This story takes friendship and takes it a step further to lovers but not without a lot of thought.
Brenden grew up knowing he wanted to be a Marine and to be one he couldn’t be true to his sexual orientation. He hid the fact that he was gay, even from his best friend Liam who was openly gay all through school. Now things have changed in the Marines and Brenden can act on his feelings towards Liam, but is it too late. Liam isn’t sure if Brenden is serious as he’s never considered Brenden gay. Is this for real or is this just an experiment? Neither man wants to lose the friendship they have but are they willing to explore the feelings that they have been hiding for so long?
The hope, the desire and the caring come across the page and into your soul as you read this short story about two men and their dreams. The uncertainty is almost alive. And, when the decision is made, their coming together is hot, sensual and perfect. Still Liam wants to come home every night to his lover while Brenden is deploying in just a few weeks. It’s not going to be easy but can these best friends become even more?
I absolutely loved this addition to Heather Long’s Always a Marine. You don’t have to read the previous books to truly enjoy and love this one. However, every book I’ve read in this series is outstanding and worth finding.
Lieutenant Brenden Fitzpatrick is a dedicated Marine, loyal son, and devoted uncle, but he's lonely. When he went Marine, the rule was don't ask, don't tell. His brothers-in-arms pretty much didn't ask and didn't care. Watching so many friends settle into long-term relationships highlighted the absence of someone to come home to in his life. When his unit encourages him to give the 1Night Stand service a try, he asks for the impossible—a night with the one man he almost gave up the Marines for in the first place. A man he called best friend but let time and distance carry away.
Liam Gardiner grew up on the same Boston block as his best friend, Brenden. Unlike Brenden, Liam always accepted that he was gay—a fact he didn't mind flaunting to all the bullies and naysayers in school. It got his ass kicked more than once, but Brenden always had his back, rescuing him time and time again, until the day Brenden left for the Marines. He missed his buddy—the crush he never confessed, lest it cost him the precious friendship—so when Madame Eve's invitation to meet Brenden arrived, Liam faces uncertainty for the first time.
Life made them best friends, can Madame Eve help them become so much more?