Friday, October 2, 2015

Aim High Anthology Blog Tour featuring Jenna Byrnes


by T.A. Chase

When Dixon and Carson meet during a hurricane, neither imagined that moment would be the beginning of a new relationship.

Dixon White owns Billy’s Diner in Brevard County, Florida—right down the road from Patrick Air Force Base. He serves a lot of the servicemen and their families who live and work on the base and does it in honor of his brother who served as a SEAL until a motorcycle accident ended his life. When Dixon finds himself stuck in a broken down car just as a hurricane hits the area, he’s not sure how’s he going to get home.

Master Chief Sergeant Carson LaSalle is headed to the base when he drives by Billy’s Diner. He sees Dixon’s car there and stops, checking to see if everything is okay. He takes Dixon home, but can’t stop thinking about him.

After the hurricane blows through, both men meet again and the sparks fly. Possibilities open up for them to have a chance at finding love. They just have to be willing to try.

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons
by Stephani Hecht

Being apart from the one you love is the hardest thing to do, until you get them back to find they’ve changed…

PJ Ross Ervin is part of an elite force of recue men from the Air Force. Only the best of the best make it through the program and get to wear the maroon beret. As such, he is proud of what he does and is happy to serve his country. The one drawback is that it takes him away from his long-time lover, Aden. Thankfully Ross’ deployment is over and he’s coming home.

Aden is excited to see Ross. But he can’t help but notice that his partner is having trouble adjusting back into the civilian world. Plus, there is the looming danger that Ross could be deployed again at any time. Will Ross have to leave to serve his county once more? And if so, can the pair survive the separation yet again?

Venetian Skies
by Morticia Knight

No one wants to lose a love that’s meant to be. Air Force test pilot, Chris Pierce, returns to Italy to discover that second chances are the sweetest.

They had a love that was the real thing, but Chris, an Air Force test pilot, returns to Aviano Air Base in Italy to discover that the only man he’s ever loved is still there. Yet wasn’t that why artist Brandon had dumped him? Because he didn’t want to be tied down to one place or one person?

Brandon made a huge mistake. It wasn’t until Chris transferred out of the local military base that he realizes what they had together was the real thing. Even though he’s never settled in one place for very long, he couldn’t bear to leave the town of Aviano where he and Chris were so happy together.

Chris unexpectedly returns and Brandon is devastated when Chris rejects him out of anger. Can’t Chris see how much Brandon has changed in the two years they’ve been apart?

Second chances are the sweetest and love that’s meant to be doesn’t die. But when a MiG fighter jet gone rogue shoots Chris down, will their second chance be taken away forever?

Search and Rescue
by Jenna Byrnes

Two parajumpers freefall into a stealthy relationship before considering how quickly it might come crashing to an end.

Airman First Class Matthew Billings has almost completed a grueling two year training program on his way to becoming a Pararescueman in the Air Force Special Operations Unit. On a mission to rescue a child lost in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico, he meets Master Sergeant Drake Bogart, a man who is as infuriating as he is handsome. When Matt spots the child and Drake gets the credit, sparks fly, in more ways than one. But with graduation just a few days away, is their fledgling relationship over before it even gets started?

Live for the Day
by Sarah Masters

Loving your best friend is easy. Telling him you do…well, that’s the hard part.

Michael and Steven grew up together—just them, no girls allowed. They’d always planned to join the military, but when it came time to sign up, Michael couldn’t do it. For years, Michael has worried every time Steven is out in the desert, risking his life to serve and protect. He dreads the day Steven won’t come home.

Steven has been through a dreadful ordeal on duty, and while in the hospital, he’s had time to think about what’s important in life. He misses Michael—needs to get back home to be with him—and he has something he wishes to say, something he’s held inside as far back as he can remember…

When the two men reunite, revelations are the name of the game. There is no question they’ve always loved each other, but now that they have the chance to express that love, will they?

Lifetime Hitch
by Megan Slayer

Sometimes the best laid plans are meant to be thrown way off course.

Hunter planned his life very well. He’s got his position in the Air National Guard, the family he’s always wanted and a life most people would love to have. Except he’s not happy. His friends all know his truths, but them knowing about his sexuality and him admitting it are two different things. Thankfully Ryder—his best friend—has always got his back.

Ryder has loved Hunter since they were in school. He wants to have more than Hunter’s back—he wants everything. Forcing his Guardsman to come out as a gay man wasn’t on his agenda, but Ryder isn’t above a bit of gentle nudging.

Will the things Hunter can’t control be his undoing, or will he accept who he is as well as the love he’s craved all of his life?

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There’s Something About a Pilot by Jenna Byrnes

Anyone old enough to remember the eighties can surely recall images and sounds from the movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as Maverick and Anthony Edwards as Goose, among others. The characters were young, handsome men with no lack of confidence with the ladies or when zipping around the skies in their F14A Tomcats.

I vividly recall the sound because the movie came out on DVD around the same time we got our first ‘surround sound’ home theater system. I can still hear the roar of the jets and planes, and even feel the beat of the music as the movie zoomed to life on the screen.

Music is a very real inspiration for my writing, though usually when I hear love songs in my mind I’m envisioning two men rather than a man and a woman. (There, I’ve shared a secret with you!) Danger Zone, Take My Breath Away, and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling all take on new meaning in the context of gay erotic romance.

A pilot is a highly trained man, and skilled at what he does. He needs a sharp sense of timing, a feel for the machine beneath him, and must be completely tuned in to what’s going on around him at all times. So given a naughty erotic author’s mind, you can see why this type of person sounds perfect to star in a hot Air Force anthology.

