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Lovers in Arms

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Novel (53,000 words)
Genre(s): Historical Gay Romance

The year is 1946, World War II is over, and the Nuremberg trials are underway. US Army Captain Frank Hawthorne is returning to Germany to testify in the military tribunal of former Nazi Officer Johann von Biehn. Despite explicit orders to the contrary, Frank is trying to save Johann's life.

Three years ago, at the height o
Paperback, Extended Edition, 168 pages
Published July 21st 2013 by Fantastic Fiction Publishing (first published June 22nd 2012)
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Sep 09, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tina by: Mark

Wow... just finished reading the book. What an emotional experience!

To write a book about the Nürnberg trials 1946 and make a fascinating love story between a former Nazi Officer and an US Army Captain out of it, is unusual and I was more than curious when my dear friend Mark recommended 'Lovers in Arms' to me. :)

Okay, first I was a little reluctant inwardly, since Nazi war novels are not exactly my thing. But I was confident that a German author could do it in the right way. And I was anything
This book had me bound up in hope that the good in human nature will prevail.

Two men, a world at war, opposing sides, then something transpires that breaks all the known conventional rules that should never happen.

The world is licking its wounds and clearing up the mess after WWII. We find ourselves at the Nuremberg Trials and Frank Hawthorne, an American GI, has decided to go against the flow of general public opinion. Risking his own untarnished and heroic service record, he returns to Germany
Aug 25, 2012 Simsala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 - 3,5 stars for 1943, Spreewald
4,5 stars for 1946, Nuremberg

Very well written and researched story about two men falling in love in Nazi-Germany and one man`s fight to get his lover out of the Nuremberg trials alive.
Great secondary characters, suspenseful trial with unexpected twists and turns that made me chew my nails...
The romance was mostly told in flashbacks - sweet, sexy and believable.
My only niggle - the German endearment "Süsser". I know it fit time and place but I hate this term, it
Aleksandr Voinov
I enjoyed that. A few slip-ups that an editor should have caught, but I read this in one go. (No rating, since I'm an author in the same genre.)
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Jun 25, 2013 Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a charismatic romance.
Recommended to Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews by: Mark Wills
My first words to anyone who isn't attracted to the book becase its based around war is DONT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF. PLEASE !

I'm not drawn to wartime romances generally because they're either too heartbreaking or they're too one sided in their depiction of said war, depending on who is writing them. I also find myself zoning out when strategies are discussed in depth, its all gets too factual and I like my fiction to take me away from Real Life.

So I have to be honest. I loved the sound of th
Alex Akira
Apr 21, 2013 Alex Akira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This nicely detailed wartime romance story surprised me in a good way. Expecting more “arms” in terms of wartime violence, I was pleased to find it more of an action-filled cat and mouse, chess match. The blurb is pretty much right on. I entered the tale to find Frank, a veteran of the United States World War II effort, returning to Germany to attend the Nuremberg trials. He’s hoping his testimony will save one of the top German officers, a man who still holds his heart. Well, this got my intere ...more
I loved it!
Another WWII enemies to lovers... What's not to like!!??
I loved both MCs a lot, and their love was just so magical and it touched me deep in my heart.

I give it 4 stars for few reasons:
1. I hate jumping back and forth between past and present.
2. It was too quick of an instant love
3. The beginning was a little slow.
BUT, in the great scheme of it, these are only minor issues, the story is just beautiful, and I was hooked!
Aug 25, 2012 Feliz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet romantic story withvery smoothly veiled critic about the Nuremberg processes.The political aspect takes quite a backseat to the romance,though. Beautiful sense of place and time, including a very realistic rendition about the dangers of being gay even in post-Nazi Germany. The flashbacks part was more fantasy than history, but then, I didn't care, it was a good story, and smoothly written. Very enjoyable.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 01, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

Before talking of why I loved this story, I should tell you a little one myself: when my mother was only a child (she was born in 1942 in full wartime), she lived in an occupied city, Padua, by the Nazi Army. Most of the people was living in barns right outside the city, and near where they were there was a garrison of German officers; my grandfather, after years and years of wartime (he was enlisted in the Africa campaign and then
Jan 20, 2014 Xing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 stars

Lovers in Arms is a romanticized historical fiction taking place during the 1946 Nuremberg trial, where Captain Frank Hawthorne stands witness to the defense of his lover, Johann von Biehn, a Nazi officer. Each chapter shares two different moments: the present (1946) and a retelling of how these two enemies meet in 1943.

I really enjoyed this novel, because it was a fairly painless reading. I expected a lot of heart ache, some violence, and to be crying gushing amounts of tears.
Jul 07, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, m-m-romance
This was such a beautifully written love story. It was really easy to come to care about Frank and Johann. I found myself really invested in their story and how things would work out for them. While there are explicit scene in this book, they are done in a way that is lovely and not porn for the sake of porn. There is emotion. There is the sense that Frank is coming to care for Johann despite the circumstances.

This story waffles back and forth between events that happened in the "past" and thre
4,5 stars
This doesn’t happen often enough in m/m books: two MCs you can happily root for and a plot that makes you squirm and hope for a HEA. Pure heaven! Despite the “Hollywood” feel of the story and an abundance of endearments (although I could imagine an aristocrat, even though he’s a high-ranking Wehrmacht soldier, who calls his love interest “Süsser” sort of daringly or ironically or - in the end - lovingly).

I won’t say much more because this review does a wonderful job already.
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 28, 2014 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it
This lingered on my Kindle backlog for quite a while because the premise worried me. How was Brackhaus going to pull off the story of an American army officer trying to defend his Nazi lover at the Nuremberg war trials?

