Monday, February 05, 2018

Release Day Review: Going Overboard (Anchor Point #5) by L.A. Witt

going overboardTitle ~ Going Overboard

Author ~ L.A. Witt

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 5th February 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

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.

 

Freya’s Review

Mmm mmm mmm. Men in uniform, heroics, assholes (both varieties) and sex. What else would a fan of M/M want in a story?

Since they met, Navy best friends Dalton and Chris have hidden their feelings for each other. An accident nearly kills Dalton and at the same time, forces to the fore some truths. The question is whether they can survive Naval bureaucratic bullshit to make it to the promotion evaluations or more importantly stay with each other.

The opening scenes are drama at its best. It’s tense naval action that had my heart in my mouth, grabbed my attention, and had me vested in the characters for the rest of the story.

Going Overboard is told in the first person from Dalton and Chris’s points of view, in alternating chapters. The cast is varied, and the scene setting is spot on. The only spoiler - other than biting lips which belong in my room 101 -  is the use of acronyms. As I love armed forces stories, I worked out some, and others were spelt out, but I found their constant use confusing and challenging to keep up with. Their use is typical, especially the forces, but when used in a story, a few more extended versions, or a glossary of terms at the start, would have been appreciated. 

The blurb gives a good idea of the main action, so I’m not giving spoilers out when I say that Dalton survives the initial accident. After that much of the story revolves around his recovery and his relationship with Chris. Their covert liaisons are delicious and beautiful. I “awed”, laughed, and cried along with them.

Chief Lasby is an awesome asshole. Frustration reigned along with that of the boys at wanting to shoot the homophobic man as he manipulated people and situations using mental sabotage.

Initially, the story doesn’t show the navy in a good light. As with most organisations, there are dickheads, those that tow the line, and heroes. 

Going Overboard is a story full gems of moments, drama, tension, frustration, and love. I experienced a range of emotions, from heart melting, and heart-stopping to about bloody time and wuhoo.

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Meet L.A. Witt 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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