Title: Going Overboard (Anchor Point #5)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 5th 2018
Page Count: 286
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.8 stars out of 5
Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the harbor patrol unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted—even from his best friend.
Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. After a taste of how easily they could lose each other, neither man can keep his feelings hidden anymore, and it turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.
Things aren’t just heating up between the friends-turned-lovers, though. The Navy is investigating the accident, and the harbor patrol chief isn’t going to let his star coxswain go down for dereliction of duty, even if saving him means throwing Dalton under the bus.
As the threats and gaslighting pile up, Chris and Dalton need each other more than ever—as shipmates, friends, and lovers. But if their chief prevails, the only way they can save their careers is to let each other go.
I’m totally the minority with this one so feel free to ignore me. The Anchor Point series is a mixed bag for me. I absolutely loved the first book, and the others were hit or miss. Going Overboard was sadly a miss.
In a few words, the military storyline was very well thought and perfectly executed, but the romance felt choppy and seriously lacking any depth.
Witt is always on point about the military stuff. The details of Dalton’s accident and the wheels that were set in motion, the rankings, the hierarchy and the insides of a naval base were very much on point. I had no problem following through despite not even being a US citizen.
It’s the romance that fell totally flat for me. I love the “friends-to-lovers” trope, but I didn’t get the friends feeling at all here. Chris and Dalton were supposed to be friends before but I didn’t see it. I never understood why Chris didn’t come out to Dalton before, and we never actually see them interacting as friends before Dalton’s accident. When they came together, it felt somewhat inconsequential.
The characters seemed to exist in a vacuum. Towards the end, we learn a little bit more about Dalton’s family but that’s about it. No background whatsoever.
As for the resolution, although I was very satisfied with the way the bad guys went down, I really didn’t appreciate Chris’s stance, the way he chose to deal with it, or to be precise, not deal with it.
The sex scenes were hot, sure, but not enough to make me feel a connection between the protagonists. In the end, I was bored.
Again, this could just be me. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this kind of story.