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Don't Ask Don't Tell

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Book 1
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Staff Sergeant Elijah Jackson, EJ to his friends, joined the air force hoping for refuge from the mess his life had become. For almost 10 years he enjoyed new life, success, and love, in spite of the closet he was forced to hide in by the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy. One day it all comes crashing down around him. Now he’s back home with serious decisions to make and a very short time to decide how to salvage his life while healing his heart. 

Betrayed by his lover and partner, Dr. Dale Chenault left California and his fledgling practice behind. In Sayville, he’s found a home for his counseling service, and on the surface, seems to have his life in order. The truth is some of the decisions Dale made have become a stumbling block in his ability to rebuild the breach in his heart and, by extension, his life.

When Dale and EJ, meet, the chemistry between them is hot, but the pain of past betrayals is strong, and trust seems impossible to build. Will they be able to move past what has been to create a future together?

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a story of love, trust, betrayal and second chances with an HEA.

©2018 Sharon Denita Simpson dba Miski Harris (P)2020 Sharon Denita Simpson dba Miski Harris
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Awesome Story & Narration🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt

I loved everything about this book, from Miski Harris’ wonderful writing style to the story and characters she created to John Solo’s fantastic narration. This is a well written and well told story about love, loss, betrayal and coming back from it all. The storylines and characters are realistic and easy to relate to. Staff Sargent Elijah Jackson, EJ for short, was having a good life, his career in the Air Force is a success he is on target with meeting his goals. Despite the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military he has found love and is cautious about keeping it hidden. At least he thought he was, when called in to the General’s office he finds out otherwise and is given an ultimatum, transfer or leave the military. And his partner, James, was on track for his promotion. My heart went out to EJ, especially after finding out what really happened. EJ heads back home, stays with his awesome friend Teddy, whom I just loved. Teddy introduces EJ to Dale, whom I adored too. The two hit it off right from the start but each have been burned in the past so they take it slow. EJ needs to come to terms with everything that happened, needs to tell his family and make the decision of what he wants to do, reenlist or leave. I loved how everything plays out and works out, the story flows naturally and there is never a dull moment with plenty of drama, some angst, both heartbreaking and heartfelt moments and some great ones too. I especially loved the ending. Miski Harris, thank you for this awesome story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

John Solo is a gifted narrator and voice artist. He brings the character to life giving each their own voice and personality. I loved how he portrayed each character, how he humanized them by giving them a whole lot of heart, their emotions and mannerisms can be heard in his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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An excellent debut novel


MC’s... EJ (Elijah Jackson) and Dr Dale Chenault - Counselling practice
Novella length debut novel.

I was surprised and impressed to learn that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the author’s debut novel. Although only novella length she has managed to convey a great deal of interesting detail about the US military - Air Force in this case, and the appalling Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy which was still a legal policy only ten years ago. It’s beyond belief that human beings were treated in such a callous and cold hearted manner.

Miski Harris is either a brilliant military researcher or has some insider knowledge. Whatever, I found her subject fascinating and at no time did it veer off into the realms of boring. Her writing flows and it kept my interest.

If I have a criticism it is that the characters needed greater depth and their relationship more development. These two men were obviously ideal for one another and it was apparent from their first meeting that there was a spark and I kept expecting more, but Ms. Harris didn’t quite hit the spot of belief for me. However, I really liked how she drip fed EJ’s predicament and the betrayal of him by his former lover throughout the story. I also, liked how he ultimately got his comeuppance.

Dont’t Ask Don’t Tell was an excellent debut novel, just more development of the MC’s needed - for me anyway - otherwise a good and absorbing story. Miski Harris is definitely an author I shall look out for in the future, especially if she employs John Solo as her narrator. John is a talented and versatile voice actor and has many different voices in his arsenal, plus of course, he has one of the sexiest voices in the narrating world and is one of my current favourites.

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  • 17-04-20

I loved this!

One of my favorite audiobook performers, John Solo, did a live reading of Miski Harris's Don't Ask Don't Tell in his Facebook group recently. John's live reading was enough to get me very interested and eager to listen to this book. He really gave the story high marks and I respect his opinion.

As part of the live reading, Miski gave away a few codes for Audible copies of the book; I was lucky enough to win one. When I checked my Kindle library, I also found out that I had purchased a copy of the book a while ago. (I'm a one-click addict and own way more books than I'll ever live to read. 😊)

Don't Ask Don't Tell is a novella length story but it felt like it was much longer to me (in a good way!). The story starts off in 1997 and spans four years. It centers around Elijah Jackson (EJ) and Dale Chenault.

EJ was in the Air Force and was betrayed by his lover who was also in the Air Force. The betrayal cut deep and forced EJ to reexamine his life and goals. Dale suffered a similar betrayal by a lover many years ago so he understood what EJ was going through. The two of them met at a party and really hit it off with each other.

The embarrassment and anguish that EJ goes through radiated off of the pages. It's really hard for me to believe that this was Miski Harris's first published book. I thought the writing was excellent and the story truly kept me captivated from beginning to end.

I would call this a slow burn story. While the chemistry between Dale and EJ was off the charts, Dale had promised himself years ago that he would no longer engage in casual sex. Because he felt that EJ still wasn't over what happened to him, Dale insisted that they wait to have a sexual relationship.

Well, this review is already getting too long so I'm going to stop and just say you need to read or listen to this book. The story is compelling and romantic; I just can't say enough good things about it. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book, Collateral Damage, which I immediately bought a copy of after listening to Don't Ask Don't Tell. I hope that it also comes out in audio format at some point.

Gah! I almost forgot to mention how much I loved John Solo's performance of the audiobook. I've never listened to anything he's performed that I haven't loved!

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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