Title: Brothers In Arms Anthology
Author: Megan Slayer, Helena Maeve, Anna Lee, Lucy Felthouse, Thom Collins
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Genre(s): Fantasy sci-fi, one night stand, gay contemporary love, revenge, m/m, m/m/m ménage, military, violence
Page Count: 225 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
One Night with You’ by Megan Slayer
One night to find the man of his dreams in the least likely place…
Airman Tate Gibson thought going to a party at the local college with his friends would take his mind off his troubles. He’ll head back to Korea in two days’ time—after the funeral of his baby sister. He’s always taken responsibility for her and he’s not ready to deal with her being gone. He wants someone to help him deal with his sadness and give him a reason to get through his deployment.
Raine has had a crush on his neighbor across the hallway, but once he spots the hunky airman his thoughts center on Tate. He wants to strip the handsome blue-eyed hunk down and lick him everywhere, but geeks like Raine never get the man. He’s stuck playing the perpetual wallflower.
Will one night tear them apart before things get hot or will it be enough to bring these two wounded souls together for a long-term engagement?
‘Spoil of War’ by Helena Maeve
One man’s prize is another’s nightmare.
When Briar’s partner Kai returns from the Federation’s latest skirmish with a handsome prisoner in tow, Briar is both envious and wary. It is common knowledge that the tribespeople of Ganymede are violent brutes who delight in murdering and enslaving their enemies, and Dallan can be no different.
As an officer with the Federation’s propaganda machine, Briar has produced plenty of material to substantiate the need to wage war in the asteroid belt. Kai, for his part, has slain many enemies while on active duty and watched just as many of his friends perish in combat.
For a foe to save rather than end his life is unusual in the extreme. Sparing him the horrors of a prison camp seems like a fair exchange, even if the only alternative he can offer is thralldom.
‘Would You Wait for Me?’ by Anna Lee
Kip made a promise to Lucas that he’d come home to him after his tour overseas, but will Lucas be waiting for him like he promised?
Kip Foster is nearly finished with his tour overseas and is ready to leave the hot desert and constant threat of danger. He hopes to reunite with his lover, Lucas Danvers. When he calls to ask Lucas to meet him at their hotel, however, Lucas breaks it off with him. Lucas no longer wants to be his dirty little secret. He says he’s waited long enough for Kip to make a choice and he hasn’t. Devastated, Kip realizes how much he loves Lucas and that if he’s to win him back he needs to do something big. He needs to not let hate and fear control his life. So he makes plans to start living life the way he wants to. Will Lucas still be waiting when he comes home, though?
‘An Interesting Find’ by Lucy Felthouse
A relaxing summer holiday is turned upside down by an interesting find…
Nathan and Lee are on a relaxing summer holiday in the UK. They plan to do lots of walking and exploring in the beautiful English countryside. Naturally, typical British weather derails their plans on their first day, leaving them cooped up indoors with little to do but read.
When the weather clears, the men eagerly put on their hiking boots and head out for a walk. However, when they reach their destination—a pond a little distance from their holiday cottage—they make a shocking discovery. An odd-looking bundle of rags turns out to be an unconscious man. With no one else around, and no mobile phone signal to call for help, they manage to get the stranger back to their cottage to get him warm and dry, and figure out what to do next.
When their unexpected houseguest regains consciousness, things just get more complicated. The stranger—a British soldier called Jonny—doesn’t want the authorities to be notified of his presence. As the three men try to come to some agreement, the sexual tension in the air becomes apparent, and suddenly the last thing on any of their minds is leaving the cottage…
‘Gods of Vengeance’ by Thom Collins
United in passion. Driven by vengeance.
Owen Hazard, a young farmer, is dead. Murdered while he tried to prevent a robbery on his land. His older brother, Captain Mark Hazard, returns home for the funeral. Owen’s best friend, Riley, runs the local pub. He has information about the night Owen was killed—he knows who was responsible. The police are doing nothing. Vengeance is their only option. United in their passion for each other and a thirst for revenge, Riley and Mark must take the law into their own hands if there’s going to be any justice for Owen.
