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Ryan Gracin had a good life until he told his parents he was gay. Since they yanked their support for college he had to find a way to pay for it. Little did he know that joining the Army was going to change his life forever. Especially when he was introduced to a Drill Sergeant who was nicknamed 'Big Daddy'. Phillip Grabowski had joined the Army to follow in his father's f ...more
ebook, 186 pages
Published July 2nd 2009 by Dark Roast Press (first published 2009)
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Heather C
Holy fucking shit! That book was fucking awesome. What the fuck time is it?? 2:30am? And I have to fucking work tomorrow??!!

What a fucking roller coaster ride! FUCK! I was laughing my fucking ass off because it was so fucking funny, and then I was crying my fucking eyes out when it got all fucked up! Then I was fucking laughing my fucking ass off again. Next thing I know, I'm laughing my fucking ass off WHILE I'm crying my fucking eyes out!!!! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??!!

Every-fucking-body better
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Susan

2.5 Stars

Ok, let’s just deal with the elephant in the room:

I am, indeed a 15-year old boy…at least I feel like I am every time I giggle at this title. Kekekeke.

This book is just silly. It called on every generic trick in the book. When it tried to be funny and “banter”ful, it fell flat. When it tried to be serious, I rolled my eyes. When it tried to be hot…well…I gotta admit, it was hot.

Still, it read like a book written by a Writing 101 student…whose reader has never read a book before and nee
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

I'm going to keep this short because this book already has so many wonderful reviews.

I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier came highly recommended by a few of my GR friends when I was venturing into the m/m genre a couple years ago, and I'm so glad I listened to what they told me! This is a great story about so many things: Growing up - even though you're already an adult - love, friendship, duty... It's funny, emotional, and sexy as hell... so many things rolled into one awesome tale.

If you're like I w
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Karla
4 Stars!I loved the storyline, the ideas and world the author created, adored the men, these wonderful brothers in arms, and took all the lessons learned to heart. So, why only 4 stars? At times the writing was basic at best. It didn’t flow as well as it could have, the writing seemed a bit choppy. The constant use of the phrases, “smaller/larger man”, “older/younger” man, “other man”, made the scenes where they were used to describe the characters, feel very impersonal. I’m not one for flowery ...more
ElaineY
I have never heard of this author and can't find anything else by her but if I could give this book 7 stars, I would. It was hot, it was emotional, it was funny. I laughed and cried as I journeyed with this bunch through five-plus years of their lives in the US Army.

I loved every man in this book even though at the start, I wasn't quite sure I would even like Ryan. But Drill Sergeant Grabowski - loved him the moment he appeared even if he was a little scary and that first sex scene between him a
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Kade Boehme
Good holy godz! Philip Grabowski is hott as hell. What can I say... I like em mean. And big. And uniforms never hurt. And did I mention tall? Wow. And a great family?

..... am i drooling? .....

That's embarrassing.

Ryan and Phil took a long damn time to get it together and it was sure fun seeing the sexual tension through the bootcamp days, but once they got together it was sweet, sweet music. I loved the way the story was also about a whole group of guys who survived boot camp and war together a
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Gigi
May 22, 2013 Gigi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gigi by: Tʀɪsʜᴀ Hᴀʀʀɪɴɢᴛᴏɴ


While it took me longer than most to get around to reading this book, I finally made it a priority and, fuck, am I glad I did! It was absolutely wonderful and made it right onto the fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf. I have a soft spot for military men, but the stories and/or writing and/or characters are usually crap (with the notable exception of the marvelous Strength of the Pack) so this was a welcomed surprise.

Everything you need to know is in the blurb. This book is definitely a MUST READ and hig
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Feb 28, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: M/M fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: UKSandy
4.5 STARS

Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck!! This book is fucking awesome! Fuck. :)

I’ve never read anything by this author before so I wasn’t sure how good this would be. I also don’t read as much M/M so really, I have little to use as comparison.

But THIS BOOK IS FUCKING HILARIOUS! I don’t think I have ever laughed so fucking hard and as much for a single book in my life!

Here’s a really great part:
“THIS IS MY WEAPON!” he shouted, holding the M16 up high. “This is my gu
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JenMcJ
A great story. Sort of epic in its scope because it follows the group of boys and instructors for about 6 or 7 years. They go from raw boys to seasoned men from basic training through several tours in Iraq/Afghanistan. It's an idealized version of the current military with no DADT or anti gay bias. It was a fanciful and idealist approach but wonderful to read just the same.

