Rank & File

Anchor Point, #4

“Rank and File” by L.A. Witt is a sobering look at the potential for violence while soldiers are still at home and training. The cases that Curtis and his men deal with are not the focal points of the story but give an inkling of the stresses that can be faced. I like the gradual evolution of the relationship that intensifies without either man intending to establish a connection after their lustful interaction. The challenge of dealing with the risk of having a relationship that is forbidden and deciding whether its impact on professional advancement is worth the cost is sensitively portrayed. The story is told in alternating first person point of view, so the reader gets a sense of how the relationship snowballs unexpectedly as well as the challenges each wrestles with. I enjoy this series because each book centers on a different aspect of military life and introduces such distinctive men and I look forward to meeting new inhabitants of Anchor Point.

This adult contemporary m/m romance is part of the ‘Anchor Point’ series and centers on Senior Chief Will Curtis and Lieutenant Brent Jameson as they deal with their forbidden and unexpected attraction to each other. Deciding whether career or a relationship takes priority forces each man to contemplate his future.

Book Blurb for Rank & File

A standalone novel in the Anchor Point universe

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.

Except — too late.

Word count: 71,300; page count: 269

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2018 4.00