Author: Marie Sexton
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/02/2014
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
Will has known Bran since he first taught him to swim, when Bran was eleven years old. But now, seven years later, Bran has returned from a year of hard work on a ranch outside of Houston and he is no longer the boy Will remembers. He is now eighteen, quite grown up, and making no secret of the fact that he’s interested in a sexual relationship with Will. At first, Will is horrified. He has a hard time forgetting the Bran he knew as a child, and given their seventeen-year age difference, he can’t understand why Bran is interested in him. But everything changes when he finds out that Bran has been drafted.
Will and Bran will have only two weeks together. But two weeks may be enough to change Will’s life.
(Previously published July 17th 2010 by Silver Publishing)
I missed Vietnam by the skin of my teeth. I turned 18 in July, 1973, and my lottery number in the draft was 4. But Nixon rescinded the draft that spring, and I was off the hook. I wasn’t forced to come out to avoid fighting in a stupid war; and I didn’t have to die for a cause I didn’t believe in to avoid coming out before I was ready. I got to go to college, come out when I was ready, meet my husband, and live the rest of my life. I share this because it explains why “One More Soldier,” Marie Sexton’s eloquent little story, got to me in many ways.
“One More Soldier” is a bittersweet love story, set in the 1960s, about a lonely gay man who befriends a lonely eleven-year-old who’s recently lost his father. Will teaches Bran how to swim and, to his surprise, becomes a sort of a friend/father for him as he grows up. Eventually, and even more surprisingly, Bran teaches Will what love is.
That’s already giving away too much of the plot; but suffice it to say that this evocative story reminds us that there was a time when young men in American didn’t get to choose to fight in our nation’s wars; and gay men outside of America’s burgeoning gay capitals found themselves with very little emotional support in a largely hostile world.
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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