Desert Heat

Desert Heat Their love is forbidden by rules religion and risk Yet still they can t resist Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan The British Army is withdrawing and Wilkes expects his p

  • Title: Desert Heat
  • Author: Lucy Felthouse
  • ISBN: 9781311301949
  • Page: 400
  • Format: ebook
  • Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk Yet still they can t resist.Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event free That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he d almost forgotten about, and that won t be ignTheir love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk Yet still they can t resist.Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event free That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he d almost forgotten about, and that won t be ignored.Please note this book was previously published as part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle.

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    1. I'm about to sound 16 different kinds of sexist. Apologies in advance for any butthurtedness I may cause.This felt very m/f to me. Let me just clarify my position here. I've worked with soldiers. I have ex-military in my family. I've befriended active duty and veterans alike and the common denominator between them is they're all (to varying degrees) prickly hard-asses. They don't talk about their feelz unless there's some sort of dire consequence. In fact, let me tell you a story. A friend of mi [...]

    2. This novella features a gay romance and serious social issues. Capt. Hugh Wilkes is serving a final tour for the Allied forces in Afghanistan. He is assigned a native interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, for help in missions in the remote villages they cover in their security detail. Hugh is a gay man, somewhat closeted, but Rustam is completely in the closet--though actually gay.The men strike up a clandestine romance, both approve, but there is further danger than just existing in a war zone. Being a g [...]

    3. I really enjoyed Desert Heat. It was an unusual setting for a love story, particularly MM. There's battles and heat and dust and lots of danger, throw in some cultural issues and it all adds up to make a great read. If soldiers in love and lust is your thing go grab a copy.

    4. 3.5 StarsA British soldier and an Afghan interpreter are a seemingly unlikely pair. Each of them has been fantasizing about the other for weeks, until one night it becomes more than just fantasy. This was a hot little story. We get an ok amount of character development, and the sex scenes are plenty steamy. And though they had been lusting after one another and getting to know each other for weeks when they have their first sexual encounter, they're making plans for the future more quickly than [...]

    5. I'd read snippets of this tale in Mid Week Tease posts on Ms. Felthouse's blog and really enjoyed the hints of love and restraint in this tale. Reading the whole thing brought more of the same and the first admission of desire between Wilkes and Balkhi is one of my favorites. Hot, erotic, and a very satisfying ending, worth the read.

    6. OH Lucy Lucy Lucy What a great start to the story this was!I received an ARC by the author in exchange of an honest review.I absolutely enjoyed this story. The story begins at a good pace and we are quickly introduced to Captain Hugh Wilkes as he is preparing for his last Tour of Duty in Afghanistan. It should have been a very easy task as the army started their withdrawal from the area and he was looking to a "uncomplicated" tour. As part of the service he is allocated an interpreter and as soo [...]

    7. British Army captain Hugh Wilkes is embarking on a six month tour in the sandy heat of Afghanistan. It’s not something he is looking forward to, but he knows there are worse jobs for him to be assigned to. The fact that his Tajik interpreter is easy on the eyes helps him pass some of his time. It doesn’t take Wilkes long to start having some very hot fantasies about Balkhi, a man who is more unknown to Wilkes than many others at the FOB they have been sent to. Wilkes believes that Balkhi is [...]

    8. Reviewer: SandraGenre: MM Military4 HeartsReview: I really enjoyed this story. It had great pacing, and I believed the emotions from both Hugh and Rustam (may seem a little quick for some people but technically they had been working together for 3 months already so it was believable to me.) This story is also very different from the rest of the stories in this anthology, for a few reasons. Firstly, the love story takes place between a British soldier and Afgan interpreter. Secondly, it sheds lig [...]

    9. I am in two minds about this book. The details of a British military unit operating in the desert of Afghanistan under hostile conditions, the way they deal with the local people, and the problems touched upon are extremely well done. So is the atmosphere and some f the tings running through the main character's mind.However, this is also a book that I think is too short to deal with the complicated situation described in the blurb. It is an important topic to think and write about, but the way [...]

    10. I was gifted a copy of this book for review. I haven't read this authors work before and was pleasantly surprised by this book.The story centres around Wilkes a captain In the British army, his based in Afghanistan. He hides his sexuality from his fellow soldiers and has to put up with homophobic jokes. The language used and the banter shared felt real and was enjoyable to read.Enter Balkhi, his the new translator supporting Wilkes and the troops, they hit it off straight away, but unfortunately [...]

