Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2) by L.A. Witt

afraid-to-fly_600x900Once 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I really liked the first book in this series. Just Drive was the perfect introduction to Anchor Point. I was hoping that the second book would be just as strong and Afraid to Fly did not disappoint.

Readers met Travis in Just Drive. He was and still is Paul’s best friend, which is great because readers also got to check in on Paul and Sean. 😉 Paul returned the favor of being Travis’ sounding board and boy did he have his work cut out for him. The cards were stacked against Travis and Clint. Travis put up his own walls because of a tragic relationship in his past. Clint couldn’t afford to give his ex-wife any more reasons to keep him away from his kids. He was also shouldering a lot of unnecessary guilt because he was ordered not to talk to anyone about the events that led to his PTSD. Once again L.A. Witt made the impossible probable. She really made these two work for it though.

I’m really enjoying seeing how these couples face what they’ve been through head-on. They make mistakes and come close to losing even more than they’ve already lost. They’re men who put their life on the line and are used to having each others’ back, but find it hard to depend on anyone or show any weakness. I can’t wait to see what’s next in Anchor Point.

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Just Drive (Anchor Point #1) by L.A. Witt

justdriveFor Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.
After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.
One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.
With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Oh how I loved this book and I’m more than a little excited that it’s just the first of a brand new series.

Having said that and as much as I love L.A. Witt, I spent most of this book not knowing how in the heck she was going to make the relationship between Paul and Sean. The frustrating part was that Paul and Sean were so good for each other, but their relationship was doomed from the start.

There’s not a whole lot more that I can say because I don’t want to give things away. Just know that the romance was amazing, the only logical solution was heart breaking and the author’s ultimate twist that ‘fixed’ everything was brilliant. Afraid to Fly is the next book in Witt’s Anchor Point series and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Travis and Clint.

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Kinky Sprinkles by L.A. Witt

kinkysprinklesJoel has finally walked away from his abusive ex and is ready to meet new people. But that isn’t easy for a guy who’s shy, self-conscious, and struggling with his body image.
Andre has wanted Joel since the first time he laid eyes on him, and finally Joel is single. But Andre is a Dom and a sadist, and Joel is unapologetically vanilla. There’s no happy medium—either Andre reins in the kinky side that took him years to accept, or Joel grits his teeth and subjects himself to kinks that aren’t his thing. No matter who bends, someone’s going to be unhappy.
They agree to walk away, but they keep circling back to each other. Though their kinks might not line up, the chemistry between them sizzles and the emotional connection keeps getting deeper. But none of that will get them anywhere if they can’t find some kind of middle ground in the bedroom.
 

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I know I say this every time I review a BDSM book, but this genre is definitely not my ‘go-to’ in either F/M or M/M romance. However, every once in a while a description, title or author catches my attention. All three happened with Kinky Sprinkles. I mean, come on, how can you possibly NOT want to find out what a title like that has to do with this genre?

When it comes to L.A. Witt, you never really know what to expect. That is not a complaint. I like the unexpected. She has a knack (especially in the last two books I’ve read by her) of making the impossible, possible. After reading the description, it’s kind of hard to figure out how in the world these two guys could ever get over their differences enough to make any kind of relationship work.

Joel and Andre eventually find a way that works for them. It’s unconventional and definitely not anything a lot of people would even consider, but it works for them. Regardless of how they worked it out, I liked these two enough that I was happy for them in the end. Oh, and the title? Yeah, it made perfect sense… just wait for it 😉

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Roped In by Marie Sexton & L.A. Witt

RopedIn_600x900Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.
Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.
(Note: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.)

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1It’s always an added bonus when two authors that you follow collaborate. Even though this is a re-make of a previous title, I missed it the first time around. It’s not the first Sexton/Witt collaboration I’ve read and you’ll be happy to know that it won’t be the last. 😉

I’ve said before that BDSM isn’t my go-to genre, but every once in a while, especially if it’s written by an author (or in this case authors) that I really like, I take a chance. Roped In is one of those books. If you’re like me and not really into anything hard core when it comes to the genre, or if you’re not sure, Roped In is fairly tame. That doesn’t mean that it’s not full of smexiness… far from it.

