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Brief Summary: Taro is an almost-sixteen-year-old who has been "adopted" by Marine captain Eve Marcori. Eve is a tough woman who expects a lot out of her "little brother". So far, Taro has been able to live up to her expectations; that is, until Rafe steps on board. From the beginning, Taro is at odds with the flamboyant playboy, especially after Rafe learns Taro's dirty secret about his sexual preferences (he's gay). But when the two are stranded alone on a planet, they must learn to get along and a relationship blossoms.
Why You Should Read It: Sarge writes a wonderfully engaging, well-written story. The characters are lovable in spite of (or maybe because of) their flaws. None are perfect, but none are beyond redemption, either. Taro takes after his sister, hard-assed and serious. Rafe is the playboy who just wants to have fun. In an odd way, they compliment each other. The main premise of the story (the developing romance between Taro and Rafe) is a bit outside my comfort zone, but there is no graphic sex or overly descriptive romance scenes, so it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the story. I'm actually looking forward to book two, which is planned for July (if I remember correctly).