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The Sol of Jupiter
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There are no hot steamy graphic sex here but the passionate kisses and words where enough for me. Most of the time, I actually skip through the sex scenes when I read m/m. I love the coversations more rather than the sex.
There was a father and son moment here that brought tears to my eyes. Im a sucker for these kind of scenes. The ending was also perfect for me and its a happy one. Like how all books should end.
I hope the author writes a follow up short story. (pleaseeee...)
Probably one of the best I've read this year.
This is a story about two marines who became fast friends in basic training and eventually found each other once more. This time, however, the feelings they feel about each other are no longer just purely friendship-platonic. As each man try their best to hide their undeniable attraction with the other, relationships with their other friends get affected. Now, this is not so strange a plot as anyone who has close friends can relate to conflicting emotions and resistance coming from friends or relatives when some other individual comes in between the good times and the beer. When this happens, especially within a military camp at the height of DADT, things can get a bit difficult.
As the friends and hopeful lovers try to sort out their difficulties, so do their officers. Usually, when these plots are written, how the officers feel or react to a fraternization of the heart between their men are never even considered as part of a developing story. In this case, the author included their observations, their thought processes, and how they dealt with the subject matter. Mind you, this is pre-DADT, so all that meant then was immediate discharge. However, have anyone thought about how all those men and women came out of the wood works once that dratted law got the boot? Not everyone had officers or brothers in arms who felt it was their right to reveal. In Turner and Jace's case, they had difficulties, yes, but they also had people around them who verbally or wordlessly supported.
Now this is a simple story, but I have to be honest and warn other readers: this is not a simple story to read. For one thing, this is a purely military novel and the terms used, the weapons mentioned, the drills done and the assignments made ~ these are all written as only someone with a military background, or at least a grasp of it, in mind. Personally, I had no problem for I am very familiar with this world, but I honestly worry about those who are not. What I can advise is: take the leap and learn while enjoying the reading of a good romance unfolding!
Secondly, this is not erotic, not in the least! Yes, this is written by a man but there is nary a read here that screams erotica and personally? That is why I loved reading this story. The absence of said scenes made the story develop clearly and surely. (Don't get me wrong though: there is sex! just none of the mambo tango in bed type.) There was absolutely no question that Jace and Turner had a lot to deal with. They were caught in circumstances neither could control and they did fight their attraction. Thing is, Eros hardly misses when he shoots and so the men could neither run nor ignore their love for the other.
What I found off really was, surprisingly, the editing. Yes, I who almost always ignores that step find that this book could have deserved a better work in terms of editing. The shifting POVs was not the problem, it was actually the punctuation marks!
Overall, this is a great read and it successfully plays with readers' emotions. The anger that develops at their circumstance, the frustration felt at their stupidity, the sigh of relief felt when they both eventually sort things out with each other, friends and family; these were all so well written it was hard to remember this is pure fiction. For me? That screams for a great writer in the making.
I loved reading each page in this book as it had a very realistic (in my opinion) Military story with a beautiful romantic story....The way Thaddeus J wrote the detail of the surroundings and activities were so well written, I was actually getting a very clear picture in my head (which I love stories where I can visualise the whole background/story etc)
Here is Turner Michaels a young patriot gay marine with strong morals and he meets trainee marine Jace Sozio during his military training. With each page, I noticed how these two became great friends and then became closer and closer to the point they actually fall in love with each other. Unfortunately, their love for each other complicates matters rather than make it sweeter because of their chosen career as marines...Both Michaels and Sozio feared rejection with the worst possibility of getting discharged from the Army....reading this part was very sad for me because here are two young patriots who wanted to serve their country with all their hearts, strength and dignity, yet they could not "have the most basic of human relationships"...I shall write another quote from the writer which was so poignant for me; According to Michaels "I remember the first time I ever hid that part of myself ever actually. It wasn't at boot camp or school...My recruiter drove me down to the processing centre in Miami and they gave me the sheet of paper that explains it. Most people just initial and sign because it doesn't apply to them but I actually read it. I wanted to ask a question about one part but then I thought that if I did they would look at me and wonder why I was so concerned. I mean it's not like I have to worry about it. Right?". " Sozio started to pound his head lightly against the metal drawers built into the cabinet. He had never thought about the life he had chosen and wanted to keep versus his happiness and overall mental health..."
Thaddeus J wrote a very empathic story where I was able to get a sense of how hard it must have been to be gay while serving in the military in old days and even todays in some countries... I think that it must be soul-destroying to be patriot and want to serve your country but that same country refuses to acknowledge your true self all because you love another from your own sex. Isn't it sad that some people are bothered about a person's private love life?....
I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading Military story. It is written so eloquently with no graphic explicit details which makes this story (in my opinion) a true romance...love for love's sake not for rippled abdominal muscles etc.
P.S: I loved the Epiloge....*swoon* that was melted my heart
Thank you for writing this wonderful story, Thaddeus J
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