There’s no reason why a relationship between a rodeo cowboy and an animal rights activist could even be close to compatible. Somehow this writing duo made it work. I loved Kaz’s energy and his compassion. I also loved his ability to keep an open mind when Graham offered to show him that he may be wrong about his opinion on some things. There was a lot to love about Graham too. I loved his willingness to take the time to show Kaz that there were some things he should know before condemning every cowboy. I was also really happy that he gave Kaz a chance to show him a thing or two. 😉 Basically, Roped In was a sweet, unexpected love story that ended a lot sooner than I was ready for. ❤

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To Live Again (The Distance Between Us #6) (Wilde’s #8) L.A. Witt

ToLiveAgainThe heart doesn’t take requests. It calls the tune.
Greg Douglas’s wife surprised him with an early 25th anniversary gift: a divorce. Staying with friends Ethan and Rhett seems like a good idea, just until he gets back on his feet. The guys have an even better idea to take his mind off his troubles—take him out to explore the other half of his bisexuality.
After a quarter century suppressing his hidden desires, he’s not waiting any longer. Especially not after laying eyes on the gorgeous deejay at Wilde’s.
Deejay and single dad Sailo Isaia isn’t looking for anything serious. He’s definitely not out to be a sexual teacher, never mind to a man almost two decades his senior. But as Greg gets the hang of having a male lover, Sailo can’t help himself. They both keep coming back for more. And more. And more.
But a few nagging questions hold Sailo back from giving his whole heart. Is this just Greg’s midlife crisis and rebound fling? Or a chance to fill that empty space—forever—for both Sailo and his beloved son?

Product Warnings
Contains an older guy who’s waited half his life for this, a younger guy who didn’t realize how lonely he was, and some very hot visits to the upstairs VIP lounge at Wilde’s. Author is not responsible for readers who can no longer look at a leather booth the same way again.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is another series that I’ve managed to bounce back and forth with the reading order. For what it’s worth, after I read each one of the books that fall later in the series, I vow to go back and pick up the ones I haven’t read yet. To Live Again was no exception. Some day I will because there are more than a few characters that I’d really like to get to know better.

I have to admit, I really didn’t like Greg’s wife and I’m sure I’m not the only reader who had that opinion. Although he never would have explored his sexual curiosity if she wouldn’t have asked for a divorce, there were so many different ways that she could have handled it better. She did get his attention, I’ll give her that. The circumstances also made me like Greg even more.

I also really liked Sailo. He was a single dad who shared custody with his son’s moms. Even though he was younger than Greg (not quite as much younger as the description shows) he was the perfect guy for Greg. He was patient, caring and he wasn’t looking for a commitment.

The more time these two spent together, the more obvious it became that there was more to their relationship than a casual fling. Yet Greg still has some soul searching to do and Sailo can’t risk bringing someone into his life that might disappear because of his son. Their romance wasn’t easy. Even so, I wasn’t expecting the ‘breaking point’ but in the end it worked.

Although I would have liked Sailo’s son to be more present than just a mentioned character, I kind of admired Sailo for not making him part of the ‘getting to know you’ phase of their relationship. I love books that include kids as integral characters, but it doesn’t always work and in this instance I don’t think it would have.

As far as supporting characters go, I loved spending more time with Ethan and Rhett. Not sure if there are more books in store for the Wilde’s crew, but even if there aren’t, I’ve got some serious catching up to do. 😉

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Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt

RainShadow_600x900Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.
Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.
Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

ACreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1nother great addition to the Bluewater Bay series. I thought it was cute the way that Jeremy and Scott kind of fell into a relationship while denying the fact that either one of them were looking for a relationship. 😉

Scott had his reasons for not wanting to date someone in a dangerous occupation. His loss was heartbreaking. It was also kind of ironic that Jeremy would finally connect to someone in a profession he wanted to have nothing more to do with. Love really is a fickle thing, isn’t it?

