un·bro·ken /ʌnˈbroʊ kən/
1. not broken; whole; intact
2. uninterrupted; continuous
3. undaunted in spirit
4. not disturbed or upset
1. reduced to fragments; fragmented
2. ruptured; torn; fractured
3. not functioning properly; out of working order
4. fragmentary or incomplete
5. infringed or violated
6. weakened in strength, spirit, etc.
7. tamed, trained, or reduced to submission
un·break / ʌnˈbreɪk/
– (inexistant) verb
1. undo a damage; repair
2. mend; put back together
3. reunite; re-establish
When the man he has a secret relationship with becomes the victim of a crime, Marine Corps Officer Sasha Hayes has to choose between his love and his career – and face the risk of losing both.
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Gay Romance
Most of his fellow Marines would describe Sasha Hayes as a very level-headed young man, entirely devoted to his job. To them, he is the perfect example of a Marine Corps Officer, the kind of person “you can count on to get the job done and to go well above and beyond the call of duty”, praised by his superiors, repected by his fellow officers and downright idolised by his soldiers.
Most of his recent affairs would describe Sasha Hayes as good-looking, smart and extremely charming. Some, however, also as capricious, calculating, self-centered, arrogant and unemotional, the kind of person who treats possible love interests like military missions – set up a plan, carry out the necessary steps, accomplish the mission, move on to the next target.
Sasha loves his job. Sasha also loves men. Those are two things that – for most people around him – don’t really go together, which is why he decided to keep them strictly apart. And ignoring those rare brief moments of doubt, he also doesn’t really mind his life between duty, uniform and one-night-stands. Who needs a steady relationship anyway?
This stable balance is threatened when US Navy Hospital Corpsman Alan O ‘Malley is redeployed to the Marine Corps base. Even though Alan – who only joined the military to be able to attend Medical School – is so not Sasha’s type, and even though their values and views on most things – especially relationships – couldn’t be more different for the most part, they end up spending more and more time together. Mutual fascination turns into friendship, friendship turns into something more. Keeping their relationship a secret proves to be a real challenge, but it’s one they are both willing to accept.
Neither of them would have expected that things could change so drastically in just one single night. One night that starts with Alan being late for a date and ends with Sasha waiting in vain…
For military advocate Greg Donovan, it’s the first case after his recent promotion. Aggravated assault – a good opportunity to show off his new rank, as well as his efficiency and professionalism.
Yet as investigations continue, it becomes clear that this case has the potential to turn into a complete mess. The only witness who came forward is unreliable, the victim is not cooperating, and no one else wants to break the silence. Given all that, how is one supposed to prepare a proper trial, leave alone to win it? Even though Greg can prove that the perpetrators are all members of the Marine Corps, the biggest questions remain unanswered: what exactly happened, and why? Nothing but a deplorable accident? An unpredictable escalation of violence? A ritual that went over the top, or a joke that went wrong? An act of revenge, a hate crime?
Greg realises that he needs help. Preferably someone who knows the law as well as the possible loop holes. A legal mastermind. Someone like his former best friend Josh Carmody, who he hasn’t talked to for over five years now. Could that be the final chance to mend their friendship?
Status: Since I’ve been thinking about this story for eight years now, it is completely plotted and several scenes are already written. What is still missing is some more detailed research (mostly on the military and legal background). This specific story is very close to my heart for personal reasons, which is why I’m even more perfectionist than I normally am.