Author: Kaje Harper
Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/19/2015
Length: 07 hours 29 minutes
Genre: Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Historical
For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a US Navy ship in WWII, the risks are high. Not only the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery. Only a special kind of love is worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel meets Jacob’s eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knows he has to try. Being together requires figuring out what it means to be gay in an era when they could be discharged, imprisoned, or worse for admitting the desires of their hearts. Their relationship is measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantee there will be a tomorrow. And, if they survive the war, they will need even more luck to keep their love alive through the years to come.
I usually prefer stories with a tighter time span not ones that take place over decades and decades. But I should’ve known if anyone could pull it off it’s Kaje Harper. She’s a stellar author and this was an engaging listen.
Jacob and Daniel meet as Navy Seamen during World War II, a time that was definitely not gay-friendly. They explore their desires but worry what being outed would do to their lives.
Historical stories don’t always do it for me because the danger of same sex attraction is either made to seem less of a deal than it was or the characters are in placed in over dramatic events to bring them together. However, that’s not what happened here. Harper obviously did her research because the setting is very realistic. Jacob and Daniel are placed in a true life or death situation that was true to the setting and fit the era perfectly.
They do end up together, of course, and we get to see many aspects of their lives together as they age. The coming out issues also fit the era spot on.
Harper did an amazing job here. These characters are so true to life that I felt like I could easily run into these guys on the street. Jacob and Daniel are amazing characters that will stay with me for a long time.
This was an amazing love story spanning several decades. You get to see these guys going from attraction to love to living together to dealing with family issues and so much more.
Another great story by Harper.
Kaleo Griffith did a very good job with this narration. He nailed the voices for Jacob and Daniel and even gave Jacob a good Jersey accent. This is a narrator I would gladly listen to more of.
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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