Three ex-military men get close in this adult novel which
alternates between a claustrophobically snowed-in cabin in
upstate NY and the jungle rescue missions they undertake as
Fifth in the Men of Honor series, which focuses on
military romances, BOUND FOR KEEPS brings young Shane
stumbling through snow to a lit cabin just before
Christmas. The two occupants, Reed and Keith, are used to
having the place mistaken for an inn but there isn't
another house for miles. They take in Shane and treat him
for hypothermia, which, this being a gay novel, involves
them both stripping off and lying beside him in the bed.
They are loving partners who have been together for years.
Shane's also on a warm saline drip as Reed is a doctor and
they take good care of the younger man. As soon as Shane
is able to walk he tries to sneak away because he is being
trailed by an enemy and has no wish to draw trouble to the
two men's door. But he's unable to get far and ends up ill
for weeks with pneumonia.
Shane watches the rough and tumble relationship between the
two older men and longs to be part of it, but when he
admits to being gay they don't pressure him into anything.
He had a partner who was shot and killed in action, and he
gets flashbacks and PTSD. Shane is not admitting that he
used to be in the CIA and the other two only give him
details of their work as it arises: Keith, an ex-Marine, is
helicoptered out and rescues a kidnapped woman and child
from a jungle compound, and Reed later goes after gun-
runners. Gradually the three men get to trust one another
and a physical relationship develops between them. But the
motto of 'safe, sane and consensual' isn't enough to keep
them alive when Guthrie, Shane's former CIA boss, tracks
him down to the cabin....
SE Jakes has written an intensely physical romance which,
even for non-gay people, still contains enough plot and
character building to keep us reading. I would have liked
to see a female appear in the story for more than a few
paragraphs, even a kindly neighbour or postmistress, but
maybe that's not what the target market would prefer. A
well-crafted book with strong language, BOUND TO YOU could
appeal to women who like reading about hot alpha males and
can get their heads around the fact that these particular
males prefer men to women.
Since losing their beloved third to cancer, Keith Masters
and Johnny Lou Reed haven't thought about filling the void
in their lives with anyone else. Until a stormy Christmas
Eve, when a half–frozen, newly discharged Army Ranger
shows up on their doorstep—with no memory of who he
is or how he got there.
The former Marine in Keith is suspicious that he can't turn
up any information about Shane anywhere, not even an
address. Direct questioning will have to wait until they've
gotten the boy well.
Shane knows it's only a matter of time before Keith and
Reed figure out his past. And when they learn the depth and
the darkness of the secrets he holds, he could get them all
In the heat of the dark winter nights, the three men
discover a passion that heals the gaping wounds in their
hearts. And Shane wonders, despite the danger hot on his
heels, how he will ever bear to leave...
Warning: Contains secrets, undercover operations and three
hot, alpha military men who can set a cold winter night on