I found myself reliving some of my basic training days while I read the first half of this book. I usually roll my eyes at
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Rossy
Sep 29, 2009 Rossy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rossy by: JenMcJ
Oh wow i knew this book was going to be good based on some reviews by some of our good friends here, but it was better than i expected. The story was VERY well written, the romance was perfect and the sex scenes were HOT! Seriously there's nothing i can complain about at all. I couldn't stop laughing and crying in almost every page. Couldn't stop a goofy smile from appearing in my face when i read the ending either. I loved the main characters just as much as the secondary ones, this is one book ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
3.5 stars!

Oh how I love M/M military books! I have a special special place in my heart for M/M books that involve our forces... it just gets me every time. I liked this book a lot in spite of a few flaws. First of all, I understand some people's complaints with the writing style. It wasn't smooth or flowery, which I don't mind, but it also didn't have the deliberate crispness that I like in my books with more stripped-down writing. It came across more as an amateur effort. But writing style asid
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Lili
Aug 03, 2013 Lili rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lili by: AE
Shelves: m-m, favorites
This book was simply-
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I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier is the story of Ryan Gracin and Phillip Grabowski- but to be honest it wasn't just about them. It was about a group of men fighting for their country.

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I loved reading their emails. Reading their hardships and fears. It also wasn't just a story about romance. It was a story about friendship, family, and loyalty. This book was steamy, homourous, and emotional. This is a book I would recommend to EVERYONE. It's a story that we can ALL learn something
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Audrey
3.5-4 stars.

I laughed. I cried. I cringed at the numerous editing oversights. That pretty much sums it up.

Don't let the title fool you. This is actually a very good book that benefits greatly from its funny, tongue-in-cheek, honest main narrator, Ryan. His account of basic combat training/boot camp - and his impossible crush on his drill sergeant - is engrossing. The friendships and bonds that he made during basic combat training with the others in his squad are lifelong, and I loved seeing the
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Trisha Harrington
FUCK YES!


This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It was funny, hot and just perfection. I read this on a rainy afternoon when I had nothing to do. To this day that was one of the best afternoons I have had. Reading this book made me emotional and fall in love. I found myself wishing for more. And this is not a short book. It's long and detailed. I devoured it.

Ryan Gracin joins the army on a whim. He can't finish college and needs to do something with his life. What he doesn't e
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MiʂħүJѻ
3.5 stars Yup, I am just as surprised as everyone else.

At about 35% this was a 2 star books for me. A DNF. I don't finish two star books. Ever. I have better things do than read a book I don't love. I openly complained about this book in my status report and comments. But for some reason, I stuck with it.

And it got better, and better, and better.

The first 35% or so of the book is Ryan after he enlists enduring the pain of basic training. This part of the story wasn't all that interesting to me.
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julio
fun, and mildly weepy.

also pretty funny.

*crickets chirping*
Bev


Well, I know this book has had mixed reviews, but I absolutely loved it.

I laughed, I cried, I cringed because I knew what was going to happen, but most of all, I just adored the love between Phillip and Ryan, the fact that they took it really slow....6 years in fact when you work it out, and through it all, the heartbreak and pain of not being able to be together because they kept being posted to different places, their attraction to each other didn't waver...indeed, grew stronger. And, as usua
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*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
4.5 stars !!!
This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

They were quiet. They were deadly.
They were United States Fucking Army.


“As I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death! I will Fear no evil!”
Phillip's face grew hard. “For I am the baddest motherfucker in this valley!”


One word: U N P U T D O W N A B L E !!!
Super-Funny, Way-Too-Hot & very Emotional.
From the first page you get sucked in this crazy world of the USA army and stay so til' the very end.
Every page of this book was sim
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Ana
4.25 Stars

Nearly a week after reading this book, I have the end still engraved in my retinas, ears and heart.

I did not expect that this book, at first light and funny, it was going to become so emotional.

This is my second experience in military readings, I had not read anything after Special Forces, and this has nothing to do with the rawness of SF, although I have to say that SF is my favorite series so far.

The first part of the book focuses on the U.S. Army Basic Training that a scary and ag
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
This was really fucking slow

They spent way too fucking much time a fucking part

I got really fucking bored

God the fucking formatting was so fucking bad, fuck, it was like heller fucking Keller fucking formatted this. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Naked nuts.

Fuck man, I'm not really a fucking fan of fucking military books anyway and, fuck, this was way fucking to army for my fucking tastes.

This fucking book fucking said the fucking F-word way fucking too much to be fucking appropriate.

