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And I have to go with the other reviewer, you have just got to love Petey, god how many Squadies do I know just like him? mouth like a toilet bowl and a sense of humor from the gutter and merciless with their buddies.
I don't know why this book is a cheap as it is but it is worth every penny and a heck of a lot more.
JF Smith is a brilliant writer, this book had me on the edge of my seat, I literally couldn't put it down.
I won't say much more, although what I have told you, so far, won't have spoiled the story for you because, what makes this book isn't the rescue or the subsequent mission Matt is asked to take part in (teeny tiny bit of a spoiler there). It's all the characters. There is 'action' and usually in a Navy SEAL-heavy book, there's an abundance of it, with the SEALs or the Marines being portrayed as alpha males who show no fear, but who are secretly tortured inside... blah blah blah. Somehow, JF Smith manages to make their vulnerability work, without taking anything away from them as alphas or as SEALs. He makes them human. They all have their 'stuff' and find ways to cope. And as they get to know Matt during the journey home, they adopt him into the fold and he becomes a kind of 'mascot'. All the time, Mope is becoming more and more attracted to Matt...
There were areas in the book where I laughed out loud. There were also sections where I cried - especially when Mope talks about courage and trust. I wept buckets. I adored him. I was frustrated with Matt at times because he allowed his boyfriend, Brian, to make him feel unworthy and undeserving of his love. But believe me, when Matt eventually sees the light, it's priceless. My favourite character, though, was the foul-mouthed Petey. For all his bluster, he too was totally adorable. I'd love to have someone like him as a friend.
I also have to say that this book isn't erotic. It's more sensual/sensuous than erotic in places but, not a lot of sex going on. Just when you think it's going to happen... it skips to another scene. I have to say I didn't really miss it. I don't think it would have worked as well as it did if there were a lot of sex scenes. I don't think I would have experienced the full range of emotions I felt, had I been distracted by the sex.
Well done JF. Thank you so much for making my week. I'll definitely read more of your work.
I did sneak a look at Mr Smith's other book on Amazon 'Falling off the face of the Earth', and looking at some of the other reviews, I have to agree with one of the reviewers in particular who said that although there are no sex scenes in that particular book (not really any in this one either, but no probs), the language used in the conversations between different characters was crude, insulting and really nasty. I have to say that that was one aspect of THIS book that I didn't like at all - OK, Petey was a raging homophobic idiot at the start, and I could've cheerfully kicked him in the n**s myself, but to do a complete 360 turnaround, and decide Matt was the 'brother' he'd never had but now, BTW, loved like a brother, didn't ring true to me I'm afraid. One stretch of the imagination too far, IMHO. So, to sum up, yes I loved the fact that Travis was eventually able to admit to himself that he loved Matt as much as he loved being a SEAL (even though it took a near tragedy for him to do it), and he came out of the closet in front of his SEAL team, whose reaction was a little underwhelming to say the least. I was practically shouting at him to say those 3 little words a lot earlier in the book, but he came to his senses in the end. Great that Matt finally grew a pair, kicked the useless idiot to the touchline, and was able to let others see what a strong, good, kind person he was, someone who deserved to be loved for what he was and not what someone thought he should be. I really liked Matt's 2 friends Bret and Jim, steadfast and true, and absolutely adored the scene at the gay pub where Brian finally got what was coming to him - don't you just love it when the villain of the piece gets their just desserts!!
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