The side story of Anna and her girlfriend added a lot to this story. I liked the connection between Jeremy and Anna, as well as Jeremy’s connection with the other body guards and crew on the set. He screwed up more than once, but he still had support from the people around him. Even when he wasn’t sure where he stood with Scott.

The only real complaint I had about Rain Shadow was that I felt like the ending was rushed. I really would have liked a little bit more closure. Things were on the way to being mended, but not quite there yet.

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Running with Scissors by L.A. Witt

RunningWithScissorsEighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.
Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.
Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is one of those books that had me on edge from beginning to almost the very end. The tension was thick enough to almost be its own character. I felt so sorry for Jude, even though I understood where his band mates were coming from. Sometimes I felt like there were being a lot harder on him than they needed to be. Yeah, he screwed up, but he was young and in my experience, young guys are notorious for doing stupid things. They act first and deal with the consequences later. None of the members of “Running with Scissors” could see past Jude’s betrayal. Getting Jude’s POV helped to sympathize with him of course, but as an outsider it was easy to see things aren’t always what appears on the surface.

The book description really doesn’t really give readers a full understanding of how logical it was for Jude and A.J. to gravitate toward each other. Jude was the outcast because he was the ‘bad guy’ but A.J. was also an outcast because he was the ‘new guy.’ To be fair, the band didn’t even realize they were leaving A.J. out of their close knit group. On the other hand, Jude’s shunning was intentional. Regardless, more often than not, Jude and A.J. found themselves being thrown together for that very reason. Soon it became obvious that they had a lot more in common than just their instrument of choice.

I was pulling for these two from the start. They were good together, but the band made them feel like their love was beyond forbidden. The romantic tension and the forbidden romance almost tore them apart. Once the band found out, the odds of them making it weren’t good at all. Even with all the tension, there was a lot to love about this book. I respected A.J.’s vulnerability and totally understood it. Having Jude’s POV made me realize that it wasn’t an issue, but A.J.’s concern was real. Like I said earlier, the tension lasted till almost the very end of the book. I can almost forgive the author because I loved how things wrapped up. On a side note, even though I spent most of the book angry at Conner, by the end of Running with Scissors, I wanted him to find his HEA. I wanted him to have what A.J. and Jude ended up with. Hopefully L.A. Witt feels the same way and we haven’t seen the last of this group. 😉

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What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt

WhatHeLeftBehindCan you ever have a second first time?
Josh Carver thinks it’s just another lunch with his best friend, Michael—until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael’s abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.
Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn’t like it would be the first time—Josh and Michael were once each other’s firsts.
A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael’s natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.
Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship—and a marriage—could be at risk.
Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that’s always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1First, Ian is amazing. I don’t know many men or women who would show as much love and trust as this man did in What He Left Behind. Second, this premise had disaster written all over it from the first page. I couldn’t see how any of these men could walk away from this unscathed. And for the record, they didn’t.

My loyalties between Ian, Michael and Josh floated throughout this book. It would have been easier if I could have disliked any of them. The truth is I loved all three. Michael was totally broken and needed to be able to depend on someone he trusted. Ian was totally devoted to Josh, but trusted him enough to push him to help Michael. Josh was totally devoted to Ian, but was still emotionally attached to Michael in a way that made him want to find a way to help him that didn’t involve doing the man who broke him bodily harm.

It took a tremendous amount of love and devotion between all three of these men to make things work. In the end I admired them all. What He Left Behind is a very appropriate title in more ways than one. In the beginning I thought I knew who the title referred to, but by the end I realized more than one of them had left something behind. It takes a special book to make me feel like a menage could really work and this is definitely one of them.

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The Distance Between Us (Distance Between Us #1) by L.A. Witt

DistanceBetweenUsFrom money pit to windfall…or is it a pitfall?

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits. They’re more than ready to dump their heavy emotional baggage. The only thing they can’t seem to unload is the house. They’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads…at least until they can bring in some extra money to pay it down. Solution: rent out a room.

