Book Reviews

Wait For Me by Kris Jacen at MLR Press

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

Book Blurb

The hardest job is waiting.

 

Master Sergeant Jeff "Mackey" MacNamara has been waiting for THE ONE for years. First it wasn't too safe to find a partner and now his schedule is a nightmare with training soldiers and deployments.

 

Scott Ash has found where he always was meant to be after a brief bout of idealistic do-gooder after college. He loves his job as a child care director, if he could just find someone to love -- perfect might cover it.

 

A chance meeting when Scott is doing a favor for a friend starts them on a journey that could take them to forever, it's just a matter of waiting.

 

Book Review

Ah, THE ONE. I think we’re all, at one time or another, looking for him or her. Some of us get lucky and find them, others spend their whole lives going from one to the next to the next and so on. The blurb interested me due to the subject matter, and I’m a sucker for men in uniform, but I was supremely curious about this first-time foray into writing by a woman I’ve known for years as an editor.

I liked Jeff and Scott, both right from the beginning. Jeff has been in the military for eighteen years, gone through “don’t ask, don’t tell”, and he hasn’t ever found the man for him. Granted, military relationships are very difficult, and they take strong people, willing to communicate and compromise, to make it work. Scott was smart enough to realize, a few years in, that Child Protective Services wasn’t what he wanted, and he now is a director for a daycare center. These two unlikely men meet at Jeff’s best friend’s bachelor party where Scott is doing a favor for a friend and bartending. Jeff and Scott both realize, right from the start, that they have the possibility of being something wonderful together.

Could Scott hack being attached to a soldier?... Mackey wanted to see if they could make enough memories of good days to last through deployment and if they didn’t, he at least hoped that Scott was honest enough to tell him up front he had moved on… Mackey just had to convince Scott that Mackey was the best thing for him, all in the next twenty-seven days. Oh yeah, no pressure there.

I normally struggle with insta-love but that’s really not what happened between Jeff and Scott. In fact, for me personally, their meeting, growing closer, and burgeoning relationship reminded me almost exactly of myself and my husband. ‘Wait for Me’ was a lovely walk down memory lane and because I’ve experienced falling in love this way, there was no disbelief or doubt around how the storyline progressed. I was very impressed with the author’s maiden voyage as her voice was strong but kind, realistic, and enjoyable to experience.

I absolutely adored Jeff and Scott but there are some incredible secondary characters that I completely fell for. I really loved it that Jeff has a group of guys that they’ve gone through Basic and several other trainings with, and they have created their own family, including spouses and kids. These six men and their families welcomed Scott and made him part of them. It was great to see this support system and all the love they share. Oh, and Dix had me at hello.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this tale very much. It is sweet, funny, real, and shows the hardships that military life can bring. I sure hope the author isn’t going to stop with just this one as I think she has a newfound talent to be explored. I’ll certainly be looking forward to more.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 43000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-November-2017
Price $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=KJWAIT4M