    11. Desert Heat by Lucy FelthouseNow I can see why everyone was begging Lucy for more! Poor Hugh. All he wants is someone in his life but he is afraid for his career in the military because he is a gay man. You just don’t know how your platoon is going to react so mum is the word. Well never in his life did he plan on meeting someone during an assignment. Rustam is his interpreter but that is not the only thing he will be to Hugh. Lucy gets me all excited about this little relationship and then th [...]

    12. Was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.Wow. Lucy never fails to amaze me. A short sweet, tender hot read. Never having read a m/m love story (there is normally a woman thrown into the mix) I wasn't sure what to expect. I totally loved it. I was suprised by the setting of where the romance happens but the more i think about it, the i realise people do find love in the most strangest of places and under the most toughest circumstances. The book itself is very well written wit [...]

    13. I was already a huge fan of Felthouse’s FF books, this was my first MM by her and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed the way she let the story slowly unfold. I love a good buildup and this one was superb. The sexual tension between Hugh and Rustam was delicious, months of naughty thoughts, glances at each other, slight touches. Finally our leading men meet and sparks fly. It’s obvious that the author did her homework on not only the military “lingo” but also the cultural atmospher [...]

    14. Originally part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle this cracking wee story is being let loose on the world on it's own.Wilkes, A British Army officer on his final tour of Afghan finds himself falling for his native interpreter, Balkhi. Months of inappropriate thoughts on both sides lead into a stolen night of passion but can they continue seeing each other without alerting the other guys on camp to their love for each other?A very well researched book and as per usual so beautifully written.

    15. This book was originally part of the Unconditional Surrender anthology, but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to read it again when it became available on its own. Captain Wilkes and his interpreter try to fight their attraction for each other, but in the end, they just can't do it! Lucy fills the scenes with some of the hottest MM erotica and doesn't take away from the storyline at all. You definitely don't want to miss this awesome MM read!

    16. I received this book in return for an honest reviewThis book really opened my eyes to the people behind the soldiers who risk their lives to help them. The author brings the characters and location alive. I would have loved a little more or an epilogue but I know this can be hard to do with a short story.

    17. This is a fantastic short story. It is obviously well researched and intelligently written. It's an erotic romance told with the backdrop of life in the army in Afghanistan, highlighting the issues both of being gay in the military and cultural differences. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this talented writer's short story.

    18. 3.5 stars a really nice quick read. You can tell Lucy has done her research which makes this enjoyable, yes they fall in love fast but spending months together in the desert along with tense situations it's gonna happen fast.Thanks for the arc Lucy, I will be checking out more of your books soon.

    19. I don't usually expect much more than a bit of shallow but hopefully sexy fun from anything this short, but this first story in a two-part series about a British soldier and the local interpreter assigned to him on his last tour in Afghanistan was a very positive surprise that somehow just managed to hit all the right buttons. Despite the short length, I felt it managed to built up the characters and their developing relationship sufficiently to not seem rushed, convey actual feelings as opposed [...]

    20. 3 star review by AmberFirst things first…is book needs a sequel!! There HAS to be a sequel coming!! It’s not that this book ended on a cliffhanger because it absolutely did not but it did end in a really unsatisfying HFN kind of way. I don’t even know how to feel about this story without knowing that there is more on the way.One of my most favorite genre’s is military m/m romance so I was all for this story. It sounded great and it was pretty good. I’d have loved more character develop [...]

    21. This was an interesting and original little story, well researched and very well written. British Army officer Wilkes is on his last tour in Afghanistan, only six months of hellish heat and sandy nightmare before he gets to return home. Wilkes is gay and closeted and he’s determined to stay that way; but things get complicated when he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam. Rustam is good looking, and Wilkes finds himself extremely attracted to the young man.After weeks of fantasies Wilkes has a [...]

    22. To me this story felt like two different stories combined even though it is very short. You have the romance side and then you have the military side. While the military side was fairly accurate, it was kind of cut and dry, even for someone with a military background. I didn't find much to keep me wanting to find out what happens, except for with the romance.How could these two men have anything happen between them? That is what kept me reading. Then when it does happen, it was almost like a man [...]

    23. Read as part of Unconditional Surrender - An M/M Military Bundle.I didn't buy too much the CO's willingness in the event of the risks that interpreters confront; the same with the implied easiness to move between countries for Balkhi.

    24. Fine but too quick to develop the relationship. I won't be reading the sequel because I simply didn't care enough about these characters or their lightening quick romance.

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