Book Reviews

The Night Of by Tal Bauer

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Age Gap / Romance / Action/Adventure / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-April-2021

Book Blurb

You've heard this story before: a guy supposedly kills himself, but his best friend can't accept it. He calls in an investigator he knows to take a second look, certain there's more going on.

I'm the investigator. Secret Service Agent Sean Avery. The guy who called me? My ex, Vice President Jonathan Sharp. And the guy he doesn't believe put a bullet in his brain?

That was President Steven Baker.

The deeper I dig, the more things fall apart. I've got a dead president inside a locked room. A hidden note. A secret gun. A missing CIA officer.

And no one I can trust.

Now Jonathan's in the crosshairs, and if I don't figure out what really happened that night at Camp David, the love of my life might be the next president to die.


Book Review

“The worst distance between two people isn’t calculated in miles, but it is the misunderstanding that pulls two hearts apart.” ~ unknown


Not that he was counting, but exactly 365 days ago, Sean Avery, of ‘The Night Of’ by Tal Bauer, had both the best and the worst night of his life. For months, he has been waiting for government agents to come knocking at his door but it never happened. Instead, after the president dies, Sean is called to the vice president’s office, the man he both longs to and fears to see more than anyone.


Sean was the first on the scene when the president died. Since he has already dotted all the Is and crossed all the Ts necessary in such an event, he can’t imagine why Jonathan wants to discuss the president’s death with him. When they do meet, things between them are incredibly uncomfortable. In spite of that, Jonathan confides in Sean that he is certain that the president’s death wasn’t suicide but an elaborate plan to make it appear so. Sean tries to convince Jonathan that all the evidence points to suicide, but Jonathan will not be swayed. He tells Sean that he can’t trust anyone else to help him. Reluctantly, Sean agrees to investigate further. Relieved, Jonathan gives Sean a letter that will override any obstacles that he may encounter.


The further Sean investigates the more suspicious he becomes. Too many things don’t add up. He isn’t able to trust anyone except Jonathan, but Jonathan’s letter only gets him so far. In order to get some of the answers he needs, he has to take a few risks while praying that the situation doesn’t blow up in his face. The more evidence he comes across the more convinced he becomes that Jonathan is right, that somehow, the president was murdered. The web of deceit seems to permeate the entire government making it abundantly clear how much mortal danger Jonathan is in. Sean stays with Jonathan as much as is possible while conducting the investigation at the same time. While all of this drama is taking place, Jonathan and Sean’s close proximity gives them time to clear up any past misconceptions leading to forgiveness, redemption, and love.


This is a fast-moving, intriguing murder mystery with a lot of red herrings and a startling ending. Due to a huge misunderstanding, Jonathan and Sean put themselves and each other through the wringer. It takes a while for them to sort things out, but when they do it’s glorious. Thanks, Tal, for another exciting, spine-tingling adventure.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 292 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-February-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
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