Monday, April 9, 2018

Once Burned by L.A. Witt

Title: Once Burned
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: A-

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Anchor Point #6
Main Characters: Mark and Diego 
Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Captain Mark Thomas’s world has been tossed on its head: A long overdue but still unexpected divorce. A promotion out of left field. Last-second orders to a ship where careers go to die. As the dust settles in his new home, he barely recognizes his life, but he sure recognizes the loneliness creeping in.

Diego Ramírez wants nothing to do with the military or its men. Not after the Navy burned him both literally and figuratively, costing him his career, his health, and ultimately his green card. Now working illegally in an Anchor Point bar, he keeps the military and its personnel at arm’s length.

But after a single moment of eye contact across the bar, Mark and Diego can’t resist each other. As a one-night stand quickly turns into more, Diego knows he’s playing with fire. Now he can stick around and let things with Mark inevitably fall apart, or he can run like hell and wonder what might have been. One way or another, Diego knows he’s about to get burned. Again.

50% of the author’s royalties from this book will be donated to charities supporting US military veterans who have been deported or are at risk of deportation.


My Review:
Wow...what a really tough subject matter to tackle, but L.A. Witt did it beautifully. This book was wonderful...as is the entire series. Every book, every setup, and every couple are completely different, but I love them all.

This book is about Diego, an illegal who's scraping by, under the table as a bartender at the local gay bar. He spent 8 years in the Navy and got screwed when he got hurt on his last deployment...which sent his entire world and stability into a downward spiral. 

Mark is coming off a fairly 'good' divorce. He and his ex are much better as exes than they ever were as spouses. Navy life definitely didn't do them any favors over the years they were married. But now Mark is in a new town with a new job as XO on his ship. It's an all-new world, and he's not real settled into exactly what that means.

Looking for something to do, he heads to the local gay bar to check out the scene. It's been a while since he hooked up with a guy and after his divorce, the idea of something different is good. 

Both Mark and Diego have an immediate connection...to the point where Diego ignores his personal rule about 'no Navy guys'.

Because of Diego's history, there is a lot of things sitting out there waiting to be roadblocks for these two. Not only is Diego really embittered toward the Navy, but he has the threat of deportation hanging over his head all the time. He's also battling PTSD and the injury to his leg...neither of which can improve because of his illegal status, Diego can't seek medical help. He's in a huge downward spiral with no obvious way out. I had no idea how the author would fix this all for these two guys. 

But in the end, she did it and I loved how the book turned out and the journey the author took us on to get there. It was a gorgeous story and even more amazing...1/2 of the author's royalty will go toward soldiers who are facing the same future as Diego (something that should NEVER happen to those who have willingly put their lives in the line of fire for our freedom!!!!!)

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

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