After a Marine roughs him up at a gay bar, Ensign Aiden Lange has some cuts and bruises on his face that are sure to raise questions at work. At the urging of a sympathetic cop, he spends the next day hiking to Okinawa's Hiji Falls where he'll claim he hurt himself in a fall. But at the end of the trail, he's in for a pleasant surprise - a gorgeous young guy in a pair of swimming trunks.
Connor didn't come up to the falls to find a man, but when the ensign with the bandaged eyebrow finds him, he's instantly intrigued. A hike turns into dinner, and before either of them know it, they're inseparable. Connor's experience with men is limited, but Aiden is gentle and - in spite of their mutual hunger for each other - infinitely patient.
It's a small world, though, and an even smaller island, and when Connor's father catches the two of them together, he's more than just an overprotective dad - he's one of Aiden's high-ranking bosses. With a few phone calls, he can derail the Naval Academy grad's carefully planned career trajectory. The ultimatum is simple - stay away from Connor, or kiss his dreams of advancement goodbye.
Aiden's not so easily deterred, though, especially when it comes to someone like Connor, so the two continue seeing each other in secret. But there are only so many places to hide on a tiny island, and sooner or later, Aiden's going to have to choose - Connor or his career.
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Love or a Career, which would you choose?
How many time can I answer this question with, at the top?
Conduct Unbecoming, same Author and same Narrator.
I generally purchase audiobooks simply because he narrates them. This book did not disappoint. Boudreaux (the spicier alter ego of Greg Tremblay) gives his performances everything he's got, literally. Every nuance is captured, every groan, even sharp intakes of breath can clearly be heard. The characters come to life in a way and their story is clearly conveyed.
I can't say all of them, can I...
Toward the end of the book both men have to really consider what they want from the other. Whether or not their relationship is strong enough to risk everything for. These several chapters were particularly moving and emotional.
Tams e-book review July 2014...
This is the sequel to Witt's best selling novel, Conduct Unbecoming. While this book could be read as a stand alone, the sequence of events in this story happen at the same time the events were taking place in Unbecoming, so I'd recommend reading them in order so you can fully appreciate the story and the characters.
Ensign Aiden Lange recently graduated the Naval Academy at Annapolis and has been stationed in Okinawa Japan. Although 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has recently been repelled, Aiden still keeps his sexuality a secret at work. That is until an encounter at a local gay bar leaves him with a busted up and bruised face. He confides in the officer that is sent to file a report because he senses an understanding in him, and so two days later Aiden is off to Hiji Falls to fake an accident in an effort to explain his face when he's back at work.
Connor Bradshaw lives on the base with his overprotective father, General Bradshaw. His father has no problem with him being gay, he only has a problem with his son dating anyone under his command, which knocks out about ninety nine percent of the male population in Okinawa. When he first meets Aiden at the falls, Connor deliberately doesn't state his last name. He knows the man would run away if he knew. So he and Aiden being a courtship in secret until the General gets suspicious and follows Connor to Aiden's apartment.
The General forbids any type of relationship between his son and his Ensign, but Aiden and Connor decide it's worth the risk and continue to see each other in secret. Stolen moments at the library, escapes to the various castles and beaches on the island, late night drives and dinners to out of the way places they hope they won't be seen at. But the sneaking around and lying will wear anyone down, and when forced to make a decision between his career and love, will Aiden make the right choice?
Okay, I think we all know I absolutely love LA Witt. Conduct Unbecoming was one of my first M/M reads, and is still my favorite M/M book to this day. What I love about Witt's writing is her ability to paint a scene like an artist with a brush. When you are reading this story about Okinawa, you are literally transported to the island in Japan, surrounded by the beauty and the landscapes there. And then woven into that beautiful backdrop is a story of struggle, fighting for what you want and finding yourself with the person you fall in love with. That is the story of Aiden and Connor.
When Aiden is described as infinitely patient it is absolutely accurate. He's had the ability to explore his sexuality as to where Connor has not. They slowly learn about each other as they slowly fall in love. And while Aiden worries about Connor's inexperience at one point, he quickly realizes that that is the reason he fell in love with him in the first place. And good lord above, these two LOVE to kiss. I don't think I've ever read a book with so many variations of kissing and so much of it, but that is the beauty of this couple. They are very tender and loving and the way they are written conveys that love and tenderness for the reader to appreciate and enjoy. The scene on the beach, with the sunscreen... Wow, holy fuck me, Wow!
Oh yes, this is a must read. If you like coming of age stories with ZERO angst (thank god!) and are a romantic at heart, you'll love this book.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)