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Semper Fi

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,725 ratings  ·  334 reviews
The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them woul
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Published November 11th 2014 by KA Books
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Beautiful, raw, REAL

This is a book about WAR, and this is a book about LOVE.

It's a tale of two men, Marines, best friends, lovers.

There is nothing easy about Cal and Jim's story. They bond in the trenches, watching their friends die in horrifying circumstances time and time again. They stay together, comfort each other, SAVE each other.

But Jim is married, eventually widowed, and tamps down any conscious awareness of his sexuality.

Keira Andrews amazes me. The depth of research in this book i

(Happy early Veteran's Day! Release day is 11/11/14 but what a perfect date to be released.)

Thanks to all the troops for all that they do!

4.5 HEARTS--Semper Fi is a best friends to lovers novel when you break it down. It is moving. It is understated yet dramatic. It has action, it has feels. It is erotic. It has laughs. It made me smile in one moment then swoon in the next. I got angry at one point and my heart nearly beat out my chest in the next.

This story is love, the other half to your sou
I don't even know what superlative to use to start off this review.

-It was the best romance ever?
-The most touching story of two lives becoming one?
-One of the best rainbow family romances?
-Most ambitious setting ever?

It was all that and so much more.


I actually started it thinking it was a pretty straightforward feel-good romance that would take my mind away from another series I was reading, but the story caught me in its net so quickly, I felt like my life depended on its outcome and the well
Nick Pageant
Semper Fi tells the story of two Marines, Jim and Cal, who meet on the train to basic training for WWII. They become best friends and see each other safely through the war in the South Pacific.

Jim is married and Cal is gay but not out because of the times. After the war the two come together again under different circumstances and a romance develops.

I loved this book so much. It's told in alternating POVs AND alternating time periods, but don't let that discourage you. The time jumps work beauti
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Guys, please don't let my 3.5 star rating deter you. If you are a fan of military M/M, especially GFY/OFY military books, you MUST give this a try!

This was my first Keira Andrews read but it certainly won't be my last. Really beautifully written and full of emotion, I was swept away by this story.

I'm a total whore for sexuality books. I actively collect them and savor them like candy. This was a particularly believable sexuality discovery story, fitting well with the time period. I l
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

I fell more and more in love with this book with each chapter. Which means, 1) it took awhile to get there but 2) when it got there, the journey felt SO worth it.

Semper Fi is full of da tropes...friends-to-lovers, military/wartime, gay-for-you (hints of out-for-you), widowed man w/ children finds love with a man, historical (battling not only the legal but societal views against homosexuality), rich-man-poor-man...but it didn't feel overdone and "kitchen sink"-like. All of these had a place and
5 Stunning Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful” stars


Best friends



Where to start... Beautifully written love story that spans 15 years. Epic love. Cal and Jim...*sigh* The power of their friendship. The power of their love. The things those two meant to each other. The things they sacrificed for each other. Oh, dear... I don’t have enough words...

And the heartbreak...
“He knew it was too late. Still, he whispered a plea. “Jim.”

Semper Fi was possibly one of the
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Another case of me and NOT the book.

My issue with this book was that EVERY chapter except the epilogue started with a flashback. I can understand the first few chapters starting that way. It gives the reader a history of MCs’ friendship when they enlisted in the Marines. Eventually, I started skimming because the flashbacks weren’t holding my interest.

Overall, this was an angsty story. Even with an HEA, it left me feeling sad because homosexuality was still illegal, and the MCs can’t openly exp
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicals

Although this is my favorite time period to study, I avoid romance set in this timeframe. I know that even if it has a HEA it is bound to break my heart.

This one did too. I managed to get away with a few tears during the whole story but the ending did me in.

So many glowing reviews...I agree with all of them. There is nothing more I can add.

Simply brilliant, real and very true to the historical context.

Standing ovation, Ms. Andrews.

Ok, I could use some fluff now.
This is very touching.

