Author: L.A. Witt
Book: Wash Out
Series: Anchor Point, Book #7
Page/Word Count: 257 pages, 67K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Military Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Casey Olson has always known he was destined to be a Navy SEAL, and the best day of his life was when he was accepted into training. The worst day was when a snapping bone ended his dream.
After three combat tours in five years, Logan Carter left the Marines and self-destructed. Now he’s sober and, thanks to a forgiving ex with friends in high places, has a promising job as a civilian contractor. All he has to do is stay on the rails and out of a bottle, even when his demons won’t leave him alone.
Logan likes his job, and he really likes the gorgeous man at the next desk. Casey tries not to check Logan out, but who is he kidding? From the start, despite their best efforts, neither man can resist the other. Sizzling chemistry leads to sex so hot they can both almost forget why they’re stuck in this office to begin with.
It would be perfect, except Logan can’t stop reliving wars he’ll never forget and Casey can’t stop grieving the SEAL he’ll never be. And they’ll never have a future together until they can make peace with their pasts.
3.5✨s – As an old military brat, I’m easily drawn to books featuring men who serve, so I’ve followed this series with alacrity. This latest tale resonates with authenticity once again. Logan’s PTSD and alcoholism is all too familiar for combat veterans but he gets to redeem himself quite nicely after his poor showing in “Afraid To Fly”. I really liked the technique he used to ground himself after episodes. Casey is caught up in mourning the loss of his SEAL career without any backup plan for his future in the Navy. Logan proves a great distraction and they’re a well-matched couple, accepting each other’s limitations. Their relationship catches fire and runs smoothly enough, right up until it doesn’t. Their disparate views towards each other’s troubles are presented in a balanced way but personally, I think Casey was an idiot and Logan should have never apologized for anything! That’s just me though.
I liked Casey and Logan but didn’t feel they were quite as well rounded as they could have been. Perhaps I’ve reached a surfeit with the series but I’m sensing a little sameness around characters and plots. I find it hard to explain, as the characters are distinct enough and the subject of each plot is unique to the story, it’s just something I’ve sensed over these last couple of books. There were very interesting perspectives from each character, plus another situation arises from the intensity of Casey and Logan’s affair, creating apprehension outside of the relationship. As always, Witt’s characters act like adults and face up to their eventual conflicts, asking for and accepting help when needed. I never felt any loss of realism, which is something I prefer in my reading.
I believe there is only one book left in the series and I’m hoping it ends with a strong flourish. Recurring characters have been a constant for the stories so I wonder who, if any, might return for the ending. I will recommend the series, as both plot and devices are intriguing, informative and often unique to the Navy port setting. This author always offers a professional, polished narrative with a well-crafted plot I know I’ll enjoy.
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 . . .
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