Title: One Marine, Hero
Author Name & Publisher: E.M. Lynley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 17, 2015 – 280 pgs
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 blowjob 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.
Beau and Jake are kind of a conundrum. I really enjoyed their story. It was a well planned, well executed romance with an awesome mystery. I am normally one who can see the mystery come to conclusion in advance, but this book had me stumped until almost the very end.
I was impressed with how Lynley was able to create Jake’s character who was seen as such a hero in the eyes of his fellow servicemen and countrymen, but for himself, it was his daily struggle. So often, hero’s are the hardest critics of themselves and I think that Lynley did a great job at helping Jake through those issues. Of course, with the help of Beau, he made it through much more comprehensively. While this story was about Jake more so than Beau, without Beau’s love, the story would have been flat.
Then you have Beau. I loved his outlook on life. You are only given a brief hint that his past contains something painful, but I think that was OK and helped create an aura of something more around his character. While he wants to help Jake, he knows that it’s up to Jake to want that help that Beau offers. His boldness complements his character and Jake’s so well. Plus, they are hot together in bed. I can just picture Jake’s hard body and Beau’s lean one together in a heap of yumminess.
Finally, my favorite piece of the story, the mystery. LOVED the mystery aspect. I think it gave this story just something extra – so rather than this being solely about the romance between Beau and Jake, it was also about their ability to keep each other safe – their willingness to sacrifice for each other.
I would definitely read more books by Lynley in the future.
I absolutely loved this book. It wasn’t just a romance about two guys, it also had a fantastic mystery to it.
Jake was a war hero who didn’t deal with being called a hero very well. I think the author created an excellent version of a war hero and how hard it is to deal with losing their teams. Jake had a drinking problem, loved this line in the book.
“It didn’t stop him from thinking about spending some quality time with his secret boyfriend, Don Julio.”
A Marine helicopter pilot with a motorcycle? Could it get any hotter than that?
Then there was Beau, I loved how he took chances and just enjoyed life.
They made a perfect couple in this story, I just loved how they were together. The mystery part of the story kept you guessing about what really was going on. Highly recommend this book.
This is a brilliant story! Lynley has taken two fascinating, original characters, wrapped a chilling suspense story around them and sprinkled a little romance on top. Perfect.
Beau is a fantastic character. The fashion reporter accidentally invited to a White House party for journalists, he has only one thing to say to the handsome Marine pilot he meets at the dinner, “Would you be interested in a blowjob?” Honestly, I loved him from that moment on. Beau’s easy humour and camp affectations are a brilliant contrast to Jake, the serious, closeted Marine.
Jake is a national hero battling PTSD and alcoholism. He has been trained to obey orders – but what happens when he doesn’t trust his orders? Can he sacrifice his career dreams if it means doing the right thing?
Lynley’s tale of intrigue, state secrets and espionage belongs in an episode of Homeland or 24. Actually, I enjoyed this more because her characters have more heart and Beau has a much better sense of humour (and sense of fashion) than the good guys on TV.
Such a wonderful book!
EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.
A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.
She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others. Her books are available in print and e-book from Amazon & other book distributors.