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The Goodreads M/M Romance group invited members to choose a photo and pen a letter asking for a short M/M romance story inspired by the image; authors from the group were encouraged to select a letter and write an original tale.
A written description of the image that inspired this story is provided along with the original request letter.
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Two young men stand in the riveted steel doorway of a ship. The one inside the doorway is young and classically handsome, hatless, with wavy dark hair falling over his forehead. His eyes are narrowed against the sunlight and a small smile hovers on his lips as he braces himself in the doorframe. The man in front of him is younger still. His attractiveness is more the flush of youth and good health than perfection of features. He grins, squinting in the brightness, dressed in the white hat and shirt of the WWII US Navy. Although the two men stand only casually close together, the sailor in front has one hand raised, over his shoulder, to keep a firm grip on the shirt of the man in the doorway behind him.
We met onboard, both of us so very young – still in our teens – but we were old enough to serve our country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, we fell in love and have managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as our time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, I can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the man I’ve loved all these years.
Why did I wait so long to read this?
My damn heart is in all it’s warm and fuzzy glory now. I’m just blissed out and thankful.
Into Deep Waters is an EPIC love story. Grand in it’s courage, endurance and devotion, it’s a real diamond in the rough.
If anyone has ever paid attention to my endless waffling about my all time favourite story and couple, they would know that Special Forces: Soldiers is the epitome/definition of perfection for me. Needless to say, I’ve been chasing that high ever since. Every single story about love amidst a war zone has fallen short. Every so called epic love story has never hit the mark. Until now.
Jacob and Daniel’s relationship is not an “opposites attract” story; it’s a saga about kindred spirits who believed in each other; who fought and lived for each other. It’s a story about commitment and devotion. God, I loved it.
Harper manages to portray a keen sense of tension and trepidation between Daniel and Jacob. It was also lovely to see these characters grow. To see their fears and frailties, and then watch them reinvent themselves as the years went on. Or the gentle support they gave each other.
There’s a lot of lovely intimacy that’s described in a very well-mannered way, (or dare I say, classy?) but don’t be fooled, it’s still very, very sexy. So it’s not dirty sexy – it’s just sizzling hot.
We’re treated to fantastic descriptions that climatize us to the different surroundings at each of their docks. Great visions of lands all over the world. Sights, smells, flora and fauna, all giving us a vivid picture.
And there’s a gorgeous heartbreaking conversation in the water that’s so skilfully told. I was caught in the spell – hook, line and sinker.
I loved it. I loved their story and their passion and their devotion, longing, desire and commitment.
And lastly, the ending is just perfect. <3
RATING: 4.5 STARS
Tracy: 4 stars
Ami: 5 stars