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?
Note: Contains scenes of violence and post-traumatic stress. 95,000 words.
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About the Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” You can find out more about Keira and her books at: www.keiraandrews.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4-1/2 stars What can I say about this story? It's freaking amazing! I loved the blend of wartime and postwar dramatics. Some might find the alternate wartime and 1948 POVs to be a bit of a flow issue, but I did not. You can't help but love both Cal and Jim. Cal's wit is a perfect companion to Jim's straight-laced by-the-book way of life that you just know when the moment comes, they will be adorable and explosive at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised how the author took Sophie, Jim's daughter. When we first meet her, she's not exactly too keen on welcoming "Uncle Cal". In my reading experiences, there are usually 3 kinds of ways to write kids. The first is super sweet and immediately accepting of all things new. The second, complete brats that never come around until the last page. Then the third, bratty turned lovable after some kind of crisis or disaster. All three types have a place in stories but I found Semper Fi fell into the third category, although "crisis" is a little strong for the scenario that starts to warm Sophie to Cal, and done expertly. I really thought I wasn't going to be too fond of Sophie but I came to love her. This is the first time I've read this author but I can safely say it won't be the last.
Keira Andrews is an auto purchase for me but I had no idea I'd love this book as much as I did. Cal and Jim meet en-route to basic training for the Marine Corps. Then head overseas to war. Their trials there are hard to read as we all know those stories don't have very happy endings. After the war they agree to keep in touch, but Cal feels so deeply for Jim who is married. Will the feelings be mutual? It's doubtful. An Apple Orchard the smell of Apple blossoms, a fresh harvest of apples and a beautiful summer day..... Okay I hope I've enticed you to read this book. Pour some fresh apple juice and get your nose in the book.
Year 1942. Cal and Jim are marines and since they met they were pretty much inseparable. Cal is gay and knows it. Jim is married and doesn't even bring into question his sexuality. They are from very different backgrounds and even temperamentally they couldn't be more different; and yet they get each other like no one else ever did.. Reading about Cal and Jim is a struggle - it's both sad and frustrating at times - but as a reader you get to experience the same struggle they had to overcome to be finally together! Cal's pov was my favorite since I really took a liking to him; but it was also the saddest since, while he knew his feelings very well, he had to hide them away all the time. After the war, Cal forced himself to stay as far as possible from the person he loved in fear giving away what he felt for him. Only when he felt Jim needed him, Cal came back and even then - even when Jim finally get it - he had to hide and pretend and lie...I really don't want to be in his shoes! As you may have noticed, Semper Fi is not a light romance but that is exactly the reason why Cal & Jim story is so captivating! I strongly recommend this book even to those, like me, that don't often read historical romance since it would be a pity to let it slip away for that. At last I'd like to thank the author for the chance she gave me to read her book for free, I hope she appreciates my review
4.5 Stars This is a story about two men, one gay and one happily married, who meet under hard circumstances which forged a friendship that carries them through life's hardships. The time period, 1940s, was an interesting setting that I greatly enjoyed. Cal and Jim met on the train to Marine boot camp during WWII. These two are complete opposites of each other. Cal is the son of a rich banker in New York and he is gay. Jim’s family owns an apple orchard in upstate New York and he is married with a young child. Cal is loud and easy going while Jim is quiet and reserved. Cal joined the Marines to make his father angry, while Jim joined out of duty to his country. You wouldn’t expect these two to develop such a close friendship, but their differences gives each other strength. The books begins with Cal going to Jim's farm to help him out after the death of his wife. The story is written in both present and past, and switches off and on throughout the entire book. At first, I wasn't sure how I would like that, but I quickly learned to enjoy it. The author does a great job distinguishing the present and past from each other so the reader doesn't get lost. The characters are very well developed and easy to love. As a reader, I rejoiced in their happiness and felt sorrow for their pain. Even the secondary characters had a breath of life in them which added a lot of strength to the story. It was great to see their relationship build from friends to lovers, and how they were able to make a family for themselves. I found myself wishing the story wouldn’t end. I loved these two men together. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.