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Ask, Tell

by E. J. Noyes

Where can you turn when you’re caught in a crossfire of war and passion?

Captain Sabine Fleischer is a skilled and dedicated U.S. Army surgeon deployed to a combat hospital in Afghanistan. She is also one of the thousands of troops who are forced to serve in silence because of the military’s anti-gay policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).”

Usually driven and focused, Sabine finds that battles raging both inside and outside the perimeter walls are making it more and more difficult for her to deal with her emotions. Dealing with loss and mortality, lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, loneliness and the isolation forced on her by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are all taking their toll. Plus, her long-term relationship with a civilian back home is quickly becoming another casualty of war.

Colonel Rebecca Keane is an enigmatic career officer who runs the surgical unit like clockwork. Well liked and respected by those who work with and under her, she walks a fine line to preserve the military’s chain of command while connecting with those under her care and supervision. Sabine knows the Colonel is way off-limits, but can’t help fantasizing about her. Especially when she starts picking up unspoken cues—a stolen glance, a secret smile, an “accidental” brush of hands. Or is it just wishful thinking? After all, Rebecca’s wedding ring shines almost as brightly as her deep blue eyes…

Genre Romance
Length 252 pages
Publication Date January 15, 2017
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935305A
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

Extras

GCLS Goldie Awards
Ask, Tell — Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Novels.

  • A Bella Debut Novel.

Reviews

The Lesbian Review
Noyes totally blew my mind from the first sentence. I went in timidly, and I came away awaiting her next release with baited breath. If that’s not a pro, I don’t know what is. I really love how Noyes is able to get below the surface of the DADT legislation. She really captures the longing, the heart-break, and especially the isolation that LGBTQ soldiers had to endure because the alternative was being deemed unfit to serve by their own government. I applaud Noyes for getting to the heart of the matter and giving a very important representation of what living and serving under this legislation truly meant for LGBTQ men and women of service.

Les Rêveur Reviews
EJ Noyes was able to deliver on so many levels but most importantly on how it felt to be Lesbian solider of that era in the military. As the reader I was able to truly understand the feelings of the main protagonist Captain Sabine Fleischer and how conflicted she was about her feelings for her superior officer Colonel Rebecca Keane. This book is going to take you on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs that you won’t expect but it’s so unbelievably worth it.

ceLEStial books Reviews
Noyes clearly undertook a mammoth amount of research. Her protagonist, a surgeon living and working in Afghanistan at the height of American intervention, is completely believable. I was totally engrossed. I'm not usually a reader of romance novels, but this one gripped me. The personal growth of the main character, the rich development of her fabulous best friend, Mitch, and the well handled tension between Sabine and her love interest were all fantastic. This one definitely deserves five stars. I am keen to read her future work.

Rainbow Book Reviews
This is a book with everything I love about top quality lesbian fiction: a fantastic romance between two wonderful women I can relate to, a location that really made me think again about something I thought I knew well, and brilliant pacing and scene-setting. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.

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