Title: The Marine in Unit A
Series: A Mockingbird Place Novella
Author: Kris Cook
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2015
The man who has been more of a dad to me than my biological father is dead.
He rescued me from the streets six years ago—a runaway teenage boy, escaping a family who thought I was an abomination.
Now what do I do? I have no one.
My life might look great from the outside. I’m in college. I have my own apartment. I have lots of friends.
But I’m dying on the inside.
I feel so alone. Lost. Hopeless.
I’m not the kind of person to wallow in self-pity. I need a distraction.
The guy moving into Unit A may be just what I need to take my mind off of losing my dad.
21-year old Oliver Lancaster is attracted to 22-year old Adam Stockton, the former-Marine moving into Unit A. But attraction for the closeted man morphs quickly into something deeper, something meaningful, something that terrifies Oliver. What will happen if Adam learns about the secret from his past?
Warning: contains skinny dipping, two hot men kissing, and sexual situations taking place in a 10-unit Mediterranean complex filled with college-aged hotties.
“Loved this book! Very touching love story and has me wanting to know more about the residents at Mockingbird Place.” ~ The Smut-Brarians
“It is well written, and you can feel the intensity of the words and the emotions of the characters in the book.” ~ Bloggin' With M.Brennan
“A very nice read that I totally enjoyed. I will read more by this author especially this series.” ~ Inked Rainbow Reads
This was a wonderful read, I was pleased to have the opportunity to read it and happy to be able to award The Marine in Unit A....................................Four Dancing Hamsters.
Kris Cook’s The Marine in Unit A was a warm, touching, sometimes funny and sometimes sad, story about a family that isn’t about blood, but about loving and caring for one another and the choices that they have made to love and support one another. Central to the story is the place where the majority of the characters live, Mockingbird Place, and over the course of the story, we slowly learn how Oliver came to live there and the things that he was forced to endure beforehand.
Another character central to the story is Adam, who is moving in during a very sad time for the residence as the beloved former owner of Mockingbird Place has just passed away and he finds himself actually moving in during the memorial service. There forms a sort of instant attraction, at lease on Oliver’s part, as he strives to get to know Adam and worm his way into Adam’s life.
Of course, there are many positive things that he brings into Adam’s life in the process of doing this, like honesty, truth and courage, as he gives Adam the strength to admit to what happened to him in the service and face the life he now must lead on the outside.
While there is some angst and some struggle and strife at times, the characters seem to deal with it all in a very positive way, confronting one another and openly discussing things rather than hiding from them.
I found the characters to be interesting and engaging, all of them, not just the two main characters, everyone felt like they had an important role to play in the story and seeing that there will be a sequel, I felt like there was more than enough information given to make me invested in learning more about some of the other characters, especially Tony. Something in his tone, attitude and the way he interacts with people just makes me want to know more about him.
All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Every now and again it’s nice to check out something a little bit lighter than some of the grittier pieces that I typically read. This was a solid 4 star book.
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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