Title: One Marine, Hero
Author: EM Lynley
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Page Count: 254
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
He’s a hero to everyone but himself.
Marine helicopter pilot Captain Jake Woodley struggles after receiving the Medal of Honor for a mission where he didn’t bring every man back alive. Being called a hero and having his photo plastered across the news makes him hate himself more. He despises his cushy job flying with the Marine One squadron, carrying the president and other officials, when he’d rather risk something, even death. He gets his wish when he’s ordered to fly a series of classified trips.
Matt “Beau” Beaumont has been relegated to covering the fashion beat after getting downsized from a hard-news position. But an unexpected invitation to a White House dinner might be the boost his career needs. Offering a hot Marine an after-dinner blow job wasn’t on Beau’s agenda, but when Jake takes him up on the proposition, some phenomenal casual sex soon blossoms into a relationship both of them crave.
When Beau’s extracurricular research uncovers defense department funding anomalies, he soon discovers the trouble goes higher than he imagined. Just as events start to make sense, the investigation puts Beau and Jake in deadly danger. It takes a daring play by Jake—risking everything he loves—to uncover the truth.
Two gay, handsome, available men walk into the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. One man says to the other,
Would you be interested in a blow job?
And there you have it. The slutty, delicious beginning of a passionate, loving, romantic relationship.
Captain Jake Woodley is a helicopter pilot training in Quantico, VA to fly The President in Marine One. He is a decorated Marine war hero after having saved several soldiers in Afghanistan where he piloted rescue missions and personal drops. During one mission, his helicopter is shot down and many soldiers lost their lives. Because of this, Jake doesn’t see himself as a hero but rather a killer since so many men died on his watch. He is miserable and uses alcohol to numb his pain and help him sleep. His constant drinking is also getting him into hot water with his CO’s and he has been warned to shape up or ship out. At the beginning of the book, he doesn’t even care if he lives or dies. His only reason to choose live is because of his 3-legged Golden Retriever Daisy.
Matt “Beau” Beaumont is also a bit miserable at this point in his life too. He has recently been demoted from writing at the New York Times to a fashion beat at a smaller news organization. He likes his co-worker and friend Laney well enough, but serious, hard-hitting news journalism is what he craves.
When Jake and Beau meet at the Correspondence Dinner and after several blow jobs and a “one night stand” they can’t seem to get each other out of their heads. Both normally go for anonymous sex, no strings attached, but they see something in each other and agree to date. Dating leads to a relationship and the relationship leads to love.
While the young relationship finds it’s feet, Jake is still working on getting certified to fly
and Beau is looking for a juicy story to bump him up the news reporting ladder. Jake is involved in some top-secret missions and Beau latches on to this and looks for a story. He finds one, starts to question his trust in Jake and the result gets them both into a whole mess of trouble.
Now, I really did enjoy this book, but there were a few downfalls for me.
1. A lot of the sex in this book was fade-to-black. Yes, we did get some full-on scenes, but they were few and far between. That is my preference so my dislike will not affect my rating.
2. While this wasn’t “insta-love” it was pretty darn close. About as close as you can get without calling it insta-love.
3. My biggest complaint with the book was the lack of trust and jealously between Jake and Beau. Beau is very vocal about Jake’s drinking and lays down an ultimatum pretty early in the relationship. Yes, his heart is in the right place, but it felt like blackmail the way is was written. Also, when an old boyfriend of Jake’s turns up at a function Jake and Beau are attending, Beau goes a little crazy and turns into a green-eyed monster. There are several more examples, including the whole reason their lives’ were in danger, but I’ll let you read and decide on your own.
But MARINES! HELICOPTERS! MOTORCYCLES! HAVING SEX IN UNIFORM! HOSPITAL STAYS WITH BEDSIDE CONFESSIONALS! There was a whole lotta good in here folks.
If you’ve a uniform/military/alpha male slut like me, you will need to read this book.