Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: A Marine and a Gentleman (Always a Marine, 9) by Heather Long




Lieutenant Brenden Fitzpatrick is a dedicated Marine, loyal son, and devoted uncle but he’s lonely. When he went Marine, the rule was don’t ask, don’t tell. His brothers-in-arms pretty much didn’t ask and didn’t care. Watching so many friends settle into long-term relationships highlighted the absence of someone to come home to in his life. When his unit encourages him to give the 1Night Stand service a try, he asks for the impossible—a night with the one man he almost gave up the Marines for in the first place. A man he called best friend but let time and distance carry away.


Liam Gardiner grew up on the same Boston block as his best friend, Brenden. Unlike Brenden, Liam always accepted that he was gay—a fact he didn’t mind flaunting to all the bullies and naysayers in school. It got his ass kicked more than once but Brenden always had his back, rescuing him time and time again, until the day Brenden left for the Marines. He missed his buddy—the crush he never confessed, lest it cost him the precious friendship—so when Madame Eve’s invitation arrived to meet Brenden, Liam faces uncertainty for the first time.

  


I love a good M/M story. The best M/M romances make me scream for the two heroes to find each other, consummate the relationship, and live HEA. That’s what I expected from A Marine and a Gentleman, but the story never delivered. My core complaint is neither the length of the novelette (a mere 50 words or so), nor the solo night of sex between life-long friends Brenden (the Marine) and Liam (the Gentleman). The problem was the story dragged from the opening scenes to the big sexy moment between the friends-to-lovers, sped through the actual sex, and then slowed again once the characters were out of the bedroom. I triple checked the rating on this one. The story I was promised should have been scorching hot. The only heat came from the one sex scene. There’s plenty of backstory from both men about why they never hooked up in high school, and a peppering of all the reasons why doing so was a bad idea. The date where a lot of talking takes place was sweet, but flat. 
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge by Decadent Publishing or the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.




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