Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: A Marine Affair by Heather Long

A Marine AffairA Marine Affair by Heather Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the sweetest and yet most revealing short stories I have ever read in a long, long time. Definitely worth every cent and every second reading it.

Commander Rick McConnell and Colonel Elijah Masters have been secret lovers for years. They nurtured their very private relationship with planned vacations and leaves, always meeting somewhere different—always escaping off the grid. It worked for them—career officers with a desire to serve their country and a passion for each other. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell provides them with the tremendous opportunity to come out to their friends and loved ones—Rick wants to seize the day, but Eli isn’t so certain. His hesitation leads to a fight, an ultimatum, and a breakup. Rather than confront their issues, Eli takes a foreign assignment.

A year’s separation changes both of them. The last person Eli expects to see when he steps off the plane is Rick, but the physician wants another chance with the only man he’s ever loved and he has a plan. Will bitterness, recriminations, and loss keep them apart or can these two officers rediscover the faith and loyalty that bound them for so long?

This is a super short read, only 47 pages, and yet its contents are more than more and sweeter than anything I have read in a long time. This is a definite Must Read for all fans of the MM-contemporary-solder stories.

We have two SAGs (straight acting gays for those who are thinking something else) who are macho to the max. They have been lovers for longer than some marriages last in this day and age. They had to hide due to DADT and found themselves floundering after it was repealed.

The story shows us that despite it being repealed, not all is a bed of roses for our soldiers. Despite the fact that they can legally be recognized today does not necessarily translate to a successful open life. It is not easy to hide all your life and then find yourself suddenly exposed.

How it all ends is HEA, but how the author does it is simply beautiful.

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