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Publisher's Summary

First class petty officer Eric Randall is less than thrilled about taking orders to Okinawa. Three long, lonely years on a crappy island that's thousands of miles from his daughter? Oh. Yeah. Sign him up. But as long as he's stuck here, he might as well make the best of it, so he discreetly checks out the local gay scene, where he meets Shane Connelly.

What starts as a one night stand leaves both of them wanting more, but then Eric finds out Shane doesn't just outrank him, he's an officer. DADT may be repealed, but an enlisted man getting involved with an officer falls under conduct unbecoming a gentleman and could cost both men their careers. They both have kids to take care of, future civilian careers to consider, and retirements on the line.

Still, they can't resist each other. They discreetly spend nights together, and their mutual desire to explore the beautiful island of Okinawa is a perfect excuse to spend days together. As long as no one asks and they don't tell, there's no reason anyone has to find out.

But secrets like this tend to make themselves known...

This 95,000 word novel was previously published.

©2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt (P)2017 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt

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I really loved book. I enjoy how the author allows insight on what exactly each of the two main characters are thinking and feeling, instead of getting a one sided look from one of the main characters. I think the narrator did a wonderful job.

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MM romance with a side of Okinawa

I enjoyed the story but could have done with a little less tour guide and more depth to the stroy. It's clear the author has either been to Okinawa or has a really good travel magazine subscription but I didn't come here for that. I came foe a good MM romance. Also Greg Boudreaux normally does a wonderful job with the narration but I feel like there was no shift between the two main characters and I often times got confused as to who's POV it was.

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AWESOME STORY...,. But, it is still considered fraternization between an O1 and an O6. If that is discovered it would destroy the O6s career, so there is no possible way for them to be out in their relationship regardless if both are officers. But overall the author did a pretty good job capturing 50% of what life is like in the Navy.

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So glad I bought this audio book!

This is one of the first MM books I read years ago and I had lots track of it. I had loved the romance between Erik and Shane and the vivid descriptions of Japan. Greg Boudreaux really brought this story and this couple to life. I feel like I’ve found an old friend and will listen to this again and again.

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Soooo good

This is one of those purchases that had been sitting in my library for a while. My commute was now shorter and my TBR list kept getting bigger. That was a mistake. I finished Conduct Unbecoming in two days and at the end, all I wanted to do was start over and listen to the entire thing again..right then! So it's back on the playlist in my car. Get this Audible, it is so worth it.

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Hot for the manly voices of Boudreaux

Listening to the clear masculine story between two fabulously sexy men falling in love made me hunger for a similar relationship. Looking forward to Witt’s next audible book about Lange who got in a brawl with a Marine named Glen in Conduct Unbecoming! Total enjoyment with enough suspense even with a happy ending.

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Great story and performance

Witt always writes a great story She has some odd word choices that are clearly not gay military man I love love love Greg Boudreaux s narration Its natural and not over pronounced like Nick Russo All said one of my favorite series esp being a USN chief and gay

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since I'm not a member of Amazon auto books because they don't seem to have a lot of goods books that I like so I have to pay out of pocket and I can't return it since it's copyright it's a so-so book but I would keep my money and research for something else but the author Greg kept me intrigued in it but I'm still not 100% satisfied with this book. You really couldn't tell who was who in the book because he used the same voice in it and it got me confused a lot I highly recommend don't waste your money

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SWOONING!!!

O.M.G!!!!.... I loved this story so hard!!!

The Chemistry between Shayne & Eric Sizzled from beginning to end!!!

Highly Recommend this book!

Naration was Amazing!!! 👏

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Love the narration!

Theirs was a forbidden love. One that has the power to destroy them both and everything they have been working for if word of it ever got out.

First class petty officer Eric Randall (and isn’t that a mouthful?) is not happy when he is transferred to Okinawa, a Japanese island so far from his daughter he doesn’t even want to think about it. But for better or worse he’s stuck on the island for the next three years. To make his stay a little less lonely he ventures out to the local gay bar.

Shane Connelly has been on Okinawa for six months. He’s not a stranger to the island or the gay community, or population is more like it, there. When Eric walks into the bar Shane takes instant notice. The attraction between them is immediate, but neither expects anything more than one night of fun. After the initial meet, neither can get the other out of their heads and when they run into each other again they have to admit defeat. And so they start spending time together, exploring the island and each other. But they have to do it in secret, because if they are caught the consequences will be severe.

I’m not at all familiar with the military world or how the ranking works (other than what I’ve read in my romances). I hate that being open with your love is still so stigmatised and forbidden. In this case the “wrongness” of Eric and Shane’s relationship is twofold; they are both men and one outrank the other, a lot. It’s not fair that things like that should matter. That the consequences if they are found out are so harsh, no leeway whatsoever. I mean you can’t help who you fall for. And yet, they stand to lose everything.

Some my favourite parts were when Eric’s daughter Marie came to visit and the three of them spent time together. During the times the three of them spent together, there was no outside lurking, no threat of discharges. It was a genuinely happy times filled with a lot of banter and laughter.

I’m a huge fan of Greg Boudreaux, he is a fantastic narrator and has a beautiful voice. I’ve listened to a bunch of his books and have loved them all. I think I might have said that I’d listen to anything he might say. That said, I do think this might be my least favourite narration of his. I have come to expect so much from him and I know I’ve probably (absolutely) been spoiled by his flawless narrations in the past. That’s why it came as such as a surprise when I had a hard time differentiate between Eric and Shane. Their voices were so similar they might as well have been the same and I often found myself wondering who was narrating, whose head was I in. On the plus side, the emotion and passion was still there in his voice and he brought the story and island to life.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • 08-02-17

Will listen to this again!

Kudos to the author for all the research. I felt I was actually there on the island visiting all these places. A very enjoyable romance plot, and superbly narrated by Greg.

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  • 04-26-22

Love letter to Okinawa!

This was a beautiful love story in a stunning part of the world. I throughly enjoyed their explorations of the the island and their growing relationship.
Low angst but it was enough to know they were breaking rules to be together and interesting for anyone who likes a military type read

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  • 08-28-21

A really great listen!

While I loved this story and it's told so very well, I am so saddened that the characters had to hide their relationship nearly the entire book - only due to policy of the armed forces.
The storyline, characters and narration are all brilliant and I really enjoyed their journey. The chemistry between Eric and Shane is sizzling hot and undeniable. A really great read/listen.

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  • 10-20-18

Excellent

I love this story, have read it more than once but the audio has given it more meaning for me. The narrator is excellent and really brought the story to life.