Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Narrator: Jonathan Young
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/08/2015
Length: 07 hours 06 minutes
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Beyond Duty: Book One
The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.
Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac—who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one—would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.
For me, this was a story of two men learning to live in the world again after years of Military service. This was their journey of love amidst trying to reenter society as well as their journey to accept that they no longer have to hide their love for each other. This story was sexy, anxious, tense, emotional, loving, and steady. I kept waiting for some big thing to happen, but in the end, this was the steady story of an evolving relationship and all that comes with the changing and consolidating of life. There was angst as far as the interactions with both men’s families and in the way the men had to continue to hide until DADT was officially repealed, but overall, this was a great picture of what love can be.
I enjoyed this story because there was so much love between these men. This was an established relationship so there was already a history between these men. These strong, alpha military men were painted in such a normal light, with emotions and struggles, and self doubt. I like seeing two men who have found that partner who completes them and helps them when they are at their worst. Their partner who sticks by their side even in the face of panic and family issues. These men were compatible in all aspects of life, from their HOT sex to their tender cuddles. These MCs formed one of the most solid relationships I have read in a long while.
I also liked that the author gave these men depth. In their struggles to cope, they grew and learned to be better. They learned to interact with each other in the best ways. They learned to let go of doubts and learned how to evolve beyond the past and what could potentially hinder their happiness. These men had heart and flaws and yet they were both perfectly formed for each other.
I can’t wait to follow these men as they continue to explore their relationship within the leather community.
I fell in love with Jonathan Young when he narrated the Blinding Light by Renae Kaye. In this narration he just solidified why I love him. He has fun as he narrates his stories and that comes through clearly as this story progressed. He easily captured the essence of these men and their emotions. His voices were not necessarily my favorite, but I can easily ignore that when the narrator really gets into the story he is telling.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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