Friday, January 13, 2017

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Title: Afraid to Fly
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: B+

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #2
Main Characters: Travis and Cline
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Take two very wounded (both physically and mentally), military heroes and you have a book filled with angst. But you know what? I like my books with angst so that worked for me. 

This is book #2 in this Naval based military series. In this book, both heroes are in their forties and have spent their lives in the military...with all that entails. These guys are bruised and battered both physically and mentally. For Travis, he was a fighter pilot who crashed on a hard landing on a carrier during rough seas. The crash left him with chronic back pain and his co-pilot as a paraplegic. So, yeah, he has a bit of PTSD, too. For Clint, his issues are a little less obvious. He was a drone pilot on a mission that went horribly wrong. The visuals he's left with haunt him, but since it was a highly top secret mission, he's never able to work through the trauma with anyone. He's not allowed to talk about it. That left him self-medicating his PTSD with alcohol...something that destroyed his marriage and the core of his life. He's new to Anchor Point and trying to start over. Something that isn't easy to do.

The two guys work together and are both attracted to the other, but neither one realizes the other is gay...until the night of the Naval ball...and things develop from there. 

As a spouse of a retired Air Force guy, I enjoyed the book. We spent many nights at events like the Naval Ball, although we were involved during the days of DADT. I love the visuals of gay couples allowed and accepted at these events. 

This book is great in that it shows how many different ways people end up with PTSD...from the obvious military incidents, but also from the backlash of those events (as is what happened to Travis's daughter). It was interesting to see the different family dynamics, although I had real issues with how inflexible Clint's ex-wife was when he was so obviously working to get his life back on track. She was a bit better by the end, but I wish that had happened a bit sooner. 

I liked the two guys together. They've each had their own traumas so they get one another in a way that most other guys wouldn't be able to. And even though the nature of Travis's back injury limits them with what they can do sexually, I loved their sexy times. The author did an amazing job showing just how deeply these two guys connected every time they got together. It was truly some beautiful writing. 

Overall, I liked the book a lot. I hope that there's more to come in the series, because I've thoroughly enjoyed these first two installments.

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

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