Marine Handsome (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Marine Handsome
Author: R.W. Clinger
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: March 30, 2019
Genre(s): Gay Romance, ex-Military
Page Count: 51 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5


When Gary Islip, a full-time writer for the e-magazine Guns & Target, meets the ex-Marine next door, things become interesting between the two men along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

As Islip spies on Keith Rutger, he becomes infatuated with the stud. Truth is, Islip thinks the ex-military man is beyond sexy … more like Marine Handsome. So how can he mind his own business and ignore Rutger? In short, he can’t.

On hot summer nights, Islip can hear Rutger’s fearful screams, obviously from nightmares. Islip soon learns Rutger has PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. Surprisingly, Rutger confides in Islip, explains his condition, and the two become friends. Islips start helping Rutger with the dilapidated Cape Cod, and also assists him during his nightmarish PTSD episodes.

When the summer ends, though, will Rutger head back to Maryland after a season in Lake Erie? Can they remain friends or, better still, move from friends to lovers?

I have to be completely honest and say from the description of this book I had really expected to like this short story more than I did. I had thought that this book would have been more of a story per se then it turned out to be. I felt that this book was more raw than put together. By saying this I mean it felt as if things went from one point to the next without a proper storyline so I left me feeling as if I was reading a book with some ideas of how it was supposed to go but nothing was complete on it, if that make any sense.

This is book about a magazine author who suddenly gets a new neighbor. The neighbor turns out to be a former marine. Greg Islip is excited to go next door and meet the new neighbor. Turns out the new neighbor is the former owner’s nephew, Rutger.

Rutger moves in the house to fix it up for his mom. One of the things Rutger likes about the house is he does not have to worry about his nightmares or PTSD bothering anyone. But that is not the case. Greg hears Rutgers screams in the night and runs over to try to help.

Rutger refuses to let Greg help him in any way and pushes him away. But the next day he realizes that was a mistake and goes to Greg to apologize to him and they start a friendship. The problem is Greg cannot quit fantasizing about Rutger and each time Greg thinks Rutger may be interested Rutger pushes him away.

This push and pull continues between the two men until the explosion between them erupts. The question is will either of these two men survive it or will it be another push and pull between them once again?

Like I said this book just was not what I thought it would be. I was kind of let down by it if I am being honest. I like a good short story but in my opinion a short story has to be really put together to pull off a great read and I felt this book was lacking that. I am sure there are others that will not agree with me and will love this read but it was just was not for me.

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Galley copy of Marine Handsome provided by JMS Books in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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