Cat Grant’s Once a Marine is a pretty good read. I enjoyed it a lot though it did take a while for Cole and Marc to finally get together, from there though the story went smoothly. They did have a few bumps in their relationship. The passion between the two men made for a good addition to the story. I recommend this one for a military love story and a redemption storyline. Overall, a good read.
A bit about the story:
When former Marine major Cole Hammond is discharged under don't ask don't tell he isn't sure what he wants to do with his life. Going to college for law in California he meets Marc Sullivan a waiter who is also a published author. They hit it off very well. Marc though has had bad experiences with other marines who he had taken as lovers and doesn't want to let Cole too far into his life for fear of loosing him. Suffering from PTSD and refusing to get help for it also makes Marc not sure of Cole either. Cole is called home and Marc is hit full in the face with his own faults in not letting Cole in further to his own heart. Can Marc give Cole what he needs or will he loose him due to his own fault?
Love is a battlefield.
Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.
Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.
But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after. 208 pages