My Marine by LE Franks & Sara York


For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.

Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.

When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win—or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?

Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Semper Fidelis anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16

Even though it’s a short story, My Marine has the intensity of a full length novel. Captain Sean Kelley is on tour in Afghanistan and meets a young translator named Akim. Akim sits in on high level clearance interrogations and can’t stop staring at Captain Kelley. Their attraction cannot be denied and they fall into each other’s arms for a one time only thing. Thinking Akim is a local, Kelley feels bad, but vows to find Akim after he is done with his tour and is a regular civilian.

Something horrific happens to Captain Kelley while Akim is watching, which leads Akim to reveal his secret. It then turns into a wonderfully sweet story about two men who fight their obstacles to be together.

I absolutely adored where this story went and how their love was tested. The author did a fantastic job of telling the tale of these two men, their jobs, how being a marine played into their relationship, and the secrets they had to keep. My Marine is well written – I enjoyed it a lot. 5str

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