ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Wash Out by LA Witt

SUMMARY

38534096Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Casey Olson has always known he was destined to be a Navy SEAL, and the best day of his life was when he was accepted into training. The worst day was when a snapping bone ended his dream.

After three combat tours in five years, Logan Carter left the Marines and self-destructed. Now he’s sober and, thanks to a forgiving ex with friends in high places, has a promising job as a civilian contractor. All he has to do is stay on the rails and out of a bottle, even when his demons won’t leave him alone.

Logan likes his job, and he really likes the gorgeous man at the next desk. Casey tries not to check Logan out, but who is he kidding? From the start, despite their best efforts, neither man can resist the other. Sizzling chemistry leads to sex so hot they can both almost forget why they’re stuck in this office to begin with.

It would be perfect, except Logan can’t stop reliving wars he’ll never forget and Casey can’t stop grieving the SEAL he’ll never be. And they’ll never have a future together until they can make peace with their pasts.

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic
PAIRING: M/M

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: friends to lovers, hurt/comfort, workplace romance, coworkers to lovers
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, military personnel
WARNINGS: explicit violence, explicit combat flashbacks, mental illness (PTSD), recovering alcoholic, alcoholism, ableism, mention of medical procedures, anti-ace phrasing, therapy sessions, suicide mention

REVIEW

This book is yet another wonderful addition to this fantastic series!

As with many of the previous books, most notably AFRAID TO FLY, this book takes a deep look at PTSD and how it affects people in different ways and after different circumstances. Logan, who some may remember as Clint’s ex from ATF, is battling PTSD after multiple combat tours, and is facing it now without the silencing effect of alcohol as he struggles to maintain sobriety. His trauma is very clearly shown in the form of nightmares and through certain triggers, in the most commonly seen form of PTSD. Casey’s is a quieter form of PTSD. His is exhibited through anger, frustration, and resentment towards people who belittle his experience, especially when they tell him he’s lucky not to have seen combat. While the sentiment is true, he suffers deeply over the loss of the career he’s been striving for and the inability to figure out who he is now that he can’t be a SEAL. PTSD is an insidious illness that affects everyone in different ways, and I love the fact that Witt never shows this in exactly the same way as she’s done previously.

Both main characters were amazing and I really enjoyed getting to know them–especially Logan who definitely gives everyone a bad first impression during his first appearance in the series. I enjoyed seeing how far he’s come since then, in seeing him and Clint be friends and care for each other after everything they went through together. And Casey was just adorable and precious, and I adored his wit. The two of them were super easy together (for the most part), and I liked the ease with which they developed a relationship. Also, I liked how quickly they were able to turn around and try to fix a situation when something went bad between them. Neither shied away from seeking help and trying to figure out the best way to resolve their issues.

And, as usual, I adored seeing characters from previous books make appearances. Diego was amazing as Logan and Casey’s boss, and I loved the banter between him and Casey. Of course, I loved seeing Clint, who has been one of my favorite throughout the whole series, and as I mentioned, I loved seeing the friendship between him and Logan develop into something solid that they could rely on.

I’m so sad this series is coming to an end with the next book, but it has given me a lot of happiness throughout, so I’m glad this installment lived up to the rest.

RATING4 STARSABOUT THE AUTHOR

LoriWittL.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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