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Jungle Heat (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

3.02  ·  Rating Details ·  336 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
It takes a special kind of soldier to kill a man at a thousand meters. But for Captain Pete Miller, one-third of an elite Army Ranger sniper team, zeroing in is nothing compared to coming out. Pete’s been nursing a year-long crush on team member Mitchell Walsh, but even with DADT on its last legs, he continues to guard his heart and his unit’s cohesion.

After all, there’s n
ebook, 16 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published July 16th 2011)
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Jan 05, 2015 julio rated it did not like it
Shelves: shorts

And inaccurate.

About everything.

Like how long a meter is. And how cocaine works. And what the Army Rangers program does. And the scale of American involvement in anti-cartel operations in Columbia.

Also, the Spanish sucks.

Which is annoying in an unsexy story that features American Rangers, Columbia, Spanish, cocaine, and a tree that is 230 feet tall.

PS: cocaine delivered intravenously will kill you, not make you horny, hallucinatory, and unable to keep operational details from your captors
Posted at Hearts on Fire Reviews

With a title like Jungle Heat, I expected a more vividly described setting. A brief mention of snakes, insects, humidity, and chittering birds just wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to feel the heat, feel how hard it is to maneuver through vines, undergrowth and tree roots, feel the danger of poisonous plants and animals, and the physical toll such a climate and landscape has on those not entirely accustomed to it.

I wanted to be moved when Pete was captured by the en
The story
Pete and his elite Army Ranger team are assigned to assassinate a drug lord in Colombia. Pete’s been nursing a year-long crush on team member Mitchell Walsh, but he has never acted on it.

Before anything could happen Pete is abducted by the enemy. He is (view spoiler)

When Mitchell arrives for his rescue, Pete kisses him. The end.

The romance

Action and thrill

Characterization and b
"What was a beating and a coked-up gangbang compared to 61 days of sleepless starvation at Ranger School?"

I wouldn't know. But neither sounds like fun.

Non-con rape, drug use,'s packed tight in these 16 little pages.

For the price (it's free), the short is not bad at all. I'm a little sketchy with the ending. I was hooked from the first punch to Pete's solar plexus, add the aforementioned drugged gangbang rape, my dark and twisty loving self was happy...then it ends...with that? (W
Jul 22, 2011 LutaWolf rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, free-read
I’m rewriting this review because I want to make it clear that I mean no disrespect to the readers that enjoyed this book or to the author. I think Rachel is an amazing author. The details she put in her first paragraph had me on the edge of my seat with excitement. However, the rape scene caused the whole story to descend for me. I just can’t view rape objectively but I’m aware that there are those that can and for them this is probably an amazing story… I wrote this review not as a disrespect ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
The best thing I can say about this is It's Free! oh and it also had a sweet little Faith and Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer banter going on which I loved even though it was like three sentences that was my favorite part.

The story was too short for any real development, character or plot wise, IMO, but as I said it is free. There really isn't any background information and after I finished I had to ask myself what just happened and I couldn't answer that question. On the plus side I will p
* 1 awfulstar *

What the heck did I just read?!

Some glorified gang rape with at tied up, captured and drugged out of his mind soldier? From the soldiers point of view, no less.

Stay away from this. :(


A short story in the collection"Don't Read in the Closet, Volume Three"from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.

ClickHEREfor the story online or HERE to downloadthe whole collection for your reading device.

