Review: L.A. Witt – Just Drive (Anchor Point #1)

51ktorls0zl-_sx327_bo1204203200_Author: L.A. Witt
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

Summary:

For 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.

Review:

THIS. Oh, yes, THIS is the L.A. Witt I devoured when I was first introduced to M/M Romance. If I didn’t know the name of the author of this book before I started, I would have been able to tell by reading this, and I mean that in the best possible way. This writing is classic and what made me fall in love with L.A. Witt characters in the past. And this style, this feel, this free flow of words that wrapped around my heart and wouldn’t let go simply hasn’t been present in the past few books I’ve read from her. I am so happy SHE’S BACK!

The story starts as Sean, a young college student and part time cab driver, picks up an older man at a hotel. The guy is hot with silver streaks in his hair that glint in the dark cab interior, but it’s also evident that he’s so very sad. Sean figures he may have just broken up with someone and it turns out he’s right. The guy tells him to “just drive” so he does. And that is the beginning of the night of what eventually becomes the hottest sex of Sean’s life.

Throughout the story, the men continue to meet—there’s a chemistry that draws them back each time they decide the age gap is too much and they “shouldn’t” pursue anything further. But when they find out that Paul, the older man, is the CO of Sean’s dad at the naval base, they know they absolutely must break up. Unfortunately, a chance meeting brings them back together because neither can stop thinking about the other. And then they break up again. Rinse and repeat a few times, but the biggest hurdle is that they’ve fallen in love, and despite trying to do the right thing, they’re still attracted to each other.

I must say the sex was pure chemistry, but the romance, and their time spent together kissing, touching, talking—the icing on the cake as only L.A. Witt can do it. I fell for these characters hook, line, and sinker. It probably helps that May-December romance has always been my secret hot button, but the character development through the switch of POV’s (clearly labeled by chapter) sealed my attachment to these men. Were they perfect? Not really. In fact, both clearly knew what they were doing would hurt themselves and others, and yet they kept going back and doing the same thing over and over again—the definition of insanity. But then, despite what appeared to be an impossible situation, the author found a way to bring them to their HEA—something I very definitely needed by that point. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Note: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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