Title: Men in Uniform
Authors: Eric Gober, C.J. Baty, Alina Popescu, Kassandra Lea, Asta Idonea, Eddy LeFay, Lily Velden, Jim Dunaway, Carol Pedroso, Jo Tannah
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Genre(s): contemporary, paranormal, scifi, fantasy, historical
Page Count: 237
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: varied greatly
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Like your boys in blue keeping the… peace?
Hot firemen dealing with… heat?
Naval Officers getting in way too… deep?
Perhaps you have a ‘thing’ for marines…
Or do you prefer your Men In Uniform to belong in the future?
Wherever your love of a uniform leads you, MEN IN UNIFORM has something for you.
Issue No. 1
Come to a land…
Where epic battles rage…
Among monsters, superheroes, and a very sexy cop.
Love and war are funny business in Hollywood, U.S.A.
The Pinkerton Man
A blackmailer forced Stiles to leave his perfect life behind.
Along the way, he found a new friend, a job as a Pinkerton Agent, and murder.
Can Stiles find the murderer before he kills again?
Mission: Protect the Ex
Sean never thought his military career would ever have him babysitting his ex who Sean hasn’t seen in six months.
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?
A Spark in the Shadows
Love beckons Officer Warden Brooks to the shadows of a desolate place.
But his lover Tate Eldridge is so much more than a criminal, he’s a beautiful mystery.
His Heart Held Hostage
When his father loses the battle against Hrafnaheim, Prince Darius finds himself a political prisoner.
Taken in chains to a dark and unfamiliar land, he begins to lose hope.
But then Captain Morten Gunnarsson of the Palace Guards is assigned to watch over him.
Now it is not just Darius’ body being held hostage, but also his heart.
The Emperor’s Slave
When the Draaduuri arrived on Earth many humans died.
Captain Timothy Kellerman’s family was among them
Now, a truce has been struck. He is the prize.
Crown Prince Yuuhaan has instantly bonded with his slave.
Can the prince keep his baser instincts in check long enough for Timothy to transform?
To become the next great hope of the Draaduuri and the human race?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Go to Portsmouth, said my friends. It’s quieter. You’ll be able to write without distraction.
They obviously hadn’t met my mysterious and elusive neighbour, Finn.…
After all, what would a Friday night be without hearing Moaner, Gusher, or Squeaker screaming out their joy at being shagged senseless by the obviously talented Finn?
Come to think of it, what would a Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night be without it either?
Thank God for Mondays!
The Firefighter and the Marine
Apartment building fires are always tragic, even if everyone makes it out alive. But what happens when a person can’t make it out on their own?
Brave firefighters must risk their lives in order to rescue trapped people.
Lieutenant Kenny Whitfield is one such firefighter. Brave and somewhat reckless.
Lance Corporal Steve Martinson is one such person in need.
When Kenny and Steve meet face to face in the hospital, well…
Franc has resigned himself to yet another year of pain and humiliation in order to complete his on ship training.
Then along comes Zyph, with his sexy blue skin and probing questions…
Will he be Franc’s Blue Knight?
The Royal Guardian
Warrior and Dragon Seek to Destroy Those Who Had Dared Harm Their Prince.
Issue No.1 by Eric Gober Contemporary. Set in Hollywood with twist bringing in classic comic books. A bit of a Geek-out.
The Pinkerton Man by C.J. Baty Historical. Well written, solid characters, and did not end like I expected – which I really appreciated.
Mission: Protect the Ex by Alina Popescu Contemporary. Classic “get them back together, because they are too stubborn to do it themselves” set up.
A Spark in the Shadows by Kassandra Lea Paranormal. A werewolf cop loves the feared necromancer. A bit too short.
His Heart Held Hostage by Asta Idonea Fantasy. Prince taken as political hostage falls in love with his jailer.
The Emperor’s Slave by Eddy LeFey Scifi. Only one man can save Earth and the Aliens, if he can overcome his fear and anger. Alien male pregnancy.
Yes! Yes! Yes! By Lily Velden Contemporary. Writer stalking his elusive yet very sexually active neighbor and meets Navy guy. An absolute hoot of a read. Best of the bunch.
The Firefighter and the Marine by Jim Dunaway Contemporary. Firefighter rescues a Marine from burning apartment. HEA.
Blue Knight by Carol Pedroso Scifi. Alien ambassador saves enlisted man from sexual abuse and gives him the universe and his heart. HEA.
Royal Guardian by Jo Tannah Scifi. A guardian for the prince becomes his consort, with a rather unique twist. This one could make a good series if the world building was fleshed out.
This was a rather mixed bag of genres, lengths, and plots, perhaps a bit too much so for my tastes? Given the title, I expected the “uniform” aspect to be more front and center, but that was not always the case and I think that frustrated me a bit. I was expecting “Men in Uniform” and I got (in some), mention of a uniform. I would have liked to have seen the “uniform” more front and center. As far as anthologies go, this had strong stories and just ‘meh’ stories, and everyone is going to have their favorites.
Overall, a variety of genres split fairly evenly between contemporary, scifi, with a smattering of historical and fantasy. If you are partial to short stories, quick reads and the theme of hot boys in uniforms of all sorts, this would be a book for you.