Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Rank & File
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Anchor Point #4
Heroes: Will & Brent
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hours
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 8, 2018
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon & Audible
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.
I love this series, and I especially love that as soon as I start a new audio, with the soothing and distinct voice of Nick J Russo, I am immediately back at Anchor Point as if no time had passed. This series is like coming home to a lifelong friend, and though months may have passed since I last visited, it’s as if I never left.
In this installment, enlisted Senior Chief Will Curtis works as military police and is called in on a domestic, where he encounters young and devastated, Annapolis grad, Lt. Brent Jameson, who found himself hooking up with a married woman who claimed to be single…and then the hubby comes home. Will is attracted to the younger but higher ranked Brent but as he was caught with a women, he is also obviously straight. Brent feels like an idiot. He is bisexual, and though he finds Will attractive, right now he needs to worry about his job and how he will explain to his superiors why the police were called on him. But then Will finds Brent at a gay bar and their story begins.
Will and Brent spend a bit of time trying to do the right thing…the right thing being they forget the other exists, but the attraction is stronger than either can resist. They belong together even though the Navy forbids it. There isn’t too much angst, and the “we can’t do this, we shouldn’t do this” was integral to the plot and didn’t come off as excessive. I think listening to the audio made it much easier to understand the emotional aspect of their dilemma and Mr. Russo does a bang up job getting their feels out to the listener.
When you have two men who want nothing more than their military careers, who then find themselves at odds with that career, you know something has to give. In this case, there is no way they can be lovers and still stay with their original plans. I admit, I thought it would end differently, but the way Ms. Witt played it, and the way Nick J Russo performed it, it was much better that I’d expected. Mr. Russo has the steamy parts locked down, and I can’t imagine listening to any Anchor Point audio with a different narrator.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*