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 ...more
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 is ...more
(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 soul ...more
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 ...more
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 GFY/OFY books. I actively collect them and savor them like candy. This was a particularly believable GFY/OFY story, fitting well with the time period. I loved every par ...more
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 ...more
LOVED SO MUCH
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 sweetest ...more
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 ...more
5 STAR BOOK!!
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you loved Band of Brothers, you will love this book.
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, ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"We're all sinners, Jim. Each in our own way.”