Author: L.A. Witt
Book: Once Burned
Series: Anchor Point, Book #6
Page/Word Count: 289 pages, 80K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Military Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
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.
About Anchor Point:
Welcome to Anchor Point!
Nestled on the northern coast of Oregon, this small town is home to Naval Air Station Adams. On base, you’ll find freshly minted Sailors who’ve just graduated boot camp, salty officers counting down till retirement, grounded pilots who’ve landed behind desks, and everyone in between—and they’re all looking for love. Well, not all of them, but that won’t stop love from finding them.
So pull up a barstool, grab a beer, and get ready for some sea stories as these men in uniform—or not—navigate the waters of love and life in the military.
Anchor Point stories can be enjoyed in any order. Hop in wherever you’d like!
3.5✨s – In this sixth book of the series, the romance takes on a subject so currently relevant and its impact on veterans and others caught in the web of US immigration policies. I strongly anticipated reading how Diego’s plight would be resolved, due to my own belief that if you serve in the military, a path to citizenship should be automatic. In this case, Diego ran afoul of a Naval requirement that fortunately no longer exists, although the same thing could still happen for other reasons, in any branch. He lives with an unimaginable amount of stress, both mental and physical, barely surviving day to day. Mark doesn’t even realize the extent of the problem, even after Diego explains it to him, resulting in conflicts for them later.
The focus was primarily on the relationship and they had smooth sailing (see what I did there?), aside from Diego’s struggles and issues. Typically, it’s “just one night” turning into “just sex”, into long term until the crisis hits, a familiar pattern that can make some of the series stories a little formulaic. The only difference comes from surmounting the various obstacles the Navy puts in the way of love. I disliked certain elements and how the plot played out. I thought it was lengthier than necessary, having too many instances of Diego’s repetitive inner monologues and cyclical thoughts about Mark, the Navy and his own status. I wish communicating and sharing information with Mark started earlier. I think the romance would have felt more complete if they’d worked together in reaching solutions.
The resolution seemed so simple and happened awfully fast, even though I grasped the concept of Mark throwing his weight and rank around to accomplish it. I am glad I read this and appreciated the attention focused on veteran immigrants. The story stands alone, offering a view on a unique concern of a military lifestyle. The romantic element is strong and the heat and sex plentiful. I would recommend this just because half of the author’s royalties will be donated to support US military veterans who have been deported or are at risk of deportation.
About L.A. Witt:
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
Where to find L.A. Witt:
To celebrate the release of Once Burned, L.A. is giving away reader’s choice of two eBooks off of her backlist! (Excludes Once Burned.) Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 14, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!