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Active Duty Anthology – Gay Military Erotic Romance

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Gay Military Erotic Romance

Edited by Neil Plakcy  

This is a collection of military themed gay romance.

Soldiers in Love

In this fierce collection, Neil Plakcy brings us heart-pounding stories of men who put their lives on the line for love and duty. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement for soldiers who know that any tryst might be their last. A breakup note sent to the front line opens doors to new love in Jay Starre’s “Letter from Home.” In Logan Zachary’s “Ready Reserve,” a summer fling between two buddies with benefits becomes something more. Dirk Strong’s “Marine Guard” follows an embassy officer sent to Italy for work who ends up enjoying a romantic Roman holiday. These heroic hunks fight for love and honor—and their hearts and hard muscles will have you begging for your next debriefing!

An excerpt…

Active Duty exclusive excerpt

From ‘Liberty’ by Dominic Santi

Two days later, we were at the clinic. The surrogacy donation rooms were homey—large, comfortable beds with lots of pillows, soft lighting and a state of the art sound system for the classical background music we’d chosen. All of which belied the medical precision of what we were doing. The surrogacy programs weren’t hit or miss anymore. By the time Eric and I were back on Earth again, the first of our children would be ready to be born.

“Looks like the two of you will be mixing some primo genes.” The smirking, dark-haired technician was the type of sculpted eye-candy clinics employed to stimulate those who needed a kick start beyond the stacks of porn and sex toys on the nightstand. Eric and I stripped naked under his watchful and obviously interested eyes. Once we’d cleaned up and disinfected, the tech showed us how to use the collection sheaths, rolling one of the thin, transparent polyskins over a dildo and securing the sealant into place.

“Be sure it’s tight,” he said, running his finger around the edge to be sure there were no leaks. “You need to capture as much as possible of your preseminal fluid as well as your ejaculate. And don’t be surprised when the lube inside turns white. It’s a nutrient preservative to keep your sperm healthy. It’ll feel cool at first, but it will warm to body temperature as soon as it starts reacting to your fluids.”

After a couple of practice runs with the dildo, he seemed convinced we knew how to use the sheaths properly. With one final, lecherous grin toward our crotches, he gathered up his clipboard. “Remember, DO NOT mix up your donations. I’ll be at the desk down the hall. Press the buzzer over the bed when you’re done.” He closed the door behind himself, and Eric and I were alone.

“I can’t believe we’re here,” Eric said, laughing as he pulled me to him in a tight bear hug. “Jeez, I love you. And I’m so fucking horny. Let’s make us some babies.”

I was so nervous my dick couldn’t decide if it wanted to get hard or shrivel up, so I stretched out on the bed and held my arms out to him. Though the clinic recommended we use dildos to stimulate our prostate glands, we were going to do things the old-fashioned way—by fucking each other. We’d decided I’d go first, because after a few days of deprivation, I can almost always get it up a second time, no matter how hard I shoot the first. Eric had the staying power to fuck me into shooting while holding back long enough for me to do the same for him. And we were going to do it face-to-face, so we could kiss and hug—and watch each other come.

My thoughts?

This collection of stories starts at the more ‘erotica’ end of the scale with the more romantic elements coming into the stories from the second third of the book, or at least it seemed that way to me. That’s not to say that there aren’t emotions and love involved in the other stories, they are just more sexually focused. And the stories I felt were more romantic had a good dose of sex in them too! 🙂

Knowing I was reading gay erotica, I expected the raw and gritty sex that is portrayed. Most of the stories don’t pull any punches. This is sex that is no holds barred, down and dirty. To be honest I don’t find a lot of the terms used to be my taste–I won’t go into it here as I am sure most of you are familiar with the type of language to which I refer– but the mix of coarse sex and caring was fascinating.

These stories cover men on the front-line, men deployed to fight for their country. There are men on leave, men in training. The stories range from sex for sex’s sake, insta-love, fun impromptu sex, menage, quick and dirty fucks to marriage proposals. Most of the stories are set in current time (at least I think they are) with a notable exception. Liberty (the story from the excerpt above) is set in a world where surrogacy seems the norm. I was amazed to see an erotic sex scene while collecting semen for artificial insemination–very different! My favourite stories were those that had a little more story such as Neil Plakcy’s own story “A Voice In The Dark” about two men coming together after being captured by the enemy and escaping.

This isn’t traditional m/m romance but that’s not what you expect when you read this type of anthology.  As the blurb says, “in this fierce collection, Neil Plakcy brings us heart-pounding stories of men who put their lives on the line for love and duty.” Expect to read of military men dealing with sex and love in many different situations, that provides a view of  the changes since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed.

About the editor

Neil Plakcy is the author of nineteen novels and collections of short stories, as well as the editor of many anthologies for Cleis Press, including Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, Skater Boys, The Handsome Prince, Model Men, Sexy Sailors, and Beach Bums. He began his erotic writing career with a story for Honcho magazine called “The Cop Who Caught Me”, and he’s been writing about cops and sex ever since, most recently with seven novels in the Mahu mystery series. He lives in South Florida. Find him at his website www.mahubooks.com.

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