Just Drive (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Just Drive (Anchor Point #1)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Military
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

May/December romance between two sexy men? Yep!

We’ve got Paul:

A career Navy man of 24 years. An ex-pilot, he wants to command his own aircraft carrier and make Admiral before retirement.

We’ve got Sean:

A twenty-something college student still living at home, he drives a cab to help make ends meet.

The men meet when Sean picks Paul up in his cab. The sexual attraction is instantaneous and we get some backseat sex and some bent-over-the-trunk-of-the-car sex. Oh, yes indeed!

The sex continues over the course of a few weeks, both men drawn to one another over the ridiculously hot sex. They always meet in a no-tell-motel because Paul lives on base and Sean lives with his dad. And they don’t do a whole lot of talking when they can steal a few hours to get together.

After those few weeks, they put some pieces together and realize that Paul is Sean’s dad’s commanding officer. According to Navy regulations, that is considered fraternization since Paul controls Sean’s dad’s career. They have to stop seeing each other. Bummer!

The boys break up, but they pine for one another terribly. They both realize that sex wasn’t the only thing holding them together.

Now, so far, so good. The break-up was sad but I loved how they couldn’t get each other out of their minds. But them the problems I have with the book start.

They can’t bare to be apart so they continue to see each other in the no-tell-motels. BUT, every time they meet up, they start with, “We can’t do this! You could get fired! This is so wrong!” Hot, sweaty sex happens and they end with, “We absolutely CAN’T see each other again. It’s way too risky! Goodbye forever.” Over and over and over again. It got old and was so angsty and made these two even more miserable. I wasn’t on-board with these clandestine hookups and by the time the climax of the book happened, I was so over it all.

Another thing I had a hard time with was the complete lack of information Paul had about Sean. How old was he, exactly? What was he going to school for? What did he hope for his future? Did he have any siblings? Paul did eventually learn about Sean’s mom and dad and how hard it was to be a Navy brat, but never any of the other stuff. Not on page anyway. I kept waiting for it, but was disappointed in the end when no further information was given.
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But the HEA was delightful and I cried when the “I love you’s” were said. We also met Paul’s flight buddy Travis and he will be the focus of the next book. Hurt/healing/comfort is promised!

Despite it’s flaws, I enjoyed this sexy romance and can recommend it.

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Galley copy of Just Drive (Anchor Point #1) provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.