“Afraid to Fly” by L.A. Witt is a touching story about two military men who have to work their way through the pain that has ruled their lives and decide whether the risk of opening up to a relationship is worth being vulnerable again. I love the way the story starts with Travis and his daughter each dealing with issues but supporting each other and I was happy to watch the slow burn that grows between him and Clint during the course of the story. The insights into some of the challenges faced by those who survive military service, albeit with scars both seen and unseen, is one of my favorite aspects of this series. The issues of PTSD and the strain of dealing with it and its impact on loved ones are sensitively addressed and nicely contrasted with the carnal side of the relationship. This is an excellent addition to the series and can be read as a stand-alone with no problem, although there is a small cameo featuring those from the previous book.
This contemporary m/m military romance story is the second book in the ‘Anchor Point’ series and centers around Commander Travis Wilson whose constant pain rules his life. The stunning discovery that Lt. Commander Clint Fraser reciprocates his interest in a relationship leads to an affair that will force each man to face his demons, especially if they want to see where passion leads them.
An Anchor Point Novel
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.
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The Anchor Point stories can be read in any order -- jump in wherever you'd like.
Word count: 92,000; page count: 347