Genres: Contemporary, LGBT
Captain Marc LaCroix's career as pilot in the Air Force ends because of a creep with a surface to air missile. With a leg amputated below the knee, Marc comes home to what he expects to be a miserable, lonely existence. What he didn't count on is his best friend, Paul Kane, and the way his body would react to Paul's sizzling eyes and kisses.
Paul has been in love with Marc since they were kids. Afraid confessing his feelings would ruin their friendship, Paul stayed in the background, playing the supportive best friend all through the many years Marc has been away. Then Marc returns, sexier than he left, and all those old feelings become new again. But will Paul's fear ruin it before it even begins?
Right Here Waiting, by Remmy Duchene, was one of the best books I’ve read this month. The main reason I state this is because this book touched something in my spirit. Marc LaCroix is returning home after years of being away in the military. Marc was an Air Force pilot that had been shot down while deployed and lost half of his left leg. Consequently, he is no longer in the military, or able to fly planes.
He is coming home to the place he left right after high school, to his best friend Paul Kane. Since Marc left, Paul has become a university professor and purchased a home so that Marc had somewhere to go when he came home. Paul and Marc corresponded regularly while Marc was deployed, but that is nothing like seeing each other on person.
In one of the letters Paul sent, Marc he came out to Marc, but didn’t tell Marc that he was in love with him. Marc never admitted in his letters to Paul that he to, was gay. A key line from the first chapter in the book states:
“This was the moment the therapist and military counsellors were preparing him for. He was back in the real world where surface-to-air missiles were just something talked about in movies.”
This book is a story of not only Marc readjusting to life out of the military, but also being back in his hometown. He is also struggling, as the statement says, with being back in the real world and coming to understand that he isn’t broken. The book is also the story of Paul coming to grips with the fact that he loves his best friend and is afraid to act on that love for fear of losing the friendship.
This book touched my spirit because so many men and women return from being in the structure of the military and find it hard to adjust to an unstructured civilian life. While the book does contain some typographical, grammatical and continuity errors, not enough to ruin a great story, it stays true to its intention and was a pleasure to read.
-Reviewed by Selina