Saturday, May 24, 2014

Stand to Attention Anthology @Totally_Bound #REVIEW #HAHAT

Stand to Attention, by Sean Michael, Jambrea Jo Jones, Lily Harlem, Elizabeth Coldwell, Noelle Keaton, Lucy Felthouse, Totally Bound
‘Almost' by Sean Michael
Lane lost his legs while saving his unit overseas. It’s been two years and he’s doing his best to come to terms with things, including the fact that he dumped his lover to free the man up from being stuck with a gimp for the rest of his life. Luckily, Lane inherited his Gramps’ cottage — it just needs some renovations to make it wheelchair friendly. He’s determined to make the best of what he’s got.

Hammer was one of the men Lane saved… and his lover while they were in the army together. He let Lane drive him away back when the man first got hurt, but now he’s hunting Lane, determined to make Lane the one who almost got away. Will Lane be able to see past his legs far enough to realise Hammer’s in it for the long haul?

"You're my Laney. And I'm fucking taking you back." That was the moment when I became fully invested in this story and these two men. Fabulous story about a second chance and dealing with the realities of life when things break bad. Hammer walked away from Lane once but he isn't taking no for an answer this time. A stubborn soldier is exactly what Lane needs in his life. Heartwarming and emotional. I loved it.

5 chocolate dipped strawberries!

‘On the Home Front' by Jambrea Jo Jones
Peter "Bulldog" Jakes killed his mother. People tell him it isn't his fault, but he is just as guilty as if he pulled the trigger. Bulldog knew being in the Army Special Forces would eventually hurt his family.

Moby Edwards' heart aches for his First Sergeant and he wants to help, but Bulldog blows him off — every time.

When Bulldog is forced to take leave, Moby follows, but will things out of their control ruin what could be the healing power of friends turned into lovers?

Bulldog's life just imploded. He has just been informed that his mother was murdered and he has to go home and see to his niece Annabeth. When he arrives he finds that his brother and sister-in-law have been killed as well and while the cops think they are just random, Bulldog doesn't believe in coincidence. Thankfully he has the help of his teammate Moby.

Moby just wants to be there for the man that owns his heart. He has been attracted to Bulldog from the beginning but never acted upon his feeling until now. there is no way he will let the man deal with the death of his family by himself.

When bulldog finally lets himself act upon his feelings will he win everything or lose it all?

Great story with a fabulous epilogue.

4 chocolate dipped strawberries.

‘Who Dares Wins' by Lily Harlem
Waiting for my SAS husband Jack to come home safe and sound is always a gut-wrenching, heart-twisting time. I have no idea where he is, what jungle swamp he may be lying out in or desert he might be marching across.

So naturally when he returns to me, our emotions can't fail to run hot and our lust for each other cranks up to sky-high levels. But the one thing about Jack is he lives for the extreme and seizes the moment. I really should have known what would come of me telling him my wildest fantasies.

Hot, Hot Hot. Ken's fantasies come true when his Master and partner of eight years brings home a fellow soldier for a little homecoming fun.

I don't know if there is a book about how Jack and Ken meet and fall in love but I for one would LOVE to read it. Great chemistry between the three men and I am thinking a holiday reunion story would be smokin.

4 chocolate dipped strawberries.

‘An Act of Duty' by Elizabeth Coldwell

For Corporal Mark Stockdale, a trip to Amsterdam won’t just provide some much-needed R and R away from the horrors of the Afghanistan battlefield — it’s also a way of keeping a promise to a fallen comrade. But violence has a way of seeking Mark out, even in the most peaceful of locations, and when he stops for a drink in a quiet bar, he finds himself stepping in to help its owner, Robin Sneijder, fight off a group of opportunist thieves. Robin shows his gratitude, and Mark is stunned by the depth of the passion between them, and when Mark wakes in the night from a vivid nightmare of the attack that killed his best friend, Ozzy, Robin is there to comfort him.

On a trip to Amsterdam on leave Mark steps in and helps a bartender who  is being robbed. Violence seems to follow Mark and the memories and feelings of losing his best friend coming rushing back to the surface. Thankfully Robin knows just how to soothe Mark. After a weekend of friendship and one hot night of role-playing Mark has to return to duty will they bond the two men developed be strong enough to sustain them while they are apart?

Nice story that you can tell either the is either from Amsterdam or has done some research.

3 chocolate dipped strawberries.

‘Trusting the Army Captain' by Noelle Keaton
Ambitious army captain, Patrick Bosworth, is eager to advance in his career so that he can live up to his family’s distinguished legacy. But having been passed over for promotion to major twice already, Patrick fears his career has stalled.

When a superior office suggests a way to get the promotion that involves gathering information on a fellow army captain in the Medical Corps, Patrick reluctantly agrees to participate. He regrets the assignment almost immediately, especially when he falls for Craig, the guy he’s supposed to be investigating.

When he forms a passionate and intense bond with Craig, Patrick finds it difficult to separate where his professional obligations end and his personal feelings begin. After working for so long to prove himself a worthy member of his accomplished military family, Patrick has to decide if finally finding the love of his life is worth sacrificing advancement in the army, or even giving up his career itself.

Trying to live up to the family name almost cost Patrick the most important thing. His relationship with Craig started on a lie but the feelings that grew from that first night were very real. Once Craig learns the truth can they ever really get past it?

I really enjoyed this story and would have liked for it to have been longer. This is the first book by this author for me but I will be checking out more.

4 chocolate dipped strawberries.

'Letters to a War Zone' by Lucy Felthouse

When lonely insurance broker, Bailey, gets himself a new hobby, he ends up exchanging letters with a war zone. But he’s not expecting what happens next...

Bailey Hodgkiss is lonely and dissatisfied with his boring life as an insurance broker. In an attempt to shake things up a little, he signs up to a website to write to serving soldiers. He’s put in touch with Corporal Nick Rock, and over the course of a couple of letters, the two of them strike up a friendship. They begin to divulge things that they perhaps wouldn’t have said in person, including their preference for men.

Nick encourages Bailey to add more interests to his life. As a result, Bailey picks up his forgotten hobby, photography, and quickly decides to team it up with his other preferred interest, travel.

Booking a holiday to Rome is his biggest gesture towards a more exciting existence, and he eagerly looks forward to the trip. That is, until Nick says he’s coming home on leave, and it looks as though their respective trips will prevent them from meeting in person. Is there enough of a spark between them to push them to meet, or will their relationship remain on paper only?

Bored and kind of lonely Bailey decides to join a site that matches up soldiers with civilians. After penning his first letter Bailey isn't expecting much but is pleasantly surprised by the reply he gets from Nick. After a few months and a few letters of encouragement from Nick, Bailey has booked his first vacation in forever...the only problem is that Nick will be coming home then and Bailey hates the thought of missing seeing then man that jumped started his life again.

Quick, heartwarming read about the connection people can make through letters.

3 chocolate dipped strawberries.


RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries overall.  This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.

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