Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Rank & File
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #4
Heroes: Will Curtis/Brent Jameson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 25, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.
Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.
When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.
But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.
Review: I am really enjoying this series about the small Navy base and all the smexyness going on there. We met Will previously in Chief’s Mess as Clint’s friend and coworker who helped set him straight with his drinking. This story is similar, yet different.
Here the men are facing a few issues at once. Aside from the fraternizing law, there is the rank issue – a lieutenant and and enlisted, as well as being somewhat closeted at work, as well as with the families. Will and Brent meet when Will is called to a domestic in which Will was involved, though he had no idea at the time the woman was single. Trying to get each other out of their respective heads, they end up meeting again out a the bar. Still knowing any type of relationship between them is strictly a no no, they decide on enjoying one night, which turns into another, and another, etc. You get the picture. Clint is also a bit gun shy after his last long-term boyfriend cheated on him. But, meanwhile, they both know it can’t continue, but neither wants to stop. An enjoyable aspect to this is that Clint is the more dominant of the two, while Brent is superior to Clint in ranking. Neither of them care much about the rank issue though, so they carry on in secret.
Both men have some family issues to deal with as well. Brent was brought up to believe the Navy was his only option – follow in the familial footsteps, his career and rank are far superior to any enlisted personnel, and anything that will hinder any chances of moving up that particular ladder should be pushed aside no matter what. On the flip side, Clint’s family (most of it anyway) don’t want anything to do with his gay life. In other words, at home, he isn’t gay, can’t talk about it, can’t bring anyone home, etc. This takes quite a toll on both of them as they try to figure out their lives, what they truly want career-wise v. relationship-wise.
This is the typical high quality Witt writing I’ve always enjoyed. She does military extremely well, both with the details, as well as conveying what they must be going through (with regards to DADT, etc.), and her sex scenes are always off the charts hot. The next installment looks like it is going in another slightly different direction, and I’m definitely looking forward to more from this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*