Just Drive (Anchor Point Series #1)

Just Drive (Anchor Point Series #1)

by L.A. Witt

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ISBN-13: 9781626494695
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/21/2016
Series: Anchor Point Series , #1
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.56(d)

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Just Drive 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- Ever since its release, I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews about the Anchor Point series. However, as a military spouse, I tend to be hypercritical of books that feature characters in the military and I put off trying the series. I have to admit I shouldn’t have waited to read this May-December romance. Although books featuring an age gap aren’t anything new to me, I appreciated that Just Drive included a different approach and dynamic than many of those I’ve previously read. The characters initial meeting was different as well and I thought it made for an interesting conflict as and Sean and Paul moved from quick hook-ups to a relationship. I found both characters very likable and enjoyed seeing each of them develop individually over the course of the book. Then there was the bright, fast-paced dialogue. I absolutely loved the banter, including the way the age difference came up in random moments while also reinforcing Sean and Paul’s genuine, palpable chemistry. All these elements combined to make for a really fun book with great pacing. Over the course of the book Miss Witt also introduced some interesting secondary characters, one of which I know is featured in the next book of the series. I can say without any doubt that I’ll continue this series. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Sean Wright is a Navy brat. His father dragged him all over the US even after his parents divorced. Dad, as a Navy Senior Chief, made more than his mother, and though he’s 22 years old, Sean’s going to college in Anchor Point, their newest locale, on his dad’s GI Bill money as a dependent. Sean’s been out for years, and his father is loving and supportive. Sean works as a cab driver in Anchor Point, to supplement his income, and picks up Captain Paul Richards one Friday night. It’s clear his passenger is having a rough night, so Sean follows his directive to “just drive.” They spend some time in the car, and out at a lonely pier, and notice that each man is attractive, and interested. 44 year old Paul is one of few “out” captains in the Navy. He’s been busting his butt for 24 years in the hopes of making Admiral, and is newly stationed in Anchor Point as commander of Naval Air Station Adams. Before he was able to come out, Paul had two broken marriages to women, and he’s not proud of it. He’s still not able to find a man to settle down with, however, because his travel always upsets his partner(s). He’s frustrated and down when his newest relationship fizzles, but catching the eye of his sexy young cabbie is an immediate panacea. Paul and Sean spend a very sweaty night at a local no-tell motel, exchanging only the barest of info. Paul accepts Sean’s card, in case he needs other transport, but neither man can shake the connection they made that night. Paul calls, and Sean comes. And that’s not a pun. Their hook-up nights become more frequent, and involve more than just sex–they’re inadvertently building a relationship. It seems to be going great–Paul and Sean get along well, and have a solid connection–until Paul learns that Sean’s father not only works on his base; Chief Wright is in Paul’s chain of command. That means both Paul and Sean’s father could be discharged if Sean and Paul are discovered. For two men that have devoted their lives to the service, this is an untenable risk–and Sean’s father makes that clear. What began as a one-off had grown into something real, however, and both Sean and Paul have to fully examine their lives, careers and aspirations. Would Paul walk away from the Navy for Sean? Could Sean accept that type of sacrifice? What sort of life would they even have together? Sean’s heartbroken, and Paul’s surly. The fallout is personally dramatic, with Sean deciding that the best way for him to make himself available to Paul is to stop being a Navy dependent. Thing is, Paul’s got his own plans, and they involve never letting the Navy ruin his love life again. Expect a lot of soul-searching, and sexytimes, and seamen… The story is tender and sweet, with a good dash of angst, because Paul and Sean can’t seem to quit each other. That leads to lots of clandestine meetings, which are deliciously gut-wrenching. I have a special affinity for older-younger and “we shouldn’t”/”just one last time” connections, especially when the characters have multiple ‘last’ times. The resolution was really satisfying, with a storybook HEA. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Just Drive, Anchor Point 1,  L.A. Witt Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  LGBTQIA,Romance.  