Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Afraid to Fly
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #2
Heroes: Travis Wilson/Clint Fraser
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 347 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: This is a nice follow up in the Anchor Point series about two older MCs, both pilots who can no longer fly and are trying to carry on with their lives as they find ways to cope with their issues.
Travis was a fighter pilot who has a serious chronic back injury from his crash 8 years prior. Clint was a drone pilot who no longer flies due to a mission gone bad. Both men suffer from PTSD.
Clint and Travis meet at a military ball and though there are a few things going on, they end up hitting it off. Both are hesitant to think about anything long term, each for their own reasons. Clint is concerned that his injury will cause Travis to get bored (he deals with pain of various levels on a daily basis, which also prevents him from having penetrative sex) with their sex life. Travis is a recovering alcoholic who is trying to deal with his PTSD but has been unable to speak to anyone about it due to its classified status. This brought about his divorce and is the focus of his being able to be in his kids’ lives.
Ms. Witt does a very good job writing about older MCs. They still have issues to deal with, but there is a higher level of maturity that is felt throughout the story. Their issues are serious, but there isn’t really any added angst or unnecessary silliness thrown in.
This was just about the opposite of book 1 in terms of sexual tension. Whereas Just Drive had excitement and build up, this one had plenty of hotness with the men finding other ways to work around the issue of Clint’s discomfort and managing his pain while having as normal a relationship as possible.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable second chance story about two guys who are perfect for and end up needing each other in ways they never imagined. It was a nice addition to the series, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Anchor Point.
P.S. It was great to see Sean and Paul again!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*