This book follows the fortunes of a group of marines who went out to Iraq together as they try to adjust to life back home. All their separate journeys of healing bring them together once more in a group as they patrol the border lands between the USA and Mexico, dealing with those more desperate than themselves.
It's misguiding to advertise this book as a gay love story, as the plot centering on the love between Luke and Clayton is only one of a number of intertwining stories focusing on this band of brothers and their healing. As a book about posttraumatic recovery, it is extremely moving and beautifully written, and once I had got into it, I was swept up and moved by each story. The power of the writing, and the eventual happy ending which is deeply earned and believable without being too soppy are what made me decide to give it a 4.5. There are two reasons I didn't give it a 5. One is that it isn't a m/m romance - it contains one, but it also contains a lot of other things I wasn't really interested in. The other is that the beginning was so slow, continually introducing new characters and then switching to yet another introduction just as I was starting to get interested, that I dearly wanted to give up on it several times.
If you don't mind a bit of m/f romance, PTSD with no romance at all and lots of slightly depressing grit with your m/m romance, and you enjoy getting to know a large cast of characters, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. But don't give up until you get past page 70, or you'll miss out on the good stuff!
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
The road home from Iraq leads to America's Borderlands, harsh desert lands ruled over by smugglers and drug runners. Marines cannot help but serve, standing tall in dangerous lands to protect the people and the country they love.
Clayton and Luke walk the border roads together, trying to recapture a love that was almost destroyed by pride and anger. Chris finds love and salvation with a lost girl who needs a savior, and Gary comes home to find a world he does not understand, one changed beyond his recognition.
The bonds of love and brotherhood, forged on the battlefields of Iraq, will be sorely tested in the Borderlands.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, violence.