Monday, February 5, 2018

Going Overboard by L.A. Witt

Title: Going Overboard
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A-

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #5
Main Characters: Dalton and Chris
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
While this wasn't my favorite book of the series, I still really, really enjoyed it. Honestly, I think the only reason I didn't like it as much was just because the guys felt so much younger. 

In this book, we meet Dalton and Chris, best out as gay, the other not. In fact, Dalton doesn't even know that Chris is gay...that's how far in the closet he is. But Chris is black and is already dealing with enough bigotry with that. There's no reason (to him) to give anyone more ammunition against him. But then a reckless supervisor makes a bad choice and Dalton almost dies. Suddenly Chris realizes just how much he could have lost and his secrets don't seem as important anymore. At least not as important as being honest with Dalton about his attraction to him. 

These two guys are dealing with a lot. The seaman who made the mistake is the commander's favorite so he's actively trying to protect that man's wrong decisions. If that means throwing Dalton under the bus, he's okay with that, despite the fact that Dalton almost died. So Dalton is dealing with that AND the lingering physical and mental deficits left by the accident that the commander is trying to brush off as minor and just a simple miscall. 

Coming from a military background (Air Force, not Navy) I totally loved watching the political mechanisms of what was happening with the guys in this book. No matter what the regulations are, there are always jerks who wear the uniform and know how to abuse it. I hated this fact for these two guys, but it truly made the book a riveting read even while I internalized their conflict over what to do about what was happening to them.

I've enjoyed this entire series. I'm going to be sad when it ends, but I feel like I've learned a ton about the Navy along the way and have enjoyed some truly great military romances.

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

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