigh*

But, alas, I am not sure that is really the message, or even the story that the author intended to tell with Kneel, Mr. President.  I believe she intended the story to be about the measures that were taken to help keep this president grounded and sane so he could continue to do this, oh so stressful, job.  They were unique.  Well, when I think about it, maybe not so much.  I see stories all the time about high powered men who need that something extra to keep them grounded and sane. To help them “reboot” and “refresh” so they can operate affectively.   So really, why shouldn’t the man in the “highest office” in the country also need it?

Of course something like this would be a terrible scandal, but I found it quite ingenious.  I did get a bit frustrated with this man, president or not, who bottled up his feelings and didn’t talk to either his wife, or his best friend.  I wanted to get in on the act and bop him upside the head.  But fortunately for him, he had a wonderful saint of a wife who saw there was an issue and took steps to resolve it, even if it meant dealing with someone she really didn’t want to.  The woman behind the man!  Definitely a powerhouse in this story.

In spite of my soapbox mini rant at the start of this review, this was actually a rather entertaining book.  I liked the characters.  Did I mention I liked the world?  The story moved along at a nice pace that kept me engaged.  The ending was satisfying. I think any lover of kinky erotic contemporary romance will enjoy this story.  I did and would recommend it to anyone.

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