Once A Marine
Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.
Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.
But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if only they try hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.
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If you haven't gotten it from the cover, then by the blurb... This is a m/m book and review. Those of you know if this is your cup of tea and others know that this isn't your cup of tea. Remember, you won't offend me if you don't read the review. Just drop down below and say hi! You know I love hearing from you guys! Now that I got this out the way, lets start the review...
Ms. Cat Grant is a new author to me and I have to say this was an awesome story to wet my appetite. Ms. Grants writing intrigued me, it actually lured me in word by word. Her style is sweet and slow, tasteful and lustful with a touch of heartbreak. Her writing captivated me. She gave me things I missed in my m/m loving. She gave me truth, real issues, real disappointment, real heartache but she gave me a love that was so sweet to watch blossom, so endearing it almost made me cry.
Marc is down on his luck with the shitty economy. Working in a diner while holding a master's degree wasn't exactly his vision for himself at thirty years old, but what the hell else could he do. At least working in the diner gave him the freedom to write his books, his true passion. Marc was as happy as happy could be about the way his life was going. Sure, he had his fair share of boyfriends he wish he could forget, but don't we all have those. But loving Marines sometimes comes at a high price of heart break. Not completely ready to give up on the entire species of men.... He still believed his Once Upon A Marine was still out there.
Cole was a Marine through and through. However, being gay didn't make it easy for Cole in the military. But the truth had to come out sooner rather than later. Coming to terms with his sexual preference was something Cole was finally coming to terms with.... On his own terms. Cole struggled with everything from coming to terms with his sexual nature, to having his family accept the truth about his coming out, struggling with leaving the Marines, struggling to keep the nightmares at bay... to struggling with law school. The last thing he wanted to struggle with was a relationship... That was until he met Marc. The one person that got him. But what would it cost Cole to open his heart and soul to have Marc be a part of his world.
Ms. Cat gave me one hellva a performance with this story. She gave me hope, she gave me determination, she gave me heart ache, she gave me love. This truly is an amazing story. Ms. Cat put these two characters through the ringer. She pulled all kind of emotions from me but in the end she gave me what I wanted... I can't tell you that, lol. You have to read it to find out what Ms. Cat gave me!!!
Ms. Cat, I commend you on a job well done. This is truly an amazing story of two men who are just trying to find their way in the world and find a little love along the way. Thanks for keeping it real!
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