Anomaly by S.A. McAuley

Anomaly by S.A. McAuley
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Warning: Untested chemical reactions in process…

When Staff Sergeant Galen Welc is handed Temporary Additional Duty orders that move him to the Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, he thinks he’s prepared for what’s to come. Known for his uncanny ability to spot improvised explosive devices, he’s pitted against the latest in defense technology. He trusts his instincts and his training, but they may just be leading him somewhere—and to an explosive reaction with someone—he could never see coming.

Galen Welc has been a mostly willing lab-rat for a while now. The marine has an uncanny way of spotting IEDs out in the field almost better than the drones do. So his platoon commander had recommended him to have his abilities tested and ranked against technology. Galen discovered he was exceptional at identifying anomalies. Zach is a rocket scientist (seriously) and working on a new drone proposal. They “meet” through a road-map app and things only get more intriguing from there.

I found this a fun, lighthearted story that made me laugh aloud in a few places. I had never heard of Waze before (an app that shows you avatars of other drivers on the road around you) but found it a fresh, funny and incredibly realistic way to “meet” someone else nowadays. Galen and Zach’s conversations were loads of fun to read and I found myself thoroughly enjoying their interactions even before they came face to face.

There’s a small twist half way through – a wonderful one that delighted me, I must admit – and I really felt this helped bring the drone vs human searching for IEDs sub-plot to a fantastic conclusion. I found this to be a funny and sweet story. The sex between Galen and Zach is hot, but not boundary pushing – so I think will be good for readers who enjoy a bit of light M/M but nothing too heavy. Just a quick short story to fill in a quiet hour or slow, relaxing day at home.

Funny and lighthearted, I really enjoyed this story.

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