Title: The Marine in Unit A
Series: A Mockingbird Place Novella
Author: Kris Cook
Genre: M/M Romance
Published: September 15, 2015
The man who has been more of a dad to me than my biological father is dead.
He rescued me from the streets six years ago—a runaway teenage boy, escaping a family who thought I was an abomination.
Now what do I do? I have no one.
My life might look great from the outside. I’m in college. I have my own apartment. I have lots of friends.
But I’m dying on the inside.
I feel so alone. Lost. Hopeless.
I’m not the kind of person to wallow in self-pity. I need a distraction.
The guy moving into Unit A may be just what I need to take my mind off of losing my dad.
21-year old Oliver Lancaster is attracted to 22-year old Adam Stockton, the former-Marine moving into Unit A. But attraction for the closeted man morphs quickly into something deeper, something meaningful, something that terrifies Oliver. What will happen if Adam learns about the secret from his past?
Warning: contains skinny dipping, two hot men kissing, and sexual situations taking place in a 10-unit Mediterranean complex filled with college-aged hotties.
“Loved this book! Very touching love story and has me wanting to know more about the residents at Mockingbird Place.” ~ The Smut-Brarians
“It is well written, and you can feel the intensity of the words and the emotions of the characters in the book.” ~ Bloggin' With M.Brennan
“A very nice read that I totally enjoyed. I will read more by this author especially this series.” ~ Inked Rainbow Reads
Warning if you don't enjoy reading M/M or can't handle real life topics with an open mind read no further, but you will miss a story that covers so many topics we deal with on a daily basis. We've come pretty far in society, but have so much more room for improvements. In this book, we meet many characters (want to know more about Tony-hint hint) and the setting so realistic you can imagine yourself in this quaint apartment complex. It almost makes you wish it was real and believe this should be in every town.
Oliver had a life no one expects growing up. He was disowned by his parents at the age of 13, sent to a camp to fix boys, lived on the streets and so much more until his guardian angel, Malcolm saved him from this horrible life. Adam moves into Unit A after Malcolm passes away. He drops in (literally) outside Unit A as the complex is celebrating a memorial for Malcolm. Oliver was pissed, but there was something about Adam that continued to pull Oliver to Adam. Adam is a former Marine (not by choice) and is dealing with issues from injuries from war and on coming out. The Marine way of life holds him back from being who he truly is along with believing that all gay people cheat (this is all he sees) so when Oliver tries to get close he pushes away. Oliver and Adam experience real relationship issues and seeing the different way parents respond to their children coming out is very realistic (some are accepting others are not).
Oliver and his friends run the LGBTQIA program at the college. This program is there to help others while bringing awareness to these topics. Hate crimes still occur and the author uses real life issues and people to bring this taboo closer to home. He opens your mind to how much further society needs to still move forward with the acceptance of equality in the LGBTQIA community. After reading this book I hope that you not only get a better understanding of this much debated topic, but that you have more of an open mind regarding this matter. We are all equal no matter what and all humans should have the same rights regardless of relationship status.
After reading this book, I am extremely thankful that I support my family members who struggle with being accepted as normal and hope that one day it will be considered normal with no backlashes. This book truly deserves more than a 5 star read. We all can get lost in the book and feel like we are in town and feel the emotions of laughter, tears, fears and so much more. I look forward to the next book-The Cowboy.
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I’ve been out since I was twenty-five." A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris' influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Last year, Kris married the love of his life Stephen.