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A Private Affair [NOOK Book]

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Sean is a muscle bound private in the military looking for an exciting change in his love life. As he searches, his bedroom becomes a revolving door; from his wife, to his lover, to his sexy new roommate. But eventually the door will swing wide open to reveal his erotic alternative sex life. He soon gets caught in a triangle of love, lies, deceit, and wild weekends, which will sway him in the wrong direction, and his exotic path will give the military a new reputation. He enters a world where his sexual interest ...
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Overview

Sean is a muscle bound private in the military looking for an exciting change in his love life. As he searches, his bedroom becomes a revolving door; from his wife, to his lover, to his sexy new roommate. But eventually the door will swing wide open to reveal his erotic alternative sex life. He soon gets caught in a triangle of love, lies, deceit, and wild weekends, which will sway him in the wrong direction, and his exotic path will give the military a new reputation. He enters a world where his sexual interest has reached its peak, but the interest is out of the ordinary... Let's just say he will Be All That He Can Be. Will Sean get the best of both worlds or just simply turned out? Check out part 2....Sweet Swagger.
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Naiomi Pitre - Naomi Pitre
It wouldn't surprise me if Mike Warren gained a few enemies after writing the intense military drama, A Private Affair. I mean, what would you expect after writing a novel exploiting the undercover homosexual love affairs of men in the United States Armed Forces? Would you anticipate a huge party being thrown in your honor: "Congratulations on Revealing That Married Men in the Army Just Might Be Fornicating with Their Male Bunkmates!"
Donqueako Jordan
This fresh new author, Mike Warren, has certainly started off on the right track. "A Private Affair" has first-rate quality reading. M. Warren gives you real life situations and scenerios that each of us can easily place ourselves in and wonder would we react the same way? This earnest book has everything from suspense, drama, action and even some comedy that will have your cheeks hurting from laughing. That is a great combination and when you purchase this book you will be so caught in the word
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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!

    I am so in love with this book, the author recommended this in our FB book club. I initially ordered because the author was bragging, but he has all rights to because this book is off the chain. And Im not finished yet! I couldve read this book in one day! I like Mikes, combination of comedy, seriousness and craziness in straight and alternative lifestyles. You must read!!! It's great. I' only giving 5 stars because I havent read the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Be All You Can Be, Literally!

    Sean Williams joined the military to provide for his wife and child. The initial separation put a strain on their marriage, but Sean was doing the best he could for his family.the legal way. With his new assignment at Fort Meade, only twenty miles from his home in Baltimore, things should get back on track. Should being the operative word. With his wife giving him the sexual cold shoulder, how long before Sean gets tired of self love and looks for someone to satisfy his urges?

    I don't even know where to begin other than to say I had a lot of issues with this novel. I'll attempt to review it without giving too much away. Shall we?

    I was never really sold on what the author, Mike Warren, was selling. Sean may have been married, but straight he was not. That was established from the beginning with the situations he constantly put himself in or allowed others to put him in. Ain't no way! So this was simply not a case of someone being "turned out."

    Now, I've never been in the military nor do I claim to know everything that goes on, though I'm from a family that is heavy in many branches of the service. I think I know a little something. I couldn't get with the character Cameron, Sean's openly gay and flamboyant roommate. Now when I say I couldn't get with him, I'm not talking about him as a person because he was hilarious. What I couldn't get were his actions on base. Dude was on the base dressed in a white cutoff wife beater, blue spandex leotards, a light blue boa, women's high heels and makeup. Another day he showed up to formation rocking a pair of pink heart-shaped sunglasses. Are you serious? On what military base are such actions allowed? It's not right, but what happened to 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'? I'm not saying that there are not gay men actively in the military, but to this degree when in general homosexuality within the military is frowned upon? In this novel there was even an investigation into homosexuality. What need is there for an investigation or to even question when you have someone as open as Cameron was? And why was he not thrown out based on that investigation as the commanding officer said would happen to any found doing so? I found his behavior/actions to be too over the top for this setting.

