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Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste

Six Ways from SundaySix Ways from Sunday by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Take one NFL tight end, and one Marine, add one week and watch the sparks fly.

Bowen Murphy craved two things, football and Dylan. After high school he had football but he lost Dylan.

Dylan Sunday walked a different path, one laid down before him by his father and his grandfather. Losing Bo one day after discovering they shared more than football wasn’t part of the bargain.

Six years of missed connections and finally Dylan is able to come home to the man he left behind. The spectacle of the biggest game in the NFL is only the beginning of one sizzling week. After that time and fate would decide if Bo and Dylan would walk the same path, or if one of them would make the ultimate sacrifice.

Warning: bittersweet tale of two hot men, making up for six years of separation. May not be suitable for sensitive readers. Contains scenes of male/male sexual practices.

So what did I think?

This book was a wonderful emotional journey. I found it difficult to put down as I was so invested in the story.

The story starts with Dylan and Bowen finally admitting their feelings for one another, forced to admit the truth when the time comes to part. Bo has a scholarship and a promising NFL career and thinks that he and Dylan will be together. But Dylan shocks him with the announcement that he has joined the Marines.

“Bo and Dylan. Dylan and Bo. They were a team. A unit. When one went, the other wasn’t far behind.
Except now, Dylan had to stand on his own.”

What follows is six long years of separation before they finally unite for one week before Dylan has to return to his post. Each man has successes in his career but the week together reinforces the strength of their love and the bond they share. Their future looks bright, they just need to get through the next 18 months before Dylan can return home permanently.

Bo and Dylan’s story had me smiling and it had me crying. Not little tears but great big sobbing tears! Be prepared for heartache and happiness.

I am putting this on my favourites shelf!

5 Stars

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Doctor, Doctor by H.L. Holston and Eleanor Bruce

This is a short story.

Doctor, DoctorDoctor, Doctor by H.L. Holston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Daniel Stewart, Chief Petty Officer and dedicated Corpsmen, works at the Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy where he carries around two big secrets: one, he’s gay; and two, he’s in love with a very sexy Navy doctor, Ryker Kincaid, who he’s been having an affair with for a year. Yes, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell may be gone, but military rules that prevent officers and enlisted from dating are still in place. Ryker and Daniel have to keep their relationship hush-hush or face discharge.

When Ryker elects to leave the Navy after his current tour is up, all of Daniel’s future plans for their careers are blown to bits and causes Daniel to spiral out of control. Will Daniel’s rash decision cost them everything or push their relationship to the next level?

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Emergency Servicing anthology by Total-E-Bound

So what did I think?

This was a short story that had so much unrealized potential! I liked both the main characters, the best friend and the plot. Big points for combining military and medical!

I enjoyed the story, but there was opportunity to make this into a full length novel which would have provided a greater depth to the characters. I would have enjoyed to read more about the relationship between Daniel and Ryker, to understand more of their background and families and to definitely see how their relationship progressed after the events in the book.

I bought the Kindle version from Amazon ($3.81) and didn’t realise it was only 47 pages. I was a bit disappointed in the length of the book and value for money which was compounded by the fact that the story actually ended at 82%. From 82% it is an excerpt of another book. Although it might have been 46 pages up to that point, I am never aware of the page numbers when I start reading so use the percentage to see how far through a book I am.

I also noticed one small editing problem in the book – at one point Daniel was called Dylan. Only a small thing which didn’t detract from the story.

3 Stars

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