Book Reviews

Line of Fire by Simone Anderson at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-September-2012

Book Blurb

Christian Williams has lived with his secret his whole life, and he’s not ready to give it up. He’s especially not ready to face the consequences.

Consequences be damned, Hayden Medema is tired of living a lie. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is dead and gays are serving openly in the rest of the military. The Navy SEALs should be no different.

After coming face to face at a gay bar in a different city and a whirlwind weekend of sex, Christian and Hayden along with fourteen other SEALs are sent on what appears to be another routine mission, until someone learns their secret and everything goes horribly wrong


Book Review

A soldier falling in love with another soldier makes for a tough situation. Make both of them SEALs, both men, and even after the abolishment of DADT there is enough potential for conflict. Problem is: DADT may have been reversed, but human stupidity cannot just be cancelled. And that is what this book is about: the effect of a bigoted team mate and how he can poison two men's attraction for each other to the point where they almost break up a few times.

Christian is a good soldier, a loyal team mate, and so closeted it isn’t funny. Not that I can blame him – he's got some extremely bigoted team mates and in a situation where his life may depend on someone who hates his guts, it is definitely safer not to come out. Having said that, there are ways of dealing with such people, and strangely enough Christian never even thinks in that direction. He also struggles with the concept of loving a man, not sure it is possible, which made me very sad. It takes a pretty traumatic event to bring him to his senses.

Hayden is a little more ready to take a risk and step out of the closet. In fact, his team already knows, so Hayden finds it easier to stand up to the bigots, He has the support of his friends, exactly what everyone deserves. Christian's hesitancy hurts him and almost drives him away. Not that he behaves with a lot more tact or understanding when it's his turn – which made the story all the more real.

What was definitely interesting was that the villain in this case, the person with all the prejudice and issues, wasn't the military command structure, They were amazingly supportive and handled themselves very well within the new guidelines. Whether or not such a badly behaved team mate, one who disregards the loyalty to his fellow soldiers so blatantly is realistic, I cannot judge. But it certainly made for an interesting story, one that pulled me in and didn't want to let go. If you like stories about men in uniform struggling with their emotions, if you enjoy a good action/adventure with your romance, and if the idea of two physically fit men 'going at it' in the bedroom is your thing, you will probably like this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 83 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-May-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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