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Once a Marine [Kindle Edition]

Cat Grant
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Love is a battlefield.

Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

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"[Ms. Grant]'s style is sweet and slow, tasteful and lustful with a touch of heartbreak. She gave me things I missed in my m/m loving. She gave me truth, real issues, real disappointment, real heartache but she gave me a love that was so sweet to watch blossom, so endearing it almost made me cry." - All I Want and More

About the Author

EPIC Award-winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender. Where to find Cat: Website: http://www.catgrant.com Blog: http://catgrant.blogspot.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cat.grant Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CatGrant2009 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1912055.Cat_Grant

Product Details

  • File Size: 1518 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937551245
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060OTERA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top2Bottom Reviews November 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
How much a man has to suffer to reach his golden moment of peace and love? How much a man can wait until the man he is falling in love with is finally free of all his ghosts and guilt he is carrying within his head? A lot? Enough?... sometimes in life some things are worth an "everything and forever". Cole and Marc found each other by destiny. Each one has what the other needs.

Cole is a brave, handsome man, one of those men from the South with manners taught by his mother. He is returning to college to study law after almost twenty years in the Marines. After a terrible situation in Iraq, a dishonorable discharge because of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a PTSD that is driving him mad, a homophobic father, and losing his mother from a degenerative disease, he is lucky to have found Marc.

Marc is a former college professor, now busing tables at a diner to pay the bills while working his real job as a gay romance writer in his free time with hopes to soon be a known author. He already has a couple of published stories when he meets Cole. Marc has a thing for Marines. He himself is a Marine's boy--although he has never known his father--but maybe that's the reason he carries in his blood this high attraction for them. After two bad breakups with Marines, he is yet attracted to Cole and wants to give one more try. But he is disappointed after an awful moment with him the first night they were together.

From that moment, both men start a voyage in which each one is willing to open his heart to the other. However, each one, as well, have spaces the other is not allowed to cross. For Cole, it is his PTSD and for Marc, it is his writing.

Cole and Marc begin sort of a relationship. Nothing is said for sure, but we know they are falling for each other.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars November 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Cat Grant's Once a Marine needs to be broken down into two parts for this review: What Worked and What Didn't Work.

First up, What Worked: the characterizations. As with her previous books, Ms. Grant's characters are realistic, flawed and fully developed. I especially was drawn to former Marine Cole Hammond and his back-story. (He served five tours in Iraq and was discharged for violating DADT and was now suffering from PSTD.) Cole was a character, even if you've never served in the military, a reader could identify with. His struggles resonated with me long after I put the book down. Secondly, I enjoyed the progression of his relationship with Marc and how the two men fall in love. Their relationship is the core of the story and made sense. I liked how the ups-and-downs of living with another person are explored and the hard times are not glossed over.

Now we get to What Didn't Work (for me): the POV switches. Marc's POV was first person. I thought this connected the reader to Marc and his inner thoughts well, but when paired with a third person POV from Cole, the book then became disjointed when reading. Plus the ratio of first person to third person wasn't equal and kept throwing me out of the story. I was not sure why the drastic change of POVs was used in this novel, because it distracted me as a reader just when the drama was unfolding.

Another thing that that didn't work was the climax of the story. I don't want to give away too much, but the resolution was too easily achieved. Up until that point I liked the realism in the book, but the ending felt rushed, not keeping in tone with the rest of the novel.

So, as you can see from my review, I have mixed feelings about Once a Marine. On one hand, I enjoyed the book; but on the other, there were issues that kept the book from being a truly great read.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful romance November 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
POSSIBLY MILD SPOILERS IN THE REVIEW.

I was so impatient to see whether Riptide publishing's claims about better editing of their books will come true and I am so glad to see that at least with their first butch they seem to be keeping their promise so far. I think I have read something by this writer in the past (not hundred percent sure), but dont even remember what and it did not prompt me to seek more of her books. This one was a delight. I mean, I am sure it would have been an okay romance no matter what, but this one just flowed seamlessly in my opinion and I did not have a single eye rolling moment. I loved how tension between guys was so organic to who they are and the obstacles they had to overcome were believable and realistic, at least to me. Even mandatory temporary break up did not arise out of stupid misunderstanding, but because of realistic circumstances in their lives and I loved LOVED how soon after they tried to establish communication again.

