Review: Once a Marine by Cat Grant

October 11, 2014 Review 2

Review: Once a Marine by Cat Grant

"Love is a battlefield."

Discharged under Don t Ask Don t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he s pretty sure he s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole s not wearing his anymore, but there s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there s one thing Marc knows about such men, it s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn t help that Cole s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc s stories, he s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

Title: Once a Marine
Author: Cat Grant
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Flawless, Unconditional Surrender, In From the Cold, Black Dog
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 11, 2012
Genres: Male Male Romance, Military Romance
Pages: 197
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames


#NotChilledI loved everything about Once a Marine! Marc and Cole have such a beautiful, sweet, and complex love story. I also enjoyed the way the book was written. It was something new for me and I honestly could not have imagined reading it any differently. Marc’s point of view is written in first point of view. Cole is written third person point of view. I could not have handled Cole and first person point of view. The author does the character and point of view swaps in a way that never left me confused as to who was in control of the pages.

Cole spent twelve years as a Marine. He did five tours in battle ridden places. He has come back to deal with PTSD and discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell alone. His father has shunned him and he has moved all the way across the country from everyone he has ever known. His night terrors are getting worse, he refuses to get help, law school is kicking his butt, and he’s all alone.

Marc knows he is a tag chaser. He has always been drawn to the masculinity that Marine men have an abundance of. Marc has been burned in the past by this type of man, but Cole draws him in with a sweet smile and sexy southern drawl. Marc soon finds out that Cole is a complicated mix of sweet, sexy, and downright stubborn. Life lessons have taught Marc that this is something that he needs to take slow.

I loved Cole and Marc’s relationship, especially in the beginning. This is really Cole’s first relationship with another man. He’s had flings, hook-ups, and one night stands, but he wants something much different with Marc. Cole is like a kid in a candy store with Marc. He wants it all and he wants it all right now. Marc wants Cole to talk to someone about the PTSD. Marc cares for Cole and he wants to see him happy, he wants him.

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2 Responses to “Review: Once a Marine by Cat Grant”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I enjoyed this story too. They were so good for each other and each milestone in their relationship was so hard-earned.