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Duty and DesireMilitary Erotic Romance
By Kristina Wright
Cleis PressCopyright © 2012 Kristina Wright
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The Long Ride Home”
(excerpted from Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance for Women)
by Delilah Devlin
Haddox was already dropping his duffel bag into the trunk of a caran older model black Mustang. I halted beside him, trying to figure out what I could say to keep him from driving away.
You forget something, PFC Hollister?” he asked, glancing at me as he slammed down the trunk lid.
Megan,” I said, suddenly breathless. Thought you might like some company.”
His gaze narrowed. Did you, now? I’m gonna blow the carbon out of the exhaust. The ride’s gonna be bumpy.”
I don’t want to get in the wayif you have plans.”
He snorted. No plans. Don’t even have a place to sleep. Didn’t your sister come to pick you up?”
Yeah, but she’s all right with me leavin’.”
This time, his mouth twisted into something between a smile and a snarl. Shelby?”
Yeah. You know they’ve been writing each other.”
His gaze trailed straight down my body, then up again. Get in.”
I strode quickly to the passenger door, opened it, and slipped into the bucket seat. Then I tossed my hat in the backseat and began unbuttoning my ACU-camouflaged jacket.
He slid in beside me, one dark brow lifted, but he didn’t say a thing when I threw it into the back and sat in my sweat-damp shirt in the musty car.
Better roll down the windows." Then he said a little prayer under his breath and turned the key in the ignition. I buckled my seatbelt. The engine rumbled into life. With a quick, tight grin, he jerked the stick into reverse, and then punched it forward, and we rolled out onto the street, heading west rather than east into town.
Hot wind whipped through the interior of the car, dispelling the musty air and tugging at my blond hair, which was looped into a clip at the back of my head. I reached back and released it, then laughed as the Mustang roared.
Glancing toward Haddox, I noted the hard edge of his jaw, the hand wrapped so tight around the steering wheel, the muscles in his forearm tensed. I didn’t have to crawl inside his head to know he didn’t want me there, but I was.
Maybe I could help him out a bit. And maybe, he’d see me as more than a fellow soldier who’d shared the bench seat of a deuce-and-a-half truck a time or two. One I'd been driving when he’d had to talk me through a hail of gunfire when our transport convoy had come under attack.
I unbuckled my belt, ignoring his deep frown. I turned in the seat and reached for the buttons of his jacket, flicking them open then parting each side.
He didn’t say a thing, but his nostrils flared and his jaw tightened.
I gripped the front of his T-shirt, bunched it in my hand, and tugged it from his ACU trousers.
His stomach jumped, and he sucked it in, making just enough room for me to get my fingers behind the waistband as I unbuckled, unbuttoned and tugged down the zip.
Dammit, Hollister,” he said, his voice rough as gravel. You’re gonna get us both killed.”
Not if you keep your eyes on the road,” I said, tilting up my chin. Then I leaned over his lap, folded down the elastic band of his boxer briefs and pulled his cock upright.
Fuck.” The car bolted forward. I had a glimpse of the long, black ribbon of highway, then turned my attention to his thickening cock.
I fingered the curve of the satin-soft cap. I never said thanks for saving my ass.”
I didn’t expect it.”
I know. But it meant a lot, knowing you had faith I wouldn’t freak.”
I recall shouting at you, calling you a pansy-assed waitress.”
Which I was, and will be again.” I leaned toward him, brushing my breasts against his firm upper arms. You made me mad enough to want to kill you.”
Which I take it turned you on?”
Not right then. But later. Every time I heard you shout, I creamed.”
His eyelids dipped down and he shot me a searing glance. My dick’s out. Gonna do something with it, or were you just curious, Hollister?”
I’ve seen it beforeat the showers, when Specialist Shelby whipped off your towel.”
He grunted. Most of the camp saw me stomp back to the tent in my birthday suit. Not my finest moment.”
It was one of the highlights of the tour for me.”
Better get busy or put it back.”
I winked. Yes, Sarge. I’m pretty good at followin’ orders.”
