Chief's Mess (Anchor Point Series #3)

Chief's Mess (Anchor Point Series #3)

by L.A. Witt


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Chief's Mess (Anchor Point Series #3) by L.A. Witt

Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They’re perfectly matched, and before long, they’re burning up the sheets. Noah can’t get enough. Anthony can’t stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he’s counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there’s always phone sex, sexting, webcams . . . anything they can get.

But Noah’s got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can’t help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn’t want to believe it, but he’s seen this before, and there’s no denying it. If Noah doesn’t get his downward spiral under control, he’s going to lose both his career and the first man he’s ever really loved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626496040
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/17/2017
Series: Anchor Point Series , #3
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Chief's Mess 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a series and is likely BEST enjoyed after reading AFRAID TO FLY (book 2), but can be enjoyed as a standalone. Anthony only came to Anchor Point as moral support to his sister, who's ex-husband wants to spend time with their children. Travis (from AtF) has been sober for three years, and is rebuilding his life with his new partner, Clint, but Anthony doesn't trust Travis as far as her could toss him. Still, if Anthony's sister is happy, then Anthony will accept her judgment. Even if he's sure that Travis is still a lousy drunk... Frustrated by the tension of the experience, he goes trolling for some prime Navy "seamen" at a bar in the small town. That's where he meets Noah, and it's a hawt time in the bunks. Noah hasn't ever had a long term relationship, though he's nearing forty, and Anthony's captivated by him. Their tryst turns in to a weekend, and then travel between his home in Denver and Anchor Point. Each time Noah and Anthony get together it's better than the last time, but there's a situation developing between them: Noah drinks. Anthony can't fathom how much, because they only spend a few days together every few weeks, but it's starting to creep into their phone calls and video chats. Noah doesn't believe he has a problem, but it's becoming clearer each day that his heavy drinking affects his work and relationships. Especially when Anthony is (emotionally) hurt bad due to Noah's own (drunken) negligence. The alcoholism issue between Anthony and Noah took a long time to develop, and that felt realistic. Lots of people can be functional alcoholics, especially in isolation. Noah's few friends didn't necessarily see his problems, and they worked with him daily. That said, Anthony reached out for help regarding his own prejudices with alcohol, and it helped bring healing for him, too. I liked how Travis and Clint proved to be great guys and important parts of both Noah and Anthony's story, in the resolution. The story started out with dirty, dirty sexytimes, and I liked how this transitioned into a more tender romance. Anthony and Noah both showed a lot of vulnerability, and that really made them endearing, although Anthony came off as a jerk initially. I've loved this series from the beginning, and I Look forward to more sexy Navy men, and all their military issues, finding love in the future. I read a review copy via NetGalley.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3 in the Anchor Point series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order. Anthony does not want to be here. He promised his sister, and here he is. On a break from the family drama, he meets Noah. Very hot and very quickly they click. Noah is more than happy to go home with a hot and willing guy. How would he know this guy would change the direction of his future? As long as they meet in the middle, the future looks bright. This book was hot and intense right from the start. I found the characters endearing, and I rooted for them right away. Such a sexy series. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Chief's Mess, L.A. Witt Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA I loved the first book in this series, but the second did nothing for me. Still,  LA Witt is one of my favourite m/m authors so I thought I'd try book three.  