4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dee Gay Heat Index Length Little to no angst long distance love m/m May/December May/December Men In Uniform Mid level steam/heat Military Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Purchased Standalone

Men In Uniform: One Giant Leap by Kay Simone

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Houston we have so many problems…
Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.
Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.
But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he’s never met, Curt’s mission takes on a new trajectory.

“CAPCOM to commander. Do you read?”
Patrick Harte’s life is turned upside down when he’s called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.
Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick — but it’s one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.
“The more I talk to you, the more I know that we understand each other.”

After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can’t imagine life on earth without the other man… Despite the fact that he’s never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won’t stop once he’s cleared for landing.
The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy — but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?


This is a delightful older/younger m/m romance (there’s only a 5 or 6 year age difference). The premise was unusual – 2 men who are literally separated by space, fall in love. The story style was also interesting, switching between recent past (Curt’s interview prior to this space mission) and present, interacting with his crew and Patrick, his ground navigator (CAPCOM).
The story is unique, and for those interested in space travel (and even those who aren’t), the descriptions of the space station, the crew and the issues that can occur were woven seamlessly into the story. I won’t try to summarise the book- I wouldn’t be able to do it justice – but believe me when I say it’s a brilliant book.
There is a lot of humour and heart in this story, especially the way Curt comes to rely on Patrick and they both realise that they are falling slowly falling in love. The scene when Curtis finally lands on Earth and finally sees Patrick is funny and touching. This was one of the best books that I’ve read and I would recommend to anyone.

4.5 of 5 stars


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