CHIEF'S MESS by L. A. Witt


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Anthony Talbot finds much more than a glorious hookup when he meets Noah Jackson in a bar. Their sexual chemistry is powerful and immediate, and falling in love is easy. But Noah has demons that Anthony doesn’t think he can face again.

Anchor Point, Oregon, is home to a Navy base. It’s also home to the man who abused Anthony’s sister. When his sister is attempting to reconnect her kids and her now-sober ex, Anthony goes along for moral support—and protection, if needed. But Clint is a new man. He’s clean, and his happy relationship with a former pilot named Travis drives Anthony crazy. Clint doesn’t deserve to have the kind of romance that has proven elusive for Anthony. Romance, however, is the last thing on his mind as Anthony walks into one of Anchor Point’s only gay bars. Noah isn’t looking for anything beyond a few beers when he spies the gorgeous, cocksure redhead. One night of primal passion turns into a long-distance fling thanks to sexting, webcams, and Anthony’s frequent trips back to Anchor Point. Then it becomes something more than just mind-blowing sex…but, as he gets closer to Noah, Anthony starts to see the signs of alcoholism. He knows what addiction can do to a relationship, and he’s afraid to get too close to someone who’s about to self-destruct. And Noah comes to understand that he’s risking everything—his career in the Navy and a chance at love with an incredible man. Readers familiar with Witt’s previous books will recognize characters from Afraid to Fly (2017) and Just Drive (2016). They’ll also find the same mix of emotionally honest romance and sizzling erotica. The sex scenes are a satisfying mix of rough and tender. Anthony and Noah aren’t just hot. They’re also believable characters, and Witt’s choice to let each narrate alternating chapters makes both men sympathetic.

Sexy, sincere romance.

Pub Date: June 19th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-62649-604-0
Page count: 291pp
Publisher: Riptide
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2017


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