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on 20 January 2009
First thing that struck me about the thoroughly worthwhile journey was the carefully drawn out larger than life characters. That best describe Tom and alex. Anyone familiar with Marquesates work will know the meticulous attention to detail in making the characters real and believable. Often as in real life they carry the physical and internal scars that have shaped their lives.

SSgt Alex Turner and sgt Tom warren are best mates serving with-in the British forces, Royal Engineers. One fateful evening after one too many beers. Tom reveals a startling revelation that ultimately threatens to destroy their friendship, impact the course of their lives forever.

What unfolds next is a richly depicted story that has some seriously heart-stopping and breath-taking moments. The graphic and descriptive writing within the text. Although thrilling is sometimes brutal and can make at times for some uncomfortable reading that not everyone will appreciate.

As is usuall glossing over to appease the mainstream is not Marquesates style, as courageous an author as the men she writes about.

Ultimately it's the two soldiers who leave a lasting impression. Make their mark in both, hearts and minds. As the story reaches it's deeply satisfying conclusion. Together they discover the true meaning of courage and friendship and what they truly are, mean to one another.

Marquesates HMM is in a word stunning. this rich colourful depiction of true honour within the armed forces will leave a deep and lasting impression.
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on 21 January 2009
As an almost exclusive reader of gay fiction, and in particular gay "erotic" fiction, there are a handful of authors of the genre that excite me to no end and Marquesate is one of them. "Her Majesty's Men" is Marquesate's first published novel. It is the story of British Royal Engineers Sgt. Thomas Christopher Warren and SSgt. Alexander Turner.

Tom and Alex have been best mates for three years working and training as soldiers. Being best mates they spend much of their off-duty time together, drinking in the pub, eating in the Mess, watching DVDs and just hanging out. During all this time Tom has secretly harbored a burning lust and obsession for Alex that goes beyond the confines of their current friendship and is slowly driving him insane. Owing to a past incident in the line of duty, Alex lives in a survivor's hell of his own with hideous scars on both the outside and the inside. Alex is completely oblivious to Tom's secrets until one night of beer drinking and Alex's insistent prodding - Tom comes out. Alex reacts with such virulence that, on the surface, his reaction appears as a betrayal of their friendship.

And thus begins their dance. Oh, and what a dance it is! An intimate, intricate and fragile choreography of discoveries where Tom and Alex take turns leading. Tom leads a passive but willing Alex in experiencing physical pleasure once again, and in the process, begins his own journey of trust and acceptance. Alex takes the lead when he decisively relives his past hell in order to save Tom's life and, in turn, comes to the realization of a number of self-truths.

I truly did not know what to expect of "Her Majesty's Men," but I can honestly say that about five pages into the book the phrase "a richness of words" kept playing over and over like a mantra in my head and continued to do so throughout the read. And this is what this story is. It is not merely a series of words that are sequentially strung together to tell a tale, but rather, written with richness, texture and hue that produce an abundant and robust language that is Tom's and Alex's story.

Marquesate is an excellent writer that has well-honed her craft. She has written "Her Majesty's Men" with great passion, meticulous attention to detail, and breathes life into characters that have both emotional depth and intelligence. The intensity with which she has written these two characters is quite an intimate treat for the reader because you feel and experience as they do.

I admit, without apology, to being quite selfish when it comes to this story. Simply put - I LOVED IT but it was hardly enough!!! Marquesate has wet my appetite and I want more, much, much more of Tom and Alex. So, I will wait with patience and hope for the next installment of "Her Majesty's Men".

Bravo Marquesate and thank you for a wonderful story!!!

If you are a lover of gay fiction, gay erotica and/or gay romance then "Her Majesty's Men" is a book that you absolutely must read and Marquesate an author to watch for in the future.
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on 7 January 2010
As a long time huge fan of Special Forces...this book was recommended to me.....at first I found it a bit hard to get into.....but I am so glad I didn't give up........this book is a little gem.....like Special Forces, it doesn't always make for easy reading.....Tom and Alex travel a long hard road to get to a place of happiness and understanding...but it's well worth taking the journey with them....I finished the book with a smile on my face....and when a book does that, it gets a gold star.
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on 20 October 2012
I wanted sooooo badly to love this novel , even in the last chapters l hoped it would get better but to no avail. Zero romance , Zero passion.....jumbled and confused at times...i hope it is the start of a series...at least l hope so because as a stand alone it is solely lacking on the romance side .l liked Tom but l found him to be a little too desperate and needy ...l have always found it a rather bitter pill to swallow when a gay character has to settle to being used rather badly by a "straight " guy....gay for you is one thing , being used for sex is another...turn off.....by the time l got to the middle things were falling apart ......the ending came and went.
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on 5 May 2010
This tale of two soldiers starts with the sex, works it's way through some reasonably convincingly written combat action and finishes...well I won't spoil it for you, but it's a satisfying outcome. It took me a while, but eventually I warmed to the the characters of Tom and Alex, and would love to read a sequel of the author would care to oblige.

The only real quibble I have with this book is that at 141 pages it's too short ! A nice way to fill a day.
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on 5 January 2010
Enjoyable in most ways - however I found the bit when they were stranded in the jungle a bit 'over the top'

The ending was forseeable, but never the less exciting.
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on 9 February 2017
Super, many thanks. A recommended seller
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on 23 August 2010
I'm shocked that this book scored so highly. I thought it lacked depth and excitement. Having just read Tigers and Devils - which was fantastic - this book brought me down to earth with a bump. The style is faltering and the relationship between Tom and Alex isn't really delved into deeply enough. I wouldn't recommend this book.
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