Cole and Mike are one of my favorite couples this year, for sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid January 20, 2012
By manutwo
Format:Kindle Edition
I was debating between a 3.5* and a 4* rating, but I decided to round it up because the strength of this book is probably the missing of the "wow factor".

Cole and Marc are ordinary people with their own aspirations and insecurities. At the beginning I didn't really like Marc, because his tag-chasing seemed a bit childish and paired with his writing career I had the impression he was living in his own world. Page after page I was able to see that he was instead pretty grounded and also that he was trying to achieve his goals with discipline. I immediately sympathized with Cole and his daily struggles. I liked to see how everything was difficult for him at the beginning, but how Marc's help made him focus on his studying first and on his therapy later.

The story didn't have the big drama, even if Cole had to deal with a lot, since he missed his years in the Marines, he had PTSD syndrome and his father couldn't accept his sexuality, but the ups and downs of his relationship with Marc felt real. It was also interesting that Marc, who is a writer and therefore he's probably more used to expressing his emotions, was also the more rational of the two of them. Or maybe it's not strange at all. I also appreciated that, while the interaction between Cole and Marc was sweet and romantic, there were no big declarations of love or never-ending expressions of feelings. The concern Marc and Cole showed to each other was more than enough to show the depth of their feelings. I also think Cole was really starving for love, and I confess for a while I wondered if he wasn't falling for the first guy who was available. By the end I was convinced he was very lucky instead.

Even if I am a sucker for angst and drama, I liked the light hand the author used to tell us the story of her characters. It was my first book by Cat Grant, won't be the last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense topics tied up in a wonderful "new" relationship.
Cat Grant makes on realize what is important. She built a believable cast of charters. Don't miss this sexy ex marine and his waiter/ writer.
Published 5 months ago by Kelli Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just ok
I wanted to really like this book, but it was just okay. It is no where as good as Lynn Hagen, SE Jakes, or Stomey Glenn where they can do tough military men with compassion and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Enjoyable Reading
This was one of my first books in this type of genre and I really enjoyed it. I felt the characters were believable and it had enough angst and emotional baggage that I could... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael J. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love story
Since I have family members proudly serving in the Marine Corps, I have no problem admitting that I wanted to read this story because it involved an ex Marine with PTSD having... Read more
Published 9 months ago by CCDuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy I read this!
This was definitely an enjoyable read for a lazy afternoon. I love stories that leave you in high spirits and this story definitely does.
Published 14 months ago by Leevora
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but didn't love it
I liked this book but didn't love it. I can't even put a finger on what was missing. It was a nice, steady story and the characters were likable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Because Two Men Are Better Than One!
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating....
My Review:
I've had this book on my kindle for a while, but I finally pulled it up to read last night. It was good, but that's probably because.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Smitten with Reading
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it :\
Soooo, a self-centered, bossy, slightly pudgy writer with a crappy "day job" and (what appears to be) a wasted Master's degree catches the eye of the stacked, 6-foot plus, smart,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rickyg1974
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Charged Story With Fully Fleshed-Out Characters
The former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is the catalyst for a tough Marine to change his life completely after meeting a waiter/romance writer in this intensely emotional story full... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Faltys
4.0 out of 5 stars Life After Romance Between a Writer and an Ex-Marine
I chose this one because I love books that are written with a military protagonist or at least one that has been military. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sophia Rose
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Cat Grant's been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs.

Winter/Spring 2014 marks the release of The Only One Who Knows and The Only One Who Matters, two hot military (Navy SEAL!) romances co-written with the awesome LA Witt. coming from Samhain Publishing.

Also coming from Samhain - keep your eyes peeled for Black Dog, the first book in her new Bannon's Gym series, coming April 2014. The second book, Takedown, will be available in July.

Also, stay tuned for Guarded, the first book in LA Witt's and my new ROCK STAR trilogy!

Drop by her website at: http://www.catgrant.com
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