Book Reviews

Learn With Me (With Me 3) by Kris Jacen at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 01-June-2018

Book Blurb

Josiah "Siah" Kent has always loved learning; now he's living his dream of teaching children to love it too. After getting his degrees in New Orleans, he accepted a teaching position outside of Washington DC. What better place to be able to teach and continue learning?


Sergeant Carter May joined the Army right out of high school. He's always struggled to succeed in school but has found a place in the military but has dreamed of getting a college degree--he'd be the first in his family if he did. Being stationed with the Presidential Firing Battery at Arlington National Cemetery will give him the opportunity to take the chance, but will he risk failing?


A chance meeting years ago in New Orleans, had sparks flying between Siah and Carter. Another chance encounter between the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, blow those sparks into a full flame. Can Siah and Carter find some common ground to learn more about each other and a possible future together?


Book Review

I was hoping Siah’s story would be next! Siah is the young man from book two who is in an abusive relationship, First Sergeant Danny Glenn rescues him at a bar, and ends up getting injured which is how Danny and Liam connect. Siah captivated me from the first moment with his smart mouth (that never stopped motoring) and his big heart. In an unusual coincidence two of the kids in Siah’s sixth-grade class belong to one of the heptad – the group of seven men who went through basic, served together, or both – who appear throughout this series. Even better is when Siah and Sergeant Carter May run into each other again since the heat between them three years prior is nothing compared to now.  

It has been three years since Siah was rescued, finished his master’s and took a job in Virginia. He never expects to meet the real-life GI Joe he met the day he returned Danny’s phone to him but Siah isn’t one to let an opportunity pass him by. Assuming Carter is straight, Siah figures he can use a friend as he doesn’t have too many of those. Carter is in a bit of a slump and isn’t sure in what direction he wants to go. Luckily for him, he runs into Danny and Liam who introduce him to Mooney, the twins’ father, and Mooney as a Command Sergeant Major takes an interest in trying to help Carter make sense of his goals.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I loved seeing more of the heptad and learning (HA!) about military traditions was fascinating. I didn’t feel as if I really got a handle on Siah and Carter, as individuals, but I adored watching them become a couple. Even more fun was seeing them create their own version of a heptad merging a few guys from Carter’s unit with a few people Siah worked with at the jiu jitsu academy. I’m always a fan of the family we make versus the one we’re born into and watching this group begin to bond was lovely.

This was a good addition to the series although there were a number of additional plot points which I felt detracted from Carter and Siah’s story. I would have enjoyed more focus being on these two men and the love they each found in one another. I hope there’ll be more because I do enjoy all of the characters and would like to see some more interesting pairings… Randolph and Briar, maybe?





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 43000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-May-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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