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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “High & Tight” by Vanessa North


Pilot Adam Walker has had one great love in his life: Harris Kingston. But twelve years ago, when he accepted a scholarship and joined the Navy, he chose duty to his country over love. Their on-again off-again relationship was never more than private joy, a frustrating fact of military life.

Harris never wanted to be anyone’s dirty little secret. When Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed two years ago, Adam broke his heart one last time. He’s picked up the pieces and moved on, building a great career and dating guys who aren’t afraid to be seen in public with him. But when Adam strolls into his salon asking for a haircut, his newfound happiness goes to hell in a handbasket.

Adam’s been at war with himself for over a decade. Now on the verge of leaving the military, he’s desperate to court Harris the right way and be forgiven. With two weeks’ leave and a Navy man’s conviction, he’s ready to start over…if he can convince Harris he’s ready to come out and commit.


Damn this was an ouchie one…it twisted, it sliced, and it burned.

I believe it could have blown me away, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Not quite enough history, not quite enough tender, not quite enough balance.

Adam and Harris fell in love when they were kids, yet they could never celebrate their love. Adam was deep in the closet due to his career choice of the Navy. When it was safe to come out, he couldn’t. Fear kept him hiding his sexuality and in turn hiding from his one true love. After an unexpected moment of clarity he returns home for the holidays to break free and claim what he’s always wanted; which happens to be a green-eyed beauty that stole his heart over a decade ago. The absence of Harris was suffocating Adam and he resolves he can’t live without him. But now that he’s choosing love over his job, it may be all for nothing.

Sadly there are times when you are too little too late.

Flashbacks to a decade earlier give us pieces to their past. These were my favorite scenes and hungrily I craved more of them. The present holds pain, regret and bitterness. It was easy to see how broken they were, but I ached to see them whole.

Adam believes he’s at a crossroads and can make the tough call and step into the future with Harris by his side. Unfortunately, Harris left that crossroads two years ago. He’s grieved and traveled the ‘other’ fork in the road. He’s moved on, has a new man, and isn’t looking back. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself. But how long can he refuse the sexy, stubborn SOB who won’t take no for an answer? Adam’s baby sister happens to be best friends with Harris and this adds an interesting link between them.

This was a short angsty tale of first love, only love, and quite possibly lost love. When does it cross the line and is no longer worth it? Can walls built from years of heartache truly come down? Can ‘I love you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ ever be enough?

I’d say, it’s worth finding out.

Well written and considering I devoured it in one setting, it certainly captivated my attention, but I wasn’t completely full…I wanted more.



20926062Title: High & Tight
Author:  Vanessa North
Publisher:  Carina Press
Pages:  81
Release Date:  May 19, 2014
Purchase Links:  Carina Press, Amazon, ARe

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This entry was posted on May 5, 2014 by in Cops / Cowboys / Military, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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