Semper Fidelis Anthology by S.A. McAuley, T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes, LE Franks, Sara York, Kendall McKenna, Morticia Knight ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Semper Fidelis Title: Semper Fidelis Anthology

Author: S.A. McAuley, T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes, LE Franks, Sara York, Kendall McKenna, Morticia Knight

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

‘Anomaly’ by S.A. McAuley
Warning: Untested chemical reactions in process…
When Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is handed Temporary Additional Duty orders that move him to the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, he thinks he’s prepared for what’s to come. Known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices, he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

‘Always Ready’ by T.A. Chase
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.

‘A Ring and a Vow’ by Devon Rhodes
Every promise must someday be fulfilled, and the best way Owen knows how to reward Cary’s faith is with a vow.
It’s been nearly five years since Owen went down on one knee with his Academy ring and promised Cary he’d someday do it for real. With Cary being a Naval aviator and Owen a Marine officer serving in Iraq, they’re rarely on the same continent, let alone together.
About time for them to fill out paperwork to re-up, Owen realizes that if they were married, they’d have a much better chance of being stationed nearby. But time is not on their side, so he’s forced to compromise on his proposal in order to make it work.
Cary has been waiting for Owen for years—there was no chance he’d ever say anything but yes. Owen is coming home at last, and wants to make a home with him. However, between the chronic nightmares he’s been fighting and the ever more complicated wedding plans, the next month could be anything but a dream.
Publisher’s Note: This book is the sequel to A Ring and a Promise.

‘My Marine’ by LE Franks and Sara York
For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.
Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.
Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.
When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win—or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?

‘Soul Sick’ by Kendall McKenna
Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.
Jamie is a captain in the US Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.
Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.
Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

‘Safe Shores’ by Morticia Knight
Kirk’s Coast Guard lover, Shane, is the only person who can save his son from a vicious storm—if he’s not too late.
Fishing is the only life Kirk has ever known. Born and raised in a small town on the Northern Oregon Coast, coming out of the closet was a struggle. Fortunately, he’s been lucky to find an amazing man to be with who serves in the Coast Guard. But he can’t help but wonder whether Shane wants more than just a shore leave romance.
Shane loves the Coast Guard, loves the sea. That’s one of the main things he has in common with his fisherman lover, Kirk. He just needs to make sure that Kirk knows how serious he is about their relationship and what he plans on doing about it.
Shane and Kirk’s joyful reunion is interrupted when an unusually vicious gale storm threatens the coast. Kirk has to stand by helplessly and wait while his lover battles the raging seas to save his son. In an instant, Kirk could lose everyone he holds dear.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM.

PizzyGirl’s View:

When I picked this one up, I figured it would include a bunch of stories following the usual military tropes. There would be tons of alpha males and military jargon. There was some of that, but I also found a collection of stories that were fun, funny, romantic, and sweet. Yes, these were military men, but this anthology did a great job focusing on the softer side of our men in uniform. I loved it.

 

Anomaly by S.A. McAuley

I enjoyed this one. I liked the unique and flirty way these men met. I enjoyed learning about each man and gaining a bit of insight into their personalities as they each contemplated the outcome of their intense hook-up. It was well done for a short story and did not try to force too much.

 

Always Ready by T.A. Chase

This encounter was HOT yet tender and loving. This was a well written look into the lives of an established couple just trying to figure out how to be together in careers known for intolerance and hatred. They are so loving together and so understanding of each other. I loved that the author so easily drew out my emotions. The tension was so high at one point I stopped breathing. This one definitely hit me right in the feels. I really enjoyed reading this story.

 

A Ring and a Vow by Devon Rhodes

So apparently this is a continuation of Cary and Owen’s story. It can be read as a stand alone because the author provided enough history for me to easily pick up where things left off from the first story. I enjoyed this very sweet and steady tale. I smiled the entire time. I think I need to go back and read the first story because I really loved these men.

 

My Marine by LE Franks and Sara York

This one had a bit of mystery and action to go along with the love story. There was a little twist I did not see coming. I did have a bit of trouble with the insta-love feel of this story, but overall it was well done and kept my attention.

 

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Wow, this was a very well written portrait of the way many folks in our armed forces come home with mental and emotional issues. I felt so bad for Tucker but I was so glad he stuck it out and loved his man even when he was not handling things well. I also want to say that this story had one of the best homecoming scenes ever.

 

Safe Shores by Morticia Knight

This was another nerve wracking tale of rescue. The emotions and the tension was well done. But what I liked the most was the love and the tenderness between these men. The way Kirk wanted to care for Shane and they way both men wanted to be with the other for the rest of their lives. Another great addition to this collection.

Buy Links

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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4 thoughts on “Semper Fidelis Anthology by S.A. McAuley, T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes, LE Franks, Sara York, Kendall McKenna, Morticia Knight ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

  1. Thank you for the review! I too was trying to decide if I wanted to take a chance and the answer now is a big fat ‘YES’!

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