A WAYWARD INK PUBLISHING ANTHOLOGY
Like your boys in blue keeping the… peace?
Hot firemen dealing with… heat?
Naval Officers getting in way too… deep?
Perhaps you have a ‘thing’ for marines…
Or do you prefer your Men In Uniform to belong in the future?
Wherever your love of a uniform leads you, MEN IN UNIFORM has something for you.
My Global Review
It’s once again time to review a great Wayward Ink Anthology. In the interest of being above-board, I need to state that I have a short story in this one. I will be reviewing each story briefly, except of course, my own. I’ll leave that task to others.
The publisher and her staff did a good job in choosing stories that dealt with the theme of Men in Uniform in a variety of ways. Subgenres range from contemporary to historical, sci-fi/futuristic, fantasy/shifter to mystery. The tone of each the stories is also eclectic, ranging from subdued, to steamy, from serious to funny. There is something for everyone.
Below you’ll find a short review of the individual stories, except The Emperor’s Slave:
by ERIC GOBER
Come to a land…
Where epic battles rage…
Among monsters, superheroes, and a very sexy cop.
Love and war are funny business in Hollywood, U.S.A.
I have to admit the premise and the use of very real and famous fictional character names confused me at first. It’s set in L.A., so that’s telling in-and-of itself. AllI can say is… hang in there. Things will become clear. The character development is top-notch. The humour is enthralling.
The writing is descriptive in places and dialogue driven in others. It’s written in first-person narrative. I was readily able to submerge myself in the main character’s mindset. It’s cozy and romantic… and funny. It also ends with a “to be continued”, so be forewarned. Don’t be afraid to start this story simply because it doesn’t end right away.
by CJ BATY
A blackmailer forced Stiles to leave his perfect life behind.
Along the way, he found a new friend, a job as a Pinkerton Agent, and murder.
Can Stiles find the murderer before he kills again?
This was an interesting read. It’s a detective/mystery set in 1895. It’s a bit outside what many might consider the morality of the era, but still within acceptable limits, in my opinion.
The main character is an ex-constable from Scotland Yard, who becomes a private detective in St-Louis Missouri. His first case involves the murder of young male prostitutes at a particular brothel. He meets one of them and becomes infatuated. There is a very steamy threesome sex scene, which has unexpected consequences.
The story is meant as a jumping point for a full-length novel which will be published in early 2016.
by ALINA POPESCU
Sean never thought his military career would ever have him babysitting his ex who Sean hasn’t seen in six months.
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?
I enjoyed this one immensely. Alina’s stories seem to touch me right where it counts. This story does that in spades. The main characters are a military person, Sean, and a civilian, Aiden, brought together, again, by a little subterfuge. The story revolves around the telling , in Sean’s point-of-view, of their lives before their break-up and subsequently finding each other again.
It’s a beautiful take on relationship and hardship faced by military personnel and their loved ones.
by KASSANDRA LEA
Love beckons Officer Warden Brooks to the shadows of a desolate place.
But his lover Tate Eldridge is so much more than a criminal, he’s a beautiful mystery.
This story is a wonderful take on the insta-love werewolf theme, with the added bonus that the lover involved was also otherworldly. Warden has been trying to live his own life but his world has been turned upside down by Tate. He needs to rethink his moral compass for the sake of love.
The romance is electric, but the sex is mostly left to the imagination or perhaps a future serial.
by ASTA IDONEA
When his father loses the battle against Hrafnaheim, Prince Darius finds himself a political prisoner.
Taken in chains to a dark and unfamiliar land, he begins to lose hope.
But then Captain Morten Gunnarsson of the Palace Guards is assigned to watch over him.
Now it is not just Darius’ body being held hostage, but also his heart.
This is a love story between a captain of the guards and a foreign prince held as a peace-hostage. I enjoyed the character development. It was a different twist on medieval mores and morals. I enjoyed the comparison between the more compassionate and enlightened political stance of the queen of the realm and the General’s more macho traditional view.
There was beautiful flow in the interaction between the captain and the prince. The sex scenes were steamy and sensual.
by EDDY LEFEY
When the Draaduuri arrived on Earth many humans died.
Captain Timothy Kellerman’s family was among them
Now, a truce has been struck. He is the prize.
Crown Prince Yuuhaan has instantly bonded with his slave.
Can the prince keep his baser instincts in check long enough for Timothy to transform?
To become the next great hope of the Draaduuri and the human race?
As stated above, I will leave a review of this story to others.
by LILY VELDEN
Go to Portsmouth, said my friends. It’s quieter. You’ll be able to write without distraction.
They obviously hadn’t met my mysterious and elusive neighbor, Finn.…
After all, what would a Friday night be without hearing Moaner, Gusher, or Squeaker screaming out their joy at being shagged senseless by the obviously talented Finn?
Come to think of it, what would a Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night be without it either?
Thank God for Mondays!
The story was amazing, funny and poignant. A real life contemporary vignette written in first person narrative. It explores the need and wants of a person who can hear the sexual exploits of a desirable someone through the walls of his aprtment. Shenanigans arise when Francis decides he wants to meet this unknown god of sex. It’s harder than it seems.
Meanwhile, Francis meets a stunner of a person in the laundry room. Francis decides to let life just happen. In my view, the moral of this story is that if you do that you might get exactly what you want. This is another home-run for Lily.
by JIM DUNAWAY
Apartment building fires are always tragic, even if everyone makes it out alive. But what happens when a person can’t make it out on their own?
Brave firefighters must risk their lives in order to rescue trapped people.
Lieutenant Kenny Whitfield is one such firefighter. Brave and somewhat reckless.
Lance Corporal Steve Martinson is one such person in need.
When Kenny and Steve meet face to face in the hospital, well…
I liked this, although there were a few grammar issues. It was cute and socially relevant, a romantic perspective of life at a firehouse. A firefighter saves a marine’s life. They get to know each other in hospital. I like the fact they are taking the sexual relationship slow, but the emotional relationship seems a little hasty and adolescent to begin with, but resolves itself. The portrayal of the firehouse as a family is both heartwarming and realistic.
by CAROL PEDROSO
Franc has resigned himself to yet another year of pain and humiliation in order to complete his on ship training.
Then along comes Zyph, with his sexy blue skin and probing questions…
Will he be Franc’s Blue Knight?
I want to give this five stars, but can’t. The only reason is… some people might find the violence a little much, and so this can’t be said to be for everyone. However, this is an amazing read. As in the case of quite a few alien-human mating scenarios (including the one I wrote for this anthology), there is an element of insta-love. I think it works. Who’s to say how a member of an alien species is supposed to react to humans?
I find Carol’s insightful character development and world building refreshing. Her handling of the subject of abuse of power and sexual assault was well done, although I admit I needed a breathing time-out. I’ve reread this story many times over and will again.
by JO TANNAH
Warrior and Dragon Seek to Destroy Those Who Had Dared Harm Their Prince.
This one was so enjoyable. I’m a sci-fi/fantasy fan. This story has space influences, which include self-aware AI, and freaking symbiotic dragons. Also, there are well-delineated time jumps, something I also enjoy. The character development is impressive. The storytelling is inspiring. The world building is breathtaking. The romance and sex scenes are wonderful. Read this. It’s all I can say. Well I could say more, but I won’t. Just read this.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/-rYD36JzhgM