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The Marine in Unit A (Mockingbird Place) by [Cook, Kris]
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The man who has been more of a dad to me than my biological father is dead.
He rescued me from the streets six years ago—a runaway teenage boy, escaping a family who thought I was an abomination.
Now what do I do? I have no one.
My life might look great from the outside. I’m in college. I have my own apartment. I have lots of friends.
But I’m dying on the inside.
I feel so alone. Lost. Hopeless.
I’m not the kind of person to wallow in self-pity. I need a distraction.
The guy moving into Unit A may be just what I need to take my mind off of losing my dad.


21-year old Oliver Lancaster is attracted to 22-year old Adam Stockton, the former-Marine moving into Unit A. But attraction for the closeted man morphs quickly into something deeper, something meaningful, something that terrifies Oliver. What will happen if Adam learns about the secret from his past?

Warning: contains skinny dipping, two hot men kissing, and sexual situations taking place in a 10-unit Mediterranean complex filled with college-aged hotties.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014Q2BPOM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Kris Cook's Mockingbird Place series has a very topical in this moment story line. We meet a lot of the residents of Mockingbird Place and get their backstories while getting the most about Oliver, the story holder for MP, and Adam, the Marine, who is new to MP. You get to meet and come to like the people who are associated with MP. It is a look at issues met by this tight knit group and the help they give to others. I look forward to the stories to come about the other Units at Mockingbird Place.

Thanks Kris Cook & Good Writing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars - Strong, Imperfect Men. Contains some trigger subjects. 15 September 2015
By Happily Ever Chapter - Published on
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** Provided via Promoter in Exchange for an Honest Review **

Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Two men, awkwardly arranged above a lit skyline. Would not pick up based on cover. In this case, it was the summary that caught my attention and begged a closer look.
Looking Deeper:
Written in a first-person POV from Oliver's perspective. Oliver's hurting from the fresh loss of the man who'd taken him in several years ago and became a father to him in all ways but blood. Adam is the new tenant, a former Marine that is suffering hurts of his own since losing a leg and his military career. Oliver's out and proud, Adam is a third-generation Marine who grew up knowing he needed to suppress who and what he is. Now, together in a vulnerable time in their lives, can they depend on one another for strength and comfort... maybe even love?
Both lead characters are filled with such raw emotions, neither are perfect specimens... in fact, they both are admittedly flawed individuals. There's an entire cast of secondary characters, almost too many (sixteen off the top of my head that are mentioned or appear with regularity), but each is unique and helps to create a rich, full story. The chemistry between Oliver and Adam is unique in that it's not an instant thing, nor is it a steady and gradual progression. Dialogue is good, so is the interplay between cast members. There are a handful of conflicts that are sufficiently resolved in a variety of fitting manners. There's almost no predictability and several surprises tucked in here and there, some bigger than others. The conclusion is wrapped up extremely well, leaving no stone unturned.
Mr. Cook is the first male m/m author that I have read that has managed to convey the depth and complexity of raw emotions throughout the book. He made me laugh, and made me tear up... not an easy feat. I was very pleased and impressed with this story and look forward to the next installment in the series.
Heat Level: 4.25 [R] ~ Score: 4.4 ~ Stars: 4 (4.5, if were possible)

Contains subjects that may be considered triggers to the more sensitive reader: Hate Crime, Teen and Child Prostitution, Amputee
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book written with hope in mind, and lots of current day topics. 15 September 2015
By Dana Busenbark - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book deals with LGBTQIA as it's main genre. It is well written, and you can feel the intensity of the words and the emotions of the characters in the book. Especially Adam, who is the Marine that has moved into Unit A. It is interesting to realize why the name of a place hits you, like it could be familiar somehow, until the name of the town that it is set in is stated. Then you're thinking, I lived there! I suspect the location itself is fictional, while the town itself is very real, but it really gives a whole new outlook on the book. Having ties to a place can really help you visualize things and imagine how that place and the people in that place could be real. You can almost picture the part of town you might have found that location at. This is truly a book of realistic fiction. It deals with a number of issues that we've seen in the news over the last 5-10 years. Up to and including the leaders of our country. Kris Cook did a great job in writing this book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. This book brought laughter, anger, joy, and tears. A myriad of emotions.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Story 19 September 2015
By Books Laid Bare & Books Laid Bare Boys - Published on
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Oliver Lancaster lives in Mockingbird Place.

It's usually a wonderful, lively place to live but today is the funeral of his best friend and father figure Malcolm.