But after all those reviews, all those warnings, the heavy plot... I expected a much more "angsty" tale and it wasn't like that. The relationship between these two was an addiction. Cal feels an attraction towards Jim since the very beginning but Jim is straight and worse, he is married and with a child. So, he's off-limits. But once you taste it you just can not stop.

When the first Europeans reached what we call today Chile they met some sort of messengers in those high m


Keira Andrews's Semper Fi blends everything I love about historical romance, the fear of discovery, the secret longing and passion, and the anguish that the future will never be the one they want!

This fantastic novel is at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. It tells the story of two men who become friends in the early days of the World War II, become Marines and support each other through the horrors of that war.

There are no embellishment in Semper Fi, j
This was such a beautiful story, and mainly because the two main characters where two amazing men!
This is the story of two men who meet on a train ride, Cal, a homosexual young man, and Jim.
Sounds like a good start for a great love story, right?
Well, it is 1942, homosexual acts are illegal, Jim is a married man, with a little girl waiting at home, and the train? the train is taking them to a marine training camp, and off to fight the Japanese, to what we know as WWII.

Cal, a charismatic young le
Heather C
Why is it that the best books are always the hardest to review? That’s exactly how I feel about Semper Fi! It’s been a few weeks now since I read it and I’m still not any closer to figuring out how to review it as I was then!

It’s like this:

Sometimes when you read a book and every single word just touches that perfect place inside you. And you can’t stop thinking about it..for days...even weeks after you read the last word… Yeah, it’s like that.

Go ahead and read the blurb; it does a wonderful j
~Mindy Lynn~
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marines and kids?!?!?!?!

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Five Fidelis Stars for an amazing book!

Cal and Jim joined the Marine Corps to fight on WWII and they became best friends! Cal is gay and Jim is married...

This is their story! It's written in a brilliant way, shifting POV's, shifting from the present (1948) to the past (1942)... it's written with love! Love that the MC's shared... Cal loved Jim since the day they met, he felt that attraction that kept them side by side during the war, but he also had to hide his feelings... Jim loved Cal since th
1.5* rounded up.

I'm sorry, but this fell rather flat for me within sight of the first page. Everything was telegraphing: the plot, the problems, the characters, the twists.

Maybe I've read too much m/m these past two years, maybe I expect too much, but when an author dumps a dozen clunky chekov's guns in my lap right at the beginning, and such that are not just m/m tropes, but also bad or tired clichés, and then garners it with "male animalistic lust", which I've really read too much of lately,
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t1
I won an early copy of Semper Fi, so had the distinct pleasure of reading it before it is published. Lucky me!

I recently read Keira Andrews’ last book – A Forbidden Rumspringa – and absolutely adored it. (Very much looking forward to the sequel.) So, I was excited to jump right into Semper Fi. And it sure lived up to my high expectations.

Semper Fi is a beautiful, and at times heart breaking, love story. But, it is also about friendship, loyalty, self-discovery, and family. I really enjoy Keira A

Superb!! Just superb!! I didn't skip anything in the story at all, I wanted to savour it and even read the gory bits when the guys were in the Far East during the war. A wonderfully romantic love story for Cal and Jim. 5 stars.

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Thanks to Eva for making me push it up the queue. Big smooch!!

Reading this was like watching an old film through a movie reel. Not because of its historical essence but more so because we only got to see the story unfold in frames -- mere figments of the bigger picture. Make no mistake, Cal and Jim's story doesn't really come as a surprise even if you only see glimpses of their life during and post war. You'll be able to put two and two together even without much knowledge of their horrible past. But Keira Andrews writes the whole thing beautifully that ha

Keira Andrews
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It really is a dream come true to have my work in audio by such a talented performer as John Solo. This book is very dear to me since my late dad helped with the WWII research, and I hope you enjoy Jim and Cal's epic journey to their HEA. <3

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Connie Cat
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Star read. I loved everything about it. It was sad in parts but not over the top. And the happy, sexy times more than made up for the sad times. And the ending was perfect! Going to start "The Forbidden Rumspringa" now. I bought it a while ago and never got around to reading it. Now I need to! Keira Andrews can really write!



