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.
This is the second book in the series, and by the trend I’m guessing LA Witt isn’t planning on this being “light or fluffy”. In the last book our MCs had a steep age difference to deal with and in this, our MCs are both older (woot!) and loaded with more baggage than a supermodel on vacation!
You know how sometimes you just crave angst, or fluff, or humor, or action… well this is a book for when you want gritty reality, tough times and even tougher love. Neither of these guys’ lives is easy, and even by the end, it’s still pretty rough.
If you’ve read Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/915439223?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1) you’ll have a bit of an idea of how this book looks from Clint’s position. He’s ALWAYS in pain of one sort or another, he can’t do everything he wants and there’s really no hope of that ever changing.
Travis’ demons are no less serious, he’s an alcoholic who won’t ever be “free” of the desire to drink, he’s got PTSD and some family issues that are always going to be a problem.
So… wow. Right? On the one hand I loved that these guys are gonna be there for the other. They both need support and love and who better to offer it than someone who’s walked a mile in your boots, right? On the other hand, this was relentlessly heavy. It was hard, sometimes, to keep going, not because the writing was bad or because I didn’t care for the MCs or want to see what happened, but because it all feels a bit too hopeless.
Like I said, you have to want to read a book that feels “real” because this definitely does. No happy, fantasy fixes, no miracles, no crazy sudden solutions. Just life, bare boned and real.
As a result, it’s kind of hard to give this a rating. I loved that the MCs were older, that they talked through their problems, that there wasn’t a “big reveal” risking their relationship. On the other hand, I kind of like miracle cures (even if they’re unbelievable) and I kind of wanted them to end on a happier, more hopeful note (not relationship-wise – that feels pretty solid, but in the rest of their lives.)
So, if you’ve got your big-people pants on and want a good, but rough ride, this is for you. If you want something light, easy, or fluffy – keep looking.
3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars
Copy Generously Provided by NetGalley for Honest Review