by Akm Miles


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When Soldier shows up to check on one of his properties, he's amazed to find the old house in disrepair and full of scared boys being cared for by a man who makes him believe in angels. Dillon falls for this big bald man, so scarred inside and out, who comes to mean so much to all of them. All of the boys have such heartbreaking stories and these two men's mission in life now becomes to make life better, easier, and most of all, safer for the children in their care. Love is all important in building their dream.

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ISBN-13: 9781608203369
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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"Do ya see 'eem?" The whisper seemed awfully loud in the darkness behind the big old house.

"Shhhh, Gommy. You have to be really quiet. Are you sure you saw someone out here? It wasn't just in your mind?" Dillon asked softly.

"I swear it, Dill, really. He was just huge, and he was way back there by that broken fence thing." Gom pointed out toward the back of the big empty yard. Dillon looked out there, but saw nothing unusual. The grass was sparse in the summer heat of middle Texas. It grew a little thicker at the back where the old log was pushed up against the falling down fence. "He was just standing so still, like a statue. He never moved at all. I was too scared to do anything fer a minute." Bless his heart, Gom was scared a lot.

"That's okay, Gom."

"Then I heard you and I knew I'd be okay. You gonna go see if he's out there?" Gommy, short for Montgomery--which was way too big a name for the tyke--had very big eyes and they were perfectly round. He worshipped Dillon with a single-minded passion.

"Nah. Not tonight, Gom. If he tries anything, we'll be ready. But thanks for letting me know. Good eye, buddy. We'll keep watch and see if he's up to something. A big guy, huh?" Dillon ruffled Gom's hair, .

"Huge, Dill. He had muscles ever'where and he was wearin' those clothes like the soldiers wear so nobody can see 'em."

"Camouflage. Okay, well, let's go in. I'm sure the others are hungry. We'll get everyone settled, and maybe Tommy'll sing for us. That always calms everyone down. If not, I'll make up a story or two. How's that?" They left the tiny back porch, little more than rickety steps, and headed back in. Dillon Kramer had found out earlyon that his ability to create stories and relate them with whatever feeling was called for at the time was a great way to settle the young boys in his care. But, man, that Tommy could sing like an angel. That worked, too. If all of them were upset about the strange man, it might take both him and Tommy tonight.

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Soldier 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Soldier was my first foray into the male/male sub-genre of romance, and I have to say it was a pretty good book with which to begin. This was a very sweet story about two men who are terribly wounded in both body and mind but find love and acceptance in each others arms. They in turn are able to pass that love and acceptance along to the seven abused little boys who are in their care and even a poor scruffy dog and a little puppy too. The interactions between the pair and their seven charges were utterly heartwarming, especially as a couple of the more severely abused boys slowly come out of their shells and begin to blossom under their care. It's readily apparent how much they all love each other, and they truly are one big, happy family. They couldn't be a closer, more caring bunch if they were related by blood.Dillon is a sweet, wonderful guy who really stepped up to the plate to help these poor kids who no one wanted and who have completely gotten lost in the traditional social services system. Life is tough for them. The borrowed house they live in is falling down around their ears, and Dillon has to scrape on a daily basis just to provide food and the necessities of life for everyone in his care. As hard as he has to work though, I know Dillon wouldn't change a thing. He loves the boys just as much as if they were his own flesh and blood. After he was attacked as a teenager by his homophobic peers and left with facial scars, Dillon was resigned to probably spending the rest of his life alone until luck shone on him, bringing the man of his dreams right to his doorstep to help share his burden.Soldier, as his nickname suggests, was in the military and fought in the war (presumably Iraq). His heroic actions saved several of his comrades lives, but he was severely wounded when a bomb exploded near him. He is now recovered from his injuries, but was left with extensive scarring on his face and body. Soldier has become something of a reclusive loner, a wanderer without much direction or purpose in life, until he finds a gorgeous guy with a bunch of kids living in one of his houses. Suddenly, Soldier knows what he wants to do with the rest of his life and the wealth that his dad left him. It's like he was just looking for a worthy cause, and Dillon and his boys were certainly that. I really admire Soldier for wanting to put his money to good use. I've often thought that if I had extra money that's exactly what I would be doing, searching for a philanthropic cause. Soldier had a lot more to offer than money though. As a military man and a big, strong guy at that, he was used to protecting and hadn't been able to do that since being injured. Now with Dillon and the kids, he has several someones to look out for. On the outside Soldier may have been a big, scary-looking dude, but underneath it all, he was just Gom's (and Dillon's ;-)) big, snuggly teddy bear. Soldier and Dillon's first meeting, coupled with Gom coming out to ask a bazillion question and then fall asleep in Soldier's lap had just the right mix of awkwardness, emotion, sexual tension and sweetness. After that, things did kind of go from 0 to 60 really quickly in more ways than one. Normally, I wouldn't go for the love at first sight angle, nor the idea of an abused kid trusting a stranger so easily, but I think that they all just sensed something special in each other, a kindred spirit who could understand and relate to all their past hurts and share their fears of what the future might hold. In spite of knowing that, I did wish that there had been a little more development in Soldier and Dillon's relationship and a bit more exploration of their backgrounds. The reader is given just enough information on both men to get a feel for where they've been and what their lives were like before meeting, but not much else. I was a little surprised that Dillon didn't share his traumatic past with Soldier at any point in the story. However, I can respect that the author
NovelLoverSB More than 1 year ago
Great book if you love well-written characters, laughter, drama, hot sex, and HEA. This is one of the most memorable M/M books I've read out of hundreds. One of the best things is that it is the start of the Scarcity Sanctuary series, so if you love the characters, you have more books to read!
Cove72 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of survival, and triumph. The sex is good too, but it's part fo the story and not THe story.
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