BLOG TOUR, EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY! Operation Better Tomorrow by Brandi Evans


Title: Operation Better Tomorrow
Author: Brandi Evans
Release Date: November 29th 2016
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: MM Romance



The interview of a lifetime.

When Aaron Strickland’s assigned to write a feature article on Caleb Douglas, the first openly gay soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, he’s over-the-moon. Meet a sexy, real-life hero? Yes, please. And in the weeks leading up to their interview, the former soldier becomes a recurring player in Aaron’s fantasies.

A man Caleb can’t forget.

Years earlier, lost in the throes of depression and PTSD after an ambush left his body and soul scarred, Caleb was on the brink of giving up when a magazine article changed his life forever—an article written by Aaron. Emerging from the depths of his pain, Operation Better Tomorrow—part homestead, part halfway house for those down on their luck—was born.

Tragedy lurking on the horizon.

As the days pass, Caleb and Aaron’s tragic pasts bind them in ways they aren’t prepared for, but it also leaves them vulnerable. Pushing forward means breaking down walls they’ve built to protect themselves, and just as they’re poised on the precipice of happiness, a darkness descends on the homestead, a hatred that will leave one man clinging to life and the other willing to risk everything to save him.

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“Have you ever given head in a public place?” Aaron asked as he relaxed back into Caleb’s arms.

After the party had wrapped up, Aaron had invited Tyler and Dean back to the cabin, and Caleb had graciously agreed to the impromptu visit. Aaron should’ve asked his lover first. This wasn’t his cabin, after all, no matter how at-home he felt, but he’d thought having an old friend here would be good for Caleb, especially after the emotional bombshell Brian and Bethany had dropped on him. A night of emotional oblivion with good friends and good wine was exactly what his lover needed. Besides, Dean and Tyler were a hoot.

Tyler reminded Aaron a bit of Leo. Insanely handsome and suave. Not that he compared to Caleb. No one did.

Aaron waited for Dean to answer. They’d started their evening inside, but after Dean and Tyler had put their daughter to bed, the quartet had ventured to God’s Ice Cream Scoop and a civil conversation about adopting their daughter had somehow devolved into a sexually-charged game of “Have You Ever…?”

Dean glanced at his husband, a baby monitor blinking red between them, and his lips trembled as if trying to fight a smile. “No, never given head.”

Caleb chuckled, shaking Aaron as he did. “I guess we know what Tyler’s answer will be.”

“Guilty as charged,” Tyler said, lips curling upward. “But in my defense, Dean had just returned home from his first deployment—well, his first deployment since we’d gotten back together—and I’d missed the holy fuck outta him. When he got off that plane dressed in his ACUs, I lost my mind. I hadn’t seen him in a year, at least in the flesh, and I had to have him right then, right there.”

“Luckily,” Dean said, “we found an unlocked janitorial closet and—”

“And I had my way with him.”

Dean draped an arm around his husband. “He was an animal. To this day, I still get hard every time I smell any pine-scented cleaner.”

“Why do you think I keep the house so clean, babe?”

Oh yeah, Aaron liked the hell out of these guys. Seeing them together gave him hope that happily-ever-afters actually existed.

He laced his fingers with Caleb’s and tugged his lover’s arms in a manner that tightened his embrace. Aaron wanted what Dean and Tyler had. Since Stephen had died, he’d never considered himself a forever kind of guy. He was thirty-one years old, and he’d never had anything even remotely resembling a long-term relationship. Even with Leo. But with Caleb, he’d never wanted forever more.

“Okay, okay, it’s my turn,” Dean said. They’d taken turns asking questions, each round getting increasingly more inappropriate, which made the game so damn fun. “Have you ever—”

The walkie at Caleb’s hip squeaked, and Mama’s frantic voice boomed through the speaker. “Caleb, get up here now. The House’s on fire.”


All four men jumped to their feet, Caleb grabbing the walkie, and they ran toward the cabin. “What happened?” Caleb snapped.

“Someone threw a fucking Molotov cocktail through the goddamn window.” Aubrey was usually so laid-back, so hearing the fear in her voice underscored just how bad this was.

Caleb and Aaron exchanged glances. “Gary,” they said in unison.


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About the Author


Brandi Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends as old as time. Okay, not really, but that’s way more interesting than the truth!

In reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college, got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she discovered she liked to read—and write!—stories hot enough to melt eReaders.

These days, she calls The Natural State home where she lives with her hubby, two beautiful daughters, two dogs and a cat who has yet to realize she doesn’t own the place. Soldier. Wife. Mom. Multi-published smut writer. Brandi’s life might not be “traveling Gypsy” interesting, but she’s had fun. And in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?

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