Enter Kieran Frost. Suddenly, the only thing Ethan and Rhett both want more than getting away from each other is getting close to their single, young, hot roommate. Complicating things is the fact that Kieran doesn’t mind the attention from both, and he certainly doesn’t mind sharing.

Their combined chemistry ignites something else that Ethan and Rhett had thought was long dead—the mutual attraction that drew them together in the first place. Except bitter jealousy over Kieran could only push them even farther apart.

I’m glad that I went back to the beginning of this series. It’s not that I was lost when I ‘accidentally’ picked up the 5th book, No Place that Far before reading any of the previous books. It’s just that once I read that one, I knew I had to get to know all the men in this series. The Distance Between Us is the first ‘official’ book in the series, but I recommend reading The Best Man as well, since it introduces Wildes’ bar.

I’ve said before that I don’t normally gravitate toward menage books, but once in a while I can see how the dynamic makes sense. That was definitely the situation with Ethan, Rhett and Kieran. In a strange, twisted way, Kieran turned into the go-between for Ethan and Rhett. I have to admit that I lost a little bit of respect for each one of these guys along the way, but they earned it all back. This story could have easily turned into a scenario where one of the guys was simply ‘used’ as a means to an end, and honestly, it almost did. You’ll have to read their story to find out how things were resolved. Yes, the outcome was pretty much inevitable, and more than once I wanted to shake some sense into at least two of them, but I still ended up loving their story.

Thankfully, Kieran’s story is next in The Closer You Get. I think I’m going to enjoy watching this playboy get tamed. 😉

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The Best Man (Wilde’s #1) by L.A. Witt

BestManJon Beatty thought he’d found the best man for him until Craig walked out. To add insult to injury, Craig’s got a new lover—a woman—and wants Jon to be a different kind of best man…at his wedding.

Reasoning that the only way to get over one man is to get under another, Jon heads out to Wilde’s, the night club on Capitol Hill famous for its hot clientele and hotter bartenders. Jon just wants to get drunk and get laid, and bartender Liam Sable is more than willing to help with both.

Their one night stand turns into a rebound fling, but as Jon moves on with Liam, Craig starts having second thoughts about the break-up. His tiresome antics are the least of Jon and Liam’s worries, though. The least annoying, and the least dangerous…

This is the book that started it all… well, at least it’s the first book that introduced Wilde’s night club. Even though it’s not ‘officially’ attached to the Distance Between Us series, there’s definitely a connection. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter when you pick this one up though. Of course, I’m not the best judge since I read the 5th book in the series (No Place that Far) then I read the 1st book (The Distance Between Us) before I even picked up The Best Man. *sigh* No need to judge, I’m back on track now.

Jon was totally hooked on his ex… so much so that he spent months pining over him even though he was obviously committed to not just another lover, but a woman. He knew that he was being ridiculous in his head, but his heart still hadn’t let go. He finally got the hint when his ex asked him to be his best man in his wedding… and by the way… who does that? Craig proved over and over again he wasn’t worth the devotion Jon wasted on him. The final push for Jon was the wedding and the realization that he was living in the past which finally led him straight to Liam.

Jon and Liam were so great together. I loved the way Jon opened up to him and Liam’s attentiveness was just what Jon needed. Watching them try to convince themselves and each other that they weren’t looking for anything serious was laughable since they were obviously so good for each other.  Even so, I ended up getting really annoyed at Jon when things started to self destruct in The Best Man. Why? I could see what was going on with Liam and his ex way before Jon did. I’m not going to say much more on the off chance that other readers don’t pick up on it quite as fast as I did. I’ll blame it on the fact that Jon was gun shy, which he deserved to be, but still.

Regardless of the ups and downs, this still turned out to be a really sweet love story between Jon and Liam. Even if I hadn’t already read more than one book in the series, The Best Man would have made me want to find out more about this series. I can’t wait to learn more about the guys at Wildes and check in on Liam and Jon while I’m at it. 😉

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