Monday, November 21, 2016

Just Drive by L.A. Witt

Title: Just Drive
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A+

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #1
Main Characters: Sean and Paul
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.

After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.

One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.

With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

My Review:
Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite m/m books I've read this year. It ticked all my buttons, but especially this military loving girl's heart. My husband retired from the Air Force after 21 years and I'm telling you, L.A. Witt wrote an incredible book from the military perspective. So much of the story resonated for me...even with the little details like visiting the Shopette. 

This is an unusual romance just in the fact that Paul has been in the Navy longer than Sean has been alive...this is a serious May/December romance. But it works. Yes, at first it's just explosive, amazing sex, but that quickly develops. The issue is that neither man is truly aware of who the other is. They have ties in the military that makes it so their relationship falls under fraternization...something that can ruin careers and result in prison in certain circumstances. But by the time they do realize, they're in too deep and emotionally invested. 

I really enjoyed both these characters. There were little things about them that showed the very real differences in their ages, but they still really worked well together. I liked the epilogue because of the longevity it showed for the relationship which was all experienced behind closed doors during the bulk of the story because they had to keep their relationship hidden.

Like I said, my personal experiences with the military really made this book resonate with me. I loved the two very different perspectives of the two men. They've both made sacrifices for the Navy, but those have been very different. For Paul, that was a choice that he made and there were very real rewards for well as payments. But again, that was his choice. As a military dependent, Sean never had a choice. The Navy or his father always chose for him and he has it the military for the family members, they are playing second in priority to the service. That is just a matter how much the service member loves them, their choices have made it so their first allegiance will always be to the military branch they serve. It's a sad, depressing fact that family members learn to live with.

I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series. I was really hoping that Travis was next and a sneak at the blurb for book #2 says that he is...YES! I cannot wait!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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