Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Marine Affair by Heather Long

Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company LLC

Date published: June 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61333-544-4
Genre: Male/male military romance—short story.
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by Keldon__

Marine sniper Eli walked away a year ago when long-time lover Dr. Rick McConnell pushed too hard about coming out after the demise of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. They haven’t spoken since. Now Eli is home on leave; Rick has thrown off the silence of the last twelve months and is there at the airport to meet Eli, much to his chagrin. The last thing Eli wants is to spoil his few days off being dogged by Rick, but Rick is persistent.

Eli has his reasons for not coming out, and those reasons have nothing to do with DA/DT or with Rick. As Rick wiggles his way back into Eli’s life, Eli suggests they need to talk, and makes reservations at the cabin where they’d argued a year ago—this time, they’ll either work it out or break it off.

The author’s writing style is very straightforward—not a remarkable voice, but strong writing. The plot moves along well. The two heroes are not as three-dimensional as I like in a story, but they play off each other. The secondary characters primarily provide a dialogue foil for the mechanism of the plot. There isn’t much doubt about a happy ending in this tried-and-true structure.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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