Title:Rank & File (Anchor Point #4)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 25th 2017
Page Count: 272
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.
Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.
When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.
But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.
The Anchor Point series is a mixed bag for me. I loved the first book (highly recommended btw) but I didn’t much care for the next two. Rank and File, however, was a pretty good addition and an enjoyable read.
L.A.Witt writes military stuff like no other. I don’t know if it’s research or personal experience, but coming from a navy town myself, I really loved the setting. Witt always gets that military vibe right.
Senior Chief Will Curtis and Lieutenant Brent Jameson meet under…uh…uncommon circumstances when Will answers a call about domestic abuse in a military base house. Upon meeting for the second time, mutual attraction leads to an explosive night.
From the beginning, Will and Brent know that they can’t be together because of the Navy’s strict fraternisation policy. They know that being together will shoot dead both their careers. But they also have crazy chemistry and, ok, we know that Witt writes very hot sex, but here she outdid herself. This is important, because it showed how insanely sexually compatible they are. Which is why they keep coming back for more.
There isn’t a lot of plot here. It’s mostly Will and Brent trying to resist temptation (and failing) or trying to hide their relationship from others (and failing). Admitedely, the back and forth was a little tiring and repetitive. It kind of exhausted me for a while. But towards the end, it picked up again.
I have to mention that I really loved Brent’s mindset in the end, and the way he handled the situation. The way he looked within himself, how he weighted pros and cons, and the way he handled his overbearing father, resonated so much with me.
If you ‘re a fan of the series, I suggest that you add this to your list. Recommended for a sexy, not too angsty story, with a very nice ending.