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 21 days after purchase)