Once 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.
Travis and Clint are both very damaged. After a near miss while flying a plane Travis was left with both physical and emotional scars. He suffers from chronic back pain, as well as PTSD. Clint also suffers with PTSD, after a terrible catastrophe while flying a Drone. They have been crushing on the other, but both men assumed the other was straight. At the yearly Navy Ball they discover that isn't completely true, but are they too damaged to make something work?
This was a hard read. Not because it wasn't a good book, but because I ached throughout for the constant pain Travis was in. My heart broke for him. He carried so much physical and emotional pain, along with so much guilt. It was soul crushing at times to watch him suffer. I absolutely LOVED Clint. I loved that even though he was emotionally damaged he was so compassionate and caring of Travis' emotional state as well as careful and understanding of his physical limitations. I loved the support they offered one another. Because they dealt with similar afflictions, they understood each other better than anyone else could.
This was a well-written story that flowed well and kept me turning the pages. It was an enjoyable read, filled with heartache and pain, but also sweetness, understanding, friendship and love. Very recommendable!
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*