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.
This book certainly starts with a punch to the heart! Oliver is mourning the death of his beloved friend Malcom, a man who was more of a father to him than his own was. Malcom owned a small apartment complex where Oliver lives with a close-knit group of people. A group that has created a family together. During the memorial for Malcom, up walks Adam, the new tenant who will be living in what was Malcom’s apartment.
Oliver came to his new family at Mockingbird Place after running away from his own family when they wouldn’t accept him because of his sexuality. Malcom took him in and showed him what family and love really is, and now Oliver is struggling with the fact that he is gone.
Adam is a former Marine, just out of the military after suffering a terrible injury. He too is struggling with what is next in his life. Oliver offers to help Adam move in, despite his own grief, and the two form a fast friendship, but can it be more than that.
I loved these two characters right away. Both are so raw and full of emotion and I really couldn’t get enough of them. There is a fantastic chemistry between the two even though they both have their own struggles. Adam is struggling with his sexuality and his injury, comparing them both to what he has been taught a man really is. Oliver has a past he hides and won’t commit to anything long term.
The relationship that builds between the two is such a fantastic story! I was rooting from them from the start! Watching Adam and Oliver grow together and let go of their issues made my heart happy! There is a great cast of characters that comes along with Oliver and Adam that really made this story whole!
I loved watching both men get to their happy! I did feel like things came a bit easy towards the end, but this really was a fun, heartwarming story. I am definitely looking forward to more from Kris Cook!
*I received an ARC to review for The Geekery Book Review.
“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
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.