Making a living on the Bering Sea is hard enough, but throw love into the equation, and things can blow into a hurricane.
Senior Chief Dean ‘Jake’ Jacobson loves his job as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Saving lives is the second best thing he could ever do. The first is loving Phil ‘Rhody’ Rhodes.
Phil is a third generation crabber who fishes the Bering Sea. Being gay and in love with Dean isn’t something he talks about, especially not with the six men he lives with on the Angela Kayla for weeks on end. But he’s been happy with his life.
Until one day the Bering Sea reminds them that she is a dangerous place to work. As her icy waters surround them, they discover one truth. Dean and Phil must always be ready to love each other because life can be taken so easily when one works on the sea.
Publisher's Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Semper Fidelis anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)
Always Ready is a very short, fast paced, suspensefilled, romantic... hold on.
How could a very short story be all of this? Well, apparently, the author is this one talented individual who was able to pen this incredibly sweet love story between two men who almost lost their chance to be together.
Phil ‘Rhody’ Rhodes and reminds me of Robert "Bobby" Shatford of The Perfect Storm. While in that real-life tale Bobby was the least experienced and was lost in sea, Rhody is very experienced, listens to logic, and does everything he possibly could to survive a storm that capsizes his fishing boat. All he needs to do is to wait for rescue to come.
Senior Chief Dean ‘Jake’ Jacobson is a rescue swimmer who finds himself torn from rescuing his lover to rescuing another crew on the other side of the storm. His struggle between wanting to rush to his lover's side and to rescue those in desperate need beside him tells of his determination and conviction.
Who are these two men?
They are simply Rhody and Jake. Lovers. Friends. Partners.
Caught in a storm that may tear them apart, we read, we struggle with them. We love with them.
Beautifully penned from someone who is fast becoming a favorite of mine. This may be short but this is beautiful.
About the Author
There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA's watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.