This is a short story.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
- Doctor, Doctor by H.L. Holston (briefencountersreviews.com)