Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the harbor patrol unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted—even from his best friend.
Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. After a taste of how easily they could lose each other, neither man can keep his feelings hidden anymore, and it turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.
Things aren’t just heating up between the friends-turned-lovers, though. The Navy is investigating the accident, and the harbor patrol chief isn’t going to let his star coxswain go down for dereliction of duty, even if saving him means throwing Dalton under the bus.
As the threats and gaslighting pile up, Chris and Dalton need each other more than ever—as shipmates, friends, and lovers. But if their chief prevails, the only way they can save their careers is to let each other go.
This is another solid “friends to lovers in the military” from LA Witt. As usual her in depth knowledge of the military is amazing and detailed and really makes the story feel authentic.
I thought the brain injury part of the story was the most compelling piece and Dalton’s struggle to regain his “sea legs” was heartbreaking at times.
I was underwhelmed by the romance – it was nice, full of smexy times and supportive – but I felt it took a backseat to the rest of the obstacles in the story.
If you’ve been a fan of this series you’ll enjoy this as well. It can be read as a standalone and I think the non-romance parts of this carry the story enough for it to be worth the read.
4 of 5 stars
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