It wasn't a great read for me, I just didn't feel I Knew the characters, just a surface opinion of them, and I really want to feel book characters can be people I know. I need them to feel real for me to get invested in what happens to them. Here I just didn't, they were just two anonymous guying hooking up for hot sex. They were very alike in many way, and TBH I kept getting confused, right up to the end, about which was which. Not a good thing, and when characters are well fleshed and distinct not something that happens. I think maybe there could have been - for me, not for everyone of course, a little less sex in the first half and a bit more character and plot building. I mention the plot, and that really is pretty simple, Noah ( and see? I almost wrote Anthony there - had to check it) is a functioning alcoholic, and like many others doesn't recognise he has a problem. Of course for Anthony that's a bigger trigger than it maybe would be for others, his ex brother-in-law was an alcoholic, and that caused great distress for his sister and their kids. I liked the build up, though it was pretty muted and did make Noah come over as judgmental rather than sympathetic, but the way things played out felt very simplistic, and its rarely as easy as that. I guess there wasn't space to go into any depth, but in reality it would have been far, far harder.  Stars: three, it was just an OK read for me, and maybe I need to look carefully before accepting any more Anchor Point novels.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Avalon_too More than 1 year ago
5+++ stars I'm trying to find my words for this review and failing miserably. Bear with me because this story affected me on an emotional gut level. But first, the fun part. Anthony is on the prowl. It doesn't take him long to set eyes on Noah and reach out for what he wants. ...tell me you bottom, and we can skip all that and get out of here. And that was the beginning of hot, sexy, vers scene after scene. These men were on fahyere. Yes, sometimes this kind of thing is 'too much of a good thing'. But in this case, it worked. It worked because these guys had such incredible chemistry. Neither were looking for a relationship. It just sort of developed from their insane chemistry and compatibility. They fell into a long-distance relationship. We fit together. We just...we just fit. I knew how to make him crazy, and he knew how to make me crazy, and everything was so perfect and so intense... If you haven't read the previous book in this series, I recommend you do so. Although this one can be read as a stand-alone, I feel like the background gleaned from the previous book added a whole other dimension to this story. ***Spoilers ahead*** *** *** *** *** *** ***Spoiler warning*** *** *** *** *** *** ***You've been warned*** Anthony is Clint's ex-brother-in-law. If you've read the previous book, you know Clint's marriage fell apart due to violent alcoholism. Noah's resentment towards Clint, and what he put his sister through, is huge. Needless to say, Anthony doesn't have a high regard for alcoholics. Noah...drinks. Anthony rationalizes that everyone drinks. Sometimes people drink a lot. It's a socially acceptable intoxicant. In fact, it is so prevalent that it's hard to be sociable without it. Yet...Anthony is uncomfortable with excessive drinking. He watched his sister's life fall apart because of it. When he notices that Noah drinks quite a bit more than he does himself, it makes him nervous. I loved Anthony's courage to address difficult issues with Noah. Even when he was afraid of a conversation going sideways or starting an argument, he never backed off from discussing an issue that worried him. But this was a long-distance relationship that only allowed them to see each other a couple of weekends a month, at most. Noah could make allowances for Anthony's discomfort with excessive alcohol for the little time they spent together. Anthony was important to Noah, so he did his best to modify his drinking habits when they were together. This helps Anthony put his misgivings aside and not give undue weight to the signs. Those signs are very, very difficult to see in a society that considers drinking alcohol a requirement to having fun. Everybody drinks! Noah drinks...a lot What follows is a heartbreaking view of Noah's final slide down into alcoholism. Seeing both men's anguish. Feeling the helplessness that they both felt. It gutted me just as it gutted Noah and Anthony to be in that position. It was easy to understand both sides of it because L.A. Witt did an excellent job with each viewpoint. The writing and editing is spotless. The theme addresses an important social issue that is mostly ignored in our society. > I am not going to pull out my soap box on the subject of alcoholism because this is a book review. I am just grateful that there are authors like L.A. Witt who are not afraid to address serious issues in the tropes they choose for their books.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Sexy, steamy, and sensitive! Once again we head back to Anchor Point and this time Witt delves into the choices, struggles, and fallouts of alcohol addiction and reminds us that sometimes we find what we want and need when we least expect it. The writing is sultry. The characters are sympathetic, sincere, and committed. And the plot, which has a little less depth than the previous novels in the series is ultimately about military life, friendship, alcoholism, acceptance, support, desire, and explosive chemistry. Overall, I have to say this is a deliciously erotic novel written in alternating points of view that allow a genuine look at all the unfolding dynamics, relationship drama, emotion, and salacious scenes through each man's eyes.