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Her Majesty's Men #2

Beyond Her Majesty's Men

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Beyond Her Majesty's Men takes place after HMM. It explores a little further the story of these two soldiers in the British Forces, and gives insight into how their friendship develops. This small collection is a special charity publication for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It is not available in print, because the charity auction winner exclusively received the print version. All profit goes to MSF.

32 pages, ebook

First published March 14, 2010

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Marquesate is a British author living in Scotland. She has been associated with the British Forces for many years, and specialises in contemporary gay military fiction.

Using the insider knowledge of the 'bowels' of the military machinery and the insight into the soldiers' minds and modes of functioning, Marquesate creates realistic settings, situations and characters who are simultaneously down to earth and larger than life. Those men are strong, aggressive, tough and independent, and it is their determination and truthfulness to themselves and their comrades in arms, that becomes their saviour and their downfall.

These soldiers are grounded in their military context and thrown into a maelstrom of duty, comradeship, hostility and courage, to emerge scarred, battle-hardened and touched at the very core of their selves - by an enemy, a friend, a foe or an ally.

No-holds barred, often hard and brutal, Marquesate's fiction always carries a punch.

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739 reviews401 followers
April 5, 2016
Beautiful! Unfortunately it's only a short story with several scenes from Tom and Alex' life after the end of the last book.

I was hoping for a more detailed novel that would bring closure to these two awesome guys, but still I am happy to see them in their current HFN.

Even though it's very short, it's definitely a 5 star read!
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Author 85 books220 followers
December 14, 2010
I absolutely loved this short story, there is practically no sex and despite this (or maybe thanks to this) it’s one of the most romantic and sweet story I have ever read, and if you considering it’s about rough soldiers, it was not an easy job to make it like that.

Tom and Alex are buddy friends and something more; no one wants to really admit the deepness of their feelings, but it’s obvious and binding. Waiting for Alex to leave for a six months shift abroad, Tom has the chance to question his own side of the relationship and to arrive to the right conclusion: he is in love. But in their world, and mentality, it’s almost impossible to be open with this type of feeling, and so Tom is not able to say the words, not even to think at them. Alex will leave and Tom will wait at home, like a friend and not a partner.

Tom is probably more near to the point in which it will be impossible to deny it’s love, but it’s not that Alex is doing something to push him away; on the contrary, even from abroad, he is cultivating their feelings, and maintaining the contact, so that when he will be back home, Tom will be there waiting for him. Does it matter that their friends and relatives believe them to be only best friends? By the way, I think Tom and Alex want to think their dear ones are not aware, but I think it’s one example more of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: in this case it’s a benigne example, a way for Tom’s family to letting him know that he will be always welcome in their comforting embrace.

This is a Christmas story, and as such is tender and with an happily ever after, maybe a macho man HEA, but nevertheless a good one.

This is a charity publication, strictly no-profit for the author, and the £0.40 revenue of each book go to Médecins Sans Frontières

February 22, 2013
3.5 stars-

A nice companion piece to Alex's and Tom's story, but far too short! I sort of feel like this story undid some of the progress that Alex and Tom made in their romantic relationship with each other as well. I also would have liked this story better if there was a love scene in it when Tom and Alex were reunited, but there was not. I would have also loved to read more emails from the two of them too! I thought the emails were a nice touch and would have liked even more of them.

I really hope that there is a longer sequel coming soon! :) I would love to read about more of Alex's and Tom's relationship together!
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2,040 reviews199 followers
September 6, 2012
A charity extra for 'Her Majesty's Men'.

Taken on it's own there's nothing really to it, just a few sweet moments.

Reading it as an extra, checking in with the characters again is nice. They're still big rough/tough men, there's no flowery words and may never be, yet what they have is precious.
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708 reviews28 followers
September 9, 2011
Nice continuation to the first book, establishing Tom's and Alex's HEA even further :)
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April 4, 2011
4.5 Stars

God, I could just feel every longing thought that Tom had for Alex. To see Alex finally show some affection towards Tom was a wonderful gift.
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77 reviews19 followers
October 7, 2011
Sweet short charity sequel.

Well, there isn't actually much here in this charity sequel. It's sweet and nice and for a good cause.
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