Men in uniform … be still my heart!
Author: Megan Linden
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A man walks into a recruitment office… and nothing goes according to plan.
Matt Holston, soon-to-be college graduate, tries to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One of his ideas? US Marine Corps. But when he goes to the recruitment office to learn more about a possible military career, he meets a guy who is a complete opposite of what Matt imagined a recruitment officer should be.
Cole Perry had suffered PTSD after his second tour overseas and now he just wants to get to the end of his contract. Transferred from his old unit, he’s a glorified office clerk, as he calls himself, but what he’s definitely not is a guy who would help anybody make the same mistake he did.
So what makes Matt come back to see Cole again if not the spiel about serving his country?
I am a confessed lover of men in uniform stories – I just adore all that muscle, testosterone, and heroism! In Open Endings, Cole is a U.S. Marine who is counting the days until he is finally out of the military. He’s suffering PTSD, and he’s serving his last few months sitting behind a desk in a recruitment office rather than in the field. He’s less than enthusiastic about endorsing the Marines as a career option to cute red head Matt, who is soon graduating from college and suddenly panicking about his future. Matt instantly takes a liking to Cole who returns the feeling, and they tentatively begin a sweet and sexy relationship.
I really like this novella. The description of Cole’s PTSD is honest and real, without being artificially sensational. Cole is jaded about the Marines due experiencing a sobering loss, and he’s effectively withdrawn from his Marine buddies. He’s marking time until he’s finally free of the military, and he’s taken off guard by cute and persistent Matt who, in a flurry of pre-college graduation panic, shows up to get information about a possible career in the Marines. I love that Cole and Matt effortlessly bring out the best in each other. Matt seems to both ground Cole, and to bring him out of his pensive shell. I also like that Cole calmly reassures Matt that Matt loving his current job running his family’s bakery is a profession of which Matt should be proud.
While I do wish that the fractured relationship of Cole and his Marine buddies was dealt with more extensively, I recommend this loving and sexy story – the characters are vivid and feel real, their relationship is sincere and yummy, and the ending is one filled with the promise of happier days ahead of Cole and Matt.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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