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Donnie Novak and Jack Sterling have known each other forever. Growing up together in a small Midwestern town, they were best friends. After high school, they both enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the same time, and somehow were assigned to the same company before being stationed on the U.S.S. Oklahoma together.

One night on leave, Donnie crosses an almost imperceptible line bet
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Published January 1st 2011 by JMS Books LLC (first published 2007)
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Gerry Burnie
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“No Apologies” by J.M. Snyder, [JMS Books LLC, 2011], is a gem of a short story that captures the heart and attention right from the start. I would even go so far as to suggest that almost every gay male will be able to identify with this story from personal experience; i.e. that one buddy you fell in love with early, but didn’t know if he ‘swung that way.’ To make matters worse, he didn’t know either, and so each touch was like a prayer lead
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This is a brief but moving and gripping story of two sailors finding love while the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. I often find present tense irritating -- and it's Snyder's favorite tense -- but, fortunately, here it does a great job (along with the breathless first person narration) of emphasizing the immediacy and urgency of the action and the uncertainty of our MCs' predicament during the attack.

There's a Big Misunderstanding driving the love-story half of the plot, but given that this is a s
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ARe Cafe
No Apologies, at 11K words, should especially please fans of sweet historical romance with its three-dimensional escapism into a distinctly different time. It takes place in the first-person viewpoint of a 20 year-old sailor named Don stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s December 6, 1941, the night before the surprise attack by the Japanese that launched the United States into the war in the Pacific.

Since we know that the USS Oklahoma not only sank to the bot
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Erastes
This is a short story, really – at just over 11,000 words, but thoroughly enjoyable too. It starts punchily and in a cinematic style, the two friends out with the rest of the shore leave sailors. Most of them getting drunk and getting off with the local women. Donnie isn’t, he’s too busy trying not to touch Jack and stare at Jack. In fact the writing is quite cinematic all the way through – I really got a sense of the drunken band of friends, sticky cocktails and a warm Honalulu night. Later we ...more
Karen
What an amazing, beautiful, intelligently written short story! I can think of no better way to spend a quiet hour. Prepare to be wowed!
Ami
The summary tells enough so I just want to say that this is one sweet story, a classic of one falls in love with the best friend. Adds the historical day of Pearl Harbour and what I get is a story that makes me smile in the end and sigh in satisfaction
Bookbee
J.M. Snyder most definitely knows how to write an excellent short story! This one hooked me from the first few lines and didn't let go until the very end... well, not even then because I really, really want to know what happens "after"!
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Jun 24, 2009 J.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my book so I'm not going to write a review.
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An author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began in self-publishing and worked with Amber Allure, Aspen Mountain, eXcessica, and Torquere Presses.

Snyder's highly erotic short gay fiction has been published online at Amazon Shorts, Eros Monthly, Ruthie's Club, and Tit-Elation, as well as in anthologies by Alyson Books, Aspen Mountain, Cleis Press, eXcessica Publishing, Lethe Press, and R
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