Book Reviews

A Fighting Man (Men of Manhattan 3) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion at Skull Blaster Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Alex on 19-April-2017

Book Blurb

Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.

Casper Kennedy is fighting a losing battle. A certain outrageously demonstrative Army Ranger has been a thorn in his side since his last trip home – and the main character in his steamiest dreams. Now he’s back. He launches an all-out sensual assault and no matter how hard Casper pushes Slater away, the man somehow manages to inch closer. So close, in fact, that Casper’s once-impenetrable defenses are in danger of collapsing. Should he throw up the white flag and take a chance at love? Or start firing back and keep his heart protected? When the handsome Ranger shows his true colors, Casper just might have to surrender the fight.



First Edition published by Wilde City Press, 2014.


Book Review

A wonderful love story ignites between Casper and Slater in this third story of this captivating male/male romance series. I can’t believe I failed to mention the exquisite spitfire, Casper, in my reviews of the two previous books. Casper appeared in both books, but played a major supporting role in A Marrying Man as the male secretary who outright refuses the amorous attentions of man’s man Slater Cassidy, brother of Blaine’s amour Spencer.

At the start of this book, Casper is still refusing Slater’s continued attentions, which have ratcheted up a notch despite Slater having returned to the Army for a tour of duty. Worse, it appears that both Casper’s immediate boss, Blaine, and his employer, Mathew Hawke, are facilitating Slater’s pursuit. Despite all of the emails, sing-a-grams, and a stripper whom Slater sends, Casper sticks firmly to his ‘not gonna happen’ rebuffs. Casper has a sound reason for rejecting the charismatic hound dog, but will it be enough to stop his heart from capitulating to Slater’s advances?

Slater Cassidy has always played the field. As an Army Ranger he’s been upfront with his close-knit military buddies about his bisexuality: sex and a good time no matter the gender. If Slater is attracted to a person he goes for it. By rights when Casper refuses his initial advances, he should move on, but something about the plucky male secretary has him smitten. For the first time Slater has found someone he cares for more than his Ranger brothers. Determined to win the enchanting man, Slater schedules his upcoming leave with one mission in mind. He’s got one month to win Casper’s reluctant heart and he plans to give it his all.

I enjoyed the heck out of the stimulating romantic chase between these two self-assured men, and learned what makes each of them tick. The revealing details of Casper’s professional and private life only increased my attraction to this spitfire-with-grit character. His ability to assert himself despite his grieving heart highlighted his resilient core and made him well worth the effort that Slater puts in. And Slater really pulls out all the stops, competing against a bevy of hot male models and squiring Casper to a fabulously decadent party, among other things. When tragedy strikes it is treated skillfully and responsibly with suitably sober but spirited passages that provide a realistic slice of military life and insight into what active duty forces face daily. Kudos to the author for making me cheer for the Rangers and the other soldiers of this tale. The animated “road to recovery” scenes brilliantly portrayed the guts and glory courage of these brave individuals.

Lead characters from the other books return and make for a fine supporting cast in this story. Drakon, Spencer’s Twinkie-loving Greek employee, also returns and intriguing hints are dropped about his background. I was also treated to a glimpse of a seemingly shy, but hot, new character: part-time stripper Ryan, a gym bunny, um, “buddy” of Casper’s. My best guess—handsome head honcho Matthew Hawke hooks up with either Ryan or Drakon in the next book. Or…could it be—dare I hope—um, mayhap a threesome? Well, I guess I’ll have to wait and read—and read I will, because I can’t get enough of this fast-paced, clever and addictive romantic series.

Thank you, Sandrine-Gasq-Dion, for delving deep and delivering another winner!

“Starry-eyed Hope + Tremendous Courage = Lasting Love”





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 187 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-March-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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