Romance blooms between two male naval officers after one survives a terrifying accident at sea.
The fifth book in Witt’s (Reckless Behavior, 2017, etc.) Anchor Point series is a friends-to-lovers romance between second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram. Stationed at NAS Adams in Anchor Point, a small town on the northern coast of Oregon, Dalton and Chris are close friends who become closer after an accident on the water nearly takes Dalton’s life. Dalton is out and proud while Chris is closeted, but neither acts on their hidden mutual attraction until Chris nurses Dalton back to health. Dalton’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD render his recovery uncertain and arduous but don't diminish the joy he finds with his new lover. In Witt’s typical style, several spicy sex scenes are bookended by affectionate embraces and emotional conversations. As Chris and Dalton revel in their new romance, trouble looms in the form of interference in the Navy’s investigation of the incident by a homophobic harbor chief who hopes to frame Dalton for negligence. Witt’s command of the details of life in the Navy helps convey the high stakes for both men of their romance, even years after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Chris and Dalton’s triumph over external threats to their careers and relationship from bigoted rivals and superiors creates more interest than their nearly frictionless romance. Works well as a stand-alone novel, although the appearance of characters from prior books in the series will please fans.
A solid tale set in a sharply drawn military milieu.