Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Just Drive
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Anchor Point #1
Heroes: Sean Wright/Paul Richards
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 11 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 23, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.
After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.
One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.
With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.
Review: Jen reviewed this previously here.
This is L.A. Witt at her best! Writing about hot men in the military! But – also making tough decisions and acknowledging the difficult position the military places on most people/relationships.
From the beginning, our two MCs find one another hot and begin their relationship – which I love. At first, it’s just physical, but then it quickly becomes something more. There are a lot of hot smexy times in this book but some really tender and loving ones as well.
We get a unique (ish) situation in that Sean, the younger (by over 20 years) is the more “toppy” when it comes to they physical side of things but Paul is no passive being. He’s older, but still has a bit of that “crazy fighter pilot” thing going on, so he doesn’t actually “act” his age. This was a nice contrast to Sean, who is definitely older than his years and who keeps Paul grounded.
This book felt a lot like L.A. Witt’s Conduct Unbecoming series – which I loved. Though we are past DADT, Paul and Sean can’t be together – still – because of the Navy. Both men very realistically deal with their circumstances in the military and this – for me – was the best part of the story because it felt very real.
Paul is by far the more “fleshed out” character in the story. Sean is still a bit of an enigma – if I have any complaints, it’s that I wish we knew more from Sean’s POV and that our MCs spent more time together in non-sexual situations.
(There is a lovely and ooey gooey epilogue that I loved, and that gave us hope – BUT – I thought it was kind of ironic that Sean mentions how tight Paul and Sean’s dad had become – sharing stories, etc – when we still don’t really know what Paul and Sean do together besides f**k.)
Witt is an excellent writer and her knowledge of the military is evident. I’ve definitely read other books by this author that I liked more, but this is still a really excellent book, despite some of the issues I mentioned. I’m definitely going to keep reading the series!
4.5 of 5 stars (rounded up to 4.5 because the Epilogue is that good!)
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo is one of my favorite narrators, so I’ve run out of superlatives to use while describing his performances. He has a VERY easy voice to listen to, understands timing and emotion, does a great job giving age appropriate voices to the characters – including handling female voices well. I thought he chose a great voice for Sean – younger but not femme and a great, deep voice for Paul. Highly enjoyable and the best way to experience this story!
5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*