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What People are Saying About This
"This collection of short stories provides both a stimulating collection of erotic tales and a thumbnail sketch of the various challenges that face the men and women who serve their country by being part of the military. The different perspectives provided by this talented group of authors vividly paint a moment in time that gives an opportunity for lovers to escape the harsh reality of war and separation, sometimes even though they are miles apart figuratively or literally. Many of these authors were new to me but all of them have penned a concise and entertaining read. Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance” is an anthology of 18 short stories edited by the talented Kristina Wright. This collection of spicy tales gives a glimpse of the sacrifices and challenges that face those who choose to serve their country. The tales range from delightfully carnal encounters to reminders that those who have been wounded still have a libido although their lovers may have to deal with handicaps, physical and/or mental. Among the many enjoyable entries are Delilah Devlin’s “The Long Ride Home”, a wickedly carnal description of a homecoming for two soldiers whose respective previous relationships didn’t survive the stresses of deployment, Christine d’Abo’s “Wilco” which is a sizzling tale of the role reversal that takes place when a navy woman takes a dominatrix position over her commander, and Kristina Wright’s “For Better or Worse” that reminds us of the sacrifices that are willingly made and the stolen moments that lovers share that helps them make it through their terms of service."
-Night Owl Reviews
"Be ready to get up close and personal with the military when you pick up this collection. Featuring well-known erotica authors, including Delilah Devlin, J.K. Coi and Christine D’Abo, this anthology will give readers a lot to love. While each story has special meaning, it is Ericka Hiatt’s “Fighting for Fresno” that stands out as a passion-filled tale, with incredible intimacy and beautifully raw emotion. The 18 short stories that make up this collection take place in different countries and even different times. Many of the stories are heterosexual relationships, but there is also the occasional same-sex couple. The anthology’s uniting element is the fact that each couple featured includes military personnel."
RT Book Reviews
"Wright, herself a Navy wife, assembles 18 red-hot tales of men and women in uniform that range from WWII-era Russia to modern-day Afghanistan. While celebrating the valor, not to mention hotness, of those who serve their country, this anthology commendably covers darker issues, including post-traumatic stress syndrome and serious injuries, and love of all kinds, both straight and gay. Perhaps most touching is Sacchi Green's "Sergeant Rae," about two female soldiers sharing their lives together after one becomes a paraplegic saving the other's life in Iraq. Other standouts include Christine d'Abo's "Wilco," which serves up BDSM with a twist-a female junior officer and her submissive male superior-and Michelle Augello-Page's "Home," about a soldier deployed to Afghanistan having a hot webcam tryst with his stateside wife. This touching and realistic lineup is highly recommended. (Dec.)"
“In Duty and Desire, love comes fast and hard. From the quintessential military man, to the women who don a uniform and serve beside them, and the loved ones who wait at home for their return, both in the past and the present, the stories in Duty and Desire have it all."
Cat Johnson, author of Red Blooded
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll be honest--I felt a slight twinge of apprehension about this book. I personally feel deeply disturbed by war and by what seems to be humanity's collective propensity to see it as inevitable. I felt a small degree of concern that I might see the final version of this anthology as filled with "us vs. them" bravado, anti-"enemy" sentiment, and/or lacking the considerable reverence I feel even a peripheral association with the topic of war calls for. In reading this collection, I discovered my concerns to be unfounded. Never in these stories did I feel that a reverence for this theme wavered in a way I found discomfiting. This I found not only a relief but also something that noticeably impressed me, and I appreciate the sensitivity with which I feel the editor compiled this anthology, as well as the depth and sincerity the authors brought to each of the contributions within it. I found this book beautiful, and I feel the authors in it outdid themselves, offering stories of a world with which some of us are wholly unfamiliar and possibly can hardly imagine and illuminating what is both unique to that and what is universal. The expression of this universality--namely, that of erotic and personal connection, and its capacity to arise under virtually any circumstances--is something I see as a hallmark of successful erotica writing. This volume, as I experienced it, is full of that, and I recommend _Duty and Desire_ without any of the reservations I thought I might have.
