"Once Burned" is the sixth book in the Anchor Point series but it works fine as a standalone. In this installation we meet Diego who is former military. He was injured while in the service and his visa expired while he was recovering. He's now in a position where he can not seek medical care or veteran's benefits without risking deportation.
Mark is newly divorced and has been promoted when he moves to Anchor Point. The two men meet in a bar and their attraction is immediate. While Diego had planned to never get involved with anyone in the military he has a difficult time staying away from Mark.
I enjoyed this book and thought the topic was really interesting. It is a topic that I had not read before and it led me to googling the situation Diego was in. I also enjoyed the fact that Mark wasn't blameless in the break up of his marriage. It felt realistic and I appreciated that.
Overall this was really good. I liked both of the characters and the unique plot. It was a quick and easy read and I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
Captain Mark Thomas's world has been tossed on its head: A long overdue but still unexpected divorce. A promotion out of left field. Last-second orders to a ship where careers go to die. As the dust settles in his new home, he barely recognizes his life, but he sure recognizes the loneliness creeping in.
Diego RamIrez wants nothing to do with the military or its men. Not after the Navy burned him both literally and figuratively, costing him his career, his health, and ultimately his green card. Now working illegally in an Anchor Point bar, he keeps the military and its personnel at arm's length.
But after a single moment of eye contact across the bar, Mark and Diego can't resist each other. As a one-night stand quickly turns into more, Diego knows he's playing with fire. Now he can stick around and let things with Mark inevitably fall apart, or he can run like hell and wonder what might have been. One way or another, Diego knows he's about to get burned. Again.
50% of the author's royalties from this book will be donated to charities supporting US military veterans who have been deported or are at risk of deportation.