Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Received From: Purchased from publisher
Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.
Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.
Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.
It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.
TROPES: single parenthood, coworkers to lovers
TAGS: contemporary, military personnel / law enforcement, adult, coming out, queer romance, queer characters, disabled characters
WARNINGS: alcoholism / recovering alcoholic, biphobia / bimisia, ableism, mental health / mental illness (PTSD), homophobia / homomisia, mention of suicide
He didn’t need to know right now that it was more than my orgasm making my heart race like that.
It was . . . this. Being with him. I suspected my pulse would’ve been going crazy even if we’d been lying here fully clothed and hadn’t laid a hand below each other’s belts. Though there was definitely some of that postcoital euphoria and my body felt fucking fantastic now that he’d worked his magic, this excited nervousness was becoming my natural state when he was in the same room. Even if we were in a meeting, or passing in the halls, or sitting across from each other and talking about nothing over lunch.
LA Witt, and the numerous variations on her name, is one of my go-to, auto buy authors, so I knew when I picked this up that I wouldn’t be disappointed with what I found. I didn’t expect to fall so completely in love with Clint and Travis, the main characters, but such things happen.
Let’s talk about some of the things I enjoyed now, hm?
Both main characters are bisexual and the rep is explicit and the word is actually used on page, multiple times. We already know Travis is bisexual from his presence in the first novel in the series, but Clint, who is new to us as readers at this point, makes a very dramatic coming out: he comes to the Navy Ball with his boyfriend. It’s dramatic more due to the fact that said boyfriend is absolutely sloshed than the fact that Clint is coming out, but it certainly makes a very clear statement.
Similarly, I loved that they have a very healthy, understanding conversation about sexual fluidity. Both identify as bisexual, and use the term, but they are also very aware that sexuality is fluid. They talk about the different waves of attraction they’ve felt over the years and acknowledge that sexuality can sometimes be subject to change over time.
Speaking of healthy discussions, Travis and Clint have multiple conversations where they discuss both of their mental health and Travis’ physical health, going over boundaries and limitations. Clint is incredibly respectful of Travis’ physical limitations, and while he wants to help him, Clint also trusts Travis to know his own body and when he needs help or to take it easy. They both help each other as best they can in dealing with their individual PTSD, and I absolutely loved the scenes where Travis gently but firmly validated Clint’s PTSD.
Also, I loved seeing the dynamics with their kids. Both Clint and Travis are divorced, and Travis’ daughter lives with him. It was so nice to see the two of them being best friends as well as father and daughter; their banter was so fun, and it was lovely to watch them open up to Clint, and for him and Kimber to get along so well. Clint’s relationship with his kids was much more painful to watch because he was clearly trying so hard to be a good dad for them and make up for how he acted when he was drunk and still married to their mother. I wanted to hug him and tell him it would be okay while encouraging him to be patient with them, but Clint’s a smart guy so he knew he needed to do that anyway. And I cried a little bit in the end when it talked about him visiting with the kids and them getting closer once more.
Finally, I just absolutely adored Travis and Clint together. They are such nerds who are clearly in love and really care about each other. I spent most of the novel smiling so hard and giggling because they were so cute with each other. My only complaint is that the novel ended and I likely won’t get more books from their POVs. These two characters, and this pairing, are some of my new favorites, and I love Witt for writing them so I could read and love them.
I laughed, I cried, I had to walk away in secondhand embarrassment because they were so cute. This book is, without a doubt, my favorite of Witt’s.
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
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