I'm fucking writing
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Kaje Harper
For a book with so much potential for angst, this was wonderfully fun. Great characters, lots of laugh-out-loud scenes, interspersed with real pain and truly touching moments. There were times I wished I was in someone else's POV, especially in the second half. But that would have been a different book. The choices the author made kept this from diving deep into emotional territory, while still ending up as a story that will touch your heart. And the end was perfect, that one little reveal that ...more
Moderatrix Lori
I loved this book. My only issues were that I wish there had been more glimpses into the growing intimacy between Phillip and Ryan. Not necessarily sex, although that would have been nice, but we didn't really get to see their relationship grow. It just kind of did while we weren't looking. I also felt really cheated that we weren't allowed to be a fly on the wall when Phillip finally bottomed for Ryan. I would have liked this to be two books so that more time could have been spent with them beh ...more
Isabel
I believe that I will never forget this book!

It's not only the love story between two men, but also a beautiful story about friendship, brotherhood, loyalty and commitment!

This book is sweet, emotional and funny, it's absolutely amazing and captivating!

The ending is so... so beautiful...


Etta James - At Last

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a drea
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Lauraadriana
FANTASTIC, AWESOME, LOVED IT!!! I just loved this book. I laughed so hard I cried....just LOVED IT.

This book so many great elements. It's a military story, and who doesn't love hot, sweaty soldiers. Anyways this books starts during basic training of Ryan Gracin and his three buddies. They end in the company that has the most infamous drill sergeants particularly Drill Sergeant Grabowski.

This army accepts gay relationships and that 'Don't ask don't tell' bullshit is done with. Ryan is gay and Gra
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Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
I finally got the push I needed to read this book. (It was the M/M book that had been on my shelf the longest...)

It started off kinda slow for me. I'm not sure why it felt that way tho, with having a daughter in the JROTC program I knew most of the terms and some of the things that were said, calling cadence gave me a smile since that is her job on the drill team. Well at one point the book turned and I found myself being completely sucked into it.

While Phillip & Ryan were great to read ab
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I loved this story! I didn't want boot camp to end. The friendship and comradeship between the guys was so believable. There are so many great characters to love. I loved how Phillip and Ryan took their time with things and that it didn't take away from the steaminess present throughout their interactions. The emails during the various deployments were hilarious. I was close to tears (a first for me) after Phillip's return and felt for all soldiers when reading about Kenny's problems. This was a ...more
MsMiz (Tina)
Aside from the ebook formatting and my disdain for the book title, I absolutely adored this book. I have read it 3 times over the last 2 days! It just worked - the story line and the characters were engaging, addicting and the right mixture of men with feelings. It is going on my re-read list. I would love to read more from this author as well as sequels.
L-D
First of all - thanks Nik for both recommending and lending me this book.

Love, love, LOVE this book. As some of you are aware since I go on ad nauseum about it, I have a huge soft spot for all things military. What some may or may not know is that this is due to the fact I spent 11 years in the military, starting with my own BCT (Basic Combat Training) experience in Ft. Dix, NJ at the age of 17. Is this why I loved the book so much? It's probably why I like it better than most, but I did see a
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AE
OH.MY.F*CKING.GOD
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This is the best book ever. Please oh please let me have more Ryan and Phil. He'll I will even take some Mark and Patrick on the side. Okay, I cannot believe I am going to say this but they rank up there with Ty and Zane!!!! Don't shoot me, I know nothing compares to Ty and Zane but Ryan and Phil So HAWT!!!!
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That email! Abso'fucking'Fantastic. I laughed sooo hard, I'm pretty sure I wet myself. And ofcourse I swooned at the end. It took me a moment to realize Ryan's new name. L
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John "King of the North"
Mar 16, 2014 John "King of the North" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!!!!
Shelves: favorites, m-m
10/10. FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!

Thank you Crystal Rose
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“It would figure the best looking guy on this ward is gay...and he has a sexier than sin boyfriend...I swear to God I'm going to turn into a man. It's the only way".” 72 likes
“Now wait a second..." Kenneth butted in.
"Yeah, we haven't asked you the questions yet," Brandon finished for Kenneth.
"Yeah, like what are your intentions toward our little Ryan," Patrick added, smirking.
"What do you do for a living?" Brandon added.
"Can you support Ryan's shoe fetish?" Kenneth threw his question in too.
"Hmm, okay, here are my answers. I plan on feeding him, dancing with him and God willing fucking him until he can't walk straight. I help infertile chickens have baby chickens, and I think so. I'm hoping his feet are about my size. We can share shoes and everything," Phillip answered.”
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