4.5 Stars, Carina Press, Reviewed by Lana, Vanessa North

A Man Is Done Keeping Secrets In Vanessa North’s “High and Tight”

“The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” ― Rachel Maddow

Title: High and Tight

Author: Vanessa North

Publisher: Carina Press

Pages/Word Count: 81 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Pilot Adam Walker has had one great love in his life: Harris Kingston. But twelve years ago, when he accepted a scholarship and joined the Navy, he chose duty to his country over love. Their on-again off-again relationship was never more than private joy, a frustrating fact of military life.

Harris never wanted to be anyone’s dirty little secret. When Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed two years ago, Adam broke his heart one last time. He’s picked up the pieces and moved on, building a great career and dating guys who aren’t afraid to be seen in public with him. But when Adam strolls into his salon asking for a haircut, his newfound happiness goes to hell in a handbasket.

Adam’s been at war with himself for over a decade. Now on the verge of leaving the military, he’s desperate to court Harris the right way and be forgiven. With two weeks’ leave and a Navy man’s conviction, he’s ready to start over…if he can convince Harris he’s ready to come out and commit.


Review: A high and tight haircut is a variation on a buzz cut, a favorite of military folks. Yes, I Googled it!! If you want to see lots of pictures of yummy military boys, I highly recommend it. But, if you want to read about one particular jarhead who likes to wear his hair high and tight, and loves the only hairdresser that does it just right, then High and Tight is the book for you. As for my favorite heroes, men in uniform are right up there with werewolves and vampires!

I really enjoyed reading High and Tight because it had everything that I love in a romance novel. The happy ending was sweet, the sex was hot, and the plot wasn’t too complicated. Adam, the navy pilot, fell in love with his sister’s best friend Harris in high school but was too stupid to realize what Harris meant to him. Harris was his first sexual experience with a man, and his own hang-ups would not let him admit that he was gay. Harris, on the other hand, had no problem with his sexuality. After kissing Adam, he came out load and proud. Adam joins the navy to realize his dream of flying planes. Harris stays home and becomes the quintessential gay hairdresser. Through the years, as Adam comes home for leave and they reconnect, but Harris has a rule: if you’re straight you can’t touch my dick. Every time they would meet up, Harris would ask Adam the same questions, and he never liked Adam’s answer.

With the repeal of DADT, Harris thought that their situation would change and even tattooed Adam’s named on himself, but it didn’t. Adam was still stubborn and stupid, but this is a love story and love stories always work out in the end. I loved the ending, very romantic. It made me smile.

Adam and Harris were a cute couple, with a couple of surprises thrown in. While Adam was the typical alpha male in his everyday life, he surrendered himself to Harris in the bedroom. He trusted Harris enough to give up control to the man he loved. It takes guts to do that. When they were together, the sex was hot and written very well. There’s a lot more to their history together. I’m not going to mention all of it because the book is worth reading. Adam and Harris do get their happy ending, it just takes them a while because most of the time men can be stubborn and stupid and can’t see past their own insecurities.

High and Tight was a pleasure to read. I love watching sparks fly when a hot man in uniform and a hairdresser are mixed together!

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2 thoughts on “A Man Is Done Keeping Secrets In Vanessa North’s “High and Tight”

    • I was just talking about the price of e-books with some folks yesterday, Andrea. I ran across a book I really wanted to buy but couldn’t bear to part with $9 for it.


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