Malcolm was also the man that saved him from a life that could have been very different.

Adam Stockton is a Marine.

Today he is moving into Malcolm's old apartment and it couldn't have been a worse time, right in the middle of the funeral.

This is when Oliver and Adam meet.

Oliver is gay and proud of it, he is the president of the local LGBT group, campaigning for better rights.

Although he senses Adam is gay, he is very defensive for some reason, having been cheated on in the past.

The 2 men form a love/hate relationship, Oliver helping him to settle in and sort his apartment, getting him a security job on campus.

When Oliver's best friend Candy is attacked, it's Adam who saves the day.

Finally he admits that he is gay and has feelings for Oliver, their relationship develops and everyone they live with couldn't be happier for them.

Adam's Mum more or less adopts Oliver when she finds out what he has suffered in the past.

Both men have been through too much in their short lives but together they heal and grow.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance With a Message 19 September 2015
By TiffanyReadz - Published on
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The Marine in Unit A is a love story about Oliver and Adam, however Kris Cook gives his readers some insight into the LGBT community and what they face on a daily basis with friends and even family. I loved Mockingbird Place and the little map at the beginning of the book to show who lives where since the entire complex is involved in the story.

Oliver is only twenty-one, but is seasoned from his youth. Leaving home at a young age, Oliver learned the hard way that sometimes a parent's love isn't unconditional. Landing on his feet at Mockingbird Place for the last few years has helped, however, Oliver still has a jaded outlook on relationships. Sure he is a proud gay man, but with his past he doesn't let his relationships go further than a few months.

Adam is the latest tenant to move into Mockingbird Place and none too swiftly. He's also carrying around some baggage from being a former Marine and seeing some real action. Adam isn't looking for love yet because he has no idea who he really is at the moment. He's there to go to school and let the chips fall where they may.

The biggest chip is on Adam's shoulder and Oliver is hell bent on knocking it off. He's pretty sure his gaydar works, but Adam keeps throwing it off. Uncomfortable in his own skin, Adam is constantly sending Oliver mixed signals. This makes Oliver crazy and he also sees it as a challenge. Closeted men are considered his specialty.

The book is well written from Oliver's POV with Adam having a bit of a say at the end. Along with the main characters, Kris Cook developed his supporting characters well, so you were interested in everybody at Mockingbird Place. While a romance, this book also touches on the marriage and bigotry issues that gay and lesbian couples face daily. Great read and I wouldn't mind visiting Mockingbird Place again sometime soon.

Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read with an open mind and you'll love this book 16 September 2015
By Smut Hut Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Warning if you don't enjoy reading M/M or can't handle real life topics with an open mind read no further, but you will miss a story that covers so many topics we deal with on a daily basis. We've come pretty far in society, but have so much more room for improvements. In this book, we meet many characters (want to know more about Tony-hint hint) and the setting so realistic you can imagine yourself in this quaint apartment complex. It almost makes you wish it was real and believe this should be in every town.

Oliver had a life no one expects growing up. He was disowned by his parents at the age of 13, sent to a camp to fix boys, lived on the streets and so much more until his guardian angel, Malcolm saved him from this horrible life. Adam moves into Unit A after Malcolm passes away. He drops in (literally) outside Unit A as the complex is celebrating a memorial for Malcolm. Oliver was pissed, but there was something about Adam that continued to pull Oliver to Adam. Adam is a former Marine (not by choice) and is dealing with issues from injuries from war and on coming out. The Marine way of life holds him back from being who he truly is along with believing that all gay people cheat (this is all he sees) so when Oliver tries to get close he pushes away. Oliver and Adam experience real relationship issues and seeing the different way parents respond to their children coming out is very realistic (some are accepting others are not).

Oliver and his friends run the LGBTQIA program at the college. This program is there to help others while bringing awareness to these topics. Hate crimes still occur and the author uses real life issues and people to bring this taboo closer to home. He opens your mind to how much further society needs to still move forward with the acceptance of equality in the LGBTQIA community. After reading this book I hope that you not only get a better understanding of this much debated topic, but that you have more of an open mind regarding this matter. We are all equal no matter what and all humans should have the same rights regardless of relationship status.

After reading this book, I am extremely thankful that I support my family members who struggle with being accepted as normal and hope that one day it will be considered normal with no backlashes. This book truly deserves more than a 5 star read. We all can get lost in the book and feel like we are in town and feel the emotions of laughter, tears, fears and so much more. I look forward to the next book-The Cowboy.