Title: Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 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.
Well, fuck me if this wasn’t a more realistic read. I have to say that these two men really got the ass end of the stick. Travis and Clint both suffer from PTSD; each due to their own traumas they were involved in while in charge of an aircraft. Then to add-on top of that Travis suffers from chronic back pain, while Clint is a recovering alcoholic due to not being able to disclose his mission. To ANYONE! Really, I just wanted to wrap the two in bubble wrap and tend to them.
However, these two men keep going, taking one day at a time. And by good love of all that is amazing, they find each other. Not only that, but they are good for one another; like really good for one another.
While I did enjoy reading Travis and Clint’s story, I did not love it. I cannot exactly put a finger as to why, just that it didn’t suck me in as it did in the previous book. It didn’t have extreme highs of lows, it just was. Maybe that was the problem.
Last but not least, the ending seemed a bit rushed. It was like, ‘no we can’t one minute’, followed by ‘oh yes we can’ and wrapping it up with an, ‘okay let’s give it a try’. I swear, if you blink you might miss it! Honestly, it could have done without the “no we can’t” moment by Travis. Needless to say, Travis and Clint end on a HFN note leaving it up to the reader to make their own assumptions. I wonder though. If there is a third book, the author might give us with a lovely wrap-up like she did in this book with Sean and Paul wedding. Time will only tell.