    Have you ever watched a horror movie? You know the scene where a character hears a strange noise outside and goes unarmed in the middle of the night into the dark, scary woods to investigate despite the news report that a killer is on the loose? You talk to the screen warning the character against the utterly stupid move. Well, put that on repeat and that was reading "A Private Affair." Sean, over and over again, walked into or flat out ran into bad situations. Situations a thinking or mature person would not put themselves in. Were readers to believe that Sean was that dumb and naïve or that his sexual needs made him do it? I'm not buying either.

    Other issues.despite high-risk sexual activity, there was no mention of safe sex practices. Sloppy editing. There were errors as well as inconsistencies. (Sean was 23 at the beginning of the book. When he dipped back in the past to recount how he met his wife, despite the obvious lapse in time he was also 23. Then back in the present he was 25.)

    Predictability and unrealistic happenings notched down what could have been a good story concept. Life Changing Books is definitely in need of a copyeditor, but I think a developmental editor would certainly do

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A self discovery????

    I found the sequel (Sweet Swagger) to be a bit more engaging but this one definitely had its moments. Since I read them out of order, this one filled in the gaps. As the first installment it offers a peek of what it's like to be on the DL (down low) in the military. I eagerly await the 3rd book in the series. If you like E. Lynn Harris, then you'll like this book. Warren does for the military what Harris does for professional sports, only he's a bit more graphic when it comes to the sex scenes. A must read if the subject matter interests you.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Very good book!

    I wasnt sure about this book when i first purchased it but after reading it i am glad i bought it. Cant wait to start part ll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    Best in flight read ever!

    This book was such a easy read! I dont know if it was the characters or the plot or just the sex scenes that turned me out but I enjoyed it....whew!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Great Book

    I enjoyed this book it has everything, love, lost, murder and everything between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Beautifully Told Story

    I just finished reading the book. I usually read a book in a about three days, but I read this book in one night. I started reading and I couldn't put it down. It tells the true story of what people are really going threw. There was a Sean in my life, and I was the Cameron, but leave out the millitary and substitue college. The book made me think back to my situation and what I could have did different. Truly insightful account of how the DL brothers suffer, and yes one will feel sorry for them. I am glad that in the end Sean spoke his true feelings about the way he felt. The story will bring tears to your eyes because there is a Sean, a Venus, a Chantel, a Cameron, a Thomas, a Jamal, and even a Gabriel in everybody life. Even if one dosen't know it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    A Private Affair: This Generation's Native Son

    Mike Warren¿s masterful novel, A Private Affair, opens brilliantly with the scripture, Leviticus 20:13, which declares: ¿If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death. Their blood will be on their own heads.¿ This epigram not only highlights a biblical quote Christians have used to support their views against homosexuality, it also sets the tone for the powerful narrative that ensues. In the Social Realist tradition of John Steinbeck and James Baldwin, Warren presents to us the story of a man who grapples to discover himself despite the circumstances that have conditioned him to detest who he truly is. Vividly, the author paints the picture of a society that has produced men, like Sean, the protagonist of A Private Affair, who believe they must conceal their homosexual desires at any and all costs. While reading the novel, one cannot but feel the weight that Sean feels: the weight of being married to a woman while struggling with his sexuality, the weight of being a responsible parent to his child, the weight of being in a military that professes it wants its soldiers to be all that they can be, however, ironically, enforcing a ¿don¿t ask/don¿t tell¿ policy which hinders its gay and lesbian members to be ¿all that they can be.¿ Through Sean¿s trials and tribulations, Warren illustrates the pathos of what has been popularly classified as the ¿DL¿ 'Down-Low' culture. In one memorable scene, Thomas, Sean¿s secret lover, states: ¿I want someone that I can be intimate with, without having to explain why I gotta go home. You would understand that. And I don¿t think you¿re looking for someone who¿s a threat to your marriage, because I know I¿m not. I¿m married, and I wanna stay married, but I¿m a niggah that likes to get his urges satisfied.¿ Here, the author sums up the mystery which shrouds men who live on the ¿DL¿ and why they have chosen that path. Ultimately, A Private Affair is a cautionary tale. Even though there are graphic sex scenes in the novel, the author uses this to show the depths of Sean¿s sexual addiction. ¿I didn¿t want to stop it. I had become an addict,¿ Sean professes during a turning point of the story. As well, amidst his infidelities, he becomes completely demoralized. Sean starts being physically and verbally abusive to his wife and blames her for his indiscretions. When all is said and done, Mike Warren does a wonderful job of showing the beautiful ugliness of life and how complicated we can make our lives. After reading the narrative, one has to draw his/her own conclusions. At certain points, you feel sorry for Sean because he, like Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright¿s Native Son, is a victim of his circumstances. During others, you hate his guts. Nevertheless, in the end, you have to lay aside all judgments and reconcile within your own self the choices you have made that have hurt others and were not in your best interests. And just to think I started reading A Private Affair as a form of entertainment to get away from myself and all the pressures of life to only be brought into full awareness of the aspects of myself from which I have been hiding....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

