Alhazar Bukhari spent his Navy career in the closet. Now he’s retired, divorced, and hungry for the love he’s never had a chance to experience. He tries to put his faith in Allah to bring the right man into his life, but it’s hard to be patient after all this time.
Chaplain Dylan Pedersen spends his days counseling Sailors, and his nights with men he doesn’t know. Months after finally escaping an abusive relationship, he’s terrified of anything more than a physical connection. Maybe it’s a sin, but he’s too lonely to not let men into his bed, and too scared to let them into his heart.
When Alhazar’s civilian job brings him aboard the USS Fort Stevens, and his daily prayers bring him into Dylan’s chapel, the chemistry is instantaneous. Sex and friendship quickly evolve into more, but Dylan’s too haunted by his recent past to be the man Alhazar wants. Alhazar needs love, Dylan needs time, and if they can’t find some sort of balance, they’ll sink before they ever have a chance to swim.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve been hooked on this series since Just Drive. Very good series and the latest, Sink or Swim, was no exception. I love my HEA and got it in spades.
4.5 stars- Sink or Swim is the eighth and final book of the Anchor Point series, and is precisely the reason I’m quick to recommend this set of standalones to any fan of military romances. The pairing of a Protestant chaplain and a former military member who’s a practicing Muslim was definitely unique. As I’ve come to expect from this author and series, both men and their religions were fairly represented and described in a compassionate way that not only delivered an interesting storyline, but also provided a window into their distinctive experiences. I found both heroes likable. However, it was their backgrounds and history that really pulled me in because they were so different than the norm. The honest reflection of military life during don’t-ask-don’t-tell and Muslim service members’ experiences post 9/11 gave this story depth and richness beyond the typical military romance. I also enjoyed the slower, steady approach to Alhazar and Dylan’s relationship. There was plenty of time for the connection to develop, and though their chemistry had blistering moments, the men’s easy emotional bond struck me most. For those who have read other books, there are some great cameos of past couples and even a wedding included in the storyline that really gives the Anchor Point series a fitting send-off. A fantastic set of romances that offers honest portrayals of life in, with, and after the military, this is one series I never hesitate to mention to fans of the trope. Each book offers up a unique set of characters with interesting stories and backgrounds that showcase the diversity of military members and their experiences, and Sink or Swim was a great cap, leaving me sad the series is over but really happy with how it ended. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*