Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Chief’s Mess
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 291 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.
When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.
But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.
Review: This is book 3 of the series and it sort of follows the previous book in that Anthony is Clint’s ex-brother-in-law. He comes to Anchor Point to support his sister and her kids on a visit to Clint (their father). It is an important connection in that it was alcohol that Clint turned to in order to self-medicate his PTSD which hurt and caused him to lose his family. It was that experience that ended up a big sticking point in this story.
During his visit to Anchor Point, Anthony goes out to find a hook up and meets Noah. They are both looking for the same thing and boy did they ever find it with each other. Scorching sexual chemistry with both of them liking things exactly the same way – a little rough, with lots of delicious dirty talk. They begin their relationship with hot sex which leads to texting and Skype sessions, which leads to more visits filled with hot sex. They get to know one another, mostly during their time apart, but we don’t see a lot of that. There was a lot of hot sex in this relationship, if you didn’t catch that.
As their visits become more frequent, Anthony begins to notice some red flags concerning Noah and his drinking habits. As is typical, assurances and excuses are made, and the relationship continues. Not long after they share “I love yous,” the red flags start waving again and things fall apart.
Noah finally wakes up (literally) when his friend and co-worker gives him an ultimatum and reality check. Lose his job, career, relationship, etc. or continue down the same destructive path. It doesn’t happen overnight, but Noah finally realizes he has a problem and decides he needs to take action. While this aspect felt a bit rushed, due to the bulk of this story being a sexfest, I liked that Anthony stood his ground and was adamant that Noah get help for himself, but also that he was there for Noah once he decided to do so.
This was not my favorite of the series, but it was still a great addition to the series. Ms. Witt is a pro at writing the hot delicious sex and military trope, and this one is no different. The alternating POVs here worked well in showing how each character was feeling and affected by everything. I also loved seeing Clint and Travis again and that they were doing well and I can’t wait for Will’s story!
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*