Book Reviews

A Marine Affair by Heather Long at Decadent Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-June-2013

Book Blurb

Secret lovers for years, Commander Rick McConnell and Colonel Elijah Masters have nurtured their very private relationship with planned vacations and leaves, always meeting somewhere different—always escaping off the grid. It worked for them—career officers with a desire to serve their country and a passion for each other.

The repeal of the military’s policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, provides them with the tremendous opportunity to come out to their friends and loved ones. Rick wants to seize the day, but Eli isn’t so certain. His hesitation leads to a fight, an ultimatum, and a breakup. Rather than confront their issues, Eli takes a foreign assignment.

A year’s separation changes both of them. The last person Eli expects to see when he steps off the plane is Rick, but the physician wants another chance with the only man he’s ever loved, and he has a plan. Will bitterness, recriminations, and loss keep them apart or can these two officers rediscover the faith and loyalty that bound them for so long?


Book Review

When two stubborn men, both military, and both with their own reasons for demanding what they want, collide, the sparks fly. Eli, a Marine sniper, and Rick, a military doctor, are both determined to get the other man to see their point about how they relate. First DADT stops them from having an "official" relationship, then sheer stubbornness makes Eli walk away and get deployed for a year. Rick wants them to come out, Eli doesn’t, and that is all the stubborn sniper needs to know before he runs. The distance, with neither of them willing to take the first step, effectively stops all communication, and gives both men the time they need to cool off. Well, in theory it should have done that – except when Eli returns, the feelings are still there, and so is Rick.

Eli has a dark secret in his past that stops him from coming out, or opening up to Rick at first. But a year away from the man he has loved for ten years has changed Eli, and Rick's persistence finally makes him realize he'll have to face "the talk".

Rick blames himself for driving Eli away with too many questions and pressuring him to come out now that DADT is gone. He still loves Eli, has never stopped, and he needs some sort of explanation as to why Eli still won’t come out.

The emotions and passion between Eli and Rick are explosive. They are both determined to convince the other of their own opinion, yet when it comes right down to it, what they really want and need is more time together. Forget romance and flowers, they need each other like the air they breathe. If you like stories about military men, if you enjoy reading about two men who butt heads about pretty much everything, yet love each other deeply, and if you're looking for a read that is emotional, has high stakes, and contains some very hot between-the-sheets activity, then you will probably enjoy this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 15000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-June-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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