Well, what a perfect story this was. Full of emotion, a Real barrier that meant they couldn't be together, rather than the storm-in-a-teacup manufactured issues  we get too often. I’ve read a few of those lately, and they leave me feeling that they whole point of the book is lost with such a weak potential break-up plot. This one though was perfect, real, and it must happen often in real life. The issues of Paul and Sean not being able to be together because Paul was senior to his dad, as they had to avoid any possible accusations of bias, was one I hadn’t thought about. Its not just the Services where things like that happen though is it – what about any job where you’re dating someone who’s parent works in the same firm but in a junior position. The firm I worked for, a private cleaning company had rules where they wouldn’t appoint family members as senior managers, nor anyone closely connected, and though they couldn’t forbid dating internally it was frowned on, and we all knew it would be a bar to promotion. That's true of many companies. The Navy and other Services are very fierce about things like that, and not only Paul, but Sean’s dad too, could lose his job, even though he may know nothing about it. When you first meet someone you’re attracted to though, you don’t ask for family history do you? You chat to see what you’ve got in common, or if as with these two, a simple hook-up was all they wanted, well – then chats about each other are superfluous of course. That's how it worked with them, that first incredible hot over-the-bonnet sex led to more, and then more...and what was supposed to be a one off hook-up becomes several meetings. Its just sex at first, and its all no-tell-motel meetings, and after one of their usual searingly erotic encounters they get to talking, and the bombshell is dropped. Arghh. We have to stop, they say, and they mean it but its harder than it seems. Paul recalls the stress he went through giving up smoking years ago, but he’s so full of Sean in his mind he wants a cigarette, regardless of going through giving up all over again. He can’t concentrate at work, can’t get Sean out of his mind. Sean's having the same kind of issues, struggling with his studies, trying hard not to think about Paul but can’t seem to stop. That led to what I thought was the one weak spot in the story, they kept on meeting “just this once” and then stopped, then gave in and then stopped. It seemed like a little too much yo-yoing and courting danger to me, and just didn’t feel right. I don’t think the person I thought Paul was, honourable etc would have let Pauls dad’s job be at risk. He might take it for himself, but risk someone else career? In the same way I couldn’t see Sean letting Paul risk his life’s ambition, when long term both acknowledge it couldn’t happen. Ho hum...I also was a bit puzzled by the ages thing another reviewer on GR mentions, that Paul id 2 years older than Sean’s dad. that would make him just 15/16 when Sean was born yet he was already in the Navy? Not that it affects the story, but its a niggle none the less, and there was no need t mention his dad’s age. I would have liked for them to talk a bit more about themselves, apart from the main issue of the Navy they don’t talk much about their backgrounds, and I was just interested. It didn’t affect the stor
ChristyDuke1 More than 1 year ago
I'm a total sucker for a good military guys story and L.A. Witt writes fabulous ones, so it's no wonder I jumped at the chance to read this first book in her new 'Anchor Point' series. Paul knows himself well and I appreciated that about him. He knows that his way of getting over the end of a relationship is to go out to get laid and find the next warm body to curl up with. That's how he and Sean end up having a whole lot of sex. Paul also knows he has a bad tendency to fall for that new warm body, but considering the age difference he's fairly certain Sean doesn't look at him that way. Except Sean does, so when they discover that Sean's dad is stationed at NAS Adams and Paul is the base CO, they're both disappointed beyond belief. "I’d get over him like I’d gotten over every man I’d ever had to give up—or who’d given me up—because of the Navy. At some point, just like every time before, this would stop hurting. And maybe at some point, I’d figure out why it hurt so bad at all." I really felt for both Paul and Sean during the weeks after they stopped seeing each other. In some ways Paul reminded me so much of myself with the ability to talk himself into things he knows are bad for him, but he does it anyway. That's why he's quit smoking four times but right now nothing sounds as good as a Marlboro. Luckily for Paul he discovers how rational and level-headed Sean is in comparison to Paul's impulsiveness. It doesn't mean that both of them aren't hurting and seriously missing the other. "No wonder we both kept forgetting about our age gap—he was wise beyond his years, and I was the idiot who wouldn’t man up and be the voice of reason." Huge kudos to the author for not making 'Just Drive’ stereotypically predictable. There definitely were things in the story that I expected to be there, but there was quite a bit that I didn't. More importantly, to me anyway, was the way the characters handled all of the ups and downs. I really liked both main characters and for once the older guy is more "jump in with both feet and to hell with it", while the younger one is more steady and looks at the big picture. A nice switch to the norm. Very enjoyable and extremely hot! If you like older men with younger guys, some angst regarding real life issues, and some smoking hot between the sheets (and in the backseat) action, then this is your kind of book. NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews