Title: Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16th 2017
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.
Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.
Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.
It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.
Afraid to Fly is a nice addition to the Anchor Point series, and I did enjoy it, although I didn’t love it as much as Just Drive. The characters and the plot itself are very much different than the first book, which goes to show that L.A.Witt is a pretty versatile author, and when it comes to military stories, she really knows her stuff.
What I liked:
~The comfort/healing aspect. Both characters come with pretty heavy baggage. PTSD issues, chronic physical pain conditions, alcoholism problems…you name it. I really loved that trust built gradually between the characters, and that they slowly started sharing experiences. It felt very real and natural. No magic dicks to be seen!
~The characters are very well-sketched and I love that they ‘re both mature men in their 40s. Great chemistry and amazing connection too!
~There isn’t a lot of sex, but the sex that was there, was pretty hot and intense.
The ending, although a HFN, was pretty great and realistic. I loved that it included Paul and Sean’s wedding!
What didn’t work that well:
~Travis was in pain during the whole story because of an old injury. This pain prevents him from functioning like he used to, which means that anal sex is off the table. That’s ok, it’s not for everyone and chronic back pain is no joke. BUT provided that it’s something he used to LOVE, and that Clint was into it too, I felt that things were left unexplored in that department. Especially since Travis didn’t hesitate to push his boundaries for other activities, like running.
~I felt that there was no resolution regarding the issue with Clint’s family. I totally understand why Clint’s wife hesitated to let him see the kids. I can only imagine what he put them through. But in the end, she was unreasonably hard on him.
~I felt that the inner monologues dragged the story out a little bit.
Overall, this was nice, and like I said, I did enjoy it. Recommended for the fans of the author and the series.