Native Tongue by Lucy Felthouse ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

native-tongueTitle: Native Tongue

Author: Lucy Felthouse

Publisher: Self Published

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Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date:

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.

My View:

I first met Rustam Balkhi and Captain Hugh Wilkes when I read the Unconditional Surrender M/M bundle a few months ago. However, their first story, Desert Heat, is also available as a stand alone. I wouldn’t recommend reading Native Tongue without first reading Desert Heat, because you will miss a lot of the sexual tension and their initial forays into couplehood. You will also miss their closeting.

I will admit, when I first read this story it didn’t stick well. It was sweet enough, but it wasn’t the strongest of the collection. Here is my initial review

Okay, I read this one yesterday and am trying to remember it. I remember enjoying it well enough while I was reading it, but it obviously didn’t stick too long after that. Probably doesn’t help that the next one I read was The Houseboy, and I am STILL fanning myself from that one.

Oh yeah, this is the one with the interpreter. When they finally come together, it was hot, but the process of getting them together didn’t really do anything for me. It just wasn’t my story; I guess. It was well written, and someone is going to love it. Again, this one just wasn’t my favorite of the collection.

However, upon re-reading I have a somewhat better opinion of the story. I still can’t say it is the end all be all of the military stories. But it is interesting and a sweet read. There isn’t a lot of angst, but knowing I was was going to get more of their story, I was able just to let go and enjoy the story.

Balkhi and Wilkes met while working together in Afghanistan on a Forward Operating Base. Wilkes is a Captain in the British Army. Balkhi is his native interpreter.

Native Tongue picks up a few months after the end of Desert Heat. Both men are back in England and are trying to adjust to life outside of a combat zone. They are also adjusting to being open and honest with themselves and those around them. It is a story of coming out and being them selves. It is also hot as hell. I think Felthouse took the heat level up a couple of notches in this installment.

In all honesty, the Wilkes’ coming out scenes are pretty anticlimactic. It is more of a relief for the couple than anything else. In this installment we get to Wilkes and Balkhi turn into Hugh and Rustam, out happy gay couple.

Their journey is far from over, but they are certainly on the right track.

Desert Heat and Native Tongue aren’t heavy reads. They are hot, the are sweet, and they are satisfying for what they are.


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

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