I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier!

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Rated 4.50/5 based on 9 reviews
Ryan Gracin had a good life until he told his parents he was gay. Since they yanked their support for college he had to find a way to pay for it. Little did he know that joining the Army was going to change his life forever. Especially when he was introduced to a Drill Sergeant who was nicknamed 'Big Daddy'. More

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Review by: Catanna Garcia on July 28, 2013 :
I really loved the story, the romanc, the sex, the army just loved it all
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Rose on Oct. 15, 2012 :
I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommends so I decided to give it a try. I loved it and it is definitely worth the read for those who love military romance. It was a unique read for me because it began at the very beginning of a soldier's career in boot camp and followed through many years of his life where he acquires friends and a lover as well as battle experience. It was realistic both in the military backdrop and how romance could build between two such men as a new recruit and his drill sergeant. The story is told in a late enough time frame so that Don't Ask Don't Tell is a thing of the past so the only barrier is work ethics when it comes to attraction.

Most of the beginning is told from Ryan Gracen, the new recruit's point of view. His mental dialogue through much of his training experience was hilarious at times as was the trouble he and his posse got into. I found the camaraderie a really nice touch in the story. There are finally switches to Phillip 'Big Daddy' Grabowski's perspective which made an interesting clarification to how Ryan perceived things between the two of them.

During the deployment periods, I thought the email segments were a nice touch so that pacing didn't drag in the story. Ryan has crushed on Phillip since boot camp and even long afterwards so it was amusing to read how he reacts when he learns that Phillip is newly placed not just on the same base, but in his unit. This is the point when the relationship building actually starts to take place and a military family starts to form with the other guys and Phillip's family which is needed to see them through the tough days of deployment and its aftermath.

The epilogue was a nice touch and the irony had me bursting out with a laugh.

Terrific story!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kparks on Aug. 01, 2012 :
4 Stars!I loved the storyline, the ideas and world the author created, adored the men, these wonderful brothers in arms, and took all the lessons learned to heart. So, why only 4 stars? At times the writing was basic at best. It didn’t flow as well as it could have, the writing seemed a bit choppy. The constant use of the phrases, “smaller/larger man”, “older/younger” man, “other man”, made the scenes where they were used to describe the characters, feel very impersonal. I’m not one for flowery prose or overly descriptive writing, but had the author embellished a little more, stayed with the point at hand, injected some more mature dialogue, polished it up…ding, ding, ding…it would have been a winner!

However, the underlying plot was sweet, the characters so endearing. We can only hope that someday sexual orientation is not used to judge someone’s character. I found myself having a hard time believing that everyone could be so accepting in the book, but then I read this and understood what the author was writing and I applaud her for allowing us to imagine what it could be like.

”Note to readers: Although this reads like our Army and our war, this is purely fiction. This is set in a world where everyone is treated the same regardless of sexual orientation-- like it should be.”

The book is filled with some laugh out loud moments, unexpected relationships, smokin’ hot sex, anxious times, the unfortunate realities of war, and the most upstanding wonderful group of soldiers. They accept and support each other no matter their sexual preferences, which was a breath of fresh air. The story spans over years and rounds out nicely, comes back full circle to square one! It made me smile.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: samantha rozyczko on July 09, 2012 :
I have to say I was completely surprised by this book. I'm not really big on military stories but this books was freaking great. I had to get out of bed so I wouldn't wake my husband from laughing so hard. I love when you read a book and feel the emotions of it as if you were dealing with it yourself. Truly a must read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda McDonough on July 07, 2012 :
This book was just wonderful!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ingeborg68 on June 05, 2012 :
Really liked this book. It was funny and at the end I was crying. I hope to see more from this writer soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tina Fraenki on May 20, 2012 :
Nice, but there was no real plot and the jokes were a bit childish.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pamela Jenewein on July 01, 2011 : (no rating)
As posted on the MM Group June Pick It board:

"Oh My Effing Gawd!!!

I loved this book!!! I love the characters!!! I love the premise!!! Crystal Rose is my new found mostest-favorite author!!! I can't get enough exclamation points in that sentence. *LOL*

Smooth dialog, a story line that kept me captivated and wanting more with every page turn. The plot was real, the military scenes authentic, even secondary characters held their own with tangible realism. Throughout the read, I was THERE… in the Army, cringing at the drills verbal abuses, feeling the weight of a pack while running in the high heat. Also feeling camaraderie slowly building amongst the recruits, and then the anguish of a fallen comrade or the exhaustive emotional turmoil watching a friend struggle with PTSD.

[...]"

I'll be recommending this book... *S*
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Kelly on May 09, 2011 :
Impactful, emotional, memorable. I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier delivers an effectiving jolt to the senses.

My full review of I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier is here:
http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/05/ill-be-your-drill-soldier-by-crystal.html
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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