I took my men to the next level, putting them in the Special Ops division of Pararesucemen. These guys are even more highly trained, and their jobs performing search and rescue whether at home or abroad are so very important. The real men and women who do these duties are to be admired and appreciated. Making them gay and totally hot was my idea, just for fun. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Matt and Drake as much as I enjoyed writing about them!

Excerpt from Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes

Bogart took a step closer. “In a way, it does concern yesterday. I needed to make sure I didn’t get my wires crossed somewhere. Because I think I felt a connection between us.” He arched an eyebrow as he studied Matt’s face.

Matt was gobsmacked. They hadn’t said more than a few words to each other that didn’t relate to the search. How could this guy know what he’d been thinking? Am I that obvious? His face heated and he was sure it turned a bright shade of red.

Bogart smiled. “I was right, then. You felt it, too?”

“Sir—Master Sergeant—I’m sorry. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The sergeant didn’t back off, in fact he leaned in closer. “Your mouth says one thing but your eyes say another, Airman. Matt.

Matt’s cock was already hardening in his pants. “I don’t— I’m not—” He couldn’t complete a coherent sentence to save himself.

Bogart blinked. “You’re not gay?”

“No, I’m gay. I’m just not out. No one here knows. So how did you…know?”

The sergeant was his height, and when he leaned in for a kiss, it felt totally natural. Matt opened his lips and the sergeant’s tongue plunged forward, batting against his. He groaned, amazed that something which felt so right could be so wrong. Matt pulled away. “We can’t do this.”

“We’re not in the same unit. It won’t be a problem.” Bogart leaned in again, this time capturing Matt’s earlobe between his teeth.

Matt’s attempts to halt the situation before it advanced sounded futile, even to his own ears. “You’re my superior.”

Bogart traced his tongue along the edge of Matt’s ear. “We’re both enlisted. If one of us was an officer, it’d be cut and dried. Fraternization between enlisted men is more of a gray area.”

His resistance weakening, Matt mumbled, “But, Master Sergeant—”

“Call me Drake,” Bogart whispered in Matt’s ear. “And yeah, I want your butt. In every way I can take it. From behind, missionary style, you name it. I want it. Bad. I’ve got condoms and lube, and a piece of paper in my pocket that says I’m negative.”

Matt pressed his hands on Bogart’s chest and pushed him away firmly. “You’re well prepared, Sergeant. So, do you do this with every class of trainees? Find a young one and zero in on him?”

Drake appeared stunned for a moment before he laughed. He laughed hard and had to clutch the nearest piece of furniture to keep himself upright. “Oh my God, Matt. You have no idea how far off base you are. I haven’t been with anyone in over a year—and never with another airman. But I’ve been thinking about it lately, hence the recent blood test. The celibate life sucks, and I was deciding how to rectify that situation. Then I saw you, and something in my gut told me…” He shook his head and looked away.

“Told you what?” Matt whispered, then held his breath.

Drake gazed into his eyes. “That you’re the one I’ve been waiting for.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Overall I rated this anthology 4 stars. Some of the stories were 5 some were less than but overall it was a good military m/m read.

Possibilities by T.A Chase – 5 Stars

"This isn't a relationship yet. It's a possibility....On a first date, there's excitement and nervousness because who doesn't love the idea of all that is about to happen. All the future experiences – good or bad."

Possibilities is sweet and romantic. Loved the chemistry between the characters. The first sexual encounter is steamy. Would have loved to read more about these guys.

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht – 2.5 stars

This had great potential. I was enjoying the raw feelings of having a lover serve overseas, the long distance relationship, the homecoming but it just ended. There wasn't a real conclusion. I don't know if this one is going to be full-length and the ending was withheld for that reason but it just didn't feel complete.

Venetian Skies by Morticia Knight – 4 stars

I love a well written second chance love story with good sex scenes. I liked the fighter pilot angle. Chris was a little too forgiving for my liking but it works in a story like this.

Search and Rescue by Jenna Byrnes – 5 stars

Oh Drake you were a hard man to like. He was so arrogant and came across like such an ass but under it all he just wanted what was best for Matthew. The pair together was off the charts hot and the author made the story line work. Well worth the read.

Live for the Day by Sarah Masters – 3.5 stars

Best friends to lovers – childhood friends who planned to join the military together. Steven joins, Michael doesn't but being apart doesn't stop Michael from worrying constantly. Steven returns home with the sole purpose of telling Michael his feelings. It was a little awkward between them at first, sweet and innocent.

Lifetime Hitch by Megan Slayer – 4 stars

Hunter's return home isn't what he expected. His best friend welcomes him home, not his family. I loved what the author did with this one. It was sweet and sexy. It felt complete at the end. It flowed well. Shel was not my favorite character but in the end I can see why she was written that way. I will be looking for more from the author.

Possibilities by T.A. Chase
This was a really sweet read. I liked how we see Carson and Dixon's relationship grow. Even if they didn't want a relationship to start with. Even though it's a short story I felt we got to know the characters very well.

Lonely Hearts and Yellow Ribbons by Stephani Hecht
This story hit me right in the feels. It kinda took me on a rollercoaster ride, it was a heartbreaking read. Watching someone you love struggle and be lost because of a job they had to do. It was a great read however it left us with a little cliffy.

Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She'd fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart's content. She'd breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

Jenna thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and loves to provide as many of those as possible to her gay, lesbian and hetero characters. Her favourite quote, from a pro-gay billboard, is "Be careful who you hate. It may be someone you love."

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of the Aim High Anthology to read and review for this tour.

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