If you loved Band of Brothers, you will love this book.

Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars.

It was OK, more than OK. It was very unique. The MCs had such a strong chemistry between them. I liked how supportive of each other they were. This book is so emotional.

Cal and Jim are "army buddies" during WWI. They went to war together, enduring everything together. Despite his unconditional friendship, Cal always wanted more from Jim, but since Jim was married with children (and obviously straight), he never told him about his feelings. Then war ended, and they went their separa
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
*4 Semper Fi Stars!


The military scenes, actually gave me horrid flashbacks of my TI in OTS. With his white spit flying in my face...*shivers* and you know that arse-hole sang "it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood" and walked away...the...fu*^ker!

And, I say that with a smile~

Okay...yes, back to this book....

Now, this book, yes, wow....pure greatness was found within these pages, research done to perfection!

And even with my horrid flashbacks, due to wonderful obviously driven research,
Jules Lovestoread
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! LOVED this story. Masterful storytelling by Keira Andrews, and Cal and Jim will steal your heart. The chapters have alternating flashbacks to Cal and Jim during WWII, and then jumps to 1948, which is present day in the story, and it works absolutely brilliantly. I was immediately sucked in. Best friends. Marines. Forbidden love. Surprise allies. So, so many things to love about this book. Do yourselves a favor, and check it out! <3 ...more

I don't think that I can convey into words how much I loved Semper Fi by Keira Andrews.

Achingly beautiful

From Cal and Jim's first meeting on the train, their time at war, working side by side at the orchard, and both finally admitting their feelings. The writing is exquisite.

So much swoon.

While I'm not one for flashbacks, they are poignant to the storytelling in Semper Fi. It enables us to be there with Jim and Cal during the war, and it adds depth to their love story.

I don't
Chris, the Dalek King
With this being the weekend before Christmas, and me in usual procrastinated form, this review might get a little more fly-by than I would normally like. But I still have other deadlines to meet this weekend (and not all of them involve baking, more's the pity). So, without further ado...

I freaking loved this book. I really did, and that was a bit of a shock to me. I really dislike flashbacks, and generally hate when they are an integral part of the the story telling, so I went into this kinda e
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Im very impressed with the amount of research the author did. It made me feel like I was actually there watching the whole thing happen. The apple orchard backdrop of the story was really lovely and added a romantic appeal to the story. I am not a fan of frequent flashbacks but it really worked well here and I did not find it confusing at all. The reason why I did not give this 5 stars is because I was not really emotionally invested with the 2 MCs. I was excpecting tears and all that jazz from ...more
* N aka
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was perfect. It was vivid, brutal, frustrating, beautiful, and also, smokin' hot. I loved every page.
Semper Fi tells the story of Jim and Cal, two marines who served in WWII. Cal is from Manhattan, and is the son of a banking mogul. Cal has known for ages that he is gay, but doesn't advertise that since doing so in the 1940's would be too dangerous, being as how it's illegal and all.

When Cal joins the Marine Corps, he meets Jim, whose family owns an apple orchard in New York state. Jim's married and has a kid and though he has some idea that he is attracted to men (or at least Cal), he is deep
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-mm
5+ Stars

It's over, and I'm so sad! I'm really, really going to miss Cal and Jim so, so much. They will be remembered as much as Vadim and Dan.

These phenomenally written military stories grab you and won't let you go.

I really enjoyed the historical aspects of Semper Fi. The way Kiera Andrews told the story was brilliant. Typically, flashing back to the past and then right back to the present, while switching points of view would lessen the impact of the story, but it only added to Cal and Jim's
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After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fict ...more

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