Title: Afraid to Fly
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point, #2
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: January 16th 2017
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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.
L.A Witt is one of my auto-buy/auto-request authors. Any time I see something from her I want to snatch it up right away. Afraid to Fly is the second book in her Anchor Point series, but can be read as a standalone. There are a couple scenes with couple from the first book, but you aren't missing any crucial plot points if you don't read that one first. That being said, overall I ended up enjoying the first books just a little more than this one. I felt like this one had a couple slow points for me.
I really enjoyed both of these characters a lot. It becomes very obvious that they are both dealing with some inner demons brought on by being in the service for so long. Travis was a pilot that had a horrible injury that left him dealing with severe daily back pain. Clint is a former drone pilot that deals with nightmares almost every night from a mission gone bad. They both suffer from PTSD, so they understand each other very well. Travis also lost a man he loved very much, so he has issues letting himself fall for another man. Clint has just gone through a messy divorce due to him having issues with alcohol, and him left him struggling to be a man his ex-wife can trust around their children again.
I really liked that their PTSD and injuries weren't handled lightly, and they weren't automatically cured because they found each other. That kind of thing drives me nuts. These two have to work hard at things. Travis' injuries make it physically impossible to do some sexual things, because it would put him in immense pain. He can give and receive sex with his hands or mouth but beyond that, the pain becomes too intolerable. He's had problems with people calling off the relationship because things "get too boring" or people "can't enjoy themselves because they are too worried about hurting him". Clint still has to come out to his ex-wife while still trying to assure her that he's got everything under control.
Like I said, I really enjoyed them together, and they did still manage some steamy times, I still enjoyed the couple in the first book just a teeny bit more. That's just my opinion, of course!
** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
My review for the first book in the series: Just Drive by L.A. Witt
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