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The Marine in Unit A (Mockingbird Place Book 1) by [Cook, Kris]
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About the Author

Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I've been out since I was twenty-five." A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris' influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Last year, Kris married the love of his life Stephen.

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  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014Q2BPOM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Two men, awkwardly arranged above a lit skyline. Would not pick up based on cover. In this case, it was the summary that caught my attention and begged a closer look.
Looking Deeper:
Written in a first-person POV from Oliver's perspective. Oliver's hurting from the fresh loss of the man who'd taken him in several years ago and became a father to him in all ways but blood. Adam is the new tenant, a former Marine that is suffering hurts of his own since losing a leg and his military career. Oliver's out and proud, Adam is a third-generation Marine who grew up knowing he needed to suppress who and what he is. Now, together in a vulnerable time in their lives, can they depend on one another for strength and comfort... maybe even love?
Both lead characters are filled with such raw emotions, neither are perfect specimens... in fact, they both are admittedly flawed individuals. There's an entire cast of secondary characters, almost too many (sixteen off the top of my head that are mentioned or appear with regularity), but each is unique and helps to create a rich, full story. The chemistry between Oliver and Adam is unique in that it's not an instant thing, nor is it a steady and gradual progression. Dialogue is good, so is the interplay between cast members. There are a handful of conflicts that are sufficiently resolved in a variety of fitting manners. There's almost no predictability and several surprises tucked in here and there, some bigger than others. The conclusion is wrapped up extremely well, leaving no stone unturned.
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This book deals with LGBTQIA as it's main genre. It is well written, and you can feel the intensity of the words and the emotions of the characters in the book. Especially Adam, who is the Marine that has moved into Unit A. It is interesting to realize why the name of a place hits you, like it could be familiar somehow, until the name of the town that it is set in is stated. Then you're thinking, I lived there! I suspect the location itself is fictional, while the town itself is very real, but it really gives a whole new outlook on the book. Having ties to a place can really help you visualize things and imagine how that place and the people in that place could be real. You can almost picture the part of town you might have found that location at. This is truly a book of realistic fiction. It deals with a number of issues that we've seen in the news over the last 5-10 years. Up to and including the leaders of our country. Kris Cook did a great job in writing this book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. This book brought laughter, anger, joy, and tears. A myriad of emotions.

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I really liked this story. The story centers on Oliver and Adam, who meet when Adam moves into the Apt complex Oliver lives in. Their story is filled with bumps and bruises for Adam is a former Marine, injured and hiding his true self. Oliver, out and proud, has his own truth he hides from everyone and keeps him from having a real relationship. They struggle through misunderstandings and miscommunication, and even though their friends try to help, this is something they must work out together.

A tragedy forces them to really look at themselves, and with a little push from Mom's visit...maybe they can find their own happy ever after!

I am looking forward to the next story!
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Oliver Lancaster lives in Mockingbird Place.

It's usually a wonderful, lively place to live but today is the funeral of his best friend and father figure Malcolm.

Malcolm was also the man that saved him from a life that could have been very different.

Adam Stockton is a Marine.

Today he is moving into Malcolm's old apartment and it couldn't have been a worse time, right in the middle of the funeral.

This is when Oliver and Adam meet.

Oliver is gay and proud of it, he is the president of the local LGBT group, campaigning for better rights.

Although he senses Adam is gay, he is very defensive for some reason, having been cheated on in the past.

The 2 men form a love/hate relationship, Oliver helping him to settle in and sort his apartment, getting him a security job on campus.

When Oliver's best friend Candy is attacked, it's Adam who saves the day.

Finally he admits that he is gay and has feelings for Oliver, their relationship develops and everyone they live with couldn't be happier for them.

Adam's Mum more or less adopts Oliver when she finds out what he has suffered in the past.

Both men have been through too much in their short lives but together they heal and grow.
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This is the start of a new series and focuses on the residents of Mockingbird Place, and here is Oliver and Adam’s story.

Oliver has lead a troubled and tortured past and was forced from his home at the tender age of thirteen. By fifteen he was out on the streets trying to survive but that was when Malcolm took him under his wing and brought him to Mockingbird Place. Here Oliver finally found his home where he belonged. The book opens on the day of Malcolm’s funeral and we find out all that he has done in his life to save people such as the residents of the apartment complex he owned. To Oliver he was the father he should have always had.

In contrast and on the same day Adam is moving into empty unit A. He has come from a loving and supportive family, very much steeped in the military but it is through the military that Adam has endured the sense of loss and finality. It is through his friendship with Oliver that he finds that life can and does go on in the most amazing and unexpected way possible.

This was a sweet but angst full journey for Adam and Oliver. At first you feel that Oliver is the one in control and he is the one to support Adam but in turn Adam also helps Oliver by bringing him into his family with the help of his mother.

The secondary characters were also a focused supporting cast and gave the feeling of ‘togetherness’ of the read. I loved that the book had an LGBTQIA friendly vibe and that Oliver was a sounding voice on this at his university.

A good start to a new series, building the world that is Mockingbird Place. I loved the concept and the flow of the storyline. Nice romance with a touch of angst and frustration but a sweet and endearing end.
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