Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Marine
Authors: John Simpson and Robert Cummings
Heroes: David Stauffer/Matthew Kendricks
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 101 Pages
Publisher: Cool Beans Publishing & Editing
Release Date: September 20, 2014
Available at: Cool Beans P & E, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Two young men, David Stauffer and Matthew Kendricks, meet while processing into the Marine Corps for Basic Training. David is immediately attracted to the red haired, Matthew. As their training begins, David pursues Matthew to find out if the attraction is mutual. To his great pleasure, David learns that his attentions are not unwelcomed, but rather feared. Matthew, unlike David isn’t as comfortable with his fellow trainees finding out he’s gay.
As training progresses David proves himself to be superior to the other trainees. As a reward, he is given a short, on post leave and is allowed to take Matthew with him. This allows them a chance to explore each other’s bodies, rather than just glimpses in the showers.
From that moment the spark between the two burns hot and sets the stage for what is to come. When training ends, questions about their futures arise. Both men are forced to make decisions that will impact their futures, and potentially out them to the entire Marine Corps.
The Marine is the story of two young guys, each entering the military under different circumstances, but finding each other and growing up together in the process.
David is one tough cookie. He had to be to withstand his father’s abuse, and after an especially bad altercation, he left with nowhere to go. This is what led him to the recruitment office.
Matthew is a sweet guy who is out to his understanding family, but now that DADT has been repealed, they are pushing harder than ever for him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather’s military career. While he doesn’t have any interest in actually enlisting, he does so to fulfill his duty to the family.
David takes an interest in Matthew right away, but Matthew is apprehensive given their having to get through boot camp. Even though the military and their superiors are ok with it for the most part, not all of their fellow recruits are on board. David barrels through though, showing everyone he can take whatever anyone else can dish out, pushing back at the bullies while impressing his superiors at the same time.
These guys hit some bumps here and there, but they stick together, and their relationship grows as they become men and Marines. I loved the boot camp action and training and really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. This was actually quite an easy read, with moments of sweat, blood and tears, but also love, sexy and tender moments. The military aspects were well done and believable, as was the romance. I really liked these two guys together. This is my first story by these authors, and I will definitely be checking out more of their work. If you’re looking for an enjoyable young military recruit story, be sure to check this one out.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*