Author: Robert Cummings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: C List
Blurb: Jack Russo is two hundred pounds of deadly Army specialist fighting two wars—one in Iraq in 2004 and the other against the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which keeps him closeted and lonely. When his injured gun truck driver is replaced with new recruit Shawn Farrelly, Jack is instantly attracted even though the private’s sexuality is a mystery.
Recently married, Shawn joined the military to get benefits for his wife, only to end up in a combat zone with a sexy squad leader to whom he is inexplicably drawn—and who clearly wonders if Shawn would be open to some male-male experimentation. But war is a dangerous time to explore new feelings, and all too soon a rescue mission devolves into an ambush. Despite seeing no escape, Jack and Shawn decide to go out with smiles on their faces—together.
2nd Edition published by Dreamspinner Press
1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, February 2011
Review: This book had such potential. It was amazingly good, it had me hooked. Loved everything about it. And then Pfc. Shawn Farrelly had to go and say “Paint my insides white, studly!”
That was all it took to almost send this book out the window. It was so wrong.
The build up to that moment was so erotic, the sexual tension between them was strong, there was no question about what was going to happen while hiding in the shed.
I still can’t wrap my head around how an author can ruin a perfectly good book like this.
Let’s go back to what I liked.
The characters, well Jack mostly, strong, insightful, caring…he had everything going for him. The questions he was asking were the right ones, he was feeling lonely and wondering if it all was worth it.
Insert Adam, who right up to the last moment kept saying he was straight. Adam, my dear, you are not straight.
The UST was palpable, the innuendos were well placed. But the dialogue threw me out of the story completely.
And unfortunately it got worse.
A few months back, Jack had an encounter with another soldier, in one of the camp’s bathrooms. It was just a quick thing, but as he tells the story he mentions that he’d never crossed paths with the man again.
Guess who comes to their rescue? Yes, the same guy. As soon as they see each other Jack doesn’t waste any time, offering to meet up that night.
What is totally OOC is that Pfc. Farrelly, who up to a few moments before the rescue was not only ‘straight’ but a virgin, ends up involved in a gang bang that same night with the Captain and Jack in the bathroom where the two first met.
What was disconcerting was that Jack’s story telling was building up to something more profound. Was going in the direction of finding someone, being with someone in a deeper way. To then go and sort it all out with a quick shag? It didn’t seem like the same book, or the same characters..
I guess if the book had been presented as erotica I would have applauded the author, but the feeling I got as a reader was that up to that point Jack was looking for a partner, and that was totally missing after the sex.
Still, I can’t say I didn’t like it, because I did. And I will probably read more from the author, but with more caution next time.
Reviewed by Connie