Chief’s Mess (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Chief’s Mess (Anchor Point #3)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/Military
Page Count: 291
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.

I’m here for the sex! ~ Gigi, June 2017

The premise of Chief’s Mess is the same as the first two books in the Anchor Point series; Just Drive and Afraid to Fly. Lots of sex, not a lot of plot and a conflict that separates our heroes for a few weeks.

Anthony is visiting his sister’s ex-husband Clint (from Afraid to Fly) in Anchor Point where he meets Chief Noah Jackson at a gay bar. Lots and lots and LOTS of hot gay sex happens during Anthony’s week in Anchor Point.

When Anthony returns to Portland, the men pine for the smoking hot chemistry they share and end up texting and Skyping to continue their casual sexual relationship. Pretty soon the boys are visiting each other every other week to further explore their insane chemistry between the sheets and eventually their long-distance-hookups turn to love.

The angst comes when Anthony releases Noah is an alcoholic and decides he can’t deal with a man who keeps his head in a bottle. The conflict is short-lived and resolved mostly off page and that worked for me. Angst and I aren’t on speaking terms right now.

I really enjoyed this one and it is my favorite of the series so far. The sex was hot, the dirty talk was filthy and the emotional connection that eventually happened was honest and very satisfying.

Fans of the Anchor Point series shouldn’t miss this one. Readers who haven’t enjoy the series, you should give this one a try. Making an appearance are Clint and Travis from Afraid to Fly, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone.


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Galley copy of Chief’s Mess (Anchor Point #3) provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

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