Afraid to Fly (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/Military
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

Silver Fox.

Smooth and flawless was fine and good, but especially as I got older myself, there was something about the lines by the corners of his eyes and the traces of silver in his sandy-blond hair that tongue-tied me all to hell.

I love me a silver fox and in Afraid to Fly we get two!

Commander Travis Wilson

Commander Travis Wilson is 45 and Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser is 40. I don’t think my interest in the older heroes is a kink, it’s just where I am in my life as a 47-year-old woman. It tickles me pink when authors write romances with the older men and Ms. Witt delivered the goods with Afraid to Fly.

Clint and Travis are both a hot mess. PTSD, flashbacks, war injuries, failed marriages, strained relationships with their children, unlucky in love, survivors guilt… Hot. Mess. It sets the scene for delicious hurt/healing/comfort perfectly. Yay, a personal favorite! BUT… I felt several chances for the comfort aspect were missing. Opportunity lost. Bummer!

While I wish I could say I loved this and give it 5 stars, I have a few small complaints.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser

Like I said, Clint and Travis were a hot mess of tragedy. I like when authors don’t sugar-coat characters and situations, but with these boys I kept hoping for Ms. Witt to lighten their load just a little. Their physical and psychological pain were shared once they became a couple, but I would have liked to see, maybe ONE cause of pain lifted by the end. Sometimes a book can be too realistic to be 100% enjoyable, and this was one of them.

Secondly, the ending was very HFN and there were several loose ends.

What will Travis do about his chronic pain? Retire? Will he be promoted? What will happen with Clint’s kids? When, if ever, will Clint be allowed to reveal his classified traumatic battle situation that has left him suffering from PTSD??
I feel like we only got half the story. Sean and Paul’s story was wrapped up in a nice, neat bow at the end of this one, but I feel like we’d need a lot of with these two before a real HEA can be certified.

Regardless of the flaws, I really enjoyed this one and can certainty recommend it.

Anchor Point Series

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