Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryOnce a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.

Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.

It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.

Review: Afraid to Fly is the second book in the Anchor Point series (first book is Just Drive - my review here) and it's just as enjoyable as the first book. The book switches between the perspectives of Travis Wilson and Clint Fraser, allowing you to get to know both men really well. They have gone through a lot in their pasts, so when they find a mutual attraction, they don't really put a label on things right away.

Travis has PTSD from a plane crash that almost killed him and another man, while Clint has PTSD from a drone accident he was involved in. Both men were previously married to women and have children. They have a lot in common and once they start opening up to one another, they realize they have finally found someone that can understand them. Neither of them are bothered by the others PTSD- related nightmares, because they both have them. They seem like a good match.

Regardless, it wouldn't be a romance book without some "drama" if you will. Don't worry, it's not drama that makes you want to yell at the characters. It's all very realistic. Both of these guys have other people in their lives to worry about, and Travis is holding onto a secret that worries him about a future romance.

I loved both of these guys. It was heartbreaking to read about all the things they have had to endure due to the military. While they loved their jobs at the time, and are still in the military during the book, they know that it screwed up their lives in a lot of ways and that's hard to deal with. L.A. Witt has written another great read and I'm curious to see who she focuses on next in the third Anchor Point series (I assume there will be a third). Oh, and the two main characters from Just Drive make some appearances throughout, which is always fun!

Interested in reading Afraid to Fly? Check it out on Amazon (I'm an associate - I get a small percent for any sale). Want to read Just Drive first? Find it here.


Verushka said...

It seems like the author has treated their PTSD the right way in this? Too often authors just kind of throw it in there, I think for drama.

Lisa Mandina said...

I find it interesting that the author chose to have them previously married with kids. That makes it seem a little different than other books about gay men that I've heard of. But I like it, I think there are probably situations like that out there, probably more with older men than younger, do you think?

Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

Yay for intersectional diversity! It is so important, and I'm slowly seeing an increase (especially in regards to LGBTQIA+ books that also look at mental health). I think it would be interesting to read this book because PTSD isn't something that is often explored in books, and both the main characters in this have to deal with its effects. I hope that the author explored the differences in the way PTSD presents itself and affects people because that would be great.

I hope here's a third book, and that you get to see this ship again in that one!

Lovely review :)

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

This does sound good! I'm adding this series to my never-ending TBR!