Reader Advisory: This story contains scenes of violence.
This anthology that consists of five short stories.
The first short story is “One Night With You” by Megan Slayer. This short story was very good but had a lot of sad parts to it. Airman Tate is looking for a way to forget the pain that he is feeling for one night until reality will will kick back in the next morning. Tate realizes real quick that he made a mistake by hitting up a party his friend Blake is throwing and starts to leave. This is probably the best decision he has made that night because he finds who may be the only person that could ever help him with his pain, Raine.
Raine is unlike someone he would normally date or ever hook up with. He is nerdy but he has a heart of gold. The attraction between these two men is almost instantaneous. The only problem is will they be able to walk away from each other after just one night together?
The second short story was “Spoil of War” by Helena Maeve. This book was based on another planet. So I would say more of a fantasy sci-fi book. This book is both M/M and M/M/M. There is jealousy, guilt, and acceptance in this story. I would give this story four stars if it was by itself.
Spoil of War was a good read where a husband comes back from war with an unexpected surprise in tow. This surprise was an unwanted complication that Briar was completely and totally jealous of. The surprise came in the form of a Slave named Dallan. Briar could not believe his husband, Kai would do this to him because he knows from the way Kia looks at Dallan that they have already been intimate and Brain is not happy about it at all.
This is a story where jealousy plays a key factor in the events that happen and also what leads up to happening between the three men in the end. It was an interesting read.
The third story was “Would You Wait Gor Me” by Anna Lee. This one turned out to be a five star read in my opinion. I really liked the story line and how the events turned out in this book. There was happy times and sad times in this book. But most of all their was love.
Kip is to the military about to leave on an eight month deployment which is suppos d to be his last. He is leaving behind he lover of four years Lucas who is about to become a veterinarian. The night before Kip is too leave booth men make a promise to wait for the other and for Kip to home to Lucas.
The major problem that is standing in their path of making a life together is Kip is scared to come out to his family and Lucas is tired of being his secret. So the major question is, how tired is Lucas of waiting? And will Kip finally put Lucas first or will he continue to hide once he is back home? Or will both men find someone else to fill the space that the other is not around to fill?
The fourth book was “An Interesting Find” by Lucy Felthouse. This was probably my least favorite of all the books because even though there was a storyline behind it, there was no follow through on the storyline. It was as if once all three men hooked up it was over. I would still rate this story as a 3.5 so still not an overall bad rating and certainly not enough to make me not read it.
In this story Nathan and Lee was on vacation and found a soldier who was close to death. They took the soldier in and nursed him back to health and found out his story. Turns out his name was Jonny and he went AWOL from the British army. After Jonny recovered some he had an offer for both Nathan and Lee that they decided they could not refuse…..a threesome which both men had been fantasizing about and happened to fall in their lap.
As I said it was a decent read but I felt it was lacking in the follow through where the three men was concerned but overall still a good read.
And last but not least was the fifth book “Gods of Vengeance” by Thom Collins. Now this is one of my favorites in this anthology and I wish would be created into a full length book because it had the potential behind it to be one. I would definitely give this book a five star rating or more.
This book is based around the murder of Own Hazard. Everyone in the small town knows who did it but the town will not stand up against the men who committed this crime. Riley and Owen have been best friends since they was little and it broke Riley to lose Owen like they all did.
Mark, Owens older brother, returned to town for the funeral and to find out what happened to his baby brother. When he finds out the details behind his brothers death from Riley, he decides to take revenge. The only thing is along the way he and Riley have grown closer and became lovers. Now because of Marks need for revenge he has put Riley in the other of these killers and Riley may not come out in the other side once they get their hands on him.
This book was really an amazing read. I enjoyed it so much. Like I stated before I think this would be a book that has great potential to be turned into a full length book if Thom Collins wanted to do so.
Overall this anthology has some amazing short stories in it about military men and the men that they love or are in lust with. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others especially if u like to read about hot military men and their lives outside of the military.
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