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Semper Fi

Narrated by: John Solo
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming - or children - but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Keira Andrews (P)2020 Tantor

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  • jeffrey
  • 05-03-2020

Amazing!

Keira Andrews is one of my favorite authors.
I read this story a while back and quickly fell in love with the characters!
I love military stories and this one was well done!
John Solo is fast becoming a favorite narrator of mine.
His portrayal of Jim was fantastic and so believable.
I love the hopeful glimpse we get into the future of Jim and Cal.
10 stars all around for me!!

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  • Sin2sea
  • 02-03-2020

A sweet historical gay romance

I have been waiting for this book to get an audio release for a long time and grab it the moment it went live. Keira wrote a beautiful romance between two wartime buddies during WWII. Their past was written in flashbacks chapters and you can really feel the bond between them built over bootcamp and fighting together. It’s a low angst and sweet story and John Solo did an amazing job narrating it. He brought the gung-ho and cocky exterior of Cal to the tee.

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  • Rellim
  • 01-03-2020

Narration elevates an already amazing story

I grabbed the ebook when it was on sale a few weeks ago knowing the audio was coming. Depending on how much you're paying for credits, it still may be less expensive to purchase the book and utilize whispersync discount pricing.

Wow! I'm already a fan of Keira Andrews' work, but this is a whole new level of storytelling. This is ALL. THE. FEELS. What I love most is that Andrews uses historical events, laws, and attitudes of the time period in a realistic and relatable way. Jim and Cal are humans in their triumphs, faults, and love. I felt fully immersed in the war in a way seldom found in romance novels.

I'm not a fan of switching back and forth between time frames (alternates between active service in WWII and post-war life in Tivoli, New York), especially with the added alternating of character POV's. However, I think the juxtaposition of Jim and Cal's developing friendship with their later romantic relationship adds an interesting depth to the story that wouldn't have been achieved otherwise.

As with all Keira Andrews stories, we get an HEA.

John Solo does a spectacular job here. I'm not sure if it was intentional, but he has this almost "radio announcer" affect to his voice, without being an over the top caricature. It gives an added immersion into the time period I'm not sure any other narrator would have achieved. Cal & Jim each have their own definitive sound and you always know who is speaking. Even secondary characters have particular and consistent voices. Perfection.

Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
[While she isn't egregious, Andrews does detail war with necessary reality & historical accuracy including death, fear, mutilation, racism/ethnic slurs and what we now would label PTS. This book is set in a time when homosexual acts were a crime and people's language, attitudes, & behavior reflect that.

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  • Stacey Oliver
  • 29-02-2020

all the words

I just finished the audio of this fantastic journey. I never talk about a book's plot, just how it made me feel. It had all the words and all the feels...not all good but necessary for the story. And it's an epic story of love in a time when there was so much evil in their world. Historical romance in a time of war, innocence, evil, denial, ignorance.....we've come a long way. Hot!! Trigger for those with war PTSD, a bit of graphic violence related to war. I'm dreading this book hangover with no regrets. Excellent narration.

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  • Katie Phillips
  • 09-03-2020

I need more of this please

Keira Andrews how I love thee.

John Solo you bring these characters to life with such distinct amazing voices and color.

This was an utter and complete joy to listen to.

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  • kevin
  • 06-03-2020

a heartfelt story

it really hit home coming from a family that served in the military I could ID what they went through and on top of that have these feelings

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 15-03-2020

Touching reminder of the past

Story of the difficulties of the past and not so present times for gay men in this case but would have been similar for woman. Definately not the best of times.