Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Going Overboard
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point #5
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 259 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 5, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the harbor patrol unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted—even from his best friend.
Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. After a taste of how easily they could lose each other, neither man can keep his feelings hidden anymore, and it turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.
Things aren’t just heating up between the friends-turned-lovers, though. The Navy is investigating the accident, and the harbor patrol chief isn’t going to let his star coxswain go down for dereliction of duty, even if saving him means throwing Dalton under the bus.
As the threats and gaslighting pile up, Chris and Dalton need each other more than ever—as shipmates, friends, and lovers. But if their chief prevails, the only way they can save their careers is to let each other go.
Review: Another solid story in the Anchor Point series. This can be read on its own, though a few characters from previous books make appearances. Here, we have a few things going on that make it a bit different from the previous books. This story centers around two best friends and fellow coxswains, Dalton and Chris.
For starters, these guys are coxswains, or the guys who drive and patrol the harbor boats. For various reasons, they are both at a point where they must pass a test in order to move up in rank, something which Dalton must do this time around or his career is in jeopardy.
In the meantime, Dalton has trouble while on patrol when another coxswain who slightly outranks Dalton disregards Dalton’s arguments about the unsafe conditions. An accident causes Dalton to go overboard where he nearly drowns and collides with the boat. The quick thinking and bravery of his other fellow shipmate saves his life. However, it quickly becomes apparent that politics and bullying are going to play a big factor in who goes down as responsible for everything. The tables are turned on Dalton and his savior, and there seems to be little they can do about any of it.
Then, there is the issue of Dalton and Chris. They’ve been bffs for a long time, and though Dalton has harbored a crush on Chris, he believes him to be straight. At the same time, Chris actually has the same feelings for Dalton, but he has not yet told him he’s gay as well. Neither have wanted their friendship jeopardized, so they’ve kept quiet. After Dalton’s accident, things are more clear for each of them, and they end up on the same page. Unfortunately, the politics and bullying from before comes into play here as well.
I really enjoyed this installment about two younger guys whose love grows stronger as they tackle similar issues. I imagine this type of scenario happens all too often with men and women being abused by those in power, trying to keep their own careers on track and how quickly it can all come crashing down. In the end, they were able to figure a way out with the help of those previous characters I mentioned. I definitely recommend this entire series if you’re looking for some hot Navy action with characters facing issues a bit different than the military stories out there. Ms. Witt knows her stuff, makes it really easy to follow and dresses it up with love and hot sex. Can’t ask for much more than that!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*