Duo Review by Michele and Sarina
TITLE: Behind the Uniform
SERIES: Mischief Corner Collections #1
AUTHORS: Toni Griffin, Jon Keys, and Gregory L. Norris
PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2016
**Please Note: The stories in this anthology will *not* be released individually.
Uniformed careers are a matter of choice and of sacrifice – military, fire, police, forest service, etc. – and the people who choose these careers are often dedicated to a fault. But sometimes dedication can come with a hefty price. Behind the Uniform illustrates the physical or emotional sacrifice and the hard choices that sometimes come with such all-consuming dedication.
A Wolf in Cop’s Clothing by Toni Griffin
Marcus Holland loves his job as a small town cop and his life with his pack. When his mate, Brian, kissed him goodbye that morning and remarked, “This is Leyburn. What trouble could I possibly find?” Marcus really hoped never to find out. He had no idea how much those words would come back to haunt him as he goes about his duties.
It’s the Hat by Jon Keys
Forest ranger Matt Keller’s frustrations mount as he tries to bust a poaching ring in a Michigan national forest and now he’s discovered that Kyle, the gorgeous waiter he desperately wants to ask out, has an ex-boyfriend hanging around. The ex is bad news, Kyle says it’s complicated, and Matt’s not sure which way to jump. Just as Matt’s puzzling things out with Kyle, his pursuit of the poachers takes a dangerous turn and he could risk losing all the pieces he’s fought so hard to juggle.
The Head Shed by Gregory L. Norris
Milo Hanover is proud to manage a Head Shed. He and the sex workers he supervises are vital to the morale and sanity of troops fighting a ruthless alien invader. When Colonel Dunnegin arrives at the Shed, though, it isn’t for the usual reason. He reveals that humanity needs Milo for the secrets carried in his genetic code rather than his enthusiastic service. In the desperate race to get Milo to the front, he battles his own heart even as he’s thrust into the battleground for humanity’s survival.
This was a great little collection of stories by authors both familiar and new. The variety in characters and situations was wonderful and the various men in uniform were certainly showcased well in each of the stories which made for a diverse and entertaining read. If you can’t resist a man in uniform, I’d recommend checking this book out; there’s a little something for everyone and its all good!
A Wolf in Cop’s Clothing by Toni Griffin: Reviewed by Sarina
Oh I just adored this! Fans of the Holland Brother’s Series are sure to recognize the characters in this story and that was one of the reasons I was so eager to pick it up. For me, this story was just a total bonus for the rest of the series and I was so excited to reconnect with the characters and world I’d come to love reading about in the previous books. The author managed to pack a well rounded story in a small package that didn’t leave me feeling rushed or disappointed by the end. While you can read the story and certainly understand what’s going on, you’ll get more out of it if you’re already familiar with the characters and I recommend reading the series anyway because I enjoyed every bit of it. Great way to start the book, I loved it! 4.5*
It’s the Hat by Jon Keys: Reviewed by Michele
This story is about Matt Keller, a forest ranger, who tries to single handedly take down a poaching ring in the Michigan national forest. Matt is a sweet guy who lives a very uncomplicated life. He enjoys his job, and at the end of his shift a few time a week he enjoys going into town to a certain diner, to ogle a certain waiter. Well to his frustration this waiter, Kyle, has an ex-boyfriend that spells bad-boy bad news. Matt has been dying to ask Kyle out but just never worked up the nerve. Funny thing is Kyle has been covertly flirting with Matt for some time also hoping he would notice without being too obvious.
The Head Shed by Gregory L. Norris: Reviewed by Sarina
This was a really interesting finish to the anthology. I found the premise of the story really interesting and without going into a massive amount of detail the author still managed to convey the horror and overwhelming problem the Grunk’s represented. I kind of liked how the Head Shed operated, providing a service that was needed while still providing for the safety of the workers and the fact that it was all focused on oral rather than penetrative sex was something different. I enjoyed the characters and the setting as well, but the insta love factor in this one wasn’t believable in the slightest for me. Also, there seemed to be some transitioning issues due to the size of the story and the author’s need to complete it without writing a full on novel. I did like this one though and while I would’ve liked a little more I wasn’t disappointed in the story as a whole. I would’ve liked to have seen Milo and Joe get their official happy ending, however. 3.5*