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Incoming by A.E. Wasp

 
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Incoming by A.E. Wasp

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Book Series
Veterans Affairs #2
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About the Author
After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, focusing on professional and academic writing, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love writing. 
She writes romance because it is the people we love and who love us that give our lives meaning. She writes erotica because sex is one of the many ways we as humans connect to each other. She writes fantasy and paranormal fiction because inviting myth and fantasy into our worlds allows us to experience life more fully.
She invites readers into her characters’ lives at a time when they are their most vulnerable, their most human. We connect with these characters and share their hopes and fears because they are ours, too. 
Born on Long Island, NY, Amy has lived in Los Angeles, London, Bangkok, and currently in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she hopes to stay


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Publication Date
November 25, 2016
Available Formats
ebook
Pages
214
ASIN
B01MD049QR
What happens when what you need could cost you everything you’ve ever wanted?

What Dmitri Greenman wants is out - out of debt, out of his rundown farmhouse, and out of Red Deer, Colorado. Salvation beckons in the form of a job opportunity in California.
 
What newly-discharged army veteran Troy Johnson wants is simply to lay down - lay down his weapon, lay down some roots, and lay down the memories that haunt him. Red Deer sounds like the perfect place to do it.
 
Sparks fly when their paths cross one hot Fourth of July weekend, and suddenly they find that what they need is each other.
 

But the memories Troy is running from are hot on his heels and, whether Troy wants it or not, Dmitri is determined to save him from the demons he hadn’t even realized he was fighting.

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A veteran meets a vet.
(Updated: November 27, 2016)
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Incoming by A.E. Wasp, the second book in the Veterans Affairs series, is a stand alone, with no cliffhangers, and a HEA. It deals with PTSD in a realistic manner, including ways in which it can be managed with professional help and loving friends and family. The PTSD is part of one of the MC's story, but by no means all of it. This is the story of two slightly broken men finding each other and learning to trust in their future, and is, at its heart, a moving love story. 

Troy Johnson is only months out of a tour of duty with the army in Afghanistan. He is a muscular, tattooed hottie with hazel eyes and silky brown hair. Fearing a poor reception if he stays in his hometown in West Virginia, were he isn't out to his family and childhood friends, Troy moves to Red Deer, in Colorado, to begin his studies at University on the GI Bill. Money will be tight so he also begins work as a bartender at Vincent's Bar, the only 'sort of' gay bar in town. It is here that he begins to make friends and meets the enigmatic Dmitri. 
 
Dmitri Wellington is a vet of a different kind.  One who has gone into research because he finds practicing his profession to be too painful. Telling clients that their beloved pet is sick, or worse, is just too hard. As a result Dmitri is working in canine cancer research, which he loves, but in a work environment he hates. It's not paying enough to discharge his crushing student debts or his mortgage. He's lived his entire life in Red Deer and is looking for something more. A better, higher paying job, a new life away from the place he's never left, an adventure. He applies for a job in California and spends his days waiting. Why make more friends when you have one best friend, Angel, who's never let you down?  Other people just leave or want more than you can give so Dmitri lives alone and largely lonely. 
 
When fellow bartender, Angel, points out the stunning blonde, blue eyed vet sitting across the bar, Troy thinks he might be worth at least a hook up. After all, he's new in town, comfortably out here, and ready for some fun. At the very least he hopes to make a new friend before his studies begin. Troy thinks Dmitri is a military vet. Dmitri thinks Troy is a veterinarian. They both think they have something in common and Dmitri's best friend Angel is just happy to play match maker. Finding out the truth, and immediately hitting it off, both men are surprised at how quickly their feelings for each other strengthen. Troy will need persistence if he is going to break down Dmitri's walls and teach him that friends come in all shapes and sizes, and good friends give far more than they take. Dmitri will have to find a strength he didn't know he had when Troy's past comes crashing in on them. Helping Troy understand that needing help isn't a weakness may just help Dmitri grow and learn too. 
 
There is a great deal these two young men must learn, and following their journey through what can seem like insurmountable issues, makes for a highly engrossing read. I loved these two men and their chemistry was off the charts. There was also a sweetness in the way they, and their gradually increasing group of friends related to each other. The secondary characters, including Angel, Dmitri's parents Gil and Annie, Vincent, Danny, and of course Moby and Sweetie, because dogs are people too, were all fully fleshed out and added much to Troy and Dmitri's journey. 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author had me fully invested in their story. There were a few editorial issues, mainly involving missed words or a change in tense, which could distract some readers. They did not put me off the story, however, as they didn't occur too often. Troy's hair was also described by Dmitri as silky brown at their first meeting, but  later referred to as black. Not a huge deal, but in the context of Moby reacting to black haired men I was confused momentarily. These editing issues were definitely not deal breakers for me and I have no hesitation in recommending this story. It was at times heart wrenching, but more often heartwarming, and the HEA was great.
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