Being a military wife, I was absolutely giddy to review this book. What woman doesn't love a man in uniform, and this anthology of short stories was just what I needed to warm me inside while currently apart from my husband. "...she knew he understood because his arms held her even tighter, and he buried his face in her hair." Each story tells a unique story easily allowing the reader to slip into this fantasy world engulfing ones senses with pure euphoric pleasure. Each of the writers add their own unique spin on erotica ranging from light and sensitive to bondage providing eighteen short stories to suit any readers personal preference. Wright has a close relationship with the military being the wife of a Naval Officer and understands the needs and desires of a person when their loved ones are absent. Erotica provides an outlet to allow your imagination to run wild without the guilt. She does a superb job at editing these stories as not to offend or label military personnel and holds the utmost respect for her profession. This book is not for the modest or faint of heart, but it definitely is a mild read for beginners to erotica and each story will pull you deeper into wanting more. I highly suggest adding this title to your nightstand reading. *This book was acquired via City Book Review
Did not enjoy as much as I thought I would
Reviewed by Lori Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was an anthology of short stories all revolving the military with contributions from a plethora of authors. I understand that I put Kristina’s name down as the author, but she edited the book and there were so many authors to list, so I felt it was easier to put her name down. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about reading an anthology to be honest. I like one author, one story, one plot line. Simple, basic, that’s me. Well, was I put in my place when I read this book. Each story is on average around five to seven pages. The stories are quick, but as a reader I felt satisfied with how the author left the ending. There were no ambiguous endings in these stories, which I liked because I want to know how each story ends and I like knowing where the characters are going in their lives. I know this is fiction and it’s not real, but in my head I’m emotionally invested in these people and I like to know what’s going on. There are eighteen short stories in this book and each story is unique, which cuts down on boredom. I would like to review the short stories that really stuck out for me the most and because this review would be a short story itself if I reviewed each one. I’m not going to go to deep into each story because I don’t want to give each plot line away. I would like the reader to be just as surprised as I was with each story, so I’ll apologize in advance for my ambiguity but it’s extremely imperative. The Long Ride Home by Delilah Devlin. This story got to me because of the raw passion each character brought to the pages. It was hot, steamy, and plenty of emotional intensity to make me happy. Shattered by Shanna Germain. I really liked this one because it deals with loss and redemption and I loved the final outcome, and I loved the intensity. Fighting for Fresno by Ericka Hiatt. This one was good because it was so sweet. Two people meet and fall in love and I got to see what happens to them. It was so exciting to read. I loved it. Homecoming by Kelly Maher. This was another tear jerker and I almost got mad and threw the book away until I got to the end and then all was forgiven. The Thunder of War by Anya Richards. This was so good as well because of a man’s intense love for his wife and his will and desire to be with her and demonstrate his desire for her. Each author dealt with sensitive topics that are associated with being in the military such as PTSD, death, breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse with tact, sensitivity, and humor to make each of these stories entertaining and believable. Being in the military is not easy whether as the military person or the spouse and it takes a special person to be able to deal with the challenges associated with military life. As an aside, the guy on the front cover….is so hot……whew! I have to fan myself.
These stories, edited by Kristina Wright, are erotic to say the least. The language flows well, and the desire and subsequent pleasure are demonstrated in the characters' dialogue and thoughts. What really personalizes this anthology is Wright's introduction with her anecdote about saying goodbye to her husband before his 6-month deployment at sea. Knowing she is invested in this genre makes the stories that much more accurate and poignant.
A great selection of well-written stories that are as real and relatable as they are sexy. Paints a great picture of a solider's life and emotions with that added erotic edge. Would recommend!
Wright has done it again! What an anthology. A well put together collection with the perfect balance. Passion is perfectly blended with connections. I highly recommend this book!
A well-written erotic read that calls the old cliché “all’s fair in love and war” to mind, yet the stories in this collection are far from old and tired. The subjects of the stories in uniform are rightfully and expectedly physically strong, sexy and ready for war—and love, it turns out, too. These stories nicely flesh out (heh) the characters so you feel a real response when their attractions come to paramountcy. I would recommend this book especially for those who are in or have loved ones in the military, but it’s a great, satisfying read for those who also have their daydreams.
This book is great, and the authors write each story really well. If you want to read romance that is not only hot but well written, you should definitely pick up this book!
I was expecting a Cat Johnsin book not just a forward written by her. The short stories were ok but they had no real story just sex. I would not buy this if ihada do over.
Cops, firemen, of all the alpha male superheros starring in every woman's fantasies, members of the military rank highest on my favorites list. Right away, the cover made me have to wipe the first signs of sweat off my brow. I was instantly drawn in ... but could the pages keep up with the first impression? Yes. I knew this book would be just the kind of emotional fix I needed when I read the introduction by Kristina Wright (her story of watching her husband deploy and being able to identify him amongst many in the exact same uniform). The stories were great at catching the on the edge of everything involved with being and loving a solider. Everything is more intense - duty, need, love. The longing and darkness, a darkness that much darker before the light that's that much brighter. This book is a beyond fulfilling read.