Picture and prompt:
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Jason Bradley
Jul 20, 2011 Jason Bradley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, ebook, free, violent, dub-con
Intense and well written very short free story. On the edge of my comfort zone but worth it because the style of writting was so good. Pete was so spaced out with the drugs the descriptions made it erotic despite the horrible reality so I found the assault less harrowing than I would have expected. Picked up and enjoyed the reference to Buffy (I was a big fan). My only grumble is I wish the story was longer. Would love this to be developed into a novella or full length story. Will definitely try ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Yvonne rated it did not like it
I think this was striving for dark & shocking but came across more like porn and the characters shallow. (view spoiler)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
~~~Heather S.~~~
Jul 20, 2011 ~~~Heather S.~~~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Wow, umm not sure what to say, I've never read anything like this and I'm surprised I didn't mind it at all! Well done, very concise writing style. I'm comforted to know they live HEA.

Note to self: google unknown terms, just learned what dubcon means
Feb 23, 2014 Passerby rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, military
Such a short story! Just the sum up of the book seems almost as long as a half of the mini story itself. But hey, its nothing I have not been warned about in the previously mentioned sum up. And yea, if it says anything else, its the fact that the story is easy to read, right?
But - not sure if it was just me - from my POW it was very...sup-upy. No wonder then that I started to read it and oops, I was at the end.
To come up with some specific things about/in the story:
- there was one funny nag pre
Jul 22, 2011 CAS rated it it was amazing
Jungle Heat is everything I have come to expect from this author.... and more. I can always count on Rachel to take me to the very edge of what I "think" is my comfort zone and nudge me inch by sure inch a little further outside that zone. Where she leads I will most definitely follow, it's a matter of well earned trust and faith in her extraordinary ability to consistently write emotionally driven stories that are edgy and intense.

Jungle Heat is another fine example of Rachel's talent at what I

Offered FREE from M/M Romance Group, Hot Summer Days event.

There was a lot more potential here than what was delivered. The writing was really good, and the first half was a good set up of the three Rangers setting up a hit on the leader of a drug cartel. But then way to much happened way to quickly. This would have been a good first chapter to a longer book, but as it was there was supposed to be peril, trauma, reunion, and love in a few pages and it just wasn't believable.
Mary Mary
May 25, 2015 Mary Mary rated it did not like it
well.... i like the cover.
Jul 21, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart!!!!!!

and I liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiked it... because it was not only well written, but also the suspense keep me reading... so I think this short story deserve my 5 stars...

poor Pete :-(
Fairy / Anna
Jan 09, 2012 Fairy / Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance

So... where is the romance? (view spoiler)
Jul 26, 2011 Jerry rated it it was amazing
What a wild ride. Don't want to give it away but talk about getting out of ones comfort zone. I felt very much in the moment, my skin itched and crawled and sweated and....
If you like Rachel's work you will like this too. Take a chance and read it.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This was well written, but it was way too short and lacking way too many details to become invested in the story. I like the concept of the story and would have liked to have seen it played out over a little longer period of time.
Heather C
Interesting concept but I want to know the rest of what happens between Pete and Mitchell! :(

Not for everyone.

ETA: I didn't understand any of the Buffy references...I've never seen the show :(
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I really liked this. Rachel always writes amazing non con and dub con and I never fail to lap it up. Whoa there might be a hidden meaning there huh? LOL
Well shut my mouth and call me Bubba! That was freakin' fabulous! Pure edge-of-the-seat-nail-biting angst! Thank you Rachel!
Jul 20, 2011 Amara rated it it was amazing
As always, Rachel Haimowitz does not disappoint. Fantastic story. Intense, hot and full of wow. Loved it!
Kari Gregg
Jul 20, 2011 Kari Gregg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, capture, 2011
Disturbingly HOT. ;D
Heidi Dover
Feb 03, 2016 Heidi Dover rated it liked it
Shelves: was-okay
I get this is a short story and meant to be as part of the don't read in the closet event, but... I'm not sure other than that what the point is. Just a quick scene of disturbing abuse, which, ya know, is okay in context, but this really didn't seem to have a point and even in that context wasn't very realistic (IV cocaine? Not sure about that but what do I know so I roll with it). And then it ended. Well written as usual from RH, and free, but most I got from reading this particular work was "h ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr-dritc, romance-mm
Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Three
Don't Read in the Closet: GayRomLit Retreat 2011 Special Edition

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Jungle Heat by Rachel Haimowitz

I’ve heard so many good things about this author and I wanted to see if I liked her writing style before I committed to buying a book. That’s the great thing about these little freebies and 1 chapter tidbits. It’s like a date and agreeing to go out for coffee and not to dinner:-p

I was lulled with smooth writing and nice character descriptions. A good set up of the surroundings and some light banter and then BAM the capture of Pete and sub sequential events rocked m
Bettye Kanady
Nov 24, 2012 Bettye Kanady rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettye by: Love is Always Write List
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“At 09:22, Mitchell radioed down. “We’re in position.”

Pete peered up into the canopy, but of course he couldn’t see a thing. “How’s it looking up there?”

“Five by five.”

He snorted at Mitchell’s cheery misuse of the phrase. “Thank you, Faith.”

“Any time, Giles. Now go be a good watcher and keep us clear.”

“Roger that. Out.”
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