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Rockin’ Reviews – Dog Tagged James Brock

1    Greetings dudes and dudettes. This is Corey here with another rockin’ review after taking a couple of weeks off. Been goin’ to too many shows lately other than my own, heh.

Anyways, my review today is another military m/m instead of a rock and roll book. Hey, I do like OTHER things besides music okay? I consider myself well-rounded and oh I happen to like gay romance. I am a pansexual after all. DEAL WITH IT!

*ahem*

Dog Tagged by James Brock is a really great read. The author gives you a complete picture of what happens in the army and takes you behind the scenes while on the base, at war, with vivid descriptions that keep you interested. And oh, it’s all in first person which sometimes can really be a deterrent when picking up a book, especially one by a relatively unknown author. 

However, Mr. Brock’s writing is superb in my opinion. Like I said, his descriptions, the characters, Drill Sergeant Clay Norris and Private Chevy “Banksy” Banks, are very engaging. There’s just enough tension,  and oh no easy get back together story, here. The author drives these two apart more than once, making you feel sorry for them. Is it an HEA? You have to read to find out, but I’ll tell ya, you’ll be stepping on a minefield to get there. 

I was really impressed with this book and would recommend it to anyone. If you love gay military books with conflict, tension, and hot sex, this book is for you. 

I give it 5 horns. \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

Blurb: Incidents in Dog Tagged are based on true events.

Drill instructor Sergeant Clay Norris has his hands full. Between new recruits and a Senior Drill Sergeant with an attitude hanging over him, the last thing he needs is to develop a crush on one of his trainees, but Private Chevy “Banksy” Banks is an Adonis he is unable to resist. A natural leader, the young man draws the other troops in with his easy manner and warm-as-the-Sun smile, a combination that melts the trying-to-sound-tough young Drill Sergeant.

When the Senior Drill manages to tear the two men apart before anything beyond fantasies and longing glances can happen, Clay tries to move on and forget Banksy, throwing himself into his career, knowing that he may have to wait until he retires from the military to be able to partner up, while understanding the irony that he is defending a freedom he is not yet allowed, the freedom to be who he is and to pursue the person he loves.

Fate brings Clay and Banksy together again for a brief and joyous reunion when they are able to begin planning a future, that same fate cruelly ripping them apart once more, with each facing a trauma alone.

Dog Tagged is set post DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and pre the policy’s repeal; a time when being openly gay had seen many a lost career in the service. Sexually explicit in places, this story offers only a glimpse of how some men and women serving their country are not afforded the same rights as the heterosexuals with whom they fight side by side.

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