Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Click (White House Men #3) by Nora Phoenix


Amazon Link   - Available in KU 

He doesn't just want the friendship or the benefits. He wants it all.

Rhett, the White House photographer, is tired of everyone treating him like he’s fragile. He wants a life of his own. Punch his V-card. A boyfriend.

Making new friends is a good first step, even if it’s with his boss, Calix, who’s fifteen years his senior. Calix is kind and protective, and he encourages Rhett to spread his wings.

When Rhett stumbles, Calix is there to catch him, and what started as friendship, grows into a mutually beneficial arrangement. Friends with benefits. Kind of.

But Calix still mourns his dead husband, so what happens when Rhett wants to extend their arrangement…indefinitely? He doesn't just want the friendship or the benefits. He wants it all.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues, and the plot gets more and more complicated…and more dangerous. How far will the terrorists go to accomplish their goal?

Click is an MM romance with hurt/comfort, an age gap, a sweet virgin, and a friends with benefits arrangement. It’s the third book in the White House Men series, a romantic suspense series set in the White House, that needs to be read in order. Click ends with a happily ever after, but the suspense plot ends on a cliffhanger and will be continued in the rest of the series.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Nora Phoenix's Click is a thrilling read. The third book in the White House Men series, it perfectly continues the political intrigue and romance surrounding the men occupying the White House. 

The ongoing murder mystery/investigation, combined with continued action and danger, is all well done. More information is revealed, but there's still plenty to unveil. 

As for the men, this time around we get the romance between Calix and Rhett. The boss/employee aspect of their relationship isn't a problem, which I appreciate. So don't worry about a forbidden relationship aspect here. 

These men are wonderful together, both in and out of the bedroom. Yes, they are super hot together, with amazing chemistry. But they're also multi-layered characters full of vulnerability and painful pasts. I adore that they help one another heal and learn to trust again. 

With Calix having lost his husband in the bombing that started this whole series, his grief is ever present. It's absolutely beautiful seeing him learning to love again. My favorite part of this story, by far, is the way Rhett deals with Calix's pain. It's remarkable, honorable, and truly amazing. 

The virgin/first times aspects of this story are fabulous. It brings the men together, leads to smoking scenes, and helps the two naturally evolve into more than just lovers. 

On a personal note, apparently I loathe constant endearments. The author's continued use of "sweetheart" had me ready to gag. That said, in the end it's an important part of their developing relationship. Thus I will give it a pass this time around. 

Overall, Click is a fantastic read. Nora Phoenix places the romance front and center, but perfectly weaves the political mystery, suspense, and danger throughout. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

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