Date Finished: January 1, 2023
Published: June 5, 2013
For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a Navy ship in WWII, the risks were high. Not just the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery, of discharge, imprisonment or worse. Only a special kind of love was worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel met Jacob’s eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knew he had to try.
Being together required figuring out what it meant to be gay and in love with another man, in an era when they could be jailed or committed for admitting the desires of their hearts. On a ship at war, their relationship was measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantees there would be a tomorrow. And if they survived the war, they would need even more luck to keep their love alive through all the years to come.
This story was written for a photo and story request letter as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Love is Always Write event. Any author royalties will be donated to Lambda Legal, for their continued legal support of the rights of LGBT individuals.
As a person who loves so many people in the LGBTQ+ community, this story made me appreciate how far we’ve come as a society. The story of Jacob and Daniel was so beautifully written. The author did an amazing job capturing the strength of their union while at the same time allowing the reader to navigate the trials of being in a queer relationship during a time when showcasing that relationship was not only illegal but where one could be physically and mentally abused by society. Hats off to the author for taking a picture and using it as inspiration to write one of the best MM romance stories I’ve come across to date.