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I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  5,002 ratings  ·  669 reviews
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 fo
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Published July 2nd 2009 by Dark Roast Press (first published 2009)
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Heather C
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, ebook, faves, military
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Kade Boehme
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I'm going to stick with 4 stars on this one.

The first half I was all set to give it about 3/3.5. There was definitely a slow build to this one. But the second half really picked up and made the build up in the first half make a lot more sense. And by the end I really liked these guys.

I do agree with a lot of the other reviews that a big part of this book was about the bonding of the soldiers. The 4 guys that became best friends, that would put their lives on the line for each other.

Within tha
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
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3 Stars***

Damn, this is a hard one to rate.

When it comes to the romance aspect of the book...sadly, I wasn't invested that much. I'd probably put it at two stars...and what's worse, I was more connected to Mark and Patrick, who were a secondary couple in the book. I liked Ryan and Phillip, but I just didn't feel their least nothing beyond physical attraction.

Also, the writing style just didn't work for me. It's very choppy and awkward. The narrative and flow was very disjoin
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it


I'm having mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes it was very very good, other times it was very plain.

I'll start by saying that the cover is gorgeous. Damn! Soldiers and their six packs. Yummy!

This is the story of 4 boys who join the US Army and become friends. Ryan is the main character, but there are multiple POVs in the book.


Ryan is gay, but coming out of the closet wasn't what his parents had imagined about their son, so he decides to join the Army as the best possible ch
I am so sad that I finished this book. I fucking loved it !! It was so funny and sweet and hot and, did I mention how funny it was ??

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I loved all the characters in this book, I loved the banter between them and how they were so close !! They really stood up for one another.

I loved that there were no "being gay" issues. It was a lovely fluffy and funny read with some sad parts in between.

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Ryan and Philip were awesome together..yummy..,but I also liked the interaction between Mark and Patri
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: M/M fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: UKSandy

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
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is clearly a very awkward case of "it's not you; it's me." I'm obviously in the minority, though, considering the many stellar reviews by friends whose opinion I value.

I found the writing to be poor and amateurish; there were multiple grammatical errors and a LOT OF CAPITAL LETTERS that made my eyes hurt. The writing was choppy, and the plot jumped around manically. At one point, the story leaps five years ahead with nary an explanation. Rose attempted to integrated the use of emails, but
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rossy by: JenMcJ
Six years later and the story is just as good. I can actually appreciate it more because it's so rare for me to find a book where there is nothing I don't like.


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 i
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaje Harper
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Julio Genao
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
fun, and mildly weepy.

also pretty funny.

*crickets chirping*
Trisha Harrington

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
JV (semi-hiatus)
My brain has officially gone haywire. Pardon me as I try to recollect the last vestiges of rationality remaining in my puny little self.

This book triggered various emotional responses that I never thought it would. This wasn't my first MM romance, but I have to thank Captive Prince for my slow initiation into this subgenre. Ryan Gracin and Phillip Grabowski are both perfectly beautiful (at least in my mind)! One is gay and the other, welp, let the story guide you if you decide to pick this one
I won't deny the amateurish editing or the plethora of weirdly capitalized words, but I still got sucked into this story, the characters, their relationships, and the brotherhood that was born out of boot camp.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh Lord that ending! I never wanted this book to finish because I could have read about this bunch of guys forever.

Philip and Ryan are a perfect pair but they're also surrounded by a perfect cast of supporting characters too.

The humour is also wonderfully crafted along with the tensions a military service brings and the author doesn't pull punches with the hardships and pains either.

I hope we get more from this series, I'd love to read Mark and Patrick's side of things and find out if Brendon ev
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to .Lili. by: AE
Shelves: m-m
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
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: man-love
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
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
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't at all what I expected.

Endless pages of telling instead of showing, no emotional reasoning, no character development, insta-lust and a -what felt to me- unrealistic depiction of the US Army...

Ryan joined the Army and arrives at a boot camp to start his basic training. (Around the 70% mark we learn that his religious parents threw him out for being gay - which is why he joined, but that INTERESTING DETAIL is not something he spends any time thinking about, so the reader stays in the d
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
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Stacey Jo
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
*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 s
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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"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.
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