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.
I get book recommendations all the time. Some I take and some I ignore, but there are a few reader’s recommendations that I always pay attention to. Author Christi Snow is at the top of that list of people. I follow what she reads most of the time anyway, but when she makes a point of bringing a book to my attention I ask no questions and search out the book. I have to admit though, this is the first time I came close to hesitating. Part of it was the menage and part of it was the title. I mean really, how can a book titled Kneel, Mr. President have a story line that wasn’t totally centered around sex? It didn’t take long for Lauren Gallagher and these 3 characters to win me over.
I’m really not sure which of these characters I loved more. James was a devoted husband, loyal friend, responsible and caring leader and almost literally had the weight of the world on his shoulders with people standing in line waiting for him to fail. Carlene loved her husband enough to put his needs ahead of hers. She would rather lose him to someone else if that meant saving his life. Then there was Kent. I think out of all of them, he tore at my heart the most. He knew that he had the most to lose. Whatever happened between them, regardless of the attraction, there was no way that James would give up his family. He knew it, he accepted it, but he put his feelings aside to help his best friend.
So yes, there was a lot more than I expected to Kneel, Mr. President. Oh, there was plenty of smexiness to go around, but the story was so much more than that. I loved getting to know and respect these characters and watch the relationships shift as the story progressed. Their relationship was definitely not conventional and it put them all in a extremely precarious situation, but their love for each other and their family was what mattered most.