Frank Hawthorne, war hero and hired assassin, never expected to fall in love with an aristocratic German Wehrmacht officer who was on a first name basis with Reichsmarshall Goering. But Johann von Biehn was not what Frank expected. War, even a clear-cut war against an enemy like
Sep 09, 2013 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, military, 2013
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Mar 21, 2016 Jacq rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful ! History and love all in one. Smexy scenes, we're well written. Good chemistry. This book is so well written ,I found myself having nice chills. A totally enjoyable story so well worth it!
4 stars!

Maybe a little bit too insta love but i enjoyed it anyway.I loved Johann's endearment for Frank 'Süßer' (Sweetie).
Jennifer Lavoie
I have no idea why I didn't think to look for other historical, LGBT romances before. I've always stayed with England in the 1800s and that's it. I didn't know there were other time periods explored out there until this book, and now I'm spoiled, because this book has everything: soldiers on opposite sides of the war, World War II, assassins, secret plots, love. What more could you want?

Frank and Johann's story is told in the past and "present" of the book, when they first meet in 1943, and aga
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
”Maybe one day you'll learn that not all Germans are monsters and not all Americans are heroes.”

Summed up in --undoubtedly-- my favourite quote of the book, Lovers in Arms speaks of the capacity for humane and monstrous deeds in each and every human-- regardless of race, gender or religion.

This sweet and romantic story follows the ultimate forbidden relationship between a high ranking Nazi strategist, Johann, and American officer Frank. Despite the cruel and unforgiving circumstances, the rom
Jun 01, 2014 Troy rated it really liked it
This was great, but certainly not what I was expecting at all...

I have a fascination with WWI and WWII historical fiction and was expecting story much heavier historical aspect after reading the blurb. This story is above all a touching romance, the WWII and Nuremberg Trial themes are mostly relegated to being a backdrop.

I would normally consider this romance to be a bit too insta-love for my tastes, but it seems to work well here and is necessary for the plot. Johann von Biehn's eccentric and r
Dm Atkins
From the first time I read "Romeo and Juliet," I've always been fascinated by "lovers who should be enemies" stories. Osiris Brackhaus does that very well here with the American soldier falling for the not-what-he-seems Nazi he was sent to kill. Beautiful love story, set against the backdrop of one of the most difficult periods in history. Homosexuality was illegal, they meet under circumstances that should have made it impossible, and, yet, Frank and Jonathan find each other and struggle to mak ...more
Edina Rose
3.5 stars

An American captain falls in love with a high ranked Nazi officer during WWII. The Nazi officer is actually against the Nazism and is secretly sabotaging the German army's plans from the inside while helping targeted populations escape Germany. The American captain witnesses all that.

During the Nazi officer's trial in Nuremberg, 3 years later, the American captain's testimony helps set the Nazi officer free.

The author's style is not my fav, but the romance is a nice one.

Dec 19, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars..
a bit too short, but otherwise an excellent read
I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it was not to be.

As I've said before, I HATE*HATE*HATE flashbacks unless they are absolutely necessary for telling the story and then there is generally only one or two in an entire book. This book flipped back and forth as regular as a pendulum. Every one of the 14 or so chapters was split almost evenly between "then" and "now." Back and forth, back and forth. There were two basic stories: one during WWII in Germany and a second during the Nürnberg
Deanna Against Censorship
An intriguing story set during the Nuremberg Trials after WWII. A decorated US Officer defies his superiors to testify for one of the German officers on trial. He is risking his career to do this. The Nazi on trial saved his life but is that enough to set the Nazi free? Is there more under the surface or is the American officer blinded by love? This story took hold of me and would not release me. Well worth reading.
Josie Goodreads
Oct 10, 2015 Josie Goodreads rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I loved this, review coming on Prism Book Alliance soon.
Allen Kelley
Nov 05, 2014 Allen Kelley rated it really liked it
I loved this book, however it could have been fleshed out a bit more and made quite a bit longer.
Jan 23, 2016 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart in My Throat

This book is so beautifully plotted, so skillfully written, so exceptionally erotic and scorching, that you easily overlook the fact that it is completely and totally fiction. Any author who can create a WWII love story between a US Army assassin and a member of the Nazi elite and then wrap a Nuremberg trial around it in which the Nazi is sure to be convicted unless his Army lover can save him...well, that is not only impressive but a story for the ages.

Two special characters i
Anunciata Trixie
Jul 25, 2014 Anunciata Trixie rated it it was amazing
Meet Captain Frank Hawthorne, U.S Army, highly regarded war hero, patriotic and strapping, a dashing man with a history of unbelivable life-threatening acts -- all he had done in the name of his country. The end of World War II marked for a new beginning, but "forgive and forget"apparently had little place in the repairs.

Now, meet Johann von Biehn: high-ranking Nazi officer, eccentric to a fault, on trials, teteering between the edge of hero and villain depending on who you ask. Three years ago,
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Jun 23, 2014 Adrienne -kocham czytać- rated it really liked it
Shelves: forbidden-love
A very beautiful, unique, and compelling story. I loved the details, the switches in time from present (ehm, 1945) to past to explain their feelings and make their relationship realistic, and the cute connections to random things sprinkled in (especially Edith Piaf)--read the book and you'll understand. This was overall a well-written and touching read in a genre I love, but it was also about a particular situation I haven't read of before (an Allied Captain trying to save a German Baron/strateg ...more
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“Whenever doubts become a crime... whenever parents become afraid their children might turn them in; a country where the power of the government is mired inextricably with the jurisdiction and the executive, where you have three secret polices spying on the population and people disappear without a word, that is not my country... My country and Nazi Germany, those are two very different places. And I dearly hope I’ll live to see the day when the latter one falls.” 4 likes
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