Monday, June 19, 2017

Chief's Mess by L.A. Witt

Title: Chief's Mess
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: B+

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #3
Main Characters: Anthony and Noah
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher: Riptide
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.

My Review:
Wow, this book is extremely hot and normally I'm okay with that...and honestly, I was okay with it in this book, too (because it was really sexy), but it seemed like all that sex cut into the actual development of the story on this one. Note: the relationship is a long distance one throughout most of the book...so that did affect their ability to connect in other ways, too.

Okay...so the premise...Anthony is visiting Anchor Point, supporting his sister who's there with her kids to visit her ex who destroyed his marriage with his drinking (who also happens to be a former hero for the series). Noah is a Navy cop, who is a high-functioning alcoholic. No one realizes it and he's in denial.

I do wish there was more development in the relationship besides the hot sex. I remember looking down at 83% thinking there wasn't enough book left to make an HEA believable, just because there was so much not being revealed between the two guys. But the flip side of that...the book was so sexy I almost didn't mind that. These two are incredible together. Tons of chemistry and they really enjoy their reunions...a lot.

So, yeah, this wasn't my favorite book of the series so far, but I didn't regret reading it at all. I do really enjoy this series.

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

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