Friday, November 18, 2016

ARC Review: Just Drive (Anchor Point, #1) by L.A. Witt

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.

Jewel's rating:

If there is one thing I can pretty much count on, it's that when LA Witt puts out a military themed novel, I'll probably like it. Even though they often follow a similar formula, she just does them so well!

Just Drive is the first book in her new Anchor Point series, and I really enjoyed it. I liked both MC's, their chemistry is scorching and so is the sex. And I loved the age-gap, aspect and that it was the younger guy doing the topping!

Sean Wright is young. We never find out his exact age, but based on everything I could determine while reading Just Drive, I'd say he is around 21. He's been a Navy dependent all his life, since his father is a career Naval officer. So, Sean knows that the sacrifices involved in being part of a military family are more than just what the service members themselves sacrifice. It's hard being left behind every time your significant other or parent gets deployed, not to mention the frequent moves. The pressures and constant moving cost his parents their marriage and Sean is still living it. He's an adult, now, but he is still living at home so he can go to school and keep medical benefits. But even still, Sean has had to leave friends, and boyfriends, behind time and again.

Captain Paul Richards has been in the Navy for 24 years (he's 42). He's a graduate of the Naval Academy, a former fighter pilot and he's had his whole being set on making Admiral before retirement. He's so close, but until the Navy entrusts him with commanding a ship, he's not even in the running. So, being single focused and dedicated, he drives on. But Paul has experienced his share of Navy casualties, too. He's been married and divorced twice and has had a string of failed relationships since the repeal of DADT. He had to hang up his wings after a catastrophic landing injured him too badly to continue that path and the only thing keeping him in the Navy is the hope of promotion.

So when Sean picks Paul up at a hotel, right after Paul's latest breakup, neither of them was expecting their chemistry to burn so hot. But it did, and what should have been nothing more than a one-night-stand, soon turned into 'any time we can be in the same room'…until they both figured out the score. Sean's dad is in the Navy, too and is a subordinate of Paul's. Ouch. But by then, they were both well and truly in too deep.

My only real complaint was that once they both figured out that they shouldn't be seeing each other because of the chain of command issue, they went too long with the 'one last time' encounters before a resolution was finally reached. But, I have to say, in spite of that one niggle, I loved this story.

I'm also happy that the next book will feature Paul's friend Travis. He seems about ready to be blindsided with love, considering his advice to Paul. I think Just Drive is a great start to this series, and I am looking forward to the next book!


ARC of Just Drive was generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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