|Abandoned by his mother when he was very young, Nicco grew
up under the abusive control of his military, homophobic
father whom he was only allowed to refer to as Colonel. For
his entire life Nicco sought the Colonel's approval, to the
point of joining the Navy and leaving behind the one person
who truly loved him, his best friend Mac.
When Nicco left him, Mac was devastated. He knew Nicco
was running from him. To escape the pain of losing him Mac
joined the Marines. On special assignment in Afghanistan,
Mac meets and fall in love with Amir, a British Army
officer. After nearly dying in an explosion, Mac breaks off
his romance with Amir, leaving Amir and himself
broken-hearted. Even though he loves Amir, his love and
need for Nicco leads him to a life of celibacy.
After reconnecting while Mac is in the hospital, Mac and
Nicco resume their friendship on a platonic level. Working
at a company they built together where Amir was also an
employee, Mac patiently waited for Nicco until he is ready
to be more than just friends. Finally able to love each
other in the way they always dreamed about, the only dark
cloud on their newfound happiness is Amir's broken heart.
Going Against Orders is the 5th installment
of Carol Lynne's soap opera-esque Men in Love
series. I liked this story, as part of the series it fills
in the gaps and explains scenes that were left open-ended
from the previous installments. Carol Lynne does a very
good job of tying in the scenes and keeping with the time
line. Nicco, Mac and Amir are three very strong-minded as
well as physically strong men, but they are also men who
have been hurt and full of love that they wanted desperately
to share. I felt compassion for all three of them but it
was Amir who got to me the most. He loved Mac and was
willing to work for him just to be near him knowing that Mac
may never be with him again because of his love for Nicco.
I adore stories with surprises, angst, and hot man on man
action and Going Against Orders has all three,
especially the man on man action.
Going Against Orders can be read as a
stand-alone but I suggest reading the prior four books in
sequential order to get a better feel of the supporting