    Powerful Questions, Personal Answers

    A Private Affair ¿I now realized that his sex was an addiction. And even though cheating on my wife was not what I wanted to do, I couldn¿t stop. I didn¿t want to stop it. I had become an addict.¿ Such a startling realization by PFC Sean Matthews is enough to change his life forever - albeit in ways that he likely wouldn¿t prefer¿ A happily married husband and father, Sean prides himself on his faith, his service to his country, and, most importantly, his loyalty. Well aware of the countless blessings surrounding him, he constantly assures himself that he¿s following the correct path in life. Little does he know that he¿ll soon come face-to-face with the truth of who he really is - and has been all along. A quickly unfolding series of events soon awakens Sean to long-dormant feelings he¿s suppressed his entire life. With the help of his new barracks mate, the openly gay Cameron, he begins exploring his ever-evolving sense of self, confidently flexing his newfound sexuality like a hard-won badge of honor. Never has he felt so free never has he been so sure of what he wanted. His flirtation with experimentation soon treads on dangerous ground, though, as he crosses paths with jilted lovers seeking retribution for the lives he¿s ruined. Soon, Sean finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, lust, and relationship politics that threatens to claim his very life - as well as the lives of his closest friends and loved ones. If he¿s not careful, all that he¿s worked so hard for so long to build will come crashing down in an instant, despite his best efforts. In A Private Affair, Mike Warren poses powerful questions, not just about sexuality, but about the truth of our everyday existence. Through Sean¿s various adventures - and misadventures - the reader is forced to ask those very questions about his or her own life, with the same vicarious thrill as watching the storyline of your favorite soap opera unfold. Also, consider this comment from Thomas, who eventually becomes Sean¿s lover: ¿No, Mr. Matthews, that doesn¿t mean I made you gay. It means that it was in you all along. I guess I was just the only niggah to bring it out.¿ Without treading into the dangerous debate waters of the true nature of homosexuality, Warren skillfully uses passages such as this to highlight the internal battles that ultimately give rise to all our decisions. Only careful consideration of such conflict - as well as the willingness to accept full responsibility for our actions - can ever truly provide the revelatory answers that we seek. A Private Affair is a fast-paced, entertaining, and often comical read that will engage both your mind and heart in consideration of the real consequences of everyday living. In so doing, it holds up a much needed mirror to the hypocrisies and misconceptions behind which we often cloak the façade of ¿truth.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Outstanding writing!

    If you are a young man and dealing with being in love with a man. Reading this book will open up your mind! Mr. Warren will help you see what true loving is about. A great book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Juicy

    I had the privilege of meeting the author while on a trip to DC. He promised me the the book was worth the read. Man, was he right. I loved the book. It kept my interest from start to finish. Easy read.

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