Author: Faith Ashlin
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Bobby, Lewis
During the Second World War, two airmen from Texas join the Royal Air Force, while America is still neutral. The attraction between them is immediate. Bobby, a navigator, has given up on thoughts of relationships, concentrating instead on the war he fervently believes in. Lewis, his new pilot, is full of life, passionate about planes and playing his part in the war.
They connect immediately with intense, but furtive, sex. Their bond grows during many tough raids and passionate nights, until Lewis pushes Bobby to admit how he feels. Bobby didn’t think love was a possibility. But now Lewis is here, real and offering everything he could never admit he wanted.
Can they have a future together during the war?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes a HFN ending.
Bobby Davenport and Lewis Winters are Americans flying with the British in World War Two before the United States entered the war. They fly Mosquitoes-a fast, light plane used as fighters and bombers, Lewis as a pilot and Bobby as his navigator. They start having a relationship at a time when doing so could mean the end of their military career and being arrested and jailed if they are found out.
Bobby and Lewis are two gay men in a relationship that gets deeper and richer over the two years they are together flying bombing missions from England to Nazi-occupied Europe. Lewis becomes convinced that he and Bobby are a lucky pair and neither one should fly without the other. When he is injured and burned after crashing a plane while taking off, he begs Bobby to take a desk job until he is able to return to duty.
Bobby refuses to stop flying because it is the most important thing in his life and this puts a very large strain on their relationship during the months it takes Lewis to recover from the burns and skin grafts. When he is finally able to return to duty, he confronts him and Bobby finally admits that he wants to take the final step and commit to a forever relationship.
I really loved this story set in a turbulent time in history where every minute is lived on the edge and every mission could be their last. Faith Ashlin has written a richly detailed and very accurate tale that offers a fascinating look into the lives of two men who are fighting a war they believe in and what they go through as they fly dangerous missions.
Reviewed By: Pat