Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance

Neil Plakcy
Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance
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Cleis Press, Inc.
Release Date
May 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

In this fierce collection, Neil Plakcy brings us heart-pounding stories of men who put their lives on the line for love and duty. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement for soldiers who know that any tryst might be their last. A breakup note sent to the front line opens doors to new love in Jay Starre's "Letter from Home." In Logan Zachary's "Ready Reserve," a summer fling between two buddies with benefits becomes something more. Dirk Strong's "Marine Guard" follows an embassy officer sent to Italy for work who ends up enjoying a romantic Roman holiday. These heroic hunks fight for love and honor—and their hearts and hard muscles will have you begging for your next debriefing!

"Neil Plakcy is tops when it comes to gay romance, with soaring stories of love and a lot of action. What could be better than that?"
—Book-of-the-Month Club

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jul 30, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
229 people found the following review helpful
This book is an anthology of stories about men in the military (but I guess you figured that one out already from the title because you are very discerning readers) and is a mix of men indulging in sexy romance, simply indulging, and in some cases, pure 'getting your rocks off' action that doesn't promise any finesse--just hot, sweaty, grunting, pistoning and thrusting man on man sex. It makes no apologies for this and certainly no excuses. I have to say I didn't enjoy this collection of stories as much as I have other anthologies by this publisher. Some of them (like Semper Fi Wrestlers) were a little too unrealistic to me, but then I haven't been in the military and perhaps this sort of thing happens all the time!

So there is something in this book for everyone. A fellow reviewer said some of the stories were better than others, and that some were more believable while others were a little over the top. I think I understand this view as I feel the same.

I particularly enjoyed two stories: Soaring by Michael Bracken, which was an erotic love story between two men already committed to each other in the highest way possible--they were married, and A Voice in the Dark by the editor of this anthology, Neil Plakcy.

Soaring is a love story between two men, one from the Air Force and the other from the world of commerce. They meet, they fall in love, they get married. I loved the end of the book when Captain Hunter (we never find out his first name) says the phrase "my husband and I" for the first time and gets all choked up realising just how far he and Scott have come together.

A Voice in the Dark is about two men--Alec and Jeremy--who come together while in captivity in Afghanistan. They meet in terrible circumstances and manage to comfort and find each other even in the confines of war. It's tender, erotic and paints a picture of life in the company of men for long stretches at a time.

So if you like short, quick reads, varied levels of semen, grunting, whispered words of love, pure hedonistic 'do me now' pleasure and ménages and sometimes simply downright dirty, then this is the anthology for you.
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