Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Afraid to Fly
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Anchor Point #2
Heroes: Travis Wilson/Clint Fraser
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 9 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 31, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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: Jen reviewed the book here.
Afraid to Fly was a great follow up to Just Drive, which was the first book in the Anchor Point series. I may have loved this one even better than the first one as the characters are older and their situations were very real-world and believable. It was a breath of fresh air to read a romance between two men where the focus was not on sex. As a matter of fact, the sex was very tame and limited due to Travis’s injuries, but no less hot and sexy. Travis and Clint are suffering the repercussions of a long military life and those issues are easier to carry when the one you are with actually gets it. I am not saying non-military spouses are clueless, just that to truly understand the depth of what a military person is going through it helps if the other person has similar experiences.
Clint is all kinds of messed up; recent divorce, his kids are a plane ride away, PTSD, and struggling with his bi-sexuality. Travis is bi-sexual, as well, however he is not closeted. But he is also divorced, suffers from PTSD, and lives with chronic back pain from a fighter jet crash. These two are also middle aged men, and that right there was what kept me vested. They didn’t act like jack rabbits in the sack, but instead came across as two men who you could relate to. It helps that the narrator gives a kick ass performance.
Nick J. Russo has that voice that was made to perform. He does another stellar job with Travis and Clint, and I look forward to continuing listening to this series as long as he remains the voice of Anchor Point. Would I still listen if he were not? Probably, but I’ve come to relate his performance to NAS Adams and I don’t think another narrator could bring that base to life like Nick has. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*