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Monday, 24 August 2015

Lovin’ a Man in Uniform by A.J. Llewellyn

I was excited to participate in the Amber PAX “To Love a Hero” collection of military stories and dusted off a previously self-published short story, completely revamping it with almost 30,000 words added to it. The story is very different but the characters are still the same. 

I love Jason Hargreaves, a military security lieutenant who is married to the delightfully named Kahuna (who goes by Kappy). Kappy loves a man in uniform. Frankly, who doesn’t?

I wanted to set my story in Hawaii and in fact the first version was written during the height of the war against terror. The islands were streaming with servicemen on leave, and many, many more arriving to begin new assignments at one of the many, important US military bases dotted around the island.

It was fascinating to see so much camouflage on the streets of Waikiki. Open-air trucks carried young soldiers into the mountains for training practice. A spirit of “we-can-do-it” filled the air. I got a small glimpse of what Honolulu must have been like in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, and afterward.

I met a lot of servicemen and their families. I had mixed feelings about seeing these vital, very young men going off to battle. But war has always been like this. I was fortunate to hear stories of courage, and of fear, and to learn some things about the bases that I’d never known before. For example, Pearl Harbor, the main naval base joined forces with Hickham Air Force base to create one of the largest military bases in the world.

It wasn’t until I visited Hawaii in April of this year that I met a retired Air Force officer who was able to answer all my questions – even the stupid ones. I am fascinated by all the bases on the island of Oahu and wrestled with the idea of which base in which to set my story.

To be honest, I dislike writing about anyplace I haven’t been and my initial choice was Schofield Barracks because until a few years ago, you could tour the base. I am so grateful now that I did because James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity, called Schofield Barracks “the most beautiful army post the U.S. has or ever had.”

The Honolulu Star Bulletin called it a country club. More than a million soldiers just called Schofield Barracks home. With its broad, palm-lined boulevards and art deco buildings, this old army cavalry post is still the largest operated by the U.S. Army outside the continental United States.


And there’s a big but.

I had a story that needed to include both the Navy and Air Force and so I chose Hickam and Pearl Harbor. I drove past it many times and into it—twice—by mistake (and I was turned away politely but firmly each time!) but luckily for me I got great intel from author Alain Gunn, a mystery author who worked in the Air Force for his entire career. And so, Air Bear was born. I hope you read and enjoy my story. I loved every second of writing it. I not only love a man in uniform but sometimes think in a different time and place, I probably was one myself.


Kappy and Jason are happily newlywed men relocating from a military base in Massachusetts to Kappy’s childhood home of Honolulu. For Kappy, the move brings up a lot of good and bad memories. And with his husband working a lot, it leaves him to deal alone with his resurrected past.

Jason, an Air Bear, is working at the combined Hickham and Pearl Harbor bases as a military police detective on a reactivated cold case. Although Jason’s work is secretive, his private life is spicy, hot, and nothing like anything the normally remote Jason has experienced before.

But things are about to get freaky when the target of Jason’s investigation starts stalking him. Jason has much to lose, and now he wonders about Kappy’s assertion that the island spirits—especially some wacky volcano goddess named Pele—will protect him...


...“Where to?” Jason asked me. I glanced at him. He was so damned hot in his white T-shirt and new Baldwin Reed Jeans. I loved how they looked on him. Crotch-hugging, skin-tight. Too bad I’d have to make him take them off in a moment.

I led him down the hall, took a deep breath and slid the key card into the slot for room 2675. It gave a satisfying click as I pushed open the door. For a brief second, Jason cupped my ass with a firm hand as I moved ahead of him. We entered the beautifully decorated room and everything was just as I ordered. Champagne on ice. Room nice and cool. Fresh flowers, lots of pillows. Jason walked past me and over to the balcony door. I laid the suit bag on the bed and moved beside him. We had a perfect view of the empty International Marketplace to our right and the ocean to our left.

It was hard to explain to Jason how much it bothered me that so much had changed and that the International Marketplace in Waikiki was gone. The banyan tree that stood in the center of it for over a century had been preserved, as had a smaller hau tree. Building yet another swanky new hotel was called progress. I called it a crying shame.

He took it all in, the way he did everything, as though he were scanning the view for evidence of criminal activity.

“All right,” he said. “Who’s the third glass for?”

I opened my mouth to speak and he kissed me. It was a kiss with serious intention behind it, but a knock at the door interrupted us. Jason looked at me with avid curiosity and went to answer it.

My friend Yuji stood there. “Kappy,” he said, “Sorry. I was waiting for you and realized I was so nervous when I left home I forgot to bring rubbers.” He held up a box of Trojans. “I just bought some downstairs.”

I moved over to join them. Jason looked stunned as he took in the handsome young man I’d befriended through work. I saw the spark in his eyes. Yuji was gorgeous. What made him especially desirable was that he had no idea how hot he was. And poor Yuji, sweet and wonderful as he was, had been having a very difficult time of things lately. I thought letting my husband fuck him would make both their dreams come true.

“Jason,” I said, as I took Yuji’s hand and led him into the room, closing the door behind us. “This is Yuji. He turned twenty-one three weeks ago, and a lot of things have been going on in his life that have been very, very difficult. He’s always wanted to make love to an Air Force officer.” I paused. “And I know you love young, hot Asian men, so this is it. Put on your uniform. It’s in the suit bag. I want to watch you fuck the hell out of him.”

Jason’s jaw dropped. He just stared at me, then slowly began shaking his head.

“Have at it, sweetie.” I smiled at him...

Genres: Gay/Contemporary/Mystery/Detective/Interracial/Multicultural/Ménage (M/M/M)/ 
Group Sex 
Heat Level: 3 
Length: Extended Novella (38k words)


Air Bear by A.J. Llewellyn is now available at Amber Allure.

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  1. I love the established couples and combined with the fact that the